summer 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

fall photos

Fall is moving along and the colours have been spectacular this year but, sadly, the leaves are dropping very fast now and many trees are bare.  

It is time to put the garden decor away.

Last Saturday was a beautiful warm sunny day and we walked down to the local orchard to watch the pie contest.  There were only a few contestants and the pies were pumpkin and apple.  I had a sample of the winning apple pie after it was all over and it was delicious.

The judges had a great time tasting the samples and this judge's plate was empty when it was all over.

Afterward I went for a walk down through the orchard to take some pictures.  I was heading for that row of colourful maples.

There was a sweet country wedding held right here a few weeks ago.  

I walked down the road through the orchard to this spot of  brilliant colours.

The pumpkin patch is down here too.

Look at that view!!

We are getting a big rain and wind storm today plus it rained yesterday.  It has a tropical feel to it and is 16C and we may even get thunder showers later on.  We sure need the rain in our area as it was a dry summer.  After this is over the temperatures will drop into the single digits Celsius but we've had a good run of beautiful fall weather up until now so I won't complain.  

I'll be back next week with more fall photos but I'm pretty sure there won't be as many leaves in them as they are falling off in the wind and rain.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

an autumn visit to Kings Landing Historical Settlement - episode 2

Hi there.  Welcome back to our tour of Kings Landing Historical Settlement.  If you missed the first 'episode' please scroll down to 'older post' at the bottom of this one so you won't miss out on all I shared there.  

Our next stop was to visit Mrs. Heustis at her home.  She is a dyer and spinner of wool.  We found the engaging Mrs. Heustis in her kitchen carding and spinning wool to make into something lovely and warm for the winter ahead.

A few snaps from Mrs. Heustis's kitchen - including natural elements for Thanksgiving decorations, a peak into her pantry, dyed wool, and spun wool ready for knitting.

This is the view from her window looking out at the barn and river behind it.

Clean up crew in the barnyard.  It's a dirty job but someone has to do it.  :)

Stopping for a chat.

Then moving on his way.

This old gristmill grinding stone was laying near the grist mill.  It looks like it had gotten overgrown with trees and brush and was recently discovered again.

Inside the grist mill an interpreter explains how the mill works.

The Jones House in behind the trees is the only stone house in the settlement and was taken down from its original site and each stone marked and the house rebuilt.  It's my favourite house here.

This little pony was so friendly.  They offered horseback rides here this summer.

Well we are nearing the end of our walk through Kings Landing and the wagon is heading over to The Kings Head to pick up the last load of passengers at day's end.

Near the entrance is a small play area with these 'horses' for children to ride on and simple toys and pumpkins in the sand box.  

I hope you enjoyed our visit to Kings Landing.  If you're ever in New Brunswick on holiday you should add this to your list of things to see and do.  It will take 2 - 3 hours to really enjoy the tour especially if you visit every house or building.  You can catch the wagon and ride to the end and walk back or vice versa.  Wear comfortable footwear and clothing for the weather (a hat is a good idea on a hot day).  Don't forget your camera!  Kings Landing is located just off the Trans Canada Highway at Prince William about 20 minutes west of Fredericton NB.  There is a tourist information building just off the highway near the entrance which is built like a barn.  I have done many posts in all seasons if you'd like to see more.  Just click on the label at the bottom.  If your hungry, The Kings Head offers fine meals and beverages.  There is an Emporium (store) in the welcome building selling local products, crafts and snacks.  FYI - the site is now closed for the season.  

Visit their Facebook page at Kings Landing Historical Settlement or for more information.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

an autumn visit to Kings Landing Historical Settlement - episode one

On Thanksgiving weekend we visited Kings Landing Historical Settlement just west of Fredericton for an autumn stroll through the village.  It was a beautiful fall day and there were a lot of people out for the Thanksgiving Harvest Weekend celebration.  We noted cars in the very full parking lot from as far away as Maine, New Hampshire and Texas!  

The village was decorated for fall and the harvest with natural displays throughout.  There was also a 'turkey shoot' taking place that I've always wanted to see.  The 'turkeys' are actually paper targets which one can shoot at with an old musket and was quite interesting to see.  There were turkey (real!!) dinners being held at the 'Kings Head' but we didn't dine there.  One could get on a wagon pulled by a team of horses to travel through the village but we chose to walk on this beautiful afternoon.  
Come along with me as we walk through this wonderful historical settlement nestled on the banks of the St. John River.

Do you see the pumpkin on the fence?

This is perhaps, one of the most iconic scenes at Kings Landing of the saw mill and the dam.  The dam came into dangerous disrepair a few years ago and had to be closed to the public for a couple of years while it was rebuilt and the the mill was also repaired.  It was reopened this summer and has been popular stop in the settlement.  Note how low the water is.  It's been a very dry summer here.

The view from the dam to the newly rebuilt bridge.

The Grist Mill

Another view of the grist mill.

This bridge was also rebuilt and raised 5 feet for a more level, and much safer, crossing for the horse drawn wagon loads of people.

This was a popular spot on this lovely fall afternoon - outside and inside at the pub.

Muskets at the ready for the turkey shoot.

One of the prettiest fences I've ever seen.

A colourful fall display in the Grant Store window.

Resting from the day's chores.

This takes us half way through the settlement so to keep you from being bored with so many photos I'll continue on our walk in a few days.  I hope you'll come back to visit.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy those fall colours!


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