Tuesday, May 26, 2015

from snow to heat...we have it all

Yes, that is snow!  It came down fast and hard with a very cold wind on Saturday morning.

From snow to heat all within 24 hours.  Where else can one enjoy the 4 seasons in a short time period.
What can I say.....it's Canada.

By the afternoon it looked like this although the wind was still quite cold.

Since then we've had temperatures in the upper 20's celsius which have been very welcome, I must say.

Wild violets, Forget-me-nots, Lily of the valley and Poppy

One of the vintage tables on our back deck.  I added the old colander filled with beach finds - rocks and shells.  The wire planter on the top shelf has a bird house and more beach finds.

The blue enamel pot now has flowers in it which I'll share another day.

We had a bit of excitement today when an insulator blew up and caught the power pole on fire out front of our house.  The power crew came and repaired everything and we were only without power for 2 3/4 hours.  I'm really thankful for these linesmen who work in all kinds of weather to restore power to customers.

When I went for my walk this evening I took a photo of the repair job.  It's interesting that they used metal mounted on top of the wood pole.

I've made 2 trips to the greenhouse and bought plants.  I'll have to take some photos of them tomorrow to share with you.  I'm not buying as much this year and my bill is half what it was last year.  I have to make up 2 planters tomorrow afternoon.....in the 30 degree heat.  I'm not complaining though as we deserve it!  

While on my walk this evening the air was filled with the sweet smell of wild apple and cherry blossoms.  It was heavenly.  As I'm typing the warm breeze is blowing in the windows and the peepers are 'singing' in the ponds.  I love this time of the year.  Don't you?


Thursday, May 21, 2015

busy, busy, busy

Geranium bloom, inside.

Well, where is the time going?  I've been absent since last week....absent from posting and also visiting your blogs.  What can I say....the weather has been fairly nice....especially on the weekend past....and I've been busy outside and otherwise.  There is so much to do outside now that the weather is nicer so I may be scarce around here for a while.

The Victoria Day holiday weekend was wonderful.  Friday and Saturday were sunny and warm and perfect and busy.  Lots of yard work, lawn mowing, garden tilling (by a neighbour), cleanup, etc. happened all weekend.  Sunday - our day of rest - was rainy and cool.  The Monday holiday was sunny and warm again and we were right back at it all day.  I was so sore and achy by evening that I could barely do the stairs.  lol  

Our sweet DIL picked lots of fiddleheads and gave us some which had to be cleaned and washed and blanched for freezing.  A yummy vegetable for the winter months.  

We bought a cedar tete-a-tete recently that needed to be stained.  I spent 3 hours on that Monday afternoon.  (I'll post a photo when the second coat is done and it's on our deck)  It's a lot of work getting stain in-between all the wood slats!!

Fire at sunset.

We had a burn fire going on all day Monday.  After the heavy rains of Sunday it was finally safe to burn again and we had a huge pile of old wood, branches etc. collecting and that was added to throughout the day as we cleaned up.  

barn at sunset

the pond and blooming cherry trees at sunset

Sunset skies and new green on the trees.

Wild cherry blossoms.

Minuet Lilac

Well, my plan for building a raised garden bed with a stone wall isn't going to happen so the new Lilac and Alberta Spruce got planted in the lawn instead.  With many other projects on the go and lots of expense the raised bed was going to be another biggie, cost wise, so it was scrapped.  I'm waiting for the blossoms to open up so I can enjoy their scent.  Does anyone know if the blooms should be cut this first year?  I know they need to be pruned off after blooming but it would be nice to have one or two in the house to enjoy.   Your help is appreciated.  :)

My friend, Lois, is coming tomorrow for lunch then we're going to a quilt show, which is always interesting.  Lois is a quilter but I'm not, although I enjoy seeing them and really appreciate all the work that goes into them.  Tomorrow evening our neighbours, who are moving in another week, are coming over for supper.  So, I'm am going to have a very busy Friday and this afternoon I need to get started on some meal planning and prep.  

Thanks so much for your visits.  I appreciate it when you stop by and leave a comment.  I'll try to get around and visit you soon.  Gotta run!!


Friday, May 15, 2015

spring is bursting out all around us

Lacey green flowers on the maple tree against the gorgeous blue sky.

Spring is blooming and bursting out all around us this week.  We had some sunshine and rain that brought out the leaves on the trees, the early blooming tulips, and the green grass that will have to be mowed.

The view from our living room window Friday morning.

The maple trees are starting to fill in our view.

A cropped shot of the pond across the road and the St. John River Valley in the morning sun.  Can you see the soft leaves and buds on the trees?  I LOVE this view!!

My neighbour gave me this poppy plant last summer and it has really grown this spring with several buds.  These were covered with raindrops the other day.

Yesterday the tulips were opened up and so beautiful!

I love this bi-coloured one.

The white tulip before it opened with rain drops.

This creamy white one looks like a rose when it opened.  Beautiful!

The Tree Swallows are busy gathering mud and twigs for their nest in the birdhouse.  I'm going to enjoy watching them in the weeks ahead.  

It's a gorgeous day here.  I have lots to do inside and out but spent an hour talking with my neighbour in the yard this morning.    I've got to get going and make some headway on that chore list.

I hope my Canadian friends have a wonderful and safe Victoria Day holiday weekend ~ the kick-off to summer for us.  Sunshine tomorrow and Monday but rain on Sunday for us in New Brunswick. 

 Enjoy the weekend my friends!  Thank you for visiting.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

a visit to the pond at sunset

On Tuesday evening, while Murray was picking rocks in the garden, I took a little walk to the neighbour's pond to see if there was any wildlife there.  It was one of those pretty spring evenings after a rainy day and everything looked fresh and the air smelled wonderful.  There wasn't a breath of air and it was almost a bit muggy.  There were no bugs or blackflies to annoy me....they'll be appearing soon enough....and there wasn't a duck in the pond.  There was a red-winged blackbird singing in a nearby tree but that was the only sound.  Even the spring peepers were quiet as can be.  The sky was dark with clouds but there were some clearing breaks as the sun was setting.  I walked back and helped Murray pick rocks for a while.  A little while later the sky grew very dark and a heavy rain shower fell.  Then the sun broke through as it set and I spied a rainbow.  There are a lot of photos.  Enjoy!

This was a Manitoba Maple tree that Tropical Storm Arthur blew down last July.

Looking northwest.

Looking southeast.

A parting shot.

Looking back toward the pond from our deck.  By now the peepers were singing up a storm....literally.

The sky grew darker then it poured rain for a few minutes.....after we were finished outside.  

The sky was a beautiful peachy-orange shade with clearing sky behind it.  It made for a beautiful silhouette with the trees and barn.  

And a beautiful rainbow appeared in the southeastern sky.

You'd think that today would be a nice spring day here but it was chilly and cloudy most of the day.  The sky is now blue and it's sunny at the supper hour and we will have a nice stretch of weather for the next several days with our long Victoria Day holiday weekend.  

I hope to be back with a post before the weekend starts. 
Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, May 11, 2015

this and that from the weekend

Where did the weekend go?   I was so busy on the weekend that I didn't even get a post up for Mother's Day.  I hope all the mothers out there had a wonderful day and were duly celebrated.
We had a fabulous meal at our son and his wife's, along with her parents and grandmother.  Jenn made a seafood chowder that was SO delicious.  I suggested she needs to try out for the next Masterchef Canada.  She really is a great cook!  We had a wonderful visit and the weather was mostly sunny and even humid for the first time this season.  Our daughter, Jennifer, Face Timed me when I got home and we chatted for quite a while.  I was able to show her the backyard and deck as I was sitting outside.  Don't you just love technology?!

Talk about presentation!  Yummy.

We bought some spruce trees to plant along the backyard as a wind and snow break.  They will take a long time to grow and do any good before we see it but we need something after all the drifting we had this past winter.  I also bought a lilac bush which hasn't been planted yet.  I have an idea for the back lawn.  I think we need to build a raised bed garden with a stone wall around it.  We have a lot of lawn back there and it would be nice to have a focal point to look at.  It could also act as a wind break.  So, my plan is to plant the lilac and that cute green spruce on the left in the photo and transplant a couple of perennial shrubs in this new raised bed.  I wonder when this will be accomplished.  It had better be soon I think.  

 Tree Swallows having a close encounter. 

The Tree Swallows won the 'house lottery' on the weekend.  There were half a dozen or more of them flying around the past week looking for the house to be put up.  Of course, they've also been eating bugs while doing their acrobatics which is great!  On Saturday a pair finally decided to set up house keeping in the house and have started nest building.  A chickadee was checking out the house on Friday too but it lost out.  I haven't seen a Bluebird at all so Swallows it is.  I bought another birdhouse that Murray has to install yet so maybe we'll get another nesting pair in it.

I've had the hummingbird feeders out for 10 days and finally I saw one come this afternoon after I had changed the water in them.  I'm not sure how many are here but this one keeps coming back.  I believe it's a female.

This cute Goldfinch and his friend landed on the deck railing at suppertime.  

We are getting much needed rain tonight and tomorrow but the long Victoria Day holiday weekend is looking quite nice and warm.   I feel terrible for those of you in the US that have to deal with tornados and warnings.  It must be very stressful for you and I pray you will all be safe.

Have a great week my friends.  I will be back soon.


Friday, May 8, 2015

birds, birds, birds

pussy willows gone to seed

It's a very cool 6 C this Friday morning with clouds and rain showers in the forecast.  We've had terrible winds the past week either from either the south or north....not good for forest and brush fires that have been burning due to the dry forest floors and also because humans are careless.  Rain today will be a good thing.  

I went for a walk yesterday when the sun was shining beautifully and I was looking for signs of spring.  I couldn't miss the green of this field which is a crop field.  Most other fields are still quite brown especially if they are fallow.  

Dog tooth violets are up but not blooming yet.

Wild Lupin leaves that will soon produce spikes of purple and pink blooms.

Well....my title says this post is about birds so here they are.

A 'murder' of crows.....my morning wake up call.....way up on the hill.

Male Goldfinch

There were a few birdies around the yard and feeders.

Male and female Goldfinches

Song Sparrow on the clothesline post doing what it does best.  Such a pretty song.

The Song Sparrow came down to dine on scattered seeds on this old tree stump.  It sure blends in.

Tree Swallow.  

There are lots of Tree Swallows around and they have been looking for a place to nest.  We had a Bluebird house on this post last summer and the Barn Swallows nested in it, which is rather strange I guess, but this swallow seemed to think this is where it should be finding a home as it kept coming back to it and diving around the yard.  We put the house up at dusk last night and I'm watching today to see what will come.  I actually saw a Chickadee checking it out this morning.  I haven't seen any swallows around yet.  Of course, I'd love to have Bluebirds in the house.  They are so beautiful.

Tree Swallow in flight and greatly cropped.

Actually, all these bird photos were cropped.  My camera isn't that good!

Thank you for stopping by.   Wishing you a beautiful spring day.


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