Monica and I decided to get out of Saint John for the weekend, just for a change of scenery… and I had a particular church in mind to visit in the city of Miramichi. St. Michael’s Basilica in Chatham is the only Basilica in New Brunswick and just happens to have three Guido Nincheri stained glass windows. I was itching to see them. What I didn’t know until I got there is just across the river in Newcastle at St. Mary’s Catholic church are four Guido Nincheri windows! I got into these two churches plus one in Bouctouche and they were all spectacular (see Gallery/World Windows for all photos).
The weather the first day was not so good (snow, rain, wind) but was perfect for photographing windows. There is still lots of snow in Miramichi… like 6-foot banks in most parking lots. The poor towns folk are tired of it and don’t mind saying so. The second day was better with clear blue skies. We had a great time seeing the sights, eating good food and photographing stained glass windows. Monica has also started photographing church steeples… this might become a new obsession 😁
Here are some pictorial images of the weekend highlights.
Since traveling to Ireland and learning more about their history and culture, I have a much better appreciation for the man called Saint Patrick... who, in the mid 400s, was captured from his home in Britain by Irish pirates while still just a teenager, enslaved for years on Ireland, escaped and fled back to the mainland, became a Christian, returned to Ireland to spread the word and build his first church in Armagh (we were there), and ultimately become the patron saint of Ireland.
Celebrated on this day all over the world (and most certainly at our house), Monica and I wish you a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Here are some shots all taken close to home in Saint John.
Just when we had ourselves braced for a horrific onslaught of winter, we are surprised and most delighted with the nicest February ever… at least for now… this can’t be sustainable (wishing)
Let it howl
Our lovely stretch of weather all through January is now, sadly, just a memory as tonight’s blizzard has arrived.
All the more reason to stay warm and dry in the studio. It’s nice to be back at it again since taking nearly a month off. Fingers that had gone soft over the break are just starting to get new callous’.
Marks of the trade
So, I guess winter is finally here. No matter, inspiration abounds and I’m already thinking spring.
It was Monica’s idea! I’m so glad she thought of it on this clear, cold and spectacular Friday morning Jan 26th. Lunch at our favorite sushi restaurant, Ta-ke Sushi on King Street. They have the best lunch specials for around 10 bucks. We left very full and happy.
Shortly after New Year’s 2018, Monica and I had the opportunity to dog-sit for our daughter and her partner at their house across the SJ river on the Kingston Peninsula. Sarah and Matt took a well-deserved week-long road trip to Niagara Falls leaving their 120 pound Rottweiler, Deacon, in our care. Can I just say, Deacon is a wonderful dog… so obedient and good-natured and energetic… I haven’t had this much exercise in months!
We moved in on a Tuesday and left the following Monday… 6 glorious days “away from it all”. We started the week with lovely cold clear skies. Then came horrible rains that took all the snow and terrible winds that felled some trees. During the storm, the power was out for 15 hours (loved it) and the cable snapped on the ferry so we were stranded (loved it). We finished the week again with lovely cold clear skies.
Even though we were only 30 minutes from Saint John, we may as well have been in Scandinavia. Hope you can tell from the photos how much we enjoyed our Peninsula Retreat.
Nellyglass has had a wonderful season leading right up to Christmas morning. We’ve enjoyed lots of time with family and friends along with a busy studio schedule. Thank you to all our patrons for your support.
My favorite piece this Christmas is one I made for Monica. Here is the story and photos of its creation. Hope you enjoy An Antique Christmas
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Monica and Nelson at Nellyglass Studio