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in the shelter of the covered bridge – final manuscript

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In the last weeks, I have been working towards completion of the book-length manuscript for ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’. It includes poems and drawings about the plants and animals living in and around some of the covered bridges in New Brunswick.


Earlier this summer I was lucky enough to win a mentoring package from the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick. I chose a talented, award-winning local poet to work with me on the manuscript and during the early part of the summer, with her expert guidance, I made revisions to the poems. She focused my attention on word choice, clarity and ‘showing not telling’. She also helped me with a handful of poems I thought were not salvageable and now some of these will make it into the manuscript!


In the last few weeks, I have worked on revisions, ordering of the poems, and, hardest of all, my footnotes. Since the poems are about the remaining covered bridges in the St. John River watershed, I want to include some basic information in the footnotes as well as notes I made during my visits to each bridge. I have also worked on the drawings I will include in the manuscript.


pickerel weed - Canal Bridge


The process of preparing a manuscript is long and certainly goes beyond the fist few lines written on the page way back when this manuscript was just an idea. But if the way is about the journey, this has been such a memorable experience.  Best of all, I have been lucky to make the acquaintance of many of New Brunswick’s covered bridges. Last Thursday, as we returned home from a visit, we saw a double rainbow in the sky and I was able to snap a shot as we waited to take our turn crossing the covered bridge across the Rusagonis River (the Patrick Owens Bridge):


double rainbow over the Rusagonis #2 Covered Bridge in Rusagonis August 19, 2016

double rainbow over the Rusagonis #2 Covered Bridge in Rusagonis, New Brunswick – August 19, 2016


Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

August 22, 2016 at 7:00 am

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  1. Pickerelweed is a great wildflower but I think many people aren’t aware of it because it grows in wet places that are often hard to get to—but that’s what rubber boots were invented for. I believe yours is the first drawing I’ve ever seen of pickerelweed.

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    Steve Schwartzman

    August 26, 2016 at 8:12 am

    • I am a fan of aquatic plants. I did a long paper in university on Lemna minor, a duckweed like the one in your post. It has dangling roots that act to nourish and ‘steer’ the plants. Pickerelweed is, after the water lilies, my favorite flower in the pond!


      jane tims

      August 26, 2016 at 8:17 am

  2. Weren’t you in the right place at the right time!

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    Karen Hine

    August 22, 2016 at 10:29 am

    • Yes! Too bad the photo was through glass with a line-up behind me waiting to cross the bridge!


      jane tims

      August 23, 2016 at 8:07 am

  3. Hi Jane, Wonderful. All the best, Ellen


    Ellen Grace Olinger

    August 22, 2016 at 8:16 am

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