autumn splendour

Sunday, September 30, 2012

gobble gobble gobble








It's turkey time.

Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
{our Canadian Thanksgiving is next weekend}

And a bonus.




One for Christmas dinner too!


These wild turkeys have been in our area all
summer.  This is the first I've seen them and finally I captured them (on my camera) Friday afternoon.

My neighbour has seen them this summer in
the field across the road.
I've been carrying my camera with me on my
walks in hopes of capturing them.


There they were on Friday afternoon just strutting across the field and eating.
They are quite fat aren't they?




I really hope nobody decides to shoot them.
I don't know if there is a turkey hunting season
here or not.  Turkeys have been seen in this part
of New Brunswick the past couple years.
The are coming over the border from Maine.
I wonder if they are carrying their passports?!


September is almost a memory and October
will give us a bounty of blessings to remember
with thanksgiving.  There will be lots of colour
for a another week or two and maybe some nice
warm days to savour.


Sumac



I hope you have a great week.

Blessings,

Pamela




Friday, September 28, 2012

a perfectly gorgeous fall day








Friday was a perfectly gorgeous fall day.
It was sunny and there was no wind.
The temperature was in the mid-teens.
{that's celsius}

There is a lot of colour coming in the trees now.


This morning I played around with a table scape
which I will show you next week.




Then I went for a nice walk.




And enjoyed the beautiful scenery.


When you go for a walk do you listen to music?
I don't.  I don't want anything to intrude on
the beauty around me.
I also like to take time to pray while I'm walking.
Do you do that too?




On my way back I stopped in at our son's house
and checked on the dogs.  
I give them a little treat or two every day
at noon time and visit with them.
Marshall, in the picture, used to live with us.
He is almost totally blind and deaf at 13 but
he still has a lot of life in him.
{he just has to stop running into things like cars!}
Poor old Marshall.  I love that dog!





Murray arrived home late afternoon after 
working away all week.  :)
Near supper time, while he was mowing the lawn, I did a bit of garden clean up and
cut some pretty hydrangea blossoms to add
to the old milk can.




 This is the same spot I took a photo on Monday
morning when it was foggy.
The sun is low in the western sky at supper time
creating long shadows.
Actually, there are longer shadows all day
long now as the sun lays closer to the south.


It was a beautiful day.

{and it's going to rain for the next three days!}


I hope your weekend has some sunshine if you
need it or perhaps some much needed rain.



Enjoy the weekend!
It's the last one of September.
Next weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving.
Do you have plans?


Blessings,

Pamela




Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friday's fence and a problem {solved}







This picture was taken a week ago on one of
fall's foggy mornings.  The fence surrounds a
pasture and borders a field lane.




This is the unused gate to the pasture.
It's looking quite dilapidated now but still
has some character to it with it's weathered
boards and posts.


Now.  I have a problem.  
I have a new computer.
It's a Mac.
That's not the problem!

The problem is
 I don't know how to link this post to 
Friday's Fences.

There is so much to learn about this computer
and how it works.  It is very different from
a PC.


Don't get me wrong.
I love it and it's a laptop so I can use it anywhere
in the house and even on the deck!

I just have to work out a few things.
{and learn a LOT of things}
So, please bear with me.

I'll put up this post with no link.
Just the pictures and me complaining.

If you wish to see some interesting fences
you can visit Life According to Jan & Jer.
It's on my sidebar of favourites.
You will find Friday's Fences there.


And if anyone can help me I'd sure appreciate it!

EDIT
Good Friday morning to you.
Thanks for the input everyone.
I am editing this post on the PC and the link
is going to Friday's Fences.

I did this post late last evening and never thought
of turning on the PC and doing the link there.
I admit I was lazy and very tired. {and frustrated}

All is well. 
{insert big grin here}

I'll get the new computer figured out later
today when hubby gets home. 
We'll learn together.  :)




Have a great day!

Blessings,

Pamela








Wednesday, September 26, 2012

a kissing bridge








New Brunswick is known for it's historic
covered bridges.

This bridge is in the community of Rusagonis.
Rusagonis is locally pronounced 
Rush - a - gornish.
Yeah, I don't know how they got that sound out
of it either.  :)  The community is also known
simply as "The Gornish".




There is a nice little park at the intersection near the covered bridge.




This bridge is the Patrick Owens Bridge.  
It is 103 years old.





You can see that this bridge is well cared for
as it is used everyday.  You will note in the
first photo that their is a height restriction on
this bridge with the yellow and black painted
steel girder.  




I love the architecture inside a covered bridge.
It's almost like a cathedral.





There is only room for one vehicle to travel
through these old covered bridges.  
It is common courtesy to wait on one side
until the vehicle entering the other side
comes through.

And the title 'kissing bridge'?  Well,
in days of yore when a couple would be 
crossing the bridge in their buggy it is known
that many kisses were exchanged in the privacy
of the bridge.





This is the pretty river that flows under
the Patrick Owens Covered Bridge in the
pretty rural community of Rusagonis.


I hope you enjoyed seeing this pretty bridge.

Have you ever stolen a kiss while driving 
through one?  {wink wink}


Have a great day!

Blessings, 

Pamela







Monday, September 24, 2012

the apple farm









Sunday afternoon was perfect for a walk down
through the apple orchards.








Hundreds of bins waiting to be filled.



An old wooden ladder to reach the 
highest apples in the trees.



That's my hubby walking through a field that
once grew oats when he was a kid.




Now there are hundreds of apple trees.








Mmmmmm....apples.




An apple picking container.




This is an old photo of my father-in-law
picking apples in the original orchard.
This was probably taken in the 1930's
or 1940's when he was a young man.
Note that they used baskets to
collect the apples in and then they were
put into wooden barrels.
I love this photo.  I don't know who
took it but they had a good 'eye'.


looking up to the top of the hill

It's a long walk from the bottom to the top.
This is only the half way mark.
When we got to the top we picked a large
bag of Cortland apples.  
It was so great to get out and enjoy the
beauty of the apple farm and nature.


Did you get out and enjoy the first 
weekend of fall?
What did you do?

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Blessings, 

Pamela












Friday, September 21, 2012

happy fall








The trees haven't changed into their autumn
colours yet but the apples are ready to pick.


It's the season of changing colours in nature.
The trees will cloak themselves in shades of
red, yellow, orange, gold and brown.
The grasses will wither and fade and the first frost will blacken the summer's blooms.

The birds will gather on fences, in trees and on
power lines as they prepare for the long flight
south for the winter.

Smoke will rise from chimneys and the delicious
smell of woodsmoke will draw one indoors
to be warmed by the fire.

The geese will gather and form their 'V' formation
honking overhead as they head in a southerly
direction.

We'll don sweaters, jackets, gloves and boots to
keep us warm from the biting winds that will come.

We'll also enjoy those beautiful crisp sunny days
when Indian summer arrives and the air is a
bit warmer for just a few more days.


Autumn is a beautiful season.
I will try to get out and enjoy it as much as
I can.  And, I will take pictures.



Nashwaak Stream ~ 2011



Wishing you a beautiful autumn.


Blessings,

Pamela



Thursday, September 20, 2012

sparrow on a post







Do you see it?
On the third post in the center of the photo.
It wouldn't stay still for a picture.

It was a foggy morning.
The grasses in the pasture are brown.
There is a hint of colour in the trees.
I love the contrast of the green grass, dark
brown weeds and brown grass.




Thanks so much for visiting and all your
kind comments.


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Blessings,

Pamela

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

a walk on the wild side






Blue Asters


Even though it's almost autumn there are
still lots of wild flowers blooming.




White Asters


I enjoy seeing what is blooming along
the road while on my walks and I found
these beautiful asters recently.




This looks like sedum.  I don't know if there is a wild variety or not.
Do any of you gardeners know what this is?



Wild apples

There are lots of wild apple trees growing
along the road too.



Wild cranberries





This apple dropped from the tree and was pierced on a thorn.




There are lots of cattails in the ditches.  I cut some for the milk can on the front deck.






A doe and fawn crossing the road.




I saved this for the last.





How's this for a wasp's nest!  It is huge.  I don't know how we'll get rid of it and it's residents.  It's up pretty high.  It's at our son's house.
He's found ground nests this years too.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

We thought we'd wait until it's very cold (which won't be until late October or November and
the wasps are sleeping then spray it with
wasp spray.  We'd then have to get a ladder
and try to take it down. 
It's going to be quite the procedure as it's on the
second floor of the house.



So, tell me, what have you seen in the wild
lately?  Do you get out for walks or drives in
the countryside?  Do you take note of the
changes in the fall flora along the way?



I hope you are having a good week and that
maybe you will get out and enjoy the beauty
that is around you.

Oh!  If you have any suggestions for getting
rid of a hornet's nest safely I'd appreciate them.



Blessings,

Pamela




















Tuesday, September 18, 2012

note card Wednesday




It's Note Card Wednesday at Vee's.  I have chosen four flower cards for this month's party.  I hope you will come over and see the lovely selection of Note Cards that will be shared at Vee's. (just click on Vee's name)





Brown Eyed Susan's (Rudbekia) and rose hips





Rose Hips





Sunflowers in a sap can






Hydrangeas in blue bottles




Thanks for visiting.  Now.  Come over to Vee's
to see more selections for note cards.
Enjoy!

Blessings,


Pamela


Sunday, September 16, 2012

which apple would you pick?






It's apple picking season again.

This orchard is near our home.  In fact,
my husband grew up on this land when it
was a dairy farm and a small orchard.
His father planted some of the trees and the
next two owners planted hundreds more.






What is your favorite apple?











Just a couple of the many varieties in this
orchard.
Oh.  The deer apples are drops.  The ones
that fall off the tree.  Hunters get them to lure
the deer.  Sad but true.





A large red wagon pulled by a tractor takes
you down the hill to pick your favorite apples. 
It would be quite a long walk up the hill with
your bags of apples.  





And you just might meet Ducky....

who has his own wagon to ride in.






I would like to welcome all my new followers.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you will
join me at Mary's Little Red House for


Blessings,

Pamela
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