Thursday, April 16, 2015

melting snow and Good Fences

fence posts for barbed wire fencing in the foreground

Monday was one of those beautiful spring days where the sun and warm 19C temperature was working it's magic on the landscape here.  I went for a walk, farther than I'd planned, and took some photos.  The above and below ones are the same 'pink toned' iPhone photo spot I shared in my last post.  It looks much better taken with my camera!

The nearby pond is starting to show signs of rotting ice.

Even the ducks at the apple farm were out for a walk in the yard.

Another brook is running free.

A Christmas tree farm with a view.  The flag is tattered from the strong winter winds.

Another field of Christmas trees.  I expect a lot of this snow is gone today after 4 days of sunny warm weather.  I'll have to take another walk to find out.  :)

The next farm field with a view of the river valley.

The farm field on the upper side of the road is one where the deer like to hang out when they aren't in the field behind us.   How many do you see?

On my drive to the city yesterday I noticed how much the snow had melted everywhere and that the ice is pretty well out of the St. John River below the Mactaquac Dam.  When I drove along the river in Fredericton's downtown last Thursday it was solid white ice.  Yesterday the ice was gone and the river was a bit fuller.  

It's nice to be able to wear shoes and a spring jacket again!  Although some people must think it's warm enough to go in bare legs/feet/arms when it's 10C and really windy!  Not me.  However, I did put the AC on in the car as it was so hot in the sun and I find the 'cool' vent on full blast just doesn't seem to work for me.  :)  

I'm joining Theresa for Good Fences.

Have a great day!


Monday, April 13, 2015

spring is making its presence felt

Finally....spring is making its presence felt here in the Maritimes!   Sunday was a beautiful day and the temperature rose to 14C.  I went for a little walk along the road to see what I could see of spring and the first thing was a robin that flew into a tree along the road.  I had to crop the photo as it was too far away.  Isn't he handsome?

There are flocks of robins, blackbirds of all varieties, juncos and American goldfinch coming around yesterday and today.  Today? It's sunny and already 8 and going up to 15 this afternoon!   Yay!  It's about time!

I boosted the colour in this photo a bit so you could see the soft rosy buds forming on the trees along this field.  Still lots of snow and drifts to melt but the snow is disappearing so fast the past few days.

Here is the brook which is still snow covered but I could hear it rushing underneath.  Another couple of days and it should be opening up.

As I spent some time in the yard yesterday just looking at things and seeing how the tulips and daffodils are coming up etc., I also noticed the snow under the bird feeders which have hung on the clothesline all winter.  Oh my.  What a mess!  Looks at the dirty snow.  Some is tree detritus but the rest is seed and seed casings.  The birds and red squirrels are enjoying the clean up but all this will eventually end up on the lawn.  I may not feed the birds next winter.  It's just too messy!

The front yard on Sunday.  The snow is slowly melting.

Sorry about the colour of this photo.  It's my cell phone (an iPhone 4) and I don't know why the photos have such a pink tone to them.   I wanted to show how this drainage ditch is opening up and how the field is starting to get some bare spots.  The field behind our house has much less snow than this one which is across the road.

A frozen puddle.

We have a lot of landscaping to do in the backyard this year.  This is the landing at the bottom of the deck stairs and just a temporary fix of old patio stones that were put there last fall.  It was neat to see the way the ice formed on it last night when the water froze.  This will have to be all removed and gravel laid along with a nice stone patio.  Murray is getting anxious to get some of this outdoor work done but we'll have to wait a few weeks for the ground to dry up.   

Thanks for your kind concern regarding my fall a week ago that I shared with you in my last post.  Yesterday I was much better, surprisingly, as on Saturday I felt pretty bad.  My knee is back to 'normal' (for me) and we even went for a walk in the afternoon.  Although I can't walk far or fast at least it's a start.  I hope to go for a walk this afternoon too, but I won't overdo it.   ;)

Have a fabulous day!  I'm going to get out and enjoy that warm sunshine.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

playing in the yard

I wish!  I'm not playing in the yard as there is still lots of snow out there but....
something has been playing in the yard when we weren't looking.

Morning commute from one field to another.

I've told you about all the deer living in the fields around us all winter and are making their way around looking for food.   I counted as many as 50 one day but I think they have dispersed a lot in the past week in search of food elsewhere now that the snow is starting to melt.

I caught these two in our back yard one morning last week.

While I was intent on taking pictures of them I didn't even see the two eating our hemlock trees right behind the back deck!

They all looked at me and I shooed them away....high tailing it up the hill.

Another morning visitor last week.  The snow is slowly melting.

This is the 'damage' done to one of our cedar trees.  I feel sorry for the poor deer as it's been a very difficult winter for them.  They usually come at night or after dark in the evening.  They've been running all over the neighbours yards too.  A friend just up the road said 3 were killed in front of her house just last weekend after running into cars while trying to cross the road.  They don't just damage trees, shrubs and plants, they also do thousands of dollars of damage to vehicles.

I took these photos from our deck.

I'll end with this one of the morning commute last Wednesday.  Do you see the waning full moon?


We have a mix of sun and cloud here this morning and it's +6C although the wind is blowing strongly which makes it feel colder.  The next two days it will be warmer, so they say.  

 I have a little story to share with you.

I slipped and fell on Good Friday.  I jumped from a step and planted both feet onto a sheet of plywood which, unbeknownst to me, was laying over a slippery wet muddy mess.  It was like jumping onto a crazy carpet on the snow.  Can you picture it?  Oh yes.  I landed on my derriere with the plywood sliding out from under me and into the wet mud!  Murray was standing there with that look on his face.....you know the one.....trying to look concerned, shocked.... and also trying not to laugh.  He said he wished he had a camera and I said, my phone is in my pocket.  Sorry, no photos of this.   I'm glad I don't carry my phone in my back pocket as the young people do as it would be toast now I'm afraid.  
I did laugh at my predicament at first but I also was upset with myself for doing such a trick as I'm not as agile as I used to be!   It's amazing how jarring a fall can be on a - ahem - older person.  Not only was I wet and muddy and soaked through my clothes but I was very sore and Murray had to help me up.  We walked home after that which was probably good exercise but, the next morning I sure could feel it.  In fact I can still feel it today, a week later.  My right shoulder took the brunt as I landed on my bent arm too, but every joint in my body and back was affected and very sore all week.  Yesterday morning I woke with a muscle spasm in my chest that is still there and this morning my right knee is almost out of commission and walking is very painful.  

Now.  How am I supposed to get walking and exercising to lose my winter weight  fluff I ask you?  I just get to the point of having my left knee working well after physio last fall then this happens.  It's very frustrating.   I'm okay.  I'll get through this bump in the road.  I'm very thankful I didn't break anything and can still get about with care, but I hope I will soon be able to get out walking in the nice spring air and shed some of the winter 'fluff'.   It will soon be time to get into the yard and garden clean up too {I hope!} but, we still have lots of snow and ice to melt.  Maybe in a couple of weeks?

Thank you for all your kind comments on my previous post about my 'gallery' wall in the living room.  I appreciate it.  

I hope you have a great weekend and that you might be enjoying some spring sunshine.
Don't slip and fall in the mud!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

gallery wall reveal in the living room

December 2014  I forgot to take a photo the other day before I removed these photos.

It was time for a change in our living room.  I wanted to change this wall behind our sofa as I wasn't liking the black frames or the 'strict' order of the arrangement.

The first photos when I did this in June of 2012.  I would change out the top frame with the seasons and this past winter I changed out the multi-frames with wintery photos.

I wanted a mixed collage of things on the wall that had dimension, texture and shape.  I wanted photos that I have taken and other items too.  So, I started with a photo I took of sheep in the barn at Kings Landing Historical Settlement last fall.  I wanted to kind of pick up on the greys, browns, hints of green in the photo.  I picked up a couple of frames at the craft store on sale but they didn't work so I shopped the house and found an old frame that wasn't in use and it turned out to be perfect.  The walls are Hepplewhite Ivory by Benjamin Moore and the sofa, even though it looks grey in some light, is a soft green.  (Green Tea is the fabric colour).   Here is the photo below.

The frame is perfect for this photo.

This is what the photo looks like.  I LOVE it!

That was my inspiration.   

I called my friend Lois who is a great decorator in her own home.  She happened to be free so came up to visit on Wednesday.  We spent almost 5 hours 'shopping the house', laying things on the floor in a pattern, changing frames/photos, painting mats, etc.  We took time for lunch too.  We measured and re-measured putting pencil marks on the wall and trying to hide previous nail holes.  Now there are about 15 holes in the wall!!   LOL

Are you ready for the reveal??

Ta Da!!

 The mirror was already hanging in this spot on the left.  We tried a different dark brown framed one but it was too heavy looking.  We changed out the frame on the right above the TV as well.  The one there before was ivory and didn't stand out.  I may paint or stain it and use it again.  This room can be very bright in the morning so the light and colouring is hard to capture properly.

Here is a list of the items that make up our gallery wall:
The tulip print in the burnished gold frame was given to us for our 25th wedding anniversary. 
The black iron trivet with the "G" was my mother's (it's a 'sad iron' rest from the old days).
The soft green square tin is something my daughter bought me many years ago.
Below it are two bunches of antique keys on a ring.
The plate was my mother's and is from the 1800's, a beautiful painted hydrangea bloom with a soft gold rim.  It's marked Made in Germany.
The white framed photo to the right is of the Anglican church at Kings Landing Historical Settlement.
Bottom left was something we added as an afterthought.  There needed to be something there to balance that row and I had this old rusty black iron hinge hanging in the family room.  Perfect fit!
The framed photo is of a vine covered porch on an old house in New York state.
My sheep photo.  ;)
A painting that my mother had by Morris Scovil of Nova Scotia in a barn wood frame which was grey but my mother spray painted it gold at one time.  I sanded off some of the gold which gave it a nice mix of colour. 
The only 'new to me' item on the wall is the galvanized metal "G" which I bought at Michael's in March.

There you have it.  What do you think?  Is it too much?  

Late afternoon light.

Morning light with the woven blind down as it's bright and sunny.  

I am liking it a lot.  It adds interest to the living room, some items are conversation pieces, and the wall provides a focal point when entering from across the room.  

Lois and I had fun doing this.  I was going to go to town and look around for more frames or items to add to this project but didn't really have to.  I did go to town today to check around but didn't see anything that I liked any better than what I have.  Thank goodness.  I would have been in a pickle then, trying to decide what to do!  ;-)  

I am glad to have this project complete.  I really like it and do a double take when I look up from my computer at the dining room table or when I walk into the room.  It feels like a new space.

Thanks for visiting.  Let me know what you think.  please be kind  :)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

the Easter weekend

Mellow yellow ~ late afternoon sun on the kitchen counter.

Easter weekend has come and gone.  It was both busy and blessed.  Our Good Friday and Easter Sunday church services were wonderful and such a blessing to take part in.  

I may as well talk about the weather just because that's what we do a lot.  So here goes....
Good Friday was gorgeous.  Sunny and warm at +15.  The snow softened and melted and ran streams through yards and along roads and streets.  The crocuses that had opened up a few days before were blooming in full on Friday.

Friday afternoon.

Crocuses in bloom.

Can you hear this blackbird singing?  Oh what music to my ears.  He was singing his heart out on Friday evening so I had to get a photo.

The tulips shot through the soil and the daffodils are up about 8 inches but there is still over 2 feet of snow around the yard yet.   I have seen or heard robins, sparrows, killdeer and blackbirds, grackles and Red-winged blackbirds and deer.....lots of deer.  One evening last week I counted up to 50 deer on the hill behind us.  They've been dining on the grain stubble on the neighbours farm all winter and gather between there and the fields behind us.  There are many large bare spots for them to eat off as the snow melts and they are very hungry. 

This was on Thursday at suppertime.  Part of the 50+ deer in 'our backyard'.  

Another group.

 Saturday was quite nice with above freezing temperatures then around 4:00 big fat wet flakes of snow started falling and accumulating....the wind picked up and the snow got heavier and became a blizzard for a few hours.  I did a 1st birthday photo shoot for a friend's baby in the afternoon and had a lot of fun with the little guy.  He wasn't too excited over the cake and preferred his peas and carrots.  :)  We were invited to my nephew's for dinner at 7:30 and thankfully the storm had let up by then.  My sister and her hubby were there along with my nieces so we had a lovely dinner and visit with them.

Late Saturday afternoon during the storm.

Sunday morning broke gloriously sunny but it was -18C (zero!!).  It was COLD!  We took part in our Easter Sunday worship service which was so beautiful with the illustrated sermon and special music.  

We spent a quiet afternoon and watching Foley's War on Netflix.  What a great BBC series that is!  Murray finds it a little slow but I love it.  Have you seen it?  It's about a police detective in the town of Hastings during World War 2 and touches on the lives of those involved in the conflict at home - a bit of history, drama, murder, mystery and romance - but no swearing or graphic violence or sex.  I find the historical aspect very interesting and, of course, the English towns, homes and countryside are beautiful.  

On Monday, Murray had the day off so we popped into town for errands.  I'm in the midst of redoing the wall above the living room sofa so had ordered some photo prints and, I'm looking for new frames to make a collage.  I'm at a standstill on that and hope to get to town again this week to visit a few more stores that carry frames and decor.  Sometimes it's just easier to do this kind of shopping on one's own.... if you know what I mean.  ;)  We had our son and his wife, Mark and Jenn,  over for supper - our Easter dinner - and didn't take one photo.  The table was simply set with a single tulip in 3 white milk glass vases and turquoise foil wrapped eggs scattered on the turquoise plaid tablecloth.   I had even made pink and green frosted cupcakes which we finished off last night - no photo!

Today it's back to 'normal' with laundry and perhaps I'll tackle some photos and frames and scrounge the house for some I can use.  I may have to get some paint out and redo the black frames as I want a lighter look.  And.  I must get around and visit some of you!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Did you do anything special?  Did it snow or was it  beautiful spring weather?
I see I have some new followers and would like to say welcome to them!

Have a great day and week ahead.  See you soon.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy Easter!

We have a busy weekend coming up with music at our church so I thought I'd wish you a wonderful Easter weekend in case I don't get a chance to on the weekend.  We are very busy with music at church for Good Friday service and practice on Saturday morning for Sunday morning's Easter celebration.

Happy Easter!  He is risen!

Be Blessed.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

an Easter tea

Welcome to my Easter tea.  I thought I'd bake some sugar cookies just for you and me today.  These little bunnies are made with my vintage cookie cutter.  I'm not the best cookie decorator but they sure do taste good.  

And of course, a bowl of candy coated chocolate eggs is a nice treat too.

I bought some daffodils in support of the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday.  They were tight buds but soon opened up and bring a lot of cheer as we certainly don't have any blooming in our yards yet.  I did peek at the end of the house today though and found the crocus all budded and the daffodils up about  6 inches not far from the deep snowbank.  A good sign of spring.

My teacups are Royal Albert on the bottom left and Royal Vale on the right.  I like the colours in them both and, of course, the daffodils on the Royal Vale one are perfect for this tea time. 

Thank you for joining me for tea today.  I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Ruth at Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.   Please feel free to join us.

Thank you for visiting and your kind comments.  Have a blessed week.


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