Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
This croft at the Highland Village is much like the homes our Scottish ancestors left behind when they came from The Isle of Lewis to settle in Cape Breton. My people came from Crawlista, Lewis. We visited there several times and saw the remains of the croft where our people had lived. The roof was gone but the stone walls were intact.
We spent yesterday morning at The Highland Village, Iona, C.B. The folks who work at the Village wear period costume and have a great deal of knowledge about the early settlers who came here from Scotland. It is truly a lovely place. This is the MacIver House which was moved from South Cove to the Village at least twenty five years ago. A MacDonald family with MacIver connections now own the South Cove property and live there year round.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Little Narrows Community Association held its annual Barbeque last Saturday. We enjoyed it very much. There was roast pig and beef, vegetables, fruit and chocolate cake. A band played all afternoon and there was lots of light hearted conversation. Antique cars were displayed and there was entertainment for the children.
Special thanks to the many Matheson, MacIver, MacKenzie and MacAulay friends that once again made it a fun event.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
This is the first year we had a vegetable garden. We have both really enjoyed the entire process of digging, planting and seeing the vegetables grow. Garth had to put a fence around it to keep out the rabbits but the toads are still inside helping to keep the insects under control. I'm trying to go organic. Our friend George gave us lots of tomato, broccoli, cabbage and green pepper plants. Today at noon we will have a salad made almost entirely of produce from our garden.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I just had to put up one more horse picture. We don't have too much company arrive on horse back. A cousin, Donald MacIver used to keep the neck of the Point fenced off so he could keep his two work horses and his cattle in here. They roamed free on the Point all spring and summer. We had to put a fence up around the house to keep them off the lawn.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
This is what the tip of MacIvor Point looked like yesterday. My G.G. Grandfather Malcolm MacIvor and his brother John landed there from Scotland about 1820 and got their land grants in 1823. Across the water is Bucklaw where their father Neil and brother Angus each had farms. They came to Cape Breton a few years after Malcolm and John.
Our Westies Seago and Sadie love to play along the shore.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I turned two of the pots upside down so you can see the deep foot rim style I use on some bowls and the low profile style that is best for oven ware. The rough grog in the clay can be seen in the close up of the oven dish.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
This morning I made eight medium size pots. The straight sided ones will have a handle on each side to make it easier to lift them in and out of the oven. This clay has quite a bit of grog [like fine sand] in it which is hard on the hands when "throwing" the pots but helps make oven dishes more durable.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This is Lauren Vaughan, Jennifer and Ken MacIvor. We had a great visit with them. They saw the Tall Ships in Halifax before coming to spend a week with Garth and me at The Point. We did some family research together, they visited the Highland Heights Museum and went fishing with Garth.
Friday, July 24, 2009
This is my first blog. My cousins Ken and Jennifer are visiting this week and have gone fishing with Garth. They took the Kubota down to the shore with all their gear. I photographed my drawing table. It is covered with a mixture of old and new paintings.