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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

seasonal flooding and bird watching

The moon setting over the field while the deer graze at sunrise on Thursday morning.

We had a really good, and very busy, Easter weekend.  The above photo was taken Thursday evening on our way to church for music practice.  The rivers are up and flooding their banks so all the fields were flooded.  So far it hasn't breeched the roadway!

The Islands in the river are flooded as well, a usual occurrence.  The St. John River runs through the province from northern Maine down to the Bay of Fundy in Saint John and is now totally ice free, which is good, as there won't be any ice jams causing major flooding of the Perth-Andover town  upriver.  However, it doesn't mean there won't be anymore flooding of properties.

This is the much same view taken on Friday morning on the way to church.  It looks so much prettier in the sunshine with blue skies doesn't it?

We had our Easter dinner on Good Friday as it was the only day our son and daughter-in-law weren't busy with her family and because of our music commitments at church all weekend.  I made a little white cake with vanilla butter frosting (and a few sprinkles) for dessert along with 'fresh' strawberries (all the way from Florida so I'm being facetious when I say 'fresh').  I found the recipe on my friend Faye's blog "The Blessed Hearth" and it is delicious!

The flooded fields at sunset on Saturday evening.

Saturday was sunny and warm at 15C so we got some yard cleanup done before we had to head to church to practice for the evening service.  

A Tree Swallow peeks out of the birdhouse behind our back deck on Saturday afternoon.  There have been a few around all week and they have been visiting now and then staking claim to this house.  This afternoon there was an Eastern Bluebird checking out this same box which could be interesting to see which wins out.  We put another box about 20 feet away which the Bluebirds were checking out on Sunday.

The female Bluebird checking out the new house.

And the beautiful male Bluebird sitting on the clothesline waiting.  Isn't that typical - the wife out 'shopping' and the husband waiting.  😁

Our snow is just about gone.  There are two patches in the ditch by the driveway and a small patch out back.  It is hard to believe all that snow went so quickly.  Mind you, we woke to a dusting of snow this morning which has since melted, and it's really chilly here today, so our wintry weather isn't finished with us yet.  

Today is dull, cloudy and cold.  But, I see green in the brown grass and the buds on the trees are swelling and the daffodils have buds forming.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend and wish you a beautiful spring-like week ahead.

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

it's happening

Spring that is!  
We are finally starting to look like spring here.
On Sunday the robins arrived in flocks, along with the blackbirds and cowbirds, song sparrows and tree swallows, which made me feel delighted.

When I open the door I hear birdsong other than the chickadees that stay all winter and it is lovely.

On Monday the temperature rose to 19C and it was sunny.  Folks were out in their shirt sleeves and shorts, light spring jackets or sweaters, sandals and runners.  Gone were the winter jackets, scarves and boots!  Yesterday was another lovely mild day too and the snow melted even more.  Today is cloudy and cooler and we are expecting rain.  The weekend will be average April temperatures in the low to mid-teens

We are having a slow melt which is great but at the same time the snow is going so fast now.

There are lots of deer grazing on the hill most days.  I counted at least 30 one evening.  You can see the open spots in the above photo that I took on Monday evening, but now it is mostly bare brown grass.  

On Monday evening Murray burned the brush pile that had been gathering since last fall.  We gathered more sticks and twigs that had fallen during the winter and added it to the pile.  It's nice to see that eyesore gone!

While he did that I sat on the back deck and enjoyed the fading sun dressed in a toque and winter jacket.  It was chilling down fast.

A typical April evening in New Brunswick.  :-/

Spring tulips and daffodils.

As it is Easter weekend coming up we will be busy with family and special church services.  We will have our dinner on Friday at supper time with our son and his wife coming as Saturday evening we have a church service as well as Sunday morning.  There is lots of special music planned for the services which Murray and I are taking part in.  It is such a special time of the year as we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

If you celebrate Easter, I wish you a very blessed holiday.

Enjoy the holiday weekend.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

downtown Moncton

Moncton Market on Westmorland St.

We had a getaway to Moncton this past weekend.  We aren't the 'going down south' people that vacation to Florida or other southern climes in winter and we were due for a weekend away after a long winter.  The weather was blustery with a cold easterly wind that went right through you.  On Sunday morning we woke up to wet snow.  Spring in New Brunswick.

Moncton is my hometown and I still have family there so I connected with them to meet up with them.  People are so busy these days and one just doesn't drop in for a visit.  Friday we had the day to ourselves and did the shopping thing.  Saturday morning we decided to visit the Moncton Market downtown after which we walked around on Main Street.  A lot of Moncton's historic buildings are still in use today and I love the old architecture so I took a few cell phone pictures to share.   Sorry the photos are a bit dark but it was a dull day.

It is nice to see the older buildings from the last century (and before) being re-vamped for use today, rather than being torn down.  This building on Westmorland St. now houses a restaurant called "Gusto".

This iron gate is at the side entrance to another building.  I'm not sure if it's original to the building or not.

This is the front of the same building in the previous photo built in 1900, that originally housed the Moncton Transcript newspaper.  I like the wrought iron gate over the portico window.  Years ago there used to be a turret with wrought iron decor on the very top of this entrance.

This is another photo I found online of Main St. Moncton today and in the early 1900's.  You can see the Transcript building on the right in the right hand photo with it's fancy turret with wrought iron work.  The building on the right of it burned a few years ago and is now being rebuilt.  I wonder if it was a photo studio with the big glass wall of windows on the second floor.

A newer building, part of the Assumption Plaza, overhangs the sidewalk.

This is Assumption Plaza.

The "Tide and Boar" Restaurant is a great place to eat.....from what I hear. 

Moncton City Hall.  You can still see remnants of the winter snow along the streets.

This building used to be Rubin's Department Store  and the mosaic wall is a beautiful work of modern art from the 1960's.  "Cora" is a breakfast restaurant chain in Canada.  And it is a wonderful place to eat!

I don't know the date of this building but am guessing it was built around 1899 as The Merchants Bank.  It now houses a Tim Horton's Coffee Shop.....another famous coffee shop/ restaurant chain that you may have heard of.

This is a vintage photo I found online of the Tim Horton's building.

And what it looks like today (photo found online).  It is missing its turret and fancy edging of it's early years.  The white tower sticking up was built in the 70's as the NB Tel (telephone) communications tower.

An Irish Pub
There are a lot of eateries on Main St. these days and maybe a couple of boutiques.  Not like it was when I was growing up there and there were many department stores and fewer restaurants.  There was Zellers, Woolworths (then Woolco), Simpson-Sears (Sears Canada), Eaton's, Creaghan's, Dalmy's, Rubin's, Reitmans, Curll's, and Colpitts Mens Wear, a local business that has managed to survive and is still there, among them.  The best place to eat was the Palace Grill (Chinese food) and Woolworths.  That was all before the malls were built and the stores moved or closed completely.  Time sure changes things.

The Capitol Theatre has been restored both outside and in to its original glory and is truly beautiful.

The beautiful underside of the marquee overhang.
And a bit of up-to-date digital signage built in.

Another beautiful building with it's squared off corner has operated as a tobacco shop since 1926.

We made our loop walk back to the car and passed by another entrance to the Moncton Market with the rooster on the cupola and the cloud covered sun peeking through.  It was a dull cold day.

We had a great visit with my family and it was good to get away for a change of scene.  

Our weather is getting a 'bit' milder and today is foggy with heavy rain coming tonight which will melt down the snow a lot.  It might hit 15C on Monday!

Thanks for visiting.  Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

over the hill

Looking up the hill in February 2017

No, it's not my big birthday.  Yes, I've been over the hill for a few years now.  😄 This post is about going over the hill behind our house which we don't do very often.  I've shared lots of photos on here of the view behind our house year around.  Our property ends at the cedar rail fence and once in a while we take a walk up the hill either in summer or on snowshoes in winter.  A couple weekends ago we walked up on the snowmobile trail that Murray has been making this winter and didn't need snowshoes.  I did need my ski poles to help me with balance though and it was a brilliant idea to bring them, I must say.  

We followed the snowmobile trail that Murray has been making over the hill down to the river although we didn't go that far as my knee wouldn't allow me that strain.  It was a beautiful sunny day as you can see by the blue skies.

We are getting closer to the top now.  I stopped often to look around, take pictures and watch for deer.

We saw these three deer off to the far left once we got over the other side.  There were deer tracks everywhere and we also saw a group of them grazing on the next farm over.

This photo looks across the river to Mactaquac and the provincial park.  It is a long way down to the river by foot and it's also steep so you can see why we didn't walk too far.  These fields are starting to grow up with trees now as they haven't been farmed or used for pasture for decades.  We should take a walk this far in the summer to see how much the fields are grown over with brush and trees.  The view will be blocked by leaves by then.

This is a broader view showing the snow covered St. John River.  Do you see that faint tiny bump in the middle of the horizon?  That's called Harvey Mountain.  And it's not that big really....more like a very large hill.  😀

Here is a pano shot from my cell phone of the pretty clouds, the snowmobile trail and deer tracks.

I turned around and took this shot looking up the hill where we came from.  This would be a lovely spot for a house with the gorgeous view and southwesterly exposure.

As we came back up to the top on our way back I took a this photo of the bare grass, which is probably covered with fresh snow again.

We've reached the top of the hill again and are looking east toward our house.

Now, you may notice that these prints aren't deer tracks, although the one at the bottom right looks like one, so I'm thinking some sort of big cat was on the hunt.  Hmm.  There are bobcat around now and then and lots of coyotes but I'm just not sure what this track would be.  Also, the warm sun would have melted it down and made it look bigger than it was.

The 'yellow' door in the centre of the photo is our shed door.  Almost home.

Just brilliant!

Last Saturday we went for a quick run up the hill on the first time on one in years.  Since I had no helmet Murray drove really slow and we were gone for 10 minutes.  It was a hazy/sunny spring-like day.

Murray, and our son and daughter-in-law, went snowmobiling on Monday night for a few hours during the snowstorm.  They had a blast and drove all the way to New Maryland, a town south of Fredericton.  They had to cross the river two times there and back which always makes me nervous this time of the year.

I took this through the window at 7:00 pm with snow falling so it's a bit blurry.  

Our deck yesterday morning after it was snow-free for about a week.

As you see we still have lots of snow.  We got about 14 cm. on Monday and another 5 cm. last night.  As we finish off the month of March and head into April - the month of showers - we hope we've seen the last of old man winter.  

Here's some colour for you after all these white pictures.  😀

Thank you for visiting.  
Have a great day and I hope it feels like spring where you live.

Take care.

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