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500th follower contest progress

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Since I announced my 500th follower contest, I have 39 entries in the draw to win a paperback, postage-paid copy of my upcoming book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’. To enter, just comment on any of my posts since the contest began (Oct. 15, 2017). One entry per post per commentor. If you have commented before, you can enter again by commenting on today’s post. I have only 491 followers, so there is still time to enter the contest!

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To give you something to comment on, just say something about any of the three photos below:

Photo 1: beams and internal architecture of a covered bridge.


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Photo 2: Avid reader enjoying the poems of ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’.


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Photo 3: A familiar bridge to folks in Sussex area … out of service but a great park/picnic area.


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Thanks for all your support and hope you like the book!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

October 26, 2017 at 2:25 pm

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Free ebook … science fiction

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Today Oct 25, 2017 get your free copy (Kindle edition) of the third book in the Meniscus Series … Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb. Follow the continuing story of Odymn and the Slain as they cope with the survivors of a spaceship crash. The book is part of a series but the story is stand-alone. A good way to see if you’d like to read the other books in the series!

To get your free copy of Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb, click here.
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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

October 25, 2017 at 12:35 pm

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winter reading

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Today in New Brunswick, it’s just a little colder than yesterday. Leaves are falling from the trees and there are lots of bare branches against the blue sky. Yesterday I switched our thermostats to auto mode. And yesterday we stopped at a roadside stand to buy a small store of pickles and jams for winter eating.

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My pile of winter reading is also growing. I am looking forward to days by the fire reading many of our New Brunswick authors.

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I can add to your winter reading pile in a couple of ways:

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A chance to win a copy (paperback, postage-paid) of my upcoming book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ (Chapel Street Editions). This book includes 73 of my poems about plants and animals living in the vicinity of 35 of our covered bridges in New Brunswick.  The book also includes 21 of my drawings of bridges and wild life. To enter for the draw, just leave a comment on any of my blog posts at http://www.nichepoetryandprose.wordpress.com or the Facebook posting. one entry per person per post.

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Get a free copy of the Kindle version of the third book in my science fiction Meniscus Series from October 22 to October 25, 2017. Meniscus: Winter by the Waterclimb’ will tell you everything you need to know about how to survive winter on an alien planet!!! Although the book is part of a series, it is also ‘stand-alone’. To get a free copy of the ebook, just click here.

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Enjoy your day!

Jane

new book about covered bridges in New Brunswick – coming soon!

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In New Brunswick, we love our covered bridges. They are part of our history … a walk inside a covered bridge gives you access to  one of the best ‘written’ pages you will ever read, the carved and scribbled notations of a century of passers-by.

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My new book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ (published by Chapel Street Editions) is a tribute to the value of our covered bridges as part of our landscape and ecology.  In the book are 73 of my poems about plants and animals living in the vicinity of the covered bridge.  Many of the poems are about the ways humans use the spaces inside the covered bridge.

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in the shelter of the covered bridge’ includes poems about 35 different covered bridges, most crossing the St. John River or its many tributaries. There are also poems about a few bridges in Charlotte and Westmorland Counties.

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My book is also illustrated with 21 of my drawings of covered bridges and the animals and plants that live there. The cover illustration is from my painting ‘apple tree, Malone Bridge.’

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I hope you will buy a copy of my book! I will keep you posted on the publication date and availability!

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If you would like to win a paperback, postage-paid copy of ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ enter the draw by leaving a comment here on any post of my blog from now until I get my 500th follower, sometime within the next few weeks or days.  You can also enter by leaving a comment on any posting of my blog on my Facebook page. One entry per commenter per post.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Lunch at the cabin

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Spending a day at our cabin is so much fun. And lunch there is simple and delicious … something about fresh air, I think. 

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Our lunches range from very simple (cheese and a nut/raisin mix) to soup and salad ( we have a hot plate to cook on). 

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Our lunches overlook our woods and in winter, we have a glimpse of the lake. 

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Leave me comment on the blog, and I’ll enter your name in a draw for a postage-paid paperback copy of my new book in the shelter of the covered bridge! If you comment on more than one post, I’ll enter your name for each comment (one entry per post).

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

October 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm

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steeples soaring to sky

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Last month, on our way home from Ontario, we drove through the Province of Quebec. In our attempt to escape the traffic on the main highways, we took some side trips. The Quebec countryside is charming, but my favourite views are of the magnificent old churches in every village and town. For this post, I will take you on a brief sky-facing journey of the steeples of some of those churches.

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Don’t forget about my 500th follower contest. Just write a comment to this post to be entered into a draw for a paperback copy of my new book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017  

Written by jane tims

October 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm

alternative energy

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On our recent trip to Ontario, we were intrigued to see how much use is made of alternative energy sources.

Especially in the windy area of Lake Huron, there were many wind turbines.  Watching the blades turn is quite mesmerizing. We saw at least one protest sign about wind energy in a farm-yard, so we know there is some resistance to wind power or the way it is managed.

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Solar power is also being used throughout southern Ontario. Many farms had large solar panels and we saw one extensive installation with hundreds of solar panels. These panels are mechanized so they “follow the sun”!

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I know there are economic, environmental, and social issues with use of wind and solar energy, but my thoughts are these:

wind turbines and solar panels alter the look of the landscape, but so do houses and other buildings

diversification seems to me to be a secure approach to ensuring energy for the future

if our society demands energy, there are consequences — we should be willing to use wind and sun as sources and work out any problems

careful evaluation of the environmental and social costs should be part of decision-making

I am so proud of human innovation when it comes to solving our problems!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

October 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

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