red and white Christmas

Monday, October 31, 2011

old barn charm and a linky party


I love this barn.
Do you see the path going up to the doors?
I wonder what animal regularly goes in and out of this barn?

I took it's picture last winter.



I watched it all summer.  The trees around it pretty well covered it with their foliage so I
didn't take it's picture.






The door looks kind of creepy doesn't it?

I wonder what is inside?

I am linking with

at
Tricia's blog Bluff Area Daily.


This is a beautiful blog with different links for different days.
Barn Charm is on Tuesdays and there are some amazingly beautiful
barns in North America.
If you like old barns come on over and take a look.

Have a great day!

Blessings,

Pamela

Sunday, October 30, 2011

we got snow

          Yes we did!  It arrived in the middle of the night and it's still flurrying at 2:00 this afternoon.

Our snow laden trees at 8:00 this morning.

It was a winter wonderland out there.  We got about 10 cm. or 5 inches of wet snow.
I so wanted to get out my Christmas decorations, put on Christmas music and do some baking.


The lonely chair has a cushion as soft as snow.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny, although chilly, day so Murray and I did all
the fall garden chores.  He mowed the lawn, raked leaves and put them on the flower beds.
I cut back my perennials so I won't have that mess in the spring.
We put all the flower planters in the shed and the deck chairs in the garage.
We were all set for the snow storm being predicted by Environment Canada.


Murray pruned back this spirea shrub as it was getting too big.


This was our front yard yesterday. It looks so much better with the leaves all gone.


And, this morning.


Tomorrow is Halloween and it's supposed to be sunny and about 8 C so most of this
white stuff will be gone.



And maybe the pumpkins will be uncovered from their wintery coat too.

Interestingly, when we drove to church this morning there was very little snow
once we came down off the hill where we live.  They only got a dusting.
Murray informed me that we live 410 feet above sea level and the valley
is about 75 feet above.  He's so smart.   I did not know that fact.

I know some parts of the Maritimes got a lot of rain from this storm and
a lot of New England got more snow than we did, which is wierd, since they
are farther south.    I hope you who are affected are okay and didn't lose power.

Hopefully we won't see any more of this white stuff until December!

Blessings,

Pamela


Thursday, October 27, 2011

orange and cobalt blue autumn tablescape

Won't you join me for an autumn dinner?
This table is set with some of my favorite china and fall colors.


I have done tables before with these over 100 year old flow blue dishes
but I love them with the rusts and oranges of autumn.


The table runner is a quilted piece I bought a few years ago.
The placemats and napkins are hand loomed by auTerroir Inc
of Ste-Madeline, Quebec and are from 1978.


These footed dessert bowls came from my grandmother's.


I used a mix of vintage tableware and antique carving knife and a bone or horn spoon.
The end of the horn spoon is silver (I should have polished it first) and is
stamped Hatheway 1675.  I don't know if it's that old or if that's the company trademark.
Does anyone know what this is really made of?  The carving knife has a horn handle
with a silver plug on the end but no markings on it.


The gold pitcher with black roses is Elijah Cotton - Lord Nelson Ware.
The salt and pepper shakers have the initial "D" on them.  They were my
great aunt and uncle's. 


vintage serving pieces


I thought the orange pumpkins and faux orange marigolds really made the table
pop with the rusty/black woven placemats and the cobalt blue china.

I am linking with the following blog parties


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will check out these linky parties
for more beautiful tablescapes and vintage inspiration.
Thanks to Susan and Debra for hosting!

Blessings,

Pamela


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

the corn is as high as an elephant's eye

                                  Well, maybe in Oklahoma.  But not here in New Brunswick.


I took these photos today of a field of cow corn or fodder corn.


I do see a few stalks that might be as high as an elephants eye.  Do you?



This corn will probably be cut pretty soon.


You can see that the trees in the background on the hill are almost bare.
The yellow and gold is poplar and maple trees.


I heard yesterday that there are some bears wreaking havoc on this corn field.
They like to feed on the corn then just roll around and crush the stalks often destroying
an acre or more with their play.



The clouds were like rows of pillows. This hill looked beautiful last Friday.
Now it's mostly gray bare branches.


This was taken a over a week ago when the trees were at their peak.
It was a bit hazy that day and warm.

Today was cooler and we may get frost tonight. 
It's been over 2 weeks since we had frost so I'm not complaining.

How is the weather where you live?

Have you had your first killing frost or, dare I say it, snow?
Or is it still very warm and sunny?
Do tell.


I hope your day is beautiful no matter.  There is always something of
beauty in each day God gives us.


Blessings,

Pamela

 


Monday, October 24, 2011

antique tea cup


This plate and cup and saucer are at least 132 years old.


They are part of a set of dishes given to my husband's great grandfather and his
wife for a wedding gift on December 31, 1879.


This china must have been used alot as the plate's design is worn off in spots.
There aren't any markings at all on the backs of the dishes.
I'm not sure what the pattern of rose, blue and green represents.



I have never used these dishes as they are too old and fragile so
they are on display in a glass fronted cupboard.
If anyone knows anything about this pattern I'd appreciate it if you would let me know.

For my afternoon tea I chose this comfortable mug.


Good old jadite. 

I have 3 of these mugs and apparently they were used when my mother-in-law
took a big dinner meal to the workers in the hayfield. 
That makes me smile.

What makes you smile?

Thanks for joining me for


at Rose Chintz Cottage.

Blessings,

Pamela

Sunday, October 23, 2011

40 years of friendship

Forty years ago I went to Bible school in my home town.  (I really can't believe it's been 40 years!)  I moved out of my mother's house and into the dorm so I could experience college life at it's best.



I didn't realize that many of the girls I met over the 2 years I spent there would become lifelong friends.  Or, that a dozen or so of us would have a little overnight reunion every fall these past 7 years.  Did you notice I refer to us as 'girls'?  I still think of us as that even after all these years.  We are women who love the Lord.  We are wives, mothers and grandmothers.  Two of our ladies have beaten breast cancer.  One just graduated from university and is an associate pastor in a church.  Some are working and some are retired and some were stay-at-home moms.   We have all been blessed over these past 40 years in so many ways.  God is good!

There were only 10 of us gathered this year at the home of one of the friends.  Her home overlooks the beautiful Miramichi River.


the view from the deck


looking upriver

Our hostess, Donna, is a quilter.  I don't know how many quilts she has made over the years but she does gorgeous work.  Some of the other ladies are quilters, knitters and crafters and they are all great cooks!!


One of Donna's quilted wall hangings.

We gathered by suppertime on Friday and for a change (and less work) we ordered pizza to go with salads brought by some of the ladies.  Then we had some delicious desserts as we gathered around the table with our tea or coffee and continued getting caught up with our lives and all the goings on in the past year.  We missed our regular attenders and those who have come once or twice but couldn't make it this year.


dusk

About midnight we all most of us went to bed.  I was amongst the stragglers and it was after 1 a.m. before I crawled in after dozing in the chair while talking! (I tend to do that sometimes) 

I got up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning so I could take a sunrise picture of the beautiful view out the windows.

sunrise

We enjoyed a delicious breakfast of homemade waffles with berry preserves and whipped cream, sausages, breakfast in a pan (wife saver's breakfast) and muffins.  I ate way too much!

Here is a photo of the 10 of us.


Jill, Libby, me, Marsha, DonnaW. Donna P. (our hostess), Muriel, Kathy, Corinne, & Lois

We all headed back to our homes at noon hour.  Some had more than a 5 hour drive!
We had a wonderful time and look forward to our get together next year.


Thanks girls!  It was good to see you all again.

Love, hugs, and blessings,

Pam






Thursday, October 20, 2011

down on the farm

down on the farm

stocked up for winter


the gorgeous view


red delicious apples


destined for apple juice


apple ladder


berry tote


the berry patch shack



The long shadows at sunset make this clump of trees look like a giraffe. :)

Life in the country is beautiful! 

I'm off overnight on Firday to the annual reunion of some of the girls
that went to Bible school with me 40 years ago!!
{I was only 10  LOL}

It'll be lots of fun, food and fellowship with laughter, stories,
sharing and grandkid bragging thrown in too.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Blessings,

Pamela


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

fishing creel and hydrangeas

Donna at Funky Junk Interiors has given us a design challenge which she is calling "She's Got Guts".  She suggested we step out of the box and use something unusual for a mantel (which I don't have) or centerpiece or display.

I have chosen a vintage fishing creel and hydrangeas along with some other antique and vintage elements.  Not very gutsy but it is a bit different so I hope you like it.

The brass candle sticks are antique and were a wedding gift to us.  I found the
brown and white transferware plate at a gift/antique shop called "Wishes".
The keys are very old as is the tiny picture.








I love this old fishing creel as it's worn and weathered and probably held a few
brook trout in it's day. 

I hope you'll come over to Donna's blog

She's is an amazing lady and can create and build anything out of...well...anything.

Check out her upside down workhorse display on her mantel!!
It's really original and not-so-surprisingly ~ beautiful!

And there will be lots of other bloggers joining this party too.


I am also linking up for Wow us Wednesdays and


 
Have fun checking out these linky parties.

Blessings,

Pamela

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