Burnished Branch Comely Comrades Dutchmans Breeches Golden Reflections Magnolias Sir Wilfrid Laurier Climbing Roses Slippers of the Bruce Sunny Sill Touch-me-nots Woodland Wildflowers Triptych Yellow Lady's Slipper
Around the Bend Beside the Still Waters Come With Me Glade Creek Grist Mill - Winter Glade Creek Grist Mill - Autumn Meadowside Mirror Moon Gate Morning Moment No Room October Old Sheave Tower Oxford's Welcome Rambling River Song Sheep on the Hillside Springtime on the Sogne Fjord The Old Sentinel Waiting - Milk Can Woodside - Mackenzie King
Gros Morne Indian Harbour Island Solitude Magnets of Newfoundland Port Sydney Point Spirit Island Splashing Thru The Crags Ten Little Puffins Testimony
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The mixed dairy farm I grew up on near Hickson ON was edged by a woods and creek. Each spring, Mom took me and my four siblings on exciting wildflower hunts. She taught us their names and those of the birds and trees. Beauty was everywhere--palm trees and ferns were etched onto my bedroom window by the frost, clam shells on the sandbar shimmered with pearl, tiny dots of gold were on the shoulder of a Monarch butterfly's powder-green chrysalis hanging under a milkweed leaf!
High-schooled at WCI in Woodstock, I received amazing encouragement from my typing and shorthand teacher which bloomed into an interesting career in the courtroom, recording proceedings in shorthand and typing transcripts of evidence.
In 1961, I married Lloyd McDonald who also attended WCI. Our three children, John, Daniel and Joanna, were born in Woodstock. We moved to London to avoid the half-hour commutes Lloyd made for work and bought a bungalow in the country beside a pond and a meadow.
A year-and-a-half after being called to serve with the missionary radio station of TWR on Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands (chapters 1-2 of Little Dutch Isle), we arrived in July, 1973 (pages 68 and 73). Bonaire is a semi-desert island, but one of the world's best shore-diving spots (pages 471& 478). It is home to flamingos, mountains of salt, lopsided trees and cacti. The friendly local residents are descendants of former slaves who were brought in to harvest the solar salt and the aloe plantations. Our children were educated solely in the Dutch language.
We returned to Canada in 1984 and settled in Kitchener ON. Lloyd found himself outdated in electronics due to technologies which came in during our 11-years out of the country. He was able to find satisfaction in building maintenance, in Bible teaching (see closerlook.ca) and in creating several unique sculptures.
Shortly after returning, I switched from being proficient on an electric typewriter to navigating the exasperating challenge of computers. Working in various clerical jobs and administrative work at a church's seniors' complex, I was able to get back into my first love, court reporting.
Retirement allowed me to continue creating and offering oil and watercolour paintings online and to harvest years of scrapbooking, journalling and photography in order to share, in a transparent manner, Little Dutch Isle.
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