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January Fire

Our kitchen amaryllis in the late afternoon sun.

Merry Christmas 2018

Christmas Eve… profound and lovely, a time for reflection and affirmation. It was a wonderful year and we are blessed. As we celebrate tonight with our family, Monica and I extend a heart-felt thank you for your support in 2018 and wish you a very Merry Christmas from Nellyglass Studio.


Dinner and a show in uptown Saint John

Like always, the weather in Saint John at Christmas time is unpredictable. In fact, today we are getting a rain storm and there goes all the pretty snow. However, last night was a beautiful moon-lit wonderland and just frosty enough to make all the lights uptown sparkle. Monica and I thoroughly enjoyed dinner at an old fav restaurant; Sense of Tokyo (rated #1 sushi restaurant in SJ). Then pre-show cocktails at Hopscotch whiskey bar and finally a stellar performance at the Imperial Theater by husband and wife (with daughter guest star), Tomato/Tomato. Toe tapping to new and old Christmas tunes, what a wonderful lift of spirit.

Here are a few photos highlighting the evening.


On a Hot Summer’s Night

This is a food story:

Monica and I were privileged and honored with an invitation to visit our friends in St. George, Glenn Ketchum and Judy Barrio. A hot and humid day was perfect for lounging around the house drinking wine and solving the world’s problems.

And then came the food! Check out Judy’s dinner menu.

Glenn is an artist in the kitchen and on the grill and like any artist, he likes to experiment. The delightful surprise of the evening was the grilled goat cheese wrapped in grape leaves hand picked from their deck trellis. Come on! How amazing is that!

And as if that wasn’t enough, breakfast next morning was a full spread of eggs benedict with fresh chives and smoked salmon… Wow! Lucky us. We love visiting Glenn and Judy… who wouldn’t?

The Blooms of June

Just some of the reasons why June is my favorite month…

A fun day at Fundy Parkway

Mon and I are training for Lisbon (tongue in cheek) so decided to change scenery on this fine Sunday and hike part of the Fundy Parkway near St. Martins. New trails are open all the way to Walton Glen gorge. The falls (NB’s highest) were barely a trickle today because of the dry weather. Nevertheless,  we got our exercise and enjoyed lunch overlooking the coastline all the way to Martin Head.

Here are the photo highlights of A fun day at Fundy Parkway.

A Day in late May

A random Friday in late May brought a cool and semi foggy morning with the promise of afternoon sunshine. I had some suncatchers to drop off at CraftologySJ so Monica and I decided to go together and enjoy a walk in the city. Then home to enjoy the back yard for the rest of the day… including a surprise visit from Monica’s brother and his wife.

The highlights, in cronological order, are as follows:

  • Visit to the Saint John Jewish historical museum – I wanted to go for the stained glass windows but walked away with much more. The very knowledgeable Catherine gave us a guided tour through the museum and the lives of the early Jewish families in SJ. This beautiful building was formerly a senator’s residence (1897) and then a funeral home for many years before the Jewish Society aquired it. It now houses the synagogue after the original church was closed in 2007 due to low membership.
  • Photo stroll with Monica through Queen’s Square to the harbour front
  • Stop off at CraftologySJ to deliver suncatchers
  • Visit to Cobalt Gallery on Prince William St. where somebody may have just laid away a certain sculpture by Inuit artist Mikisiti Saila for somebody’s birthday ☺
  • Lunch at Ta-ke Sushi (double salmon roll…!!!)
  • Stroll up King’s St., through the city market and through King’s Square
  • Visit to a decommissioned church on Germain St., now a Children’s Interaction Theater Company. The stained glass is abandoned and some of it badly cacked… but I saw lovely fragments including a square glass “dome”.
  • Wine, munchies and conversation with Stuart and Darlene on the back deck.

Here are wth photo highlights of A Day in late May