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Monday, April 29, 2013

tea time for the end of April

Can you believe it's the end of April?  I don't know where this month went but the old saying "the older you get the faster time flies" is becoming too much of a reality for me.  :)

I'm looking forward to May with all it's beauty after a long and dreary winter, aren't you?

For tea today I'm having a cup of Stash Chai Spice Black Tea.
And to go along with it (one can't have just tea all the time) I'm having a chocolate caramel square.
{The recipe is from Jean Pare's Company's Coming cookbook called Chocolate Squared}

Let me tell you, they are delicious!

My teacup today is Sandi's favourite, Rose Chintz.
I found it at an antique store last summer.
The plate is Cream Lace by Skye McGhie.

The platter, pitcher, creamer and small dish are all old.

I also want to show off my new table runner.
When I met Vee, from the blog A Haven For Vee, two weekends ago, she gifted me with this beautiful chintz runner that she made.  I love it!  Thank you so much Vee.  
The soft yellow with the pink flowers is so pretty and perfect for my dining room.  I wasn't sure if the flowers are roses or peonies.  I went looking for some pretty faux roses for the pitcher but could only find some gorgeous faux peonies that look like old fashioned roses and really, they almost look like the flowers in the print. 

Aren't they beautiful?  They almost look real.  I found one of those large bunches at the big craft store on for 40% off and simply cut the stems with pliers to the length I wanted.

The runner is reversible to the soft green dot print you see on it's edging.

I am joining Tea Time Tuesday 

Have a wonderful week.



Sunday, April 28, 2013

squirrel proof

a rainy day last week

We bought a new "squirrel proof" bird feeder last weekend.


Does it look like it works?

I even changed the tension so the weight of the squirrel would cause the bars to close the feeder openings.  However, I think the feeder needs to be hanging somewhere else so that the squirrel cannot balance on the tower rungs and lean into the feeder. 

Guess a new spot is in order.

I'm getting a few chickadees to the feeder but that's all.  I think the birds are finding their food elsewhere now that spring has arrived.
I haven't seen any Yellow Goldfinches yet.  Have you?

The back hill Sunday afternoon with green grass and soon a crop and a garden will be evident.

We are enjoying a gorgeous sunny weekend with temperatures in the upper teens (Celsius) and the week ahead looks the same.

I am smiling.  

I am linking with Mary for Mosaic Monday.

Have a blessed week.


Friday, April 26, 2013

my new header and spring longing

No, it doesn't look like this here yet.  I wish.
This was taken May 21, 2012.
We have a long way to go.
   I know many of you are experiencing that beauty right now.  Sigh....

It is still brown with a few sprigs of green here and there.

Our spring is about 2 weeks behind last year but probably right on schedule in a normal year.  Last year was exceptional here as it was for most of North America.  This year, winter is holding on so tightly it hurts.  But, spring weather is coming.  I just know it.

I decided to change my header photo to show what our spring will look like in a few weeks.  The old header photo was a bit too drab and dreary for me and I was longing to see something green and some flowers.  All the photos in my header were taken last May.

I did see some of those coltsfoot flowers growing along the side of the road yesterday.  They look like dandelions and people often mistaken them for the bright yellow blooms.

When in Portland, Maine last weekend we saw this....

lots of magnolia trees in bloom, green grass, crocuses and daffodils,  and forsythia in bloom.

Portland is 5 hours from here and I'm guessing we might see these things here in 5 days.  Do you suppose?

It was cool, foggy, and rainy here the past two days.  So damp, even in the house.  I've been drinking lots of hot tea 
to warm me up.
Speaking of tea.
We found some really great prices on boxed teas at The Christmas Tree Shoppe.  $2.49 a box which is over a dollar cheaper than it is here.  We bought 8 boxes.  :-)

So, hot tea it is for now.  The cold tea will have to wait a while.

Which do you prefer?  Hot or cold tea?  Does it depend on the season?  Just wondering.

Oh, and it's sunny this morning and it's going to feel like spring for the next 4 or 5 days!  Yippee!!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday, April 25, 2013

weeping willow trees

Mary, of My Little Red House, is hosting Thursday's Inspiration with this week's word prompt being "tree".

I chose weeping willow trees as my subject.  I love shade trees and maples are my favourites but willows are so pretty and graceful.
This photo above is along the walking trail by the St. John River
in Fredericton.  The old train bridge is seen through the trees.

I love a weeping willow tree don't you?

Their long branches with slender leaves droop and
sway in the breeze.

They make a lovely place to sit on a hot summer day.

This particular tree is huge and old.
It appears to have a long scar in the bark and you
can see where 2 large limbs have been removed.

This is another large old willow on the river bank.

This willow tree is nearby us and was cut down as it
had rotted and lost some big limbs.

However, willows have a tendency to regrow new shoots
and this one is flourishing once again.

Can you see the new trunk formed?  It looks like an
elephants foot.  There are lots of new shoots coming out of the old
trunk which is about 2 feet in diameter.

Pretty amazing.

Life goes on even out of a 'dead' tree stump.

I hope you will pop over and visit Mary's blog and see more photos of trees.

Have a beautiful day!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Old Orchard Beach, a popular summer beach destination, is situated on the inner side of Saco Bay south of Portland, Maine.  The beach is 7 miles (11 km) long. 
The town of Old Orchard Beach was first settled in 1657 by Thomas Rogers who dubbed it "The Garden by the Sea" and it was named after his abandoned apple orchard. (wikipedia)

According to wikipedia the downtown contains many tourist-oriented business including clam shacks and t-shirt shops.
There are many motels, cottages, condominiums and bed and breakfasts located around the beach area.
It's a really busy spot in the summer.

There is an amusement park called Palace Playland next to the main entrance to the beach.  There has been an amusement park there since 1902.

This is the pier at the entrance to the beach.  There has been a pier at this spot since 1898, the first being made of steel.  The various piers have been different lengths and different structures that were destroyed by storms and rebuilt, the latest being re-built in 1980.
At one time there was a ball room and a casino on the pier.

I find it amazing that all those poles hold up all that weight and there aren't even any people on it yet!
Good engineering right?

Under the boardwalk.

Looking down the beach.

Looking up the beach.

A collage of the waves and two surfers.
It must have been so cold.
The wind was strong and made it feel much colder than 14 C. that afternoon.

We were at Old Orchard Beach one other time on a hot summer day about 12 years ago.  We remembered that it was very crowded, the streets jammed with cars and people, so we drove up the street farther and found a parking lot on the beach.  We spent a little time walking on the sand that day and along the water's edge. 

This past Saturday there were people around as well but parking and driving wasn't an issue.  The smell of fried food filled the air as some of the clam shacks were open.  We walked by one such place and there were several people ordering and eating mounds of fried food.  It smelled good but, even though I love fried clams, all I could think of was my clogged arteries!  Ha ha!!
There was a toothless old man busking on the street, playing a squawky old violin - if we cared to give him $2.00!  He even asked for that!  We kept on going while he played until we were past him then he stopped to wait for the next 'customer'.  

Outside the clam 'shack'.  The old busker is in the white jacket. 

That is Old Orchard Beach.
It has changed a lot over it's historic lifetime but it still caters to those who love to go to the beach on a hot summer's day and wile away the hours on the hot sand between dips in the cool ocean.

Not on this particular day though.  

I'd like to say Welcome to my new followers and thank you all 
for visiting.  

I hope you have a beautiful day.



P.S.  If you missed my post on the Portland Head Light just scroll down.  :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

the Portland Head Light

The Portland Head Light has been a beacon on the coast of Maine near Portland since 1791.  It is the oldest lighthouse on the coast of Maine and is located on Cape Elizabeth.

This is the craggy and rocky coastline around Portland which can be seen in the distance.

The current keeper's house was built in 1891.

The lighthouse itself has been heightened and shortened several times over it's history.

It was extremely windy {I was holding my hair down!} that day although it was quite warm away from the water.  There were lots of people and children about the site enjoying the beautiful day.

My sweet Murray, the piano man.  :)

You can see why a lighthouse is needed along this coast.
There are many islands in the harbour area as well.

The notice below is painted on a rock face in front of the lighthouse.  Someone took great care and effort to climb out there and paint this on the rock!

I'm so glad we could visit this historic lighthouse that day.  
It was a postcard picture perfect day!

If you ever go to Portland, Maine to shop be sure to take this little side trip and visit the Portland Head Light.  It's worth it.

Thanks for visiting and all your sweet comments.

My next post will be about a visit to Old Orchard Beach.
And no, we didn't go swimming!!



Monday, April 22, 2013

a get away weekend and a meeting with Vee

The famous Portland Head Light on Cape Elizabeth at Fort Williams Park.

This past weekend the piano man and I took a vacation break and drove to Portland, Maine.

Most New Brunswicker's go to Portland for the great shopping.   In fact, I have been know to participate in such shopping trips with my girl friends many times over the years to either Bangor or Portland and parts in between (Freeport and Augusta).  I am not a big clothes shopper but rather love to look at home decor and such.  Even then I don't buy a lot.  I already have plenty but there's sometimes that little something different that I might find.

The beautifully rugged coastline.

We did do some shopping and we also did some site seeing.
We love the coastline so made sure we took in the scenery on Friday afternoon while the weather was so nice.  (it was sunny and about 65 F with a strong wind blowing)
I'll share more photos of this beautiful lighthouse in another post.

On Saturday morning we woke to rain and wind but I was more excited about breakfast and didn't really care about the weather.

You see....we were meeting my blog friend Vee, of the blog
A Haven for Vee, and her husband, John, for breakfast at Cracker Barrel Restaurant.  This is the first time I've met Vee in person and she is every bit as nice as her blog.  We had a lovely visit over breakfast. Even Murray and John had lots in common to talk about.

Vee and John

Vee and me

We had a grand time chatting and even exchanged gifts.
Vee is so sweet and thoughtful.

This is the third time I've met a blogger in person and one just never knows how the meeting might go.  We wonder if we have anything in common other than our blogs and if we could be friends beyond the computer screen.  Our friendships are formed in comments and emails back and forth until a friendship grows and we do find common interests.  Vee is one of those people that one wants to know better and spend time with in person.
I am so glad we had this opportunity to meet in person as it confirmed what I already knew from our visiting back and forth.
 Vee is a wonderful, sweet, down to earth friend.

So, if you don't follow Vee's blog, I would invite you to do so and get to know her.  I'm sure glad I did!

Have you ever met a blogging friend in person?

I'll be back tomorrow with more photos from Maine.

I hope you had a great weekend and that your week 
will be blessed.  



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thursday's Inspiration ~ word prompt ~ blue

This is St. Andrews, NB {click to see more}, one of our favourite places to visit for a day trip.  It is right across the Passamaquoddy Bay from Maine and is a very beautiful and historic resort town.  I took these photos last May on the Victoria Day weekend.

You can see the beautiful and famous Algonquin Hotel with it's red roof in the upper left skyline.  The hotel has been closed for a year as it under goes a complete renovation.  It will reopen in June.

I am sharing the blue boats in the blue water under a blue sky for

I hope you will join us.



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Note Card Wednesday


It's time for Vee's Note Card Party again.
{I don't usually do two posts in one day but I forgot about
the Note Card Party this morning.}

Vee is the wonderful hostess at A Haven for Vee.
There isn't a theme for this party.  You simply have to share
four photos that you have used in a blog post before and that would make suitable note cards.

Then you link up to Vee's here. (or below)

Thank you Vee for hosting again this month.  It's a lot of fun to join in and visit the other blogs who share their notecards.

Have a great day!



a brand new barn changes the landscape

This red and white hoop barn is new.  It was built last fall and I think it's an indoor riding arena.
I took this photo on Sunday morning after a dusting of snow overnight.  The grey and brown landscape is brightened by the bright red of this new barn's end wall.

Here is the same scene taken last July.

Isn't it beautiful?  The new barn changes the landscape of this old farm with it's older barns but maybe, if the farmer plants canola again, it will still be pretty.
Maybe I'll do a comparison photo this summer.

I'm linking with Tricia's Barn Charm.
Won't you join us?



Monday, April 15, 2013

they are becoming a nuisance

last week

The deer are becoming a nuisance that is.

They are sleeping in the field behind our house most nights and visiting our yard throughout the day, usually in the morning or evening.  There are over a dozen of them hanging around.

Saturday morning after a fresh snowfall.

You see.  They have found some luscious cedar trees to dine on.
You may notice the nicely 'trimmed' cedar above.

They haven't found the 3 right beside the deck not 10 feet from where this one is standing....yet.  

This is the damage they do.  Eating the green as far as they can reach all around the tree. This tree is about 15 feet high.

Imagine what they'll do to my hostas and other plants when 
they start growing!!

The guy on the bottom right was having supper on the cedar behind him.  I opened the back door and snapped some pictures and he looked at me.  Finally I said "Git outta here!" and he and his 3 friends high tailed it out of there.  I'm not sure if they are male or female.  I don't see antlers so most likely they're all gals.

I'm going to borrow my son's dog to leave his scent around the yard and on the trees to see if that will deter them.  I might brush old Marshall and bring some of his hair up to spread around too.  
We haven't had any deer in our yard in 36 years of living here.
I don't know why they like it so much now.   Last fall was the first time I saw evidence they had been in the yard when I found one Hosta half gone.   

Do you have a deer problem in your yard?  How do you cope with it.  I know there are products one can buy to spray on trees, shrubs and plants but I'll wait to see if they move on first before I try that.

In the meantime, if I happen to see them in our yard or near it I will go out and holler at them "Git outta here!!".

Have a great day!


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