Wednesday, January 18, 2023

January At The Beach.

We had a green Christmas this year,
which was unusual, as the most 
of our province was already 
burdened with snow. 

On the 4th of January we had a
dusting of snow on the ground.
On the 5th, my sister Annie and I
decided to go for a walk to the 
beach, before more snow came
and prevented us to do that.

Only a dusting of snow on the ground.

This is a beach on the Baie des Chaleur,
in Gaspé, Eastern Quebec.
We had a sunny day with clear blue skies


We dressed very warm
The temperature was 
-5degrees Celsius
(23 Fahrenheit)
The hardest was taking
off gloves to take a pic.
My hands got cold very fast.

My sister Annie.

We walked towards the frozen waterfalls.
We didn't get too close
because of falling rocks and ice.

A close-up

On our way back


Very low tides.
We walk here often in Summer
and I have never seen the tide
so low. 

There is a lot of erosion on our
shores from rising seawater.
The absence of ice flow, 
(a usually large flat free mass 
of floating sea ice)
caused by milder temperatures
has caused more erosion.

The ice flows, out in the deep,  
are known to reduce the size of
the waves, and protect the shoreline
 as those waves make their way to 
 the beach.

Also Spring thaw will take more land. 

While walking on the beach, 
we could see and hear rocks
from the cliffs falling. 

Trees falling and washed into the sea.

Large boulders were placed for 
protection from high tides and 
strong ocean waves.

Stairways eaten away.

The highlight of our adventure
was finding this sand dollar.
First time ever I see one
 on the beach here.
The other side was broken.
Probably washed here with
the high tides and strong waves.

I hope you enjoyed our adventure 
on the beach in January.
We are happy to have gone as
this may be the last chance to
get to the beach with deep snow
blocking most paths. 

Last week we had a heavy snowfall
with over a foot of snow falling.
The photo below was taken Jan. 14th.

Thanks for your visit

Monday, January 9, 2023

Happy New Year 2023 and An Update On The Pickle Tradition.

 As we get older,
 each year seems to pass faster.

My daughter and her family
 visited for Christmas.
They had planned on skiing 
but we didn't have enough snow.
We had a green Christmas. 

To come up with some activities,
I planned to carry out the 
Christmas Pickle Tradition,
(a glass pickle hidden on the Christmas 
tree and Christmas morning whoever
 finds it receives a gift and 
goodwill for the New Year).
This year, I planned it 
in the different way.

The kids are now teenagers.
So I decided to make it more 
of a challenge and hide the pickle
on a tree outside, instead of on
a decorated tree inside.
They had to find the undecorated tree 
and I have a lot around the property, 
spruce, pine, tamarack, birch, etc;
find the hidden glass pickle and 
whoever finds it receives a prize.
(In a radius of 100ft from the house,
the land is approx. 1 mile long)

Sweet Sabrina, 
my Granddaughter,
 found it.

I also created another game.
I decorated another tree 
outside with red ornaments,
In a secluded area.

Whoever finds the tree and brings an
ornament back to the house,
receives a gift.

Matthew found it.
I forgot to take a pic of his gift.
It was a ski facemask.

High winds the previous day
blew off some ornaments.

with Suzanne and cute dog Pinot.

So the prize for the pickle finder,
Sabrina, was a "Polar Express Train"
It will look nice around a tree.

We did visit the beach
Its unusual not to have snow 
at this time of the year.

Water seeping out of the banks have frozen.

Suzanne found a nice 
piece of amber seaglass.
It could be the bottom of
a glass Javex bottle. 

My sister, Annie found a 
rare large piece of cobalt blue.
A piece of bottom from 
a Milk Of Magnesia bottle.

Erosion is eating away at the land 
caused from rising waters, high winds from 
storms, global warming.

We are losing ground.

You can view a previous blog on
 "The Pickle Tradition", 
from years gone by,
by clicking here.

I also added more Christmas decoration
 photos on my previous post.
click here to view more.

Sadly, we lost our oldest sister Joyce this year.
We called her Joy, and that name suited her.
She was a Joy to everyone in the family. 💖
She will be missed.

I wish you all a Happy New Year
with joy, peace and good health also
may our world heal from diseases
and disasters.