I took Jack for a little walk in Newtown today, just a few minutes drive from Norton’s Cove. A beautiful sanctuary for bird watchers, but I’ve not been there at the right times to see seabirds yet. Maybe they see the dog coming… The fog is beautiful even if it is cold- and the fresh air is like a tonic for all that ails.

Jack with his nose to the ground.


We didn’t have any snow at the beginning February. Not a single snowflake. But for about two weeks, we’ve been making up for lost time. And for anyone who likes outdoor winter activities, the snow conditions are amazing.

It has been a glorious winter day here in the Greater Norton’s Cove Area. Duke and I took a snowmobile ride today (we’re very new to this activity) on the old woods roads, and wanted to share some snaps…

Such a beautiful day, without wind!- or very little anyways, for our wind standards.
I did the driving for about 35% of the trip, which is a very new experience for me. Never thought I’d ever be driving a snowmobile, much less enjoying it! This photo was taken on Brookfield Marsh, almost home: you can see our house, studio, and café in the left side of the frame.

And now, with the local pandemic regulations back to alert level 4, I’m back in my studio, continuing with my early spring cleaning (similar plan to “if you build it, it will come”?) and enjoying a spectacular sunset.

Winter Cleaning

Most people Spring-Clean.  Not me.  By spring the studio needs to be in tip top shape for the card printing season and iceberg watching visitors.  So in February, while there aren’t too many interuptions, I’m cleaning, sorting, and painting the floors.

The shelves are emptied and the contents piled up all over the shop.  It’s a mess!  But once the shelves are wiped clean, a bit of touch-up paint applied, and all my working materials and tools are put back in an organized fashion, I’ll be ready to dig in to some linoleum for this year’s new card and mini-print images.

My February birthday also brought with it a fabulous new mat hooking frame, made in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, where my seafaring dad has been working this winter.  I’m really looking forward to getting that set up!

Thanks to my dad who helped to install my new track lighting system for the two long counters.  After ten years of artwork being produced in this building, I can finally see what I’m doing clearly!