Good morning everyone! What a wonderful weekend we have had in Malagash! It has been a very busy week. First, Russ and I travelled to Woodstock, N.B. where on June 16 we celebrated his mom's 101 birthday – ATV showed her picture, one I took in April – but showed her age as 100. So after a quick phone call the following morning she got double duty on Monday evening with the correct age.
How lucky we are with her health –a bit of forgetfulness – not calling it anything else – but hey, I go in one room and forget why I am there! Don't you all? One other thing is that all her children are alive and healthy as are all their spouses and her eight grandchildren and 12 greats!
Russ says we are going to celebrating her 105. Well, we will wait and see.
Delighted to see Jannie and Peter Berkelaar when we returned. They left early in May and flew to Holland where they had a great vacation. Now I don't have all the details but I know they were planning on biking all over and visiting relatives.
From the Netherlands, they flew back to Canada which included a trip to Drumheller, Alta., where they had a delightful visit to the dinosaur museum. Will get more details from Jannie.
On June 23, Malagash United Church held its annual pot luck supper. What a terrific event!
The first couple of people arrived shortly after 3:30 and had, of course, to wait until 4 to get their food. And what food it was! One of the very first couples were Diane and Leigh of Moncton, who come often for our dinner. What a wonderful display of food and hey, we are noted for our desserts. Usually we only have pies, but this year we also included cakes! I am sure some people thought they had died and gone to dessert heaven. Every type of pies and now cakes! What more would anyone want?
Sunday morning, we had our greet and meet church service. This year the theme was "Beach Glass: The Transformation from Brokenness to Beauty." When people entered the church they were invited to place a piece of beach glass or a shell on a picture of a star fish which when completed will grace the church walls. Everyone went home with a piece of glass.
Dawn Baxter Allen of Wallace provided many pieces of her beach glass art to decorate the church. Rev. Connie had a wonderful message entitled "Beach Glass: The transformation from Brokenness to Beauty." What a wonderful message!
Beach glass is such a wonderful example of transformation. Beach glass starts out as sharp glass and sometimes dangerous but then with the tossing of the tides becomes smooth and beautiful and a treasure,
The weather didn't co-operate for an outside barbeque, so hot dogs and all the trimmings were in the church basement. Lots of socializing. Everyone is looking forward to celebrating 200 years of the church in Malagash.
A very special service will be held on Sunday, July 22 with a celebration dinner at the community hall at 6 p.m. For ticket info call Jannie at 902-257-1811.
Now on Friday evening, Russ and I attended a family barbeque in Dartmouth and had a delightful visit with our nephew Gordon Stewart and his daughter, Phoebe who were visiting from Melbourne, Australia.
We visited with Gordon, his wife, Donna, son Anthony and Phoebe last spring. Gordon, Phoebe, his sisters, Judi Matheson, of Dartmouth, Gail Stewart of Hamilton and Janet Stewart plus her husband, Dave Gaudet of Winnipeg, left from various airports and have arrived in New Orleans for an added family visit.
New Orleans will never be the same! Gordon has a very special gift in his luggage for his wife Donna, a beautiful fairly large stained glass maple leaf. When we were there she expressed a desire for one so Uncle Russ created this special one for her. Now an extra special part of Canada will be hanging on their window!
I received the following information in an e-mail from Eleanor Saunders and am pleased to add this for her. A very special celebration is coming up on Aug. 5. Jean (Thompson) Fraser is celebrating her 90th birthday and the family is hosting a gathering at the Wallace Community Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a pot luck supper following and everyone is invited and asked to bring a dish. Jean is the eldest daughter of Morton and Bernice Thompson of North Wallace.
Our sincere sympathy goes out to Sheila and John Ross and her family on the death of her brother, Ernie Miller, in Brampton, Ont. Sheila and John are long-time residents of Malagash. Have a good week everyone and stay well and do watch out for the bears---seems to be a lot around this year.
Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Amherst News.