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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

you never know what you'll find in the orchard







My friend Linda, who blogs at "Stitch Lines", came out Wednesday morning so we could go to the local apple orchard to take pictures of the trees in blossom.  We were directed to go to the orchard at the bottom of the hill next to the woods.  



We not only found apple trees in blossom but, we found lots of wild flowers in bloom in the woods.

Strawberry, Red Trillium,  Dog Violets, Yellow Violets,
Jack-in-the-pulpit, Purple Violet, Red Baneberry, Purple Violets.


I think we had as much fun exploring for wildflowers as we did taking photos of the apple blossoms.  I hadn't seen a Jack-in-the-pulpit plant in years so I was thrilled to see several of them.  The Trilliums were just about finished but we could see that there were lots before the blossoms died.  There were 2 varieties of violets and I'd never seen yellow ones before.


The woodland was so beautiful with the sun shining through the green treetops.  The ferns and other plants are growing on the forest floor that is just the right climate for them.

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And then there were the apple blossoms.








There were bees and a hummingbird flitting about and lots of tiny black flies that like to nibble and bite me.  The sun was warm and a gentle breeze blew through the trees.  The gentle perfume of the apple blossoms was sweet.  Perfectly beautiful.
That was a fun adventure Linda! 

 I hope my readers will go over and visit Linda's blog ~ Stitch Lines.  Linda is a beautiful quilter so if you are interested in quilting you will love her blog where she shares many of her beautiful creations.  She is also an excellent photographer which you will see in her nature photos.

It is raining here tonight but the next few days will be mostly sunny and, hot and humid.  What a change from the past 2 weeks!  But I won't complain.  I like to be warm.  :-)

I hope you are having a great week.

Blessings,

Pamela



Monday, May 27, 2013

Barn Charm






While out for a walk recently {before the week of rain} I stopped to take some pictures of the barn down the road.  

These are pictures of one end of the barn and the doors.


The owner has recently done some major landscaping around this end of the barn and removed all the weeds, long grass and rolls of fencing and other farm equipment that were laying there for years.  Now one can clearly see the doors of this old barn.  Love them!!



This was a dairy farm years ago and the stalls and stanchions are in the lower level through the big doors.


I think this was the milking room on the right.

It's all looking pretty shabby but I love it. 
The upper level of the barn is still used to store hay and the doors are on the other end.


I'm joining Tricia for BARN CHARM.

Weather update:
The rains have gone {we received 78 mm which is about 3 inches} and we had a lot of sunshine today.  The sky is totally clear this evening and there is a risk of frost then the the weather is warming up this week to summer like temperatures.   ;-)

Have a great week!

Blessings,

Pamela

Sunday, May 26, 2013

rain, rain go away




I haven't done much the past 2 days.  I read some blogs and am reading an excellent book.  It's been windy, rainy and cold here.  
There are leaves and seeds and bits of dirt stuck all over the house, windows and ground from all the wild wind and rain we've had the past few days.  

Sunday afternoon

The water is flowing, the brooks and streams are roiling and filling up the rivers to over-flowing their banks.

Everything is so green.



We aren't deck sitting.
I've been sitting here and reading.



The book is the sequel to the first one called "From Across the Ancient Waters" by Michael Phillips.
He writes in the style of the famous Scottish writer - George MacDonald.  It is Christian historical fiction.  I love Phillips poetic style of writing and these books are page turners.  I'd have had them read faster if I'd stayed off the computer more.  :-)
Have any of you read Michael Phillips or MacDonald's works?



From the couch I look up and see this view.

Sunday afternoon

We had the pine trees cut down a week ago last Friday.  On a clear day we can see the river valley.  It's so beautiful!
{that's the tree brush lying on the ground that needs to be cleared up}


These pines were right on the property line with our neighbour and were growing into his power and phone lines.  It was time they came down along with 2 others closer to our house.




There are lots of hummingbirds at the feeders even in the rain.  This one loves to sit on the deck railing and shower himself in the rain.  He was so cute and comes often to sit there.
This week I hope to have my hanging flower boxes filled and in that very spot.  

For now the plants are on the kids little table in front of the dining room window as it was too cold in the garage for them.


I can't wait to get these planted tomorrow.

Last night I heard a disturbance outside and soon learned a raccoon had come to have a meal from the bird feeder.  It had climbed the tower and knocked the feeder to the ground.  When I went out on the deck he was behind the barbecue then climbed down.
We went to the basement window and I got this picture of it eating the seeds.  (sorry, it's very blurry)


I guess I'll have to bring the feeders in every night now.  :(
Nuisance critters!

Well, I think the sun is going to start to make an appearance here on Tuesday.  I am not sure how much rain we have gotten in the past 3 days but I'm sure it was over 60 mm. (3 inches).  We need some sun to dry things out and for the bees to propagate the apple blossoms which are just starting to open.  We've had a few bright spots today then it will just pour rain again like it is as I write.

Wishing you sunny days. Or rain.  Whichever you need.

Blessings,

Pamela





Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday's Fences





This photo was taken May 19, 2012.
{when we had a sunny hot month}

Short and sweet today.  Nothing new.  Lots of rain.
{craving sun and heat}

I wish my American readers a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.

Linking with Friday's Fences.


Blessings,

Pamela

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

a pretty spring promise






Yesterday, after 2 days of rain, the clouds broke for a few hours and I went for a walk.  

I found lots of wild apple trees in bloom in the ditch along the road although the apple orchard hasn't started to bloom yet.


I went home to get my cutters to clip a few small branches for a bouquet.  I put them in a small canning jar and tied a strip of lace around it.

Voila!








The promise of spring ~~~ and fall's harvest.
Apples will form through the summer although these wild ones will no doubt be inedible.


There is more rain coming right on through the weekend.  
I hope if you're experiencing this dreary weather that you will find something beautiful to cheer you up too.

Blessings,

Pamela

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

country roads






The first long weekend of the 'summer' season has come and gone. On Saturday the weather was cloudy with sunny breaks so we did some yard work.  We usually go to St. Andrews on this particular Victoria Day holiday weekend but not this year.

We decided to take a short Sunday drive between our church services as it was a beautiful sunny day and it was calling for rain on the holiday Monday.  It turned out to be a smart idea.  


We drove out a country road shown in the first photo and came to a fork in the road with this beautiful tree lined lane above.
We continued on through the original road and came upon the lake.



The above photo is of the swamp on one side of the road.  It was so full that it was creeping onto the roadway in one spot.



And here is the lake on the opposite side.



There are cottages and homes around this lake.  Isn't it beautiful?


There were people out canoeing, kayaking and fishing.


The road crosses a ravine with a waterfall and this old bridge over it has seen better days.  
We didn't walk through the woods and down the steep trail to see the falls but I took pictures from both sides of the bridge.

This falls is quite spectacular during the early spring run off.

The stream on the upper side of the falls.


This old road was very rough in spots with big rocks sticking up and lots of pot holes.  It was a slow drive.  ;)

We eventually came out to the end and the St. John River.



And a paved road that is a wee bit smoother than the dirt road.
It has it's pot holes and rough patches too.





I hope you enjoyed our country road drive.
Monday proved to be rainy and cool and it's cloudy today.
Spring seems to be dragging it's heels in our neck of the woods.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Oklahoma after the devastating tornados.  Please be safe during these terrible storms that are crossing the continent.

Blessings to you.

Pamela



Monday, May 20, 2013

blue and white tea time






It all started with finding the pretty blue banded teacup at the thrift store recently.  I saw it there a few weeks ago and left it behind but when I saw it again a week later I decided to buy it.


I checked it all over for cracks or chips, especially around the rim and brought it home.  Guess what?  It has a chip that I didn't notice.  No wonder it was there for 3 weeks without anyone taking it home.  The chip is just below the handle on the pedestal and is difficult to see at first (and second and third) glance.   :)


None the less, I love it for it's beautiful periwinkle blue rim and the gorgeous bouquet inside.  The saucer is the same.  Isn't it pretty?
It is Made in England by Queen Anne.


We just had the Victoria Day holiday weekend in honour of the then longest reigning monarch in England, Queen Victoria.
Her husband was Prince Albert.  Our current queen, Elizabeth II, has also reigned for 60 years. The above teacup is Royal Albert china's Forget-me-not pattern.

And the Forget-me-not are in bloom right now too.


These are from my garden.  This little pitcher/creamer is very old and one of my favourites in blue and white.





This is a pretty lace edged vintage hand towel and the periwinkle blue is a perfect match don't you think?





Come along with me to Sandi's Rose Chintz Cottage for


And to Ruth's Antiques and Teacups for


Please note that Ruth's new address for her blog has changed to www.antiquesandteacups.info

I hope my Canadian readers are enjoying their Victoria Day holiday.  It is raining and cool here so we're staying inside where it's cozy.  We went for a little Sunday drive and I had my camera along so I'll be sharing photos of that soon.

Blessings

Pamela


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