A real post (not virtual)

Promising beginnings

Whatever does that mean? A real post (not a virtual one) – for a change! It means that I am constantly writing posts in my head and I even go so far as to take the photographs to go with them. But it seems to be a virtual impossibility (see what I just did there??) for me to get to the point where I put my thoughts onto the virtual paper on my screen to make the post. So here, at last, is one that made its way from my head (and phone photos) to the screen and finally to your browser (or email inbox). So it’s real at last!

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N’Ice Cream – Guilt Free Dessert!

Now for something completely different!

Several people have asked me for my recipe for this favourite dessert of ours, so I have decided to make a post of it here. I know that this looks like a fattening, rich dessert but it is absolutely not! It is just fruit (bananas) with a tiny bit of peanut butter and some natural cocoa powder. Everything is good for you, there are no animal products in it, so it’s safe for the lactose intolerant and it is absolutely delicious. And most important is that it is easy to make at home. There are more flavours below the description, so have fun with this one – maybe you can come up with another tasty combination for this n’icecream!

Feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. Let me know if you try this out and which are your favourite flavours!

Don’t let the fact that it’s good for you put you off trying this out! (No ice cream maker needed.)

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Farewell to the Plus

Medford, Nova Scotia sunset - Ellie Kennard 2019
Medford, Nova Scotia sunset – Ellie Kennard 2019

It’s the end of an era for the best social network that ever happened. For those who didn’t ‘get’ Google+, this post will be meaningless. Just enjoy the sunset photo.

For those of us who loved the interactions we had on there, who learned so much, who shared so much knowledge around the world, so freely and with such passion, I don’t need to say anything. You already know (and have probably read other eulogies) what we have lost. We lost it a while ago, to be honest, when they began what we didn’t know was the disintegration of what made the network so great. So today is finally when ‘the fat lady sings’.

The end of G+. #googleplussunsetting #gplussunsetting

We Started the G+ Fire

Sunset: We didn't really start the Google+ fire - but we kept it going for almost 8 years!
We didn’t really start the Google+ fire – but we kept it going for almost 8 years!

The end of Google+ is almost here and, although I have a new image to share for the final day tomorrow, this fiery sunset seems an appropriate one to share for the last day. As Google+ crashes and burns, I remember all of the terrific creative, warm, funny, helpful and inspiring people I met on that platform. Thank you everyone for the great years!

Original post: Sept 3, 2013;

We haven’t had any sunsets or sunrises in a good few days, but I do have more that were taken while being driven along the highway in that special sky night. So rather than not post for this week, I am sharing this one. Along Highway 101, Nova Scotia.

#WeeklyPhotoProject2013
Week 35: Sunrise or Sunset

Room with a view

Workshop Window - antler, agate and violin mould - Ellie Kennard 2012
Workshop Window – antler, agate and violin mould – Ellie Kennard 2012

Since this photo and post were made 7 years ago, so much has changed in this scene inside and outside Steven’s workshop. One major change is that I no longer go to the studio daily, having (mostly) retired. The trees in the field are much larger, the windows have been replaced and the windowsill no longer has this fascinating display. The antler, agate and violin mould are still in the workshop… somewhere. But searching for a post from the past to fit a theme, this came up so I thought it was a perfect one for Saturday nostalgia.

Original Post: February 28, 2012 – 59/366 – Workshop Window and Tools of A Trade – Antler, Agate and Violin Mould

Snow is falling again today and as I walked through Steven’s workshop on my way to the studio I thought this window looked interesting. The brave little tree in the snowy field, the deer antler at a rakish angle, those agate filled rocks and the violin former hanging in the corner seemed artistically arranged. Even the remnants of plastic sheet hanging on the window seemed to say so much about the struggle with the elements and the struggles of an artist to create and to survive.

Steven will use the antler in his turning work, in case you were wondering, and the stones with agate deposits were picked out of their nearby field and given to us by some children the year we moved to Canada. Agate is the stone of Nova Scotia.

Driftwood, Huntington Point Beach Sunset

Driftwood on Huntington Point Beach, Summer Sunset - Ellie Kennard 2012
Driftwood on Huntington Point Beach, Summer Sunset – Ellie Kennard 2012

With the coming demise of Google Plus, a platform where I cut my teeth as a photographer and met many wonderful creative people, many of us have moved to other platforms, including MeWe. This (mewe.com/i/elliekennard1) is where I can be found there, for any who want to join me there. I am no longer as active as I was on any social network as my life is much busier than in the days when I was so sick. But I will be sharing my posts there, as I find the platform to be not too bad a replacement for G+. Google invented the expression “Sunsetting” for what they will be doing to that platform on April 2. On that day I will share another sunset photo here and everywhere I am active, in recognition of the end of a great social network. Here is one I shared originally as part of my 366 Project back in 2012.

Original Post: July 26, 2012 – 207/366 – Driftwood, Huntington Point Beach, at Sunset

We were out at this beach at Huntington Point in Nova Scotia last night and there was another quite spectacular sunset. Although the scene might be a bit of a cliché, the driftwood, the stony Bay of Fundy beach and the low shore on the horizon is a very Canadian scene and I am glad to have a record of it for my project. 

Blurry Insight

Blurry Insight, Night Reflections - Ellie Kennard 2019
Blurry Insight – Ellie Kennard 2019

It’s been a while since I published an intentionally blurred image, but the other night, this scene was irresistible to me. Blurry insight, and night reflections, are we inside looking out or outside looking in?

Rainy Birches

Rainy Birches - Ellie Kennard 2012
Rainy Birches – Ellie Kennard 2012

This gentle black and white photograph with its splashes of dark zigzags is another find from my 366 photo a day project in 2012.

original post: November 14, 2012 – 319/366 – Rainy Birches

Today was a day of rain and I spent some of it sitting in an industrial park while my car was being repaired. I stood outside with the highway traffic thundering over my head and thought I would photograph these birches with their few yellow leaves, planted in the embankment below the road. They seemed to be a pen and ink wash drawing

Round Barn

Round barn, Ontario - Ellie Kennard 2013
Round barn, Ontario – Ellie Kennard 2013

Today’s theme is “Round” and I have found two images that fit that theme for me. One of my favourites is to be found here (not notified to my subscribers, so you will have to click to view it): https://www.elliekennard.ca/round-bales/ and this is the other. Originally posted in December of 2013, it was such a triumph for me to actually catch it in this drive-by shooting, having wanted to take that photo for over a year, that I didn’t worry about the quality of the photograph. In the end it wasn’t too bad at all.

Original Post: Dec 6, 2013 – Round Barn From the Highway

I passed by this interesting barn as we were driving along the highway but I could see no way to pull off and find it to photograph it properly on that occasion. I remarked on how interesting it looked and we drove on. I passed it again on the way home on that particular outing but wasn’t expecting it and so wasn’t ready with my camera as I didn’t know the road well enough. When we were on our way home from our road trip down to the USA, a week or so later, we were on this same stretch of road and I got my camera ready, knowing that the barn was somewhere in the area. I couldn’t believe it when only a few moments later, it came into view!

So this is a drive-by shooting, not the sharpest or actually even composed very well, but here it is for a Farm Friday as I found it a really unusual sight to share.