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Garden tea party coming up

 

Greetings from Brookdale. We have had some great weather, not overly hot. We have had a mangy cat around here lately and last night I heard a real ‘cater-walling’ as my mom used to say.

This morning there was cat hair all over our back deck. What a mess it is. I started to clean and found a wasp nest on the edge of the swing. I am allergic to wasp bites, so, needless to say, I sprayed it well but haven’t cleaned up the cat hair as yet and my swing cushions are still in the workshop.

Just a reminder of the Third Annual Garden Tea Party sponsored by the Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society. Tickets are available at $5 each from Gerry Helm, president, and Jean Miller, treasurer, for the Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society “Garden Tea Party” to be held in the gardens at the home of Gerry and Gordon Helm, 3039 Tyndal Road; on Saturday, July 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. Rain date is set for Sunday, July 25. There will be tea, coffee and special desserts. Tickets will be available at the entrance. Donations are also welcome.

There will be a Victoria’s Quilt meeting on July 12 to start things rolling here in Amherst. The president is Mary Farrell-St. Clair and Marilyn Boss is the treasurer. Judy Milner and Joan Ripley are hospitality. For more information, contact Marilyn Boss at 667-2146.

Strawberry festivals are happening as well. The Immanuel United Church will hold its annual strawberry social on Wednesday, July 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church on 25 Hickman Street. The cost is $8 for a turkey or ham salad plate plus dessert. Prices for children 12 and under $6 and of course no charge for the wee ones.

We were pleased to have a visit from Ross Hart and his daughter, Selina from Belleville, Ont. Ross’s mother was a good friend of mine and I looked after Ross for three years prior to starting school. My boys were all in school at this time so there was just Ross and I so we enjoyed our time together. Jean taught school so I had the summers off. Jean‚‘s brother, Allan, arrived from out west and my sister Marilyn arrived at our place from down east and we all became family. Jean died the night before I went to Ontario last October so I was able to go to her funeral. I met Jean at Fifty United Church in 1957 when we bought our first home in Winona, Ont. We moved to Oakville in 1966 and they moved to Grimsby but we still kept in contact. They visited with Marilyn and Allan Conklin while in Amherst.

My daughter-in-law Joan attended the G-8 in (Huntsville) Muskoka on behalf of the Red Cross as a nurse along with three others from across the province. It was quite an experience especially with the earthquake and security. Joan wasn’t sure she wanted to go. I told her that if I had the opportunity, even at my age, I would have gone. I have enjoyed many such experiences in my lifetime and I hope I have a few more before my time on Earth is over.

There will be a lobster take-out at the local community hall in Baie Verte, N.B. on Saturday, July 17 from 3-5 p.m. There will be lobster salad plates ($12), ham salad ($10), lobster rolls ($7), strawberry shortcake ($3), so you have a choice and it is sponsored by the United Churches in the area. The community hall is just at the end of the back road between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

I have been reading Morris Haugg’s book “Memorable” and I can picture both Morris and his manner of speaking as I read. I was on the hospital foundation board for nine years while Morris was on the board so I was able to appreciate Morris and his dry wit. We meet numerous people as we travel through life and sometimes we just know that it was ‘meant to be’ and I am always thankful when given this opportunity to enjoy.

Something to think about “All religion must be tolerated,for every man must go to Heaven his own way.” Frederick the Great

Weekly quote: Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.

Have a good week.

 

Organizations: Care Society, Immanuel United Church, Red Cross

Geographic location: Brookdale, Amherst, Cumberland County 3039 Tyndal Road Victoria 25 Hickman Street Belleville Ontario Winona Oakville Grimsby Huntsville Muskoka Baie Verte Nova Scotia New Brunswick

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