This post is about some random happenings in the last three weeks. Life is so rich here that my challenge is not ‘what to write about’, but rather ‘what to leave out’.
The month started with a fabulous Canada Day that consisted of 17 artists closing down the street and setting up demonstrations of what they do.
Larry bashed metal to the sounds of fiddle music in the background.
It’s been a hot month and I’ve discovered that a house with a stone foundation and a dirt floor basement and new insulation keeps things cool.
We’ve been getting ready for studio tour visitors and Larry has hand-lettered signs so that people can find us.
The flowers are bursting forth. The purples are finished (iris and lupin) and now the hot reds, oranges and yellows are blooming. It’s very exciting.
I’m not sure what these are, but don’t they look gorgeous, as though each one was individually painted.
This is the view from the post office where we pick up our mail. You can see the Flight of Fancy store and Lynn’s Bear River Cafe.
The evenings are cooler when the sun drops, but the month has been really hot.
I’ve been gardening quite a bit although the heat is overwhelming. Larry sends me to ‘the chair’ to stop and contemplate the garden now and then. It is so important to do this, although it’s so hard to stop sometimes and to take time out.
We are on the wait-list for a table at the Annapolis Trader’s and Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. However the last 2 weekends we lucked in and had a spot with a wall so that I could hang up my paintings.
We had to leave the house at 6:30 am to be ontime! It was a lot of fun and we bought some wonderful organic, local vegetables.
It was a surprise to me how many people recognized my paintings and/or me because of the blog and/or facebook. It was fun to meet them.
As for culture, our own Bare Canvas Gallery sponsored a book reading last week. The book, Annabel, was intriguing and the illustrator’s talk about his art in the book Viola Desmond Won’t be Budged was illuminating. The House of Anansi Press, from Toronto, brought writer Kathleen Winter and illustrator Richard Rudnicki to Bear River.
Last weekend Cherry Carnival was celebrated, a big hoopla here that has been going on for 114 years.
This meant a new deck had to be built on the back of the Bear River Cafe.
But a deck on a tidal river means that there is more wood under it than on top of it.
This has got to be the prima public spot for river viewing in the village.
We had some wonderful visitors this month, including new blog friend, Carol Wiebe, and her husband Ted from Silverspring Studio. Carol writes about our visit on her blog. It was fabulous to meet a person who I’ve only known through the blogosphere and whose artwork and writing I have so thoroughly enjoyed. We had a wonderful time talking ‘shop’ about painting, blogging, wordpress and writing.
It’s been wonderful to watch flowers bloom that I planted last year. Most of them ‘took’ and I have confidence that the flower beds are really established now.
These photos were taken in the rain – the black flies were still active and gardening in the rain means no heat and no bugs!
The weeds are still winning, but the vegetables are performing well and we’ve been eating peas, broccoli and today – beans! (Check out the rubber boots!)
A few days ago I pulled the garlic that I’d planted last October and now I have bunches hanging to dry. I’ll save half of the bulbs and plant the cloves in the fall for next year’s harvest.
There is a cluster of sunflowers that planted themselves from last year’s seeds.
On Cherry Carnival Day, we missed the morning parade because we were in Annapolis at the Market, but the afternoon music was wonderful. Here Love Storm performs on the new deck at the Bear River Cafe.
The fireworks that night were, well, explosive!! This was the view from the cafe deck.
And this is a painting that found a new home at the Annapolis Market. It’s my own version of fireworks!
After the fireworks, Isaac and Blewitt played at the Rebekah until the wee hours of the morning.
And then the other day, after the Market in Bear River, many of the vendors and friends headed to one of the Bear River water sources at Fred’s Hole. This natural pool has a brook flowing into it and out of it and the current was strong. We swam over to the large granite rock at the back of this photo in the middle. From there we took turns pushing off into the current on the left and riding it to where you see the group in the foreground.
I have left out a lot, I know. But like the weeds in my gardens, it all got away on me!