autumn splendour

Thursday, November 29, 2012

bicycle lock up








While in New York City I took this photo of many bicycles
locked up along the sidewalk and in front of this wrought
iron fence.  Bicycles are probably one of the faster ways
to get around that city!  :)

Linking with Friday's Fences.



I hope you have a great weekend.
I may be back before the weekend is over with something
Christmas-y.  :)

Blessings,

Pamela

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

bird bath weather






Water ~ November 5





Snow ~ November 8




Ice ~ November 14


How the weather changes here in November!


You just never know what it will be.


I can't believe November is almost gone can you?

I was going to post about Christmas decorating but forgot
I had this post ready so thought I'd share it as the month closes.

We haven't had snow since November 8.  The weather has been fairly nice but this past week it's been very cold - below freezing.


I hope we get some snow in December especially for Christmas, but you just never know here in the Maritimes.


I'm going to my neighbour's house tonight to watch the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center.  Since I saw the tree hidden by all the scaffolding it would be great to see it all lit up and catch the excitement of that beautiful place.  Why am I going to my neighbours to watch it?  We don't have cable or a satellite dish!!




Enjoy the evening and stay cozy.
{I'll be running across the yard in the cold and dark!}

Blessings,

Pamela


Sneak Peek



freedom tower (a correction)





Freedom Tower, New York City
{click on picture to enlarge it}


In my first post on my recent trip to New York City I 
incorrectly called this new building the "Peace Tower".

Pat, a native New Yorker, and fellow blogger ~ 
Mille Fiori Favoriti ~
explained the proper name is officially World Trade Center 1.

It's been nicknamed "Freedom Tower", a symbolic name after 
the events of September 11, 2001.

There is only one tower, not two, although a second building is under construction nearby that looks like the Freedom Tower.

The Freedom Tower will be 1776 feet high when the large antenna
is placed on top of it.  The significance of this '1776' is representative of the year 1776 when the United States issued it's Declaration of Independence.


I just wanted to make this correction to everyone who reads my blog and especially to my American friends.
I must remember to do research and not depend on my sketchy
memory.  :)

I hope your week is going well.


Blessings,

Pamela



Monday, November 26, 2012

New York City II





Times Square in the daytime.


I hope you aren't bored with my photos of NYC.  
I took almost 1000 pictures but some had to be deleted for various reasons.  It was difficult to choose the correct setting on my camera to take the nighttime photos.  I mainly used the sports mode which works in dim light but aren't always clear.  I was walking a lot so sometimes didn't come to a full stop to snap pics.
I need to be more aware of that!  Not good photography.  lol


Times Square is busy 24/7 as you know.  I decided to make a collage of several photos of this street.

Starting upper left and clockwise ~ the M & M store, Stardust Restaurant, Mama Mia, The big Coke sign on the Flat Iron Building, Me and Miss Liberty, street scene, McDonalds, Advertising, Times Square Church, The giant ferris wheel in Toys R Us, the street at 6:45 am, Toys R Us, and lastly,
yes, that's the n*ked cowboy.  (silly dude!)


This next collage is of some of the many buildings that are typically New York.





On Sunday morning we boarded buses to go to church at Brooklyn Tabernacle in Brooklyn.  The church was a beautiful building inside and the service, choir, and preaching by Jim Cymbala were amazing.
The rest of the day was free and we attended an off Broadway musical "The Christmas Story" in the evening.   It was very good and I had never watched the movie so it was nice to see the story from a musical perspective.


The Empire State Building


One of my friends and I took the 'hop on - hop off' bus to head to the Ground Zero memorial on Sunday afternoon.  The traffic was so heavy that we didn't get farther than Macy's so we hopped off.
We knew we only had 2 hours before we met our friends and it had taken half an hour to go a few blocks!  We walked back faster than the bus would have taken us.  




This store is HUGE!  We took the escalators up 5 floors and thought that was the top so missed the rest of the store.  Our friends were in the other part of the store meeting Santa Claus in Toyland!

On Monday we had free time until we went to Carnegie Hall for a dress rehearsal in the afternoon.  The hall was really beautiful but we weren't allowed to take photos.  After rehearsal we had to leave until almost showtime at 8:00 so we had a very nice dinner at a restaurant called Cafe Europa.  Five friends from our church came to see us sing.  One came with her husband who is in the choir and the other four included Carnegie Hall on their trip down that way!  It was so nice to see some familiar faces in the crowd.

After the concert we walked around 5th Avenue and Rockefeller Centre (again).  So much excitement, gorgeous Christmas lights and beautiful store windows!  I'll have to share those pictures next week as I took them on my friend's camera and have yet to upload them.




Rockefeller Square is surrounded by all the flags of the United States.  There are tall toy soldiers placed around for Christmas.
I bought a book about the history of the square's famous Christmas tree which I am reading.  It's very interesting.


We headed back home on Tuesday morning before dawn and got home, after a few stops to shop, at 10:00.  It was a very long day after a very short night!

I think I am finally caught up on my sleep.  It was a tiring but fun experience.  I would love to go back to New York again when I can spend more time and see more things.

Today I spent the day doing a bit more decorating.  I'll share some of that in a couple of days.

Are you getting ready for Christmas?
Have a great day!

Blessings,
Pamela









Sunday, November 25, 2012

New York City!





Times Square ~ right outside our hotel, the Crowne Plaza

Hi Everyone!!

I'm finally back from New York City and back to almost normal.

What an amazing experience to visit New York City and to be able to enjoy the lights, sights and sounds of this wonderful city!


Here I am in Times Square doing my happy dance.  :)
{I think the man coming behind me thought I was crazy}



Rockefeller Square Ice Rink



Radio City Music Hall

We left on Thursday, November 15 and drove as far as Portland, Maine where we shopped a bit and stayed over night.
{I'm talking four women here!}

On Friday morning we met up with the other car of friends around noon and drove on, arriving in NYC at about 7:00 pm.

As I explained in my last post, the reason for this trip was to join with the American Festival Choir under the direction of Phil Barfoot and to perform the World Premier of
"The Light of Christmas" at Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium).


We only had 3 full days in the city and I'm telling you, they were full!!!
We were up at 5:30 Saturday morning to go to breakfast at Hurley's just around the corner from the hotel.  We're talking about 200 people up and at it for the breakfast buffet!
After that we practiced until noon and had a short break before we went back to practice.  
At 3:00 we were loaded onto 3 buses and taken to board a cruise ship, the Spirit of New Jersey, for a beautiful dinner cruise on the Hudson River.



The meal was a wonderful buffet which I gobbled up hastily ate so I could go above deck to take pictures of the views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty at sunset.


The tallest structure and the one under construction are the new Peace Towers being built to replace the World Trade Centre.
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to visit the Ground Zero site.

I was amazed at the size of these buildings even from the river.  Just look at the trees along the river bank in front of the other 'high' rise buildings.  Incredible!!

The Statue of Liberty






The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge behind it.


A magnificent sunset.






But the evening wasn't over.

When we returned to the hotel we struck out to walk around the city and went to Grand Central Station.



What a wonderful building this is!  


Just think of the millions of people that have passed through this building over the past 100 years.

The gorgeous chandeliers in the side hall where 
there were many beautiful gift shops set up for the
holidays.



We passed by Radio City Music Hall again all lit up for Christmas.
And took in the sights and sounds of the city until almost midnight.

Not much wonder I was so tired all this week!!


Well, I've gone on enough today for this post. 
I will return with more photos of our trip soon.

All in all it was a trip of a lifetime for me and some of the other choir members.  I won't soon forget it!

I am way behind in keeping up with all your blogposts of the past 2 weeks and plan to get back visiting you really soon.  I hope all my American friends have had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and I know you are all stuffed with turkey and all the trimmings and no doubt decorating for the next big event ~ Christmas!
{I actually put up and decorated our tree yesterday.}


I'm going to link with Mosaic Monday at Mary's
Little Red House.


Blessings for a wonderful week!

Pamela





Wednesday, November 14, 2012

a bird picnic and frost on the pumpkins






I've been tossing some sun flower seeds on the picnic table for the chickadees lately but this morning I glanced out and saw a group of grosbeaks having breakfast on the picnic table.




I took these photos through the window of the kitchen door so they are a bit blurry due to the double paned glass.
Quite a little party going on.




The grosbeaks must have seen my movement in the window as they flew off.  Then the little chickadees came back.
I stood on the deck for these next two photos.  The chickadees are
so tame and don't mind humans around them.

Why are the pumpkins sitting on the table?

Because I have a bowl of vintage glass Christmas ornaments on the coffee table where these pumpkins were last week.  :)
{they are now in the compost}





Talk about frost on the pumpkins!

It poured rain yesterday then it went below freezing last night.
The little pumpkins are frost bitten.
Can you see the frost on the table and the water dripping off the pumpkins from the sun?  So pretty!



So, my Christmas decorating is done {except for the tree}.  I'm all packed for my trip to New York City.  The laundry is done and the house is clean.  And I still have time to blog!  I think I'm addicted! {but I really wanted to share this pictures with you}

Thanks so much for all your good wishes for my trip.  I appreciate each one of you!

See you soon!


Blessings,

Pamela



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

the big apple







This may not be the biggest apple in the world but,
the Big Apple I'm talking about is ~

New York City!


And that's where I'm going later this week for 3 days.

I have never been to New York.  I hear it's amazing.
The city that never sleeps.

I am not going to New York for a shopping spree although I may make a few purchases while there.  How can I resist!

Our church's choir was invited to join a mass choir of members from several other churches in the United States and sing at ~
Carnegie Hall!!!

Can you believe it?  We have been planning this trip since we heard about it a year ago and the day is almost here.  
We've been practicing for months for the world premiere of
"The Light of Christmas".

There are fourteen members of our choir going and the mass choir will be about 300 voices.  The concert is Monday night.
We will have opportunity to do some site seeing and go on a harbour dinner cruise as well as attending church at Brooklyn Tabernacle on Sunday where we'll get to hear their famous choir.

It's going to be a crazy busy time.  But what a tremendous opportunity to present this special Christmas music and minister to those who attend!

I am starting to get more excited as the day of departure draws near.  I am also a bit anxious about the traveling and being in such a big crowded city and remembering all the words to the songs we're singing.   A lot of work, preparation, practice and prayer has gone into this trip so I know God will be honoured and blessed and will use us in some special way to bless someone.

So, that's my 'big apple' news.

I'm going to THE BIG APPLE!

I may even do a little happy dance in Times Square!


I'll be away for several days so I would like to wish all my American friends a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.


I'll have a few pictures to share, hopefully, when I return next week.  Bye for now.


Blessings, 

Pamela





Sunday, November 11, 2012

reflection









This little painting is one my mother purchased many years ago.  

The artist is Morris Scovil.  Someone wrote on the back of it in black marker ~ "Reflection N.B.  $6.00"

I tried to do some research on the artist.  All I could find is that he was born in Gagetown, NB in 1889 and started painting in 1950.  He served overseas in World War 1 and lived in Vancouver, BC for a time after the war before moving to Amherst NS.  The Amherst Daily News had an article about him on Dec. 17 1957 which said "Proclaimed One of Nova Scotia's Most Prolific Landscape Artists".  A lot of his work was of seacoast towns that were sold to tourists.

Maybe the painting is worth more than $6.00 today!




I think Mum chose this painting because of the colours and the peaceful scene along the river.  It could be any river, anywhere but, I like to think it's along the St. John River at Gagetown.  

It is framed in strips of barn board.  {love it}
Mum had spray painted it gold (it even got on the painting's edge, which I'm sure devalues it) and had the whole thing inside one of those antique shadow frames at one time.  I decided to lightly sand the gold off but you can still see it in spots.






Just a little vignette for the in-between season before I decorate for Christmas.





What are you reflecting on this week?



I'll share with you later what I am reflecting on.

Something about a big apple.  :)

Blessings,

Pamela





Thursday, November 8, 2012

winter white



                                                 



We woke up to our first snowfall of the season this morning.
It snowed about 5 cm. (3 inches) but it was already melted off the trees by noon.  The ground is still white but I doubt it will last long.


We need to get our patio chairs stored away this weekend!




Speaking of winter white ~



I gathered my mini white pumpkins into a milk glass bowl...






...and raised them up on a pedestal.





They won't be here long.

They'll soon be replaced by a silver bowl filled with vintage glass Christmas ornaments.

That bit of snow makes we want to get out the Christmas decorations now.  Does it do that to you?
By Monday it will feel like spring again with mild temperatures.


I would like to welcome all my new followers.  Thanks so much for joining me here.  Please don't forget to leave a comment so I'll know you stopped by.

I hope you are enjoying your week.

Blessings,

Pamela






Wednesday, November 7, 2012

getting ready for the season






While sitting at the dining room table blogging this afternoon, I looked up and saw the last rays of the afternoon sun shining across the jar of hydrangeas I had placed there this afternoon.


It was just that perfect touch of light for a minute or two.



It was quite a cold day today but it was sunny so I thought
it was a good chance to cut the greens for my old milk can on the front deck.  I cut some red dogwood sticks too from the ditch across the road.



And, as you can see, I also added a string of white lights.
Yep.  And they are on right now {in the dark}... the start of my Christmas lighting outdoors.  I like to have some lights on there even now to brighten the dark evenings.

The weather forecast is calling for snow tonight changing to rain tomorrow.  Maybe I'll get a picture in the morning of our first snowfall of the season.


I also made up two containers of greens to put out later.  I used old enamel ware containers this year.  I'll share pics of them another day.


While shopping the other day and found a few goodies to decorate with for Christmas.  Like I needed more stuff!!



Do you see the little house in the picture?  
It's a putz house under a glass dome!
Love it!!
I have a small collection of putz houses and this little charmer came home with me from Winners. 

Do you take pictures of how you decorate for Christmas from year to year?
I do.
Today I was looking over the photos from last year to see what I did.  I can't remember from year to year as I have a lot of Christmas decor.  I'm moving things around and getting ready.  I noticed last year that I had completed my decorating by 
November 15 although I also noticed I did some tweaking after that.  Good thing I took pictures!  Did you? 


That's it for today.  

I'm linking with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for her new
weekly blog party called HOME.
I hope you will come over and visit some other wonderful bloggers as they share something from their homes.



Blessings,

Pamela

 


Monday, November 5, 2012

a favourite pass time~ tea, cookies and magazines



                             



It's time for tea at several blogs today and I will be linking up at the bottom of this post.

While I'm drinking my tea I often pick up a favourite magazine to look at the latest decorating ideas.



Today I'm dreaming of Christmas decorating and am enjoying all the beautiful ideas in these magazines.





A couple of snicker doodle cookies go perfectly with this tea.
They are so tasty rolled in cinnamon and sugar.

Gingerbread Spice tea in a china cup.  mmm.




I turned over my gold and brown table runner to it's ivory side.





My teacup is Royal Albert Crown China.
Here is the mark on the bottom of the saucer.






This was my mother's teacup and is one of my favourites as I like the cobalt blue with the rust, gold and bits of green on it.


I don't always use a fancy china cup for tea time as I often drink tea in a mug while I'm blogging.

I have found that I've been drinking 2 or 3 cups of tea some days lately.  I've been so cold and it helps to warm me up.

How often do you enjoy a cup of hot tea?

I am joining


Ruth at Tuesday Cuppa Tea 




I hope you will join me at one of these parties.


Blessings,

Pamela













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