Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mixed Media Artisans, Sydney C.B.

This Pottery went to the Mixed Media Artisans shop in Sydney, C.B.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Point House

We had a lovely visit from Lisa last week. She took this picture of our home from the South Cove Road. Fall has been wet but it is still beautiful.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Highland Village, Iona, Cape Breton

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.

The Highland Village, Iona, Cape Breton

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

Marble Mountain, Cape Breton.

Garth and I took the dogs for a drive to Marble Mountain a few days ago. What a lovely place and just 45 min. from South Cove. There is still an active mine there which ships beautiful marble around the world.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Here is some of the 'Dougall Pottery' that I took to The Water's Edge Gallery last week. It is all hand thrown stoneware suitable for use in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher.

The Water's Edge Gallery, Baddeck, Cape Breton

The Water's Edge Gallery in Baddeck Cape Breton sells 'Dougall Pottery' and paintings by Lauren Dougall Vaughan and paintings by Garth Vaughan.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Little Narrows, Cape Breton, BBQ

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.

Canada Games 2009, P.E.I., Triathlon

Our Grandson, Parker Vaughan, is competing in the Canada Games PEI 2009 Triathlon event. Parker is a student at Mount
Alison University in N.B..

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Door for Pottery Studio

Our carpenters Jim and Dave took out the big metal doors in my pottery studio and put in a wonderful glass sliding door that gives me lots of natural light and a view of the Cove.

Vegetable Garden

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

One More Horse

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


Bailey, our Golden Retriever, is nearly fourteen years old. He is still as beautiful as ever in every way.

Horse Back

On Saturday some friends came to 'The Point House' on horse back. They tied the horses to some birch trees and came in for a nice visit.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tip of MacIvor Point

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.

Cutting the Hay

My cousin Alfred cut our hay fields this week. The past two weeks have been hot and humid.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dougall Pottery, Trimmed Pots

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

Little Narrows Anniversary Service

Anniversary Service will be held at Little Narrows Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 9, 2009, at 11 A.M. Rev. Ralph Johnston will be the guest speaker.

Gaelic Hymn, August 5

The Gaelic Hymn Sing Group will meet at Little Narrows Church Wednesday, August 5 at 7 P.M.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Serving Bowls and Oven Dishes

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

Quilt Show

The Baddeck Quilt Guild is having a quilt show and sale this week at Greenwood United Church, Baddeck Cape Breton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00A.M to 4:00P.M.

Musical Visitors to Garth's Studio

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dougall Pottery

Garth and Ken

Garth took Ken and Jennifer fishing on the St. Patrick's Channel side of the Point.

K & J MacIvor Visit

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

Close Up

A close up of a few of my paintings. The still life and dog portrait are pastel and the landscapes are watercolour.

Drawing Table

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.