Greetings from Brookdale.
Our weather has been a real mixed bag this past week. We managed to have a few good days at the cottage and "Hurricane Bill" was pretty easy on Cumberland County, although Pugwash and Parrsboro reportedly had power failures. Our biggest tree out front had the branches almost touching the ground but the tree managed to survive for another round.
A week ago Sunday we had lots of visitors out to the cottage for a 65th Birthday Party for Lloyd Fraser. He had the surprise of his life when he discovered his son, Keith, Owen Sound, Ont., standing beside him. Lloyd's granddaughter, Sydney, came with her father. It was an exciting time. We had 42 there for the pot luck supper. We also had a surprise visit from some cousins, Mildred DesBarres, Bradford, Ontario, Grace Jones, Red Deer, Alberta and Susan Babin of Halifax. Keith and Sydney took a trip to Dartmouth on Monday and they went to Magic Mountain on Tuesday with their cousins, the MacLeod - Osowski's. The weather was good so they managed to get in some swimming as well. They caught the train back to Toronto on Wednesday. He greatly enjoyed his visit with his Dad and other family members.
Marie McBrien and Walter Newcombe were pleased to have Eric Doncaster, Brantford, Ont., stop by for a visit.
Sympathy is extended to Pauline and John Kellegrew and family of Brookdale on the death of Pauline's mother, Edna Richard.
Sympathy is also extended to Tom and Nancy Trenholm and family of Brookdale on the death of Tom's mother, Daisy Trenholm.
I would also like to extend sincere sympathy to Isabell Jackson and family on the death of her husband, Harold.
It's hard to believe it is the last week of August; our so-called summer is just about over. It seems like I just opened the cottage! I did manage a few more days this summer than last.
Did you know that the Fortress of Louisburg, a restored 18th century fortified French town, is Canada's largest National Historic Site and the largest historic restoration in North America? Maybe eventually Fort Beausejour will become a great national site as well, along with Joggins and the Bay of Fundy. Cumberland County has a lot of history and interesting stories to tell. I have been doing a lot of reading about Fort Lawrence, Port Elgin and area when it was part of Nova Scotia. My family lived back then and I have been doing some research in this area.
Candy Lightner formed Mother's Against Drunk Drivers after her daughter was killed in 1980. It is good to know that we have an active support group in Amherst.
Something to think about: Think how smart we would be if we retained as much of what we read as of what we eat.
Weekly quote: When God puts a tear in your eye, it's because he wants to put a rainbow in your heart.
Have a blessed and happy week.