Yearly Archives: 2011

An Excellent Lumberjack

I have often had the opportunity to cut down trees in locations that are challenging, but rarely have I been able to do so with the precision with which this one was taken down, considering the circumstances – I almost never work in the rain, and try to avoid working in the wind if at all possible, especially 60+ kph winds!

This first picture is taken about 24 hours before the tree was taken down.

The before picture

Notice the new hole in the skyline.

One large poplar is gone

Hmm.  Huricane precision, or the omnipotent hand of God?

Within two feet of knocking the corner off the barn

Psalm 92:4,5 “Thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.  O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.”

Barn Construction

We have recently been doing some renovations to our barn in preparation for a future acquisition.  Elizabeth has been doing a lot of work out there, including a very large amount of cleanup.  Here she and Evelyn are making some new shelves.

Starting with cleanup

The barn did not have any windows on the first floor at this side, so the next project was to install two of the windows that had been removed from the house when we made our extension.  They don’t look much like barn windows, but they work to let in the light and air!

The back wall before windows doing the framing for a window cutting the hole trimming the frame the window installed

Once we had strengthened the walls on three sides, we had to build a new fence to keep this creature from escaping.  Here are Nathanael and Elizabeth fastening the new wall to the floor.

attaching the new wall to the floor

Once the fence was complete, we had to paint the whole thing.  We had some difficulty opening one of the paint cans, which had remained shut for approximately the past twenty years.

trying to open an old paint can painting under the manger painting the wall

And here is the finished product:

the finished paint job

So, what do you think is going in here?  Shall I tell, or shall I keep it a secret until it arrives?  Maybe I should give you some hints.

Guess what animal will be here.

It is an animal that is commonly found in barns, but it is not a sheep or a goat.

Not a sheep Not a goat

It is reputed by some sources to be able to jump quite high, but it is neither a rabbit nor a locust.

Not a rabbit Not a locust

Some have a golden-brown colour, and a few people have seen theirs swimming or wading, but it is not a goldfish

Not a goldfish

It is larger than a dog or cat, but it is not a deer, and it is not a giraffe.

Not a deer Not a giraffe

Psalm 50:10 “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.”

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.

An afternoon at the farm

Last Monday was beautiful weather, so we bicycled to a friend’s farm hoping we could “be helpful”.  After spending some time nailing floor mats to the barn floor, I got to join the haying crew with Mr. T.

Raking A man out standing in his field

It is such a blessing to work with a godly man.

As we were raking, we saw a coyote.

Northeastern Coyote posing Coyote heading off into the woods

I think he was looking for mice or moles that couldn’t hide anymore in the tall grass.  

A hay wagon in the sunset.

hay in the sunset farm scenery

Genesis 8:22: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

Father’s Day

I am so grateful for all that my father has done for us through the years.  

A few weeks ago, I was asked to give a Father’s Day message at a nursing home.  Thanks to the research I did, I have become even more grateful for my father.  His godliness, leadership, training, and prayers have been a guide, an example, and a model to me.

After researching what were the Biblical duties of a father, I went through my outline a second time, this time researching how God fulfilled those duties.  Guess what?  He did it perfectly!

Here is the rough outline for my Father’s Day sermon, though I doubt anyone will actually read through the whole thing:

  • Duties of a good father
    1. Provision  – 1 Timothy 5:8
      1. Physical – Genesis 3:19
      2. Spiritual – Mark 8:36
        1. Love
        2. Listen, spend time
        3. Example (OT – “He walked in the ways of his father.”)
        4. Love wife – the first duty of fatherhood
        5. Leadership – father is the authority in family
    2. Protection
      1. Reduce exposure to evil – Romans 16:19, Jeremiah 10:2
      2. Train, teach
        1. God’s Word – Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Ephesians 6:4, Judges 2:10
        2. Discipline – Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 29:15,
          1. set boundaries and guidelines
          2. “many people have been raised in the last few generations who doubt the reality of God’s eternal punishment. They have been raised by parents who threatened, but did not consistently carry through.” – Richard Fugate, in his book, What the Bible Says about Child Training
    3. Prayer – Job 1:5 , Paul “not cease to pray”, James 5:16
  • The Perfect Father – our Heavenly Father
    1. Provision
      1. Physical – Luke 12:28, Matthew 10:29-31
      2. Spiritual – Luke 11:13
        1. Love – John 3:16, 1 John 3.1
        2. Listen, spend time – 1 John 5:14-15
        3. Example – 1 Peter 2:21
        4. Love wife – Ephesians 5:25
        5. Leadership
    2. Protection
      1. Reduce exposure to evil – 2 Thessalonians 3:3
      2. Train, teach – Psalm 32:8
      3. Discipline – Proverbs 3:12
        1. set boundaries and guidelines
        2. God’s eternal punishment
    3. Prayer – Hebrews 7:25

    In addition to this message, each of us guys shared something that we appreciated about Daddy.  I am so blessed to have a father who, though not perfect, has fulfilled every one of the duties of a godly father.  Thank you, Daddy.

    An anniversary get-away

       For our 31st anniversary this year, we were blessed to be able to go camping in the White Mountains for a few days.  Thank you to all at home who “held the fort” and looked after younger ones while we were gone!

    While there, we did a number of small hikes to some very pretty waterfalls.


    One of many pretty waterfalls

       We also did two longer hikes, each 6-7 miles with 2500-2700 feet of vertical ascent.  The first was over two peaks (Mount Jackson and Mount Webster) and the other was a hike up Mount Eisenhower.  The trail up Mount Eisenhower was well maintained thanks to the work of a dedicated man, J. Rayner Edmands, who in the early 1900’s did much work to make the path pleasant to hike, so there was much less “scrambling” up boulders and steep spots than on many longer trails.


    From Mount Webster                     From Mount Eisenhower


    scrambling up a steep, rocky section of a trail


    stream through mossy rocks                       Mount Washington Hotel


    We are thankful that the Lord allowed us this special time together to enjoy His beautiful creation!

    For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  Isaiah 55:12