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for covered bridge enthusiasts

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I am looking forward to the New Year 2018 and to the first of my 2018 book readings!

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On January 6, 2018 I will be at the Sussex Public Library to read from my book in the shelter of the covered bridge’ and sign copies. I will be joined by a well-known covered bridge enthusiast Ray Boucher. Ray is the author of A Photo Tour of the Covered Bridges of New Brunswick’ (Kissing Bridge Publications, 2014) and his 2018 calendar featuring photos of some of New Brunswick’s covered bridges. Books and calendars will all be for sale.

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We will be telling about our various visits to some of the province’s covered bridges and I will read poems from my book, focussing on covered bridges in the Sussex area.

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Those who come to the reading (no purchase needed) will be able to enter a draw to win one of my paintings. ‘black, blackberries’ is 12″ by 9″, acrylic, gallery edges.

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‘black, blackberries’, Jane Tims, Oct.1, 2017, acrylic, gallery edges, 12″ by 9″

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Hope you can attend. We will try to warm you with covered bridge stories.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

 

Malone Covered Bridge – new painting

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Just before Christmas, my painting of the Ellis Bridge over the North Becaguimec River sold. Since I want to keep a painting in the space, I have been working on a new covered bridge painting.  For subject matter, I chose the Malone Covered Bridge near Goshen, the same covered bridge in the painting on the front cover of my book.

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The Malone Bridge is in an isolated area and was one of the favorite bridges we visited in 2015.  One of the sketches in my book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ is of the Malone Bridge and I used this sketch as the basis for my new painting.

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The painting ‘thistles at Malone Bridge’ is 24 inches wide by 20 inches high, done in acrylics, gallery edges.

Malone Bridge, on the isolated Goshen Road near Upper Goshen in Kings County, was built in 1911. The remnants of the Malone homestead, established 1820, are located near the bridge. At this point the Kennebecasis is a narrow, clear stream. The two brooks that seem to come together at the bridge are actually two braids of the same river.

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‘thistles at Malone Bridge’, 24″ x 20″, acrylic, December 27, 2017, by Jane Tims

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The painting will be at Isaac’s Way Restaurant in Fredericton, New Brunswick until January 28, as part of their 31st Art Auction. Silent-auction-type bids are taken until January 28, 2018, or you can purchase the painting for its full price of $320.  The art is viewed by everyone enjoying a meal at the restaurant and 50% of the proceeds from my sale are donated to ART lessons for kids-in-need. If you love covered bridges and would like some original art for your home, drop by and have a look at my work.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

500th follower!

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Horray! I’ve reached my 500th follower! Thanks for all those who entered my book draw by leaving a comment on the past few posts. I will be drawing for the winner of my new book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ at my reading on November 23 at the Authors Coffee House in Nasonworth. I’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 24!

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Holding this contest has been fun. I’ve had more comments than usual and I will be delighted to give my book to one of my readers!!!!

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Thanks to all who entered.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

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November 20, 2017 at 10:27 am

new book and new line-up of readings!

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With the publication of my new book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ comes a new series of readings. I wish you were near so you could attend.

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I love to read in public. Reading about covered bridges will be lots of fun because people love the subject matter. In New Brunswick we still have 59 covered bridges and most people can tell you a story about their local bridge or about one they cross as they travel the New Brunswick roads.

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Readings lined up so far:

Authors Coffee House, Nasonworth, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, November 23, 2017 … 7 PM

Book Launch, Westminster Books, Fredericton, December 2, 2017 … 2 PM

Library Reading, Sussex Public Library, January, 2017 …. keep watch for details

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My reading at the Authors Coffee House will be a bit different. I have prepared a slide show of some of the bridges in my book. $10 from the sale of each book will go to a church outreach project in Uganda. And we will have cookies from the Goody Shop in Fredericton!

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Hope to see you there!

Jane

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November 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

covered bridge at the foot of the rainbow

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Patrick Owen bridge cropI have covered bridges on my mind … this great view of our Patrick Owens Bridge in Rusagonis, taken last summer on a drive home through the rain!

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November 10, 2017 at 10:12 am

my new book of poetry available now!

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Late at night in February 2015, as my husband and I crossed the Patrick Owens Covered Bridge on the Rusagonis Stream, we startled a rabbit in the middle of the span. The rabbit raced through the bridge in front of the truck. I can still see the shadow of his long ears and the scurry of his feet. Since the incident occurred during the February 21, 2015 conjunction of Venus and Mars with the sickle moon, I thought of all the legends about the hare and the moon. This led to the poem “conjunction” and a question about what other plants and animals find shelter in or around our covered bridges in New Brunswick.

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I am please to announce that my resulting book of poems ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ is now available. The book includes 21 of my drawings and more than 70 poems. The Foreword is written by my friend Brian Atkinson who wrote New Brunswick’s Covered Bridges (Nimbus, 2010).

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‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ is now available through my publisher Chapel Street Editions http://www.chapelstreeteditions.com and at upcoming readings. You will soon be able to find it at Westminster Books in Fredericton and Tidewater Books in Sackville.

I hope you enjoy the book and take every opportunity to drive through one of our covered bridges in New Brunswick!

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conjunction – February 21, 2015

Patrick Owens Bridge

Rusagonis River #2

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Venus and Mars

sickle of mid-winter moon

planet and moon light scamper

into crevasses

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headlights of the half-ton enter

overwhelm planet shadow

startle a winter hare

erect on haunches, paw lifted

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frosted by sky-gaze, worshiping

the sliver of moon, dismayed

at desecration, round glare

of the truck’s predatory eyes

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fright to stop a heart

or flight to mobilize

hind-legs straighten

before fore-legs turn

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long ear shadows

quit the length of the bridge

ahead of whiskers, chin velvet

and rabbit wisdom

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From ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’, Chapel Street Editions, 2017

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017 

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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'transport crash'paperback

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Enjoy your day!

Jane

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