In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

making a change

Maybe, dear reader, you've noticed a change. The photograph on the banner is different. When I started this blog in the fall of 2008 I used an evocative image of the lighthouse on a slightly foggy day. It was beautiful, and said as much about life on the island as one picture can say. But when Greg was working with Pottersfield Press on his book, that lighthouse picture (which he had taken) came up the clear winner for the cover. It belonged there.

Meanwhile, over in blog land, it's been time for a change. This online journal has been underway for almost two and a half years, so it's ancient in blog years, which are, I bet, similar to dog years. Anything this incredibly old can use a fresh look. I looked through my cache of pictures and chose the picture that's now on the banner, which was taken in June 2010. Since it includes stone walls, forest, apple tree, mysterious hanging wooden pulley, ferns, fog, an edge of my clothesline and one adorable beast, what more could I ask for?

I hope you like this new look.

9 comments:

MargaretJ said...

Perfect

Bonnie said...

I definitely like the new picture. I like all the pictures you put up. I painted one of them on a can and gave it to my daughter for Christmas. It was the one you took from the marshy area looking out over the water. (I recycle hot chocolate cans by painting them, as a word of explanation.)

Diane said...

An equally beautiful photo.

Thank you for your blog. It's beautiful too!!

Su Rogers said...

Love your blog. The photos are idyllic and beautiful. I have walked on the island to all the parts you have photographed. It is a wonderful place. I know a little about the lighthouse and life there from an extended family who lived on the island working the light decades ago. Stuff of dreams. Su

Hotel California said...

Your new photo is spectacular. Has the old pulley been hanging there for decades or did you place it? It probably knows many island secrets.

Anne Yarbrough said...

The pulley was hanging in that tree when we first came to look around in 2006. We haven't moved it!

sybil said...

How puzzling. This update just arrived in my in-box, and it's dated March 1, 2011. Hmmmm.

Forrest Long said...

I like your new photo...looks so fitting for the area. I used to live in Shelburne County and loved the area. Now living in Alabama and really miss the sea. Does anyone live in your house now and do you ever go back for a visit? I really enjoyed your husband's book. Is there any followup book in the works?

Anne Yarbrough said...

Sybil, I'm as mystified as you are. The blog fairies having their fun, maybe?

Forrest, thanks for the kind comments. Greg does have another manuscript (second book) and we are trying to decide whether just to go indie since we can't find a NS publisher for it. Yes, the house and all our lovely neighbours are still there. No, we don't go back to visit. That would be too sad for us. I think of this blog now as something that's been completed, just like our experience of living on the island has been completed. But I want to leave it up in case people enjoy wandering by for a visit.
cheers,
Anne