nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

Posts Tagged ‘New Brunswick

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

with 6 comments

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.

~

~

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.

~

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.

~

~

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.’

~


~

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

~

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.

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

New Brunswick’s covered bridges … kissing bridges

with 2 comments

~

A covered bridge is also known as a ‘kissing bridge’ – a place where a couple can steal a caress in privacy.  A covered bridge has always been a good place to leave a message about affection for one another.

~

During our covered bridge visits, we’ve seen lots of examples of these messages …

~

At least two notations of love in the MacFarlane Covered Bridge (Ward’s Creek #2) …

~

106_crop

Ron and Trish, 2014 and WR and EE, years ago … MacFarlane Bridge

~

And another way of linking two sets of initials in the Marven Bridge (Belleisle Creek #2) …

~

155_crop

A heart links J G and CW on the Marven Bridge

~

‘Just Married’ in chalk in the Moores Mills Bridge (Trout Creek #5) …

~

083

a chalk message in the Moores Mills Covered Bridge

~

And, back in the MacFarlane Bridge, an incomplete notation.  Who did LANA love?

~

101_crop

LANA + in the MacFarlane Covered Bridge 2015

~

Copyright  2017  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

September 1, 2017 at 7:31 am

in the shelter of the covered bridge – Plumweseep Bridge, New Brunswick

with 3 comments

Plumweseep Bridge (Kennebecasis River #9) built 1911, not far from Sussex …

~

~

2015 188_crop

~

The covered bridge in its setting … surrounded by trees, river running beneath, a field of ripened grain in the foreground, the rolling hills of the Kennebecasis Valley in the background.

~

~

Copyright 2016 Jane Tims

 

along New Brunswick’s roads

with 4 comments

New Brunswick is a beautiful province. We also have a great road system, both for those who want to linger and those who want to get through as fast as possible.

~

~

This time of year I am amazed at the beauty of our four-lane Trans-Canada highway. I think the roadside has been seeded with a wild-flower mix but many are weedy species common in New Brunswick. Whatever their origins, the results are lovely.

~

~

~

~

I have found these flowers in a quick sampling of the roadside:

Buttercup (Ranunculus sp.)

Lupin (Lupinus sp.)

Bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Red Clover (Trifolium pretense)

Daisy (Leucanthemum sp.)

Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)

Bedstraw (Galium sp.)

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farafara)

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

(plus many grasses, sedges and non-flowering plants contributing to the background of green)

~

~

Long stretches of highway can be boring-beyond-belief, but, because of these expanses of bloom, I am enjoying our drives along the highway this summer.

~

Copyright 2017 Jane Tims

 

Written by jane tims

June 26, 2017 at 7:41 am

goslings

leave a comment »

On our drive last weekend to the Spednic Lake area, we saw this sight along the road by North Lake …. three Canada geese and their goslings …. two rather unevenly sized families.

~

~

~

~

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

June 16, 2017 at 7:05 am

Fredericton’s Literary Festival — Word Feast

leave a comment »

This Thursday evening is the launch of Fredericton’s Word Feast, a literary festival to be held in Fredericton during the Week of September 18 – 24, 2017. Word Feast is expected to be an annual festival, featuring a lecture, workshops, seminars, readings, and other events.

~

To launch this event, there will be an announcement party this Thursday June 1, 2017 at 7 PM in the Chickadee Hall of the Fredericton Public Library. Each of the main categories of literary events will be announced and there will be readings by some well-known Fredericton writers. Our readers will include Sue Sinclair, Kathy Goggin, Mark Jarman, and Paul McAllister. I will be reading from my poetry about wild edible plants. Everyone is welcome and the launch party is free!

~

This will be an enjoyable evening and a chance to hear about the great line-up planned for Word Feast.

~

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

May 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm

mustard electric

with 8 comments

More painting going on. Trying to capture some of our dramatic New Brunswick landscape.

~

This summer we drove through the rural countryside near Millville and loved the brilliant yellow mustard fields.

~

This painting is called ‘mustard electric’, 24″ by 20″, acrylic, gallery edges, painted with Hansa yellow, Ultramarine blue, Titanium white. When I had it in the living room, it was impossible to ignore, its blast of yellow lingering in the peripheral vision!

~

dscf2830

September 10, 2016 ‘mustard electric’ near Millville, N.B. Jane Tims

~

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

September 28, 2016 at 7:02 am

%d bloggers like this: