autumn splendour

Friday, October 24, 2014

this and that from this week




We are in day two of a nor'easter that is bringing lots of wind and rain to, well, the northeast.  That includes the Maritime provinces and also New England.  It's cloudy, the wind is blowing, the rain is beating against the front of the house, the roads are covered with water (there have been several accidents due to hydro-planing), the ditches and brooks and rivers are filling up (as are the wells) and I think we've had enough.  Oh, and it's chilly out ~ only 7C.  I'm so glad it's not snowing.  The weekend doesn't look very promising with showers and cloud but next week is looking a little brighter.

Monday morning's sunrise.  

The early morning sun was shining on this fern which grows under the cedar tree next to the front door.  I love the golden glow.

Looking out the back door that same morning the sun made long shadows from the trees onto the freshly cut field turning it rusty orange with the dark clouds adding some drama.  The sun did come out later.  

Leaves.   Millions of leaves.  From 5 maple trees in our yard.

The field was ploughed mid-week and the seagulls were finding some tidbits to eat.

I haven't been out much to take photos this week.  I might just be running out of blog fodder.  Oh, I do have a few more photos from Kings Landing to share with you though.   I was to physiotherapy for my knee which seems to be improving but my hip needs attention too.  It's all attached you know, so, inevitably one thing leads to another.  This rainy weather sure has the arthritis and Fibromyalgia acting up today.   Does the weather affect you that way?  Maybe it's just my age.  LOL  However, I am thankful that I am still mobile and fairly active, although the pain slows me down some days. 

Murray 'raking' some of the maple leaves from the lawn.

On Tuesday evening, before dark which comes so early now, we spent an hour mulching and bagging the last of the leaves in our yard.  Murray used the push mower that has a mulcher on it and a rear bag and I held the tall paper bags open for him to dump the leaves in.  We got 5 - 4 foot tall - bags full.  That wasn't all the leaves.  He'd raked some before (photo above) and dumped them on the vegetable garden plot to be turned under later on.  It was good to get this job done before the rains and wind of the past 2 days!


I see I have some new followers this week and I'd like to welcome you.   I've enjoyed participating in some link parties this week and seeing some beautiful photos from around the world.  Thank you for all your lovely comments on my posts.  

 I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.  Take care!

Blessings,
Pamela


Thursday, October 23, 2014

O Canada





Our Canadian flag - July, 2014.

Canada proud!
God keep our land, glorious and free.

Praying for the protection of our freedoms and our peoples in this great country I love.


Blessings on your day,
Pamela









Tuesday, October 21, 2014

more barns and fences



Do you see the little window in the barn on the right?

This is the view from it.

A closer look at the view.  Interesting fences.  The end of the Ingraham House.

A staff member fills the stalls with hay for the night.

These are the animals in this barn.  Some beautiful sheep who were hungrily eating from the trough.
They were funny to watch as they pushed their way between each other to get some food.


I am linking with the Barn Collective # 4 at Rose Street Reflections.  Amy has picked up this meme which used to be Barn Charm and is getting nicely started so if you'd like to join in please click on the link.  This is my first time linking with this one.
I'm also linking with Good Fences on Thursday.

Thanks for all your visits and comments.  Have a super day!

Blessings,
Pamela

Monday, October 20, 2014

the people of Kings Landing ~ Mosaic Monday





Kings Landing Historical Settlement, near Fredericton, NB, has a large staff that portray different characters in the homes, barns and other buildings.   They are knowledgeable about each person they represent as well as the house they 'live' in and must stay in character all the time.  If you know any of them personally they will not go out of character to recognize you.  The staff are hired for their knowledge, or are trained, in animal husbandry, handcrafting, cooking on wood stoves and over wood fires, black smithing, carpentry, etc.   There would be a lot to learn about life in the 1800's - without our modern day conveniences - so it's a great lesson in living history.




We do know this young lady.  :)  She and her brother grew up with our kids.



I am joining Judith at Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday

Blessings,
Pamela

Friday, October 17, 2014

this and that from this week





It's a hay day.


It's Friday again and I thought I'd share some random photos from this week that just passed.   The above photo I took while I was preparing Thanksgiving dinner on Monday past.  I looked out the kitchen window and saw the tractor and wagon full of bales passing over the field.  I guess they must have had their dinner on Sunday.

This container of summer annuals is on our pergola.  It has bloomed profusely all summer and fall.  I'll definitely be buying fuchsia again.  It's an annual I've never had before and the pergola is a perfect spot for it.

The hydrangea bush is so pretty with it's rosy tinted blooms and golden leaves.

The large creamy marigolds were full of blossoms this year.  The frost left a rose tint on the edges of some of the blooms.  Don't they resemble carnations?  We haven't had a killing frost yet.

What's this?  It might be a snack with my cup of tea.  :)  I found these Purity brand ginger cookies at the grocery store and at Walmart recently.  They are made in Newfoundland and there was several different products on the shelf from that company.  I remember a similar type of cookie when I was growing up.  Do any of my Canadian friends remember these?  I also remember spreading them with butter, real butter, and cheese tastes really good on top of them.  Yummy!

On Wednesday it was a really warm day - 24C - and some clouds moved in before sunset.  I was watching out the window (while doing dishes, I don't just watch all day long LOL) and all of a sudden the yellow turned to coral/orange/pink and blue.  It was stunning.  The clouds looked like smoke blowing across the sky.  It was amazing!  So, I grabbed my camera and went out on the deck and snapped some pictures.

Look at those vertical lines in the clouds.  Different eh?

I took this photo this morning before the heavy rain started.  We're in a tropical type weather system today with the rain and wind that was over Ontario and Quebec the last few days and with warm temperatures from the southern US.  It's 20C.  Thankfully, we won't be affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo.  However, the wind is pretty gusty out there right now and the leaves are flying off the trees.

I saw this cute mason jar ring pumpkin in Better Homes and Gardens on Facebook this week so decided to make one.  It's so simple to do.  They used raffia and a cinnamon stick but I used twine and a real pumpkin stem, which I just happened to have in my stash.  What.  Don't you save your pumpkin stems?  :)   I used 12 silver and 5 brass rings but maybe could have used 1 less as it was difficult to keep it tied tight and standing up straight.  Try it.  :)

Well that's been my week.  Nothing exciting going on.  Thank you for all your kind comments on my recent posts.  I appreciate your visits.  Also, welcome to my new followers.  
I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed weekend and that maybe you will get out and enjoy the beauty of fall.

Blessings,
Pam

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Good Fences #30









Can you see a fence in each one of these pics that make up the collage?  Even through the barn doors you can just see the wood of a fence. ( I checked)  :)

There are lots of barns and fences at Kings Landing.
And lots of fences here ~ Good Fences at The Run*A*Round Ranch Report.

 Showers on the way here today but very mild.  Have a great day!

Blessings,
Pamela

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kings Landing and Thanksgiving





The Hagerman House

As I mentioned the other day, Murray and I went to Kings Landing Historical Settlement on Friday afternoon.  We spent several hours there on a beautiful autumn day and enjoyed walking in the fresh air with a brisk breeze, visiting the homes, the staff and taking lots of pictures.

We have had our  Thanksgiving weekend which concluded with our turkey dinner Monday.  Our son and his wife joined us and we had a delicious meal.  I was stuffed!  Really, you'd think I'd learn after all these years, but it was so good!   We had a Skype visit with our Calgary family too and enjoyed the antics of our grandsons and seeing how the newest baby is growing.  


I hope you enjoy the photos.  Some of them have been edited a bit for colour as it was a washed out kind of day and the colours were more brilliant than my photos showed.

An outhouse.

Kings Landing just finished it's 40th Anniversary season.  I was there last week to see the exhibit of the anniversary in the Visitor Reception Building.  The above photo was part of the exhibit and explains how Kings Landing came into being.   You can find more information here and here.  And of course, I've done many blogposts about it which you will find on the link in my labels at the bottom of this post.

This is the Joslin Farm.

This barn is really long.  All of the buildings were moved from their original sites along the St. John River before it was flooded.  It was quite a feat to move them, some by road and some across the ice in winter.  

two of the many work horses

Mucking out the horse stalls in the Joslin farm barn.



This was a display in the ell of the Joslin Farm.  I love how the old farms had additions attached to the end or back of the house for storage and often, indoor 'facilities' rather than outhouses.  I remember my aunt and uncle's farmhouse had an ell with the 'facility' before they had an indoor plumbed bathroom installed.  It was nice to have it indoors out of the weather but I'm sure it was cold in the winter!

Another barn on the Joslin farm had pumpkins next to an old wagon.  There were sheep and cows here as well.

Well hello cow.


As many times as I've been to Kings Landing I try to find different things to photograph.  It seems I never run out of different things to see, different angles, different light which all add up to different photos.  Good thing I only go there once or twice a year!

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Murray picking apples on Sunday afternoon. (iPhone)

The drive to church on Sunday morning. (iPhone)

That was our weekend.  Busy and fun and filled with blessings.  I hope you had a beautiful weekend and Thanksgiving in Canada.  Have a great day!

Blessings,
Pamela




Saturday, October 11, 2014

a personal photo challenge ~ still life




Hi there.  Although I don't usually post back to back posts I had forgotten that I wanted to join A Personal Photo Challenge today being hosted by Donna at her blog "Cottage Days and Journeys".  Thank you Donna for hosting this monthly meme where we are challenged to be creative with our photography.  I love taking landscape photos but I also enjoy the artistic side of still life art, the theme for this month's challenge.  Thankfully I had spent some time this past week preparing some still life photos.  The first two were done in my home and the third one was taken at Kings Landing last September.

I got out my piece of barn board and placed it on a small table in front of the living room window one morning.  This window faces east and gets great natural light in the morning.  I used my Nikon D5200 on the auto/no flash setting.  I wanted to capture the shiny apple, the texture of the slices and the grain of the wood in the cutting board and the barn board.  I did not edit this one at all.

This photo consists of a stone vase.  These vases are made in Nova Scotia and I love them as they come in different sizes, colours and of course, stones.  I like to cut spent seed heads of purple coneflower in fall for a couple of vases.  Three fit perfectly in this one.  I simply laid the vase down on the barn wood.  I did edit this one slightly in Picasa using the lomo-ish setting to bring out the textures in the stone, seed heads and wood.  

This photo was taken with my old Canon Powershot last September at Kings Landing Historical Settlement.  Auto setting.   I edited it a bit in Picasa to lighten it slightly to enhance the darkness at the bottom and left of the photo.  I love the red geraniums against the green grass and, of course, the view.


Please feel free to visit or join us at Donna's Personal Photo Challenge.  There is a different theme each month

Have a blessed weekend.

Pam

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