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Moss Glen 3-hour tour

On this beautiful cloudless Victoria Day, Monica and I got out of the house and went for a morning drive to the Kingston Peninsula. With the Hiking Trails of New Brunswick book in hand, we sought out the Moss Glen trail. At just 2.3 kms, it is rated “easy” on the difficulty scale. A lovely time of year with very few mosquitoes yet, we especially enjoyed the trilliums blooming on the forest floor. Just down the brook a short distance, we found the two Moss Glenn waterfalls (upper and lower). They are both impressive and inviting as summer swimming spots for locals. We ended our tour with a picnic lunch beside the river waiting for the Summerville ferry back to Saint John. Start to finish was 3 hours. The rest of the day was enjoyed on the back deck.

Friday in a Skillet

This is our new favorite way to cook pizza.

Oh, Deer Island

April 24th was the nicest day of the year so far. Temperatures soared to 20 C in Saint John. Monica and I wanted to get out of the house and go for a walk on one of the 145 official NB Hiking Trails. We headed west to Deer Island to do the only registered trail on the island; the Clark Gregory Nature Preserve trail at Chocolate Cove. It is listed as ‘moderate’ difficulty with a couple of wet spots and lots of tip-toeing around roots and rocks. However, it is short at only 1.5 kms and only took us 30-40 minutes. The views across the water of satellite islands and fishing weirs are gorgeous. It is well worth the trip for something different plus the ferry ride to and from the island is always interesting.

Working up an appetite on our hike called for lunch on a beach somewhere. So, we headed to Deer Island Point at the southern tip of the island. The tide was ebbing fast giving us a dramatic show of “Old Sow” (world’s second largest whirlpool) as we enjoyed chicken salad sandwiches in the sunshine. Then a bit of peaceful beach-combing for sea glass and digestion of lunch.

We continued our tour around the island poking into random side roads to discover hidden gems like buoy covered shacks and small herds of deer! We could not drive past the 45th Parallel Restaurant at Fairhaven without stopping in for a hot fudge brownie sundae… these are home-made brownies…hot and scrumptious!

We ended our day on the drive back to Saint John with a stop into the Canada Green garden nursery and landscape center in St. George. Besides having any plant or garden tool you could want, a tour of the property is like strolling through a zen garden abounding with fountains and sculptures. Monnie picked up an herb planter (pre-Mother’s Day gift). I will look forward to whatever she plants and subsequently feeds to me. 😁

Thanks for reading. Here is a short photo album covering our drive and walk on Deer Island April 2021.

Friday Night, Yeah!

Monica commands the kitchen 95% of the time. My 5% is Friday night!

4 cheese with sausage, onion and olives

A Window Show

Monica and I are really enjoying watching the birds through our livingroom window. It’s like a TV Reality show. Such drama! One of them will claim the bird feeder. Who will it be?


Easter 2021

From The Alwards to you, Happy Easter. Truly a time to rejoice.


International Food Critic

I’m not really a food critic, just a food lover! If there’s anything to be critical of, it’s perhaps that I’m loving the food too much! But…. Monica is really rocking her recipe books lately. And…. since we can’t travel physically at this time, we will do so gastronomically 😀. Here’s where we went in winter ’21. We ended our trip on March 25th on the 44th anniversary of our first date at Mount Allison Univ. in Sackville. This time, to celebrate we went to France with Julia Child (and a Grand finale).

Julia Child – Mousseline au Chocolat

Happy Valentines Day ’21

A wonderful day of togetherness.

Comfort Food

Winter (2021) was about continued isolation from mainstream society. In our isolation, we found comfort in good food. Not so uncommon.

Certainly Sushi

It is the last weekend of January 2021 and the polar vortex has finally arrived to New Brunswick after a dry, mild, easy-walking start to the winter. Monica and I succumbed to the urge for some sushi from our fav (temporarily take out only), Ta-Ke Sushi on King Street. What a great Friday night! We’ll walk it off tomorrow.

Merry Christmas 2020

Monica and I want to thank all Nellyglass patrons for your devoted support. Despite the weirdness of 2020, you have helped make this a wonderful year for us! And to everyone, may all the joy and blessings in the new year be yours. Merry Christmas!


I’ll have the Smorgasbord

Monica continues to hone her culinary skills and whet my appetite. 😃

Fall Feeding Frenzy

Monica has been busy harvesting her garden this month and is inspired in the kitchen with all the fresh produce. Here is an example of her work:

The Splendor

Monica and I took a drive on a late September Sunday. It is tricky driving with one’s head swiveling around to see the beautiful leaves. And then there were church windows to gaze at in wonder. Perhaps I exhaled a long loving sigh! 

Near Nackawic

Holy Trinity – Hartland, NB


Friday Night Pizza

Summer 2020

Celebrating everything wonderful about this crazy COVID summer of 2020. The photo album below starts with Sarah’s birthday in May and ends with mine in September. Summer 2020

Savouring the Solitude

Self-isolation means we have to keep ourselves busy to stay sane. Monica is busy exploring old and new recipes and I think her culinary skills have reached a new level. I’m kept busy eating it all with no regrets, no waste and no sharing… just us, self-contented… gaining weight slowly… steadily. Happy Easter 😀

A gallery and hop to dinner

Monica and I visited our son, Ryan, in Fredericton on a mild Saturday in January. Our family destination was the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to enjoy the excellent 1-hour guided tour through the various exhibits and permanent collections. It was our first time at this gallery since the new wing was added in 2017. It is a beautiful space full of light. I’ve included just a few photos below but, if interested, you can browse all my photos of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery including descriptions of each piece.

After the gallery, the three of us hopped next door to Issac’s Way for a delicious meal and stimulating conversation as we recollected our gallery experience. This restaurant is also a venue for emerging artists and displays works on all the walls. Patrons can bid to purchase the artworks in a silent auction format that lasts for several weeks. It’s genius marketing as it keeps partons coming back to the restaurant to check if their latest bid is still on top.

It was a fun afternoon. I enjoy going through the photos again and again 😀



Merry Christmas 2019

Monica and I want to thank all Nellyglass patrons for your support this past year and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2020.

Sushi with Sarah

Monica and I had lunch uptown with Sarah at our (my) favorite lunch spot, Ta-ke Sushi on King Street. The ladies had lunch combos while I ordered the sushi dinner. The smoked-eel was phenomenal.