Tonight I want to point readers in the direction of two very recent arrivals on the proverbial internet: a website featuring the work of our Queensborough friends Jen and Ed Couperus, both incredibly talented wood-carvers; and the new blog of our Madoc friend Brenda Skinner, a very fine writer and photographer.
Jen and Ed’s site, Artistry in Union (artistryinunion.com) has beautiful photos of examples of their work: Jen’s carvings, mostly of animals and scenes from nature; and Ed’s splendid wooden bowls. There’s also a section about what inspires them in their creative work, and it features a lovely photo of the two of them taken, I believe, very close to Queensborough. Jen and Ed do beautiful work (I wrote about it once before, here); in addition to checking it out on their new website, you can come and see it and meet them in person at this year’s Tweed and Area Studio tour; details here.
Meanwhile, our friend Brenda Skinner, whose charming little book (called Utter Peace and Tranquility) about life in a pretty corner of Northern Ontario I wrote about here, has started a blog of her own, called Right On the Doorstep (rightonthedoorstep.wordpress.com). In it Brenda – who now lives with her husband, Peter, in Madoc; Raymond and I have had the pleasure of having them as guests at the Manse – combines her acute observations of the natural world, her photographic skills, and her memories of what sounds like a rather charmed existence in their former “up north” life into daily posts that are lovely to read and to look at.