Monthly Archives: July 2011

Botanical Gardens

   During Daddy’s two-week of vacation earlier in July, he made time for serveral outings, one of which – the hike in the White Mountains – has already been mentioned. Another trip took place last week – a round of the Montreal Biodome and Botanical Gardens. The Biodome is a facinating place featuring flora and fauna from the tropics to the Arctic, however it focuses primarily on Quebec’s wildlife and natural habitat.

watching the black sturgeon fascinated by the Arctic ducks

some ducks in the spotlight a trip to the Arctic

   After lunch we headed out into the botanical gardens. First we stopped by the greenhouses where we saw all kinds of unusual plants – banana trees, date trees, vanilla plants, and even some carnivorous plants.  We also spotted some “wildlife” in there – a young gerbil! It was obviously used to people and didn’t mind my picking it up to get it off the path. (It was so tame that some people were concerned that it would have someone step on it.)

a young gerbil

  Then we began to explore the outdoor gardens. They are so spread out that it is impossible to see everything in one afternoon.

walking along one of the paths intrigued by the goldfish

   The fish in the above picture are, believe it or not, goldfish! Yes, given a lot of space they will grow to be quite large. The little boy on the side was fascinated by them. He wanted to try touching them, but his father said, “No.” He did not heed his father’s command, however, and tried… ending up head-first in the water. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

a quiet arbour one of several little ponds

   Of course, in gardens for display there are sure to be flowers and where there are flowers there will certainly be photos taken. Here are just a few.

pansies a rose impatients

I don't know what sunflowers

black-eyed susans daisies and black-eyed susansdaisies

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Isaiah 40:8

Beebe Camp Music

On the 10th of July, we went to Beebe to play some music at the Advent Christian Camp.

Playing music The Preacher

Ever since we heard that we were going to Beebe, several of us began looking forward to helping wash the dishes.  They have a really good set up for hand washing dishes in that kitchen.

Washing dishes Putting the dishes away

After washing dishes, everyone headed outside.  It was a beautiful day, and we stayed there most of the afternoon fellowshipping and playing box hockey.

Talking afterwards Box Hockey
The Chapel Fiddler in the Roof

The chapel’s structure is completely open truss, affording a wonderful place to play violin for people who don’t mind being high in the air.  We thought we might call him the “fiddler in the roof”.  The sign below should probably read something like, “TAKE HEED HOW YE PLAY”. Or perhaps 1 Corinthians 10:12 – “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

Hiking the White Mountains

We enjoy taking vacations, but sometimes our vacations are a little different from most people’s.  A wonderful thing to do with a vacation is to spend time, not alone on the beach getting sunburnt, but with the people we want to know better, especially our family.  Most of our vacations are educational is some way.  Oh, and we often like to get some excercise in while we’re at it.  So, last Friday, Dad and the oldest ones and some friends went to the White Mountains of NH to do some hiking.  We did the Falling Waters Trail loop over Mounts Little Haystack, Lincoln and Lafayette – a total of 14.3 km (8.9 miles) with an elevation change of 3,900 ft.  The highest point in this trail is Mount Lafayette, with an elevation of 5,260 feet.

We started at the Old Bridle Path and Falling Waters trail head at 9:30.

Trail Head for Falling Waters trail

Starting up the Falling Waters Trail, we discovered a simply beautiful path crisscrossed by cascading streams and rivulets.

Getting ready for the shot The results of the picture

More photos from the Falling Waters Trail: I guess they named it right!

Watching the waterfall Another cascade The trail followed many such small falls

“… Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come … for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water …”  — Isaiah 35:4-7

Beautiful scenery has a way of attracting …

Beautiful mountain scenery Mount Lafayette A wonderful view


A pair of photographers

After reaching the summit of Little Haystack and eating lunch, we continued along the Franconia Ridge.

Eating Lunch Taking pictures along the ridge Continuing the hike

We had a good time sharing together in spite of severe leg cramps part way around which hindered one member of our party from walking for quite some time.

Pausing to admire the view A group shot at the summit of Lafayette Some are not afraid of heights

Near the summit of Mount Lincoln, we found New Hampshire a new “Old Man of the Mountain”.

A new "Old Man of the Mountain"

This Old Man seems a little younger than the old Old Man, and only works if you get the right angle.

Finally, we got down to the Greenleaf Hut, where we rested for a while and replenished our water.

The Greenleaf Hut

This trip reminds me of the hymn translated and written by Stewart K. Hine, “How Great Thou Art”.

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hands have made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:


And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:


When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

Canada Day

   I had just about finished writing this post which had taken me two hours or so, when… I lost all my information! Thank you, Lord, for the lesson in patience! So, I’m starting back over and hoping that it will take me less time this time.

   Last year, we celebrated Canada Day by having a number of families over for a meal. This year, we decided to repeat the same thing. The group we had in was a somewhat different group from last year, and again we were blessed with a wonderful time of sharing and fellowshipping.

   Of course, before having people over, there is a certain amount of preparation. We love these times of getting together in the kitchen even if, at times, it gets rather crowded.

working together in the kitchen

preparing potatoes

floral arranging the finished product

Certain ones of us enjoy making desserts look nice

a chocolate pie lemon semialfredo

Everyone was working hard. Well, all except…

Who's working?

   When people began to arrive, everything was ready. We reorganised the food lines somewhat this year, diminishing the crowdedness.

getting something to eat

It was a wonderful time of fellowship.

the meal playing "O Canada"

   The meal was followed by the men going downstairs for a men’s meeting. During that time, the ladies did a bit of cleaning up and spent some time getting to know each other better, catching up on each other, and sharing the Lord’s working in their lives.  The children headed outside to expend some energy and a couple young ladies went with them to keep track of everyone.

the ladies the ladies

the children

   “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” Malachi 3:16


   I have been petitioned on several occasions to post some of our invented recipes periodically.  Having thought it over, I decided that this would be an excellent idea as it would make a change from the usual “news” posts.  I cannot, however, promise the frequency of these posts.

   The following is a recipe I invented on the 14th of June – Flag Day for Americans.  (I did not actually realise that it was Flag Day until after I invented the recipe, though I will admit that the choice of colours was intentional as I was thinking of some American friends while making it. ☺)


cherry blueberry soufflé

Cherry Blueberry Soufflé
(aka Flag Day Soufflé)


2 cups blueberries
2 cups cherries, pitted and quartered
2 envelopes unflavoured gelatin
lemon juice
6 egg whites
2 cups whipping cream


  1. Reserve a few blueberries and cherry pieces for decorating.  Blend the rest of the blueberries.
  2. In a pot, mix the gelatin with 3 Tbsp of sugar.  Add the blended blueberries.  Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the gelatin dissolves.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in pitted, quartered cherries and some lemon juice.  Cool until starting to set.
  4. Beat egg whites until stiff.  Gradually add 1/3 cup of sugar.
  5. Beat whipping cream.  If desired, reserve a bit for decorating.
  6. Fold the fruit mixture, whipping cream, and egg whites together.
  7. Pour into a bowl and let set in the fridge.
  8. Decorate with the reserved blueberries, cherries, and whipped cream.