A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

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I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
We live in the eastern end of the beautiful Fraser Valley, about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver, BC. Empty nesters, we have one son living just a few minutes away, our other son and daughter live in Alberta.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wonder, Wander, Unwind

That appears to be the summer theme at our local show garden

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And on Sunday we indeed Wandered and Unwound – and Wondered at the beauty.

The roses were perfect, wish I could share their scent:

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The peacock stood proud

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The formal garden was bursting with color

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The water features looked so cool and inviting

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The lizard basked in the sun (well mostly)

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As we sought the shade when we could

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That’s one wedding party in the background (near the bench), and we saw another getting a few photos near the ‘chapel’:

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These gardens have been a favorite spot for all kinds of gatherings, but most popularly weddings for many years.  They opened their gates in 1980, but sadly the owner has determined it is no longer sustainable, so this is farewell season for Minter Gardens.  It’s a sad loss to our community, and to the world:

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We’re going to miss it.  But we’ll always have our memories.

Blessings, Peg

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Get-a-way Part II

On our second full day near White Rock, we decided to go on a treasure hunt.  Some time ago, we got a geo-caching GPS, but for some reason we haven’t done any searching for a while.  The weather wasn’t too hot, so it seemed like a good idea to see what we could find.

After reviewing how the GPS works, and re-connecting with the geo-caching web-site, then downloading a few caches for which to search, we set out.

We selected six caches to try to find.  Of those six, we found ‘ground zero’ on five of them.  But we didn’t find five caches!  Not sure what we do wrong, but we don’t have as much success with geo-caching as we’d like.  But it was a nice day out regardless.

The first cache was supposed to be at a Park and Pool just down the road from our campground.  Well, we couldn’t find it – actually ‘ground zero appeared to be in the middle of the road - so the best we could do was take a picture of the sign:

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Then we went on to a riverside trail, where we followed the GPS to three different caches.  The first one led us first through some bushes:

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to come out on another section of the path on the other side, only to be led into more trees and bushes:

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‘Ground zero’ was right beside these trees:038

But the cache itself was about 3-4 meters away, a microcache that wasn’t terribly easy to spot:

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Actually we had to visit this area twice to find it.

The second cache was tucked in some rocks, right at ‘ground zero’:

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We were very careful to put it back exactly where we found it before heading for cache # 4.  Here Grizz climbed down the rocks to search underneath the brambles.  He was right at ‘ground zero’, but no luck:050

Number 5 was further along the same trail, so we discovered after we followed the GPS to a parking lot.  Here the clue said to look in the rocks behind the bench (the bench was ‘ground zero’), but it was nowhere to be seen by us.

Number 6 was along another trail, not a terribly long walk, said to be near a bench.  We found ‘ground zero’, but there didn’t appear to be any place that a cache could be hidden within a few meters of that spot. 

By this time we were tired, and it was time to feed Sadie, so we headed home. 

Our afternoon out was worth it just for the fresh air and the scenery along the river was lovely:

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Happy treasure hunts!           Blessings, Peg

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Get-a-way Part I

Here in the Fraser Valley of BC, we don’t have to go far to get away to a spot that feels like it’s far, far from the madding world.

We decided to head for an RV park near White Rock for a few days, and we feel like we’re in Eden.

The gardens here are glorious:

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And there’s in indoor lounge that makes me feel like I’m in somebody’s mansion:

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The sites are surrounded by tall, tall trees that afford shade almost all day, and everything here is neat and tidy.

It’s been a wonderful couple of days, including a trip to visit White Rock and Semiahmoo Bay.  The plan was to walk on the beach, and we had to hunt to find the dog area, but find it we did.

Sadie wasn’t terribly impressed with the water:

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But we all had a bit of a paddle, and enjoyed the scenery:001003004006

Across the street from the beach, some of the houses have palm trees growing in the front yard – what better way to feel like we’re nowhere near home:

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And at this house, I had to look twice to decide who was watching the harbor:

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These folk mannequins have a perfect, uninterrupted view of the people on the beach, the swimmers and surfers and boats out on the water, the US coast a bit in the distance.  Nice to know somebody’s watching!

On our way back to the campground, we took a different route, and stumbled across Historical Stewart Farm at Elgin Historical Park.  The 1894 farmhouse held its usual delights inside and out (no pictures inside as it’s a museum):

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My favorite, of course, was the antique Courthouse Steps, or Steps to the Altar, quilt that I spied in one of the bedrooms.

A pumpkin gave a bright spot of color against the compost boxes:

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And the pole barn was full of machinery:

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Next to the farm yard, and on a path to a marina, is a shed with an old oyster boat, and descriptions of the history of fishing in BC:

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More on our get-away tomorrow.    Happy times!         Blessings, Peg

Monday, August 19, 2013

How Time Flies

Somehow the days just get away from me, and I find blogging has taken a back seat – again!  Honestly, I’m not sitting around doing nothing, and here’s some proof:

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I didn’t know what I was going to do with the border print I bought a little while ago, but I just couldn’t leave it behind.  Then a few days ago, I thought of a couple of quilts I’d seen lately, and started digging around in my stash for colors to coordinate with the print, created the wonky strips, added the coordinating border and…..a small lap quilt.

Now I have a few tops waiting to make their way onto Big Bertha for quilting – one at a time, and they’ll all be done!

In the meantime, we had to make a run to ‘town’.  When we say that, we could mean:

  • to one of the stores in our little town
  • to shop in the nearby city about 20 minutes away
  • into the big city about 1.5 hours away

This time we just needed a couple of things we could get nearby, but our little town is being transformed into a bigger town.   Most of our shopping happens on the main street here:002

Across from this is a park, where a number of community activities and the summer market happen.  But that now looks like this:

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A film set is being built, complete with a ‘temporary’ sidewalk (looks permanent enough to me!) for the upcoming new TV show Wayward Pines.  We understand that there will be some temporary transformation of the existing store fronts, and access to this street will be limited when they’re shooting.  But in the meantime, it’s interesting watching the process.  So watch for us, when you see the show, coming probably sometime next year.  But sorry, you missed the casting call for extras!!!!

Happy lazy summer days!            Blessings, Peg

Sunday, August 11, 2013

New York, New York

No I haven’t been here, but it’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit!

To see …… the Statue of Liberty

Empire State building

Ground Zero

Ride the subway (and earn the T-shirt!)

Take in a show on Broadway

Shop 5th Ave

And whatever else NYC has to offer.

I’ve dropped in at New York, New York in Las Vegas:

But that of course just wasn’t the same thing.

Now, there’s a chance to learn more about this fascinating city.

How, you might ask….well, a couple of weeks ago a ‘new-to-me’ blogger commented on my blog, and as is my habit when a new person comments, I checked out her blog.  To my surprise, it’s a blog written by 12-year-old Eliza, who lives in NYC and blogs about her ‘home-city’.  The purpose of her blog is to share about her city, and she’s just passed her 50th post.  Actually she’s running a contest right now, asking for blog-post suggestions, the winner gets her ideas posted.  You’ll find her at The NYC Girl.  So head on over and check out Eliza’s blog, become a follower, and make your suggestions (what do you want to know about NYC).

Happy new bloggers!                   Blessings, Peg