autumn splendour

Sunday, February 27, 2011

afternoon sunlight

I was sitting on the sofa reading a magazine this afternoon when I glanced toward the dining room and noticed the sunlight shining through the window and lighting up the yellow tulips on the table ~ golden afternoon sunlight.

The little wireless thermometer on the wall says -5 celsius.






I can imagine that it is warmer outside than it is can't I?


Our back yard yesterday ~ I'll keep imagining :-)

More snow coming tomorrow!  Can't wait! 

Seriously? 

You know I like to kid around don't you?

I hope you are finding golden sunlight in your world.

Blessings to you,

Pamela


Saturday, February 26, 2011

more snow and favorite magazines

It started snowing Friday at 1:00 pm and I took this picture at 6:00.
There is about 5 inches of snow on the table.

I took this photo at 8:00 this morning.  I measured the snow and it was 8 inches
which translates to 20 cm. I believe some areas south of here received 35-40 cm!

At this moment the sun is shining, the skies are blue and the wind is blowing
causing drifting snow. It's about -8 celsius. The roads are snowpacked but plowed and salted
so they will be melting soon, at least in the center strip.  Then the wind will
blow the snow across the roads and cause drifting.

I can hear the sound of snowblowers outside.


Looking out to the roadway.  I was out to shovel the front deck and
walked to the road through drifts to my knees to get the newspaper.
It wasn't there!


No, that's not fog.  It's blowing snow!


I picked up this magazine yesterday.  I am loving the spring vintage decor!
There are features on some of my favorite bloggers including ~ Donna at
Funky Junk Interiors and Marian at Miss Mustard Seed.

Just look at that delicious pink and green!!


And these blue bottles??  I don't have even one of these! 
But I do have a lot of clear ones with the wires that hold
the glass covers on.  And, I think there is one of these old
wire canning jar sterilizer holder thingies around.  I am getting
excited about what I can do with them ~ when and if
spring ever comes!


I am also perusing Country Living, Victoria, and the British Country Living
magazines all full of gorgeous photos, spring gardening, beautiful antiques
and vintage finds.  So many wonderful ideas that have me thinking of
wonderful possibilities.

I want to say a big thank you to my blogger friends for all your sweet comments
on my recent posts.  You are all so special and I appreciate every one of you!
Thank you Cindy from  Oakview Cottage for 'featuring' me on your post today.
I was so surprised and pleased at your thoughtfulness.  It's people like you that 
make me keep blogging.  Thank You!!

I pray you will all have a wonderfully blessed day and weekend.  Enjoy!

Blessings, 
Pamela   






Friday, February 25, 2011

still blooming

These are the same flowers that I bought on Jan. 21!  They are still blooming!!

I cut the stems and put them in smaller containers on the kitchen windowsill.
I'll definitely buy them again.  They are Alstroemeria and come in
several colours.  The enamel ware pitcher is vintage as is the ironstone
mug on the right.

This was my slate when I was in elementary school.  Just kidding!!
This was a toy slate that I played with while elementary school age. :-)

For Valentine month I wrote a few of the key words from
the love chapter of the Bible - 1Cor. 13 as a reminder.


I found this pretty post card at a thrift store recently. 
Isn't the sentiment sweet?


It was posted in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia in 1913 for 1 cent.
I was born and raised in Moncton but never heard of this street.
I'm curious as to where it was.  It's an interesting name ~
Cheapside St. ~ and sounds very British to me.


It was from Lila.  I wonder what kind of berries they were picking?


An old portrait of my great-great-great-grandmother.  I think.


This is my grandmother's writing so it must
be her grandmother.  Apparently she was called 'Ga'.


I think Ga would have liked these flowers don't you?

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I am linking up with Cindy for Show and Tell Friday at

Blessings,

Pamela















Thursday, February 24, 2011

more of this coming

This was after the big blizzard of '08 and we don't have quite
that much snow right now but, by Saturday it could look like this again!

It is a beautiful winter day here today with lots of sunshine glaring off
the white, crusty, snowy landscape.  It's the calm before the storm.

We may be digging out on Saturday from a snowfall of up to 20 cm. or more!

This was our back deck and the corner of the garage roof that time.

It makes me want to cry.  I want it to look like this!

Yes, I'll even take dandelions over snow right now! :-) And,
apple trees in early bud.


They even look pretty gone to seed.  And, look, it's rhubarb!
Sour old rhubarb that makes delicious rhubarb crumble. :-)


Oh, to see Mrs. Robin sitting on her nest keeping her eggs warm.

But, before we see those signs of spring we'll be doing some more of this:



I'll let you know how much we got.  I know PEI and southern parts of NB
will be getting a lot more than we will so for my friends there
I hope you stay safe and cozy!

I'll be back tomorrow with a new post for Show and Tell Friday.


Bye for now,

Blessings,
Pamela

Monday, February 21, 2011

tea for one

  
A cup of tea, a good magazine and a sunny window.


The vase is unmarked and very old,  the plate on the windowsill is
marked Germany - Reinhold Schlegelmilch Fillorvitz and the cup and saucer is
Aynsley England - pattern Sandringham.


a change of camera setting


This little table was my mother's and it folds up like a tv tray table.
It is painted black with a gold scalloped edge.


It can be tucked in behind a piece of furniture or in a closet.


The two holes are to pull it up into the folding position and to carry it.
Isn't it the neatest little table? I gave this table to a friend many years ago
as it didn't 'fit' my decor.  She recently moved and downsized so
returned it to me along with another table and some milk glass bowls
I had given her!  I was so pleased to have these things back as
they were my mother's and they now fit my decor!


What kind of tea would you like?

I have been posting some pictures on my sidebar of some of my favorite
places to visit.  I hope you will take a look at them and may be
you will be inspired to come to The Maritimes for a vacation.
It is a very beautiful, slow paced, history filled part of Canada.
I think you'd really enjoy it here :-)

I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.

Have a wonderful day!

Blessings,
Pamela
                                                           

Saturday, February 19, 2011

day and night

                                               How to brighten your day ~


and night ~



 Bright flowers in the house and
a full moon shining on the winter landscape.

Blessings,

Pamela


Friday, February 18, 2011

thrift store finds

I found this pretty rose serving plate while shopping at the thrift store recently.



I have been looking for an oval plate for this spot that is just the right height. 
This oval plate fits perfectly in this spot in my china hutch.


I also found 2 of these plates.  Yay! 


I was happy to find these 2 plates as I have 2 Friendly Village plates and
I would like to be able to use them together in a tablescape some time.


I've had these 2 plates for a while. The above one was my mother-in-law's
and the one below was my mother's.  How cool is that?  They each had only 1 plate!
I love the scene on this plate.  I could live in that house on that street, couldn't you?
This one is called "The Village Street".


This one is called "The Stone Wall".


This is another favorite plate of my mother's.  I love the bouquet in the center,
the flowers around the edge and the raised flowers.


Isn't this beautiful? It's like a painting.  The yellow flowers have raised paint on them.


A close up of the plate's edge.  Love it!

Another item from the thrift store.
This pretty compote came home with me in January.
I wonder what kind of 'song' bird left it's eggs in it?

My thrifty finds cost me about $10.00 in total.

Don't you love shopping at 'the Village'?  I pronounce it in a French accent. :-)

Sometime's I come out empty handed and sometimes I find a treasure or two or three.

I have also been known to take boxes and bags full of treasures there for
other thrifty shoppers who love a good bargain.

They also sell clothing, books and other household items.

For my non-Canadian friends this is a national chain called Value Village. 
Part of their profits go to the Diabetes Association - a very worthy cause.

So, if you're looking for a good bargain and like to shop thrift stores
this is a good one to add to your list of favorites.

I hope you have a great weekend!  Happy thrifting!

Blessings,
Pamela













Wednesday, February 16, 2011

out and about

Here are a few pictures from the last few days ~ out and about ~ enjoying winter.

Apple trees in winter.


All Saints Anglican Church





Marshall during Monday's snow storm.  Isn't he cute?


Jingle Bells





The view from the office window is getting claustraphobic!
We have so much snow. That's the bird bath and the hydrangea bush behind it
all mounded with pure white snow.

But, I notice as I sit here that the days are getting longer and the
sun is getting higher in the sky.  It was actually blinding me just
a few days ago shining in the window and today it's just  above
the window frame.  Very noticible.  And that makes me very happy :-)

I hope you are having an enjoyable day whether it's wintery or
starting to be springy where you live.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I appreciate each one of you
and love it when you leave comments, which I do read.

I am posting on Outdoor Wednesday today at:
Drop over for a visit.

Blessings,
Pamela



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