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Monday, December 30, 2013

a pictorial review of 2013


Happy New Year!!  I decided to do a photo 'calendar' of 2013 for my last post of the year.  I hope you enjoy seeing some of the highlights.

January 2013

We started 2013 with a cold blustery January and I enjoyed the Amaryllis that bloomed and fresh tulips to brighten the cold winter days.  We had a nice January thaw that melted down the snow in preparation for what would come in February.

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February would bring it's own winter joy as we travelled to Fort McMurray, Alberta for two weeks to visit our daughter and her family.
We had a wonderful time with our two grandsons.

February 2013

However, while we were away there had been 3 major blizzards on the three weekends that we were gone so we had some digging out to do in our back yard. {the bottom 2 photos}

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March 2013

The fickle month of March had us longing to see the end of winter as spring approaches.  The upper left photo is March 19 and the upper right one is March 20.  Even the mourning doves weren't impressed.  :)

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April 2013

April brought it's showers and more snow and some promises of spring to our yard.  We got away on a long weekend visit to Portland, Maine for some R&R and retail therapy as well as a great visit with Vee (A Haven for Vee) and her husband, John.

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May 2013

May is our truly spring month.  Everything is blooming, crops are being planted, we had thunder showers and some flooding, and rhubarb for crumbles and pies.  It's a month of hope for me after a long cold winter and always late spring.

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June 2013

Ahhh, June.  Summer flowers, warmer days, the first day of summer, rain, rain and more rain.
Our grandsons were helping pack up the house for the move to Calgary in July.

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July 2013

July was a really busy month for us and for our Alberta family.   Jennifer, Matthew and the boys flew home for a week's visit after spending a week at Matthew's parents in Ontario and prior to their move to Calgary.  We had a great time with Ewan and Eli and enjoyed a trip to Parlee Beach and a family reunion.   On July 25, we flew to British Columbia to visit my sister and her husband for their son's wedding.  While there we drove to Whistler and toured around.  

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August 2013

August found us in Calgary visiting our family for 12 days.  We celebrated Eli's 1st birthday, went hiking and toured the Badlands and Hoodoos.  

When we returned to NB we had enjoyed some beautiful summer days and a few day trips to St. Andrews, Sussex and St. Martins.

Our son, Mark, and Jenn got engaged!!

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September 2013

September brought us gorgeous late summer days although they were shorter with the waning summer.  Days of harvest and a great trip to Bar Harbour and other ports along Maine's coast with our good friends.  And more retail therapy!

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September 2013

We had some beautiful fall days in October although the fall colours weren't the most brilliant this year.  We enjoyed our new fire pit a couple of evenings before it got too cold.  The month ended with a hoar frost that coated everything it could and two 'wild animals' on the loose on Halloween.   {photo by Jennifer} :)

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November 2013

The month of leaden skies, cold rain, deer herding and Christmas decorating.

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December 2013

Christmas celebrations and snowstorms.
We had 4 major snowstorms in December as well as a severe ice storm and we still have three months of winter to go!


Our Christmas Music Night at Sunset Church.

After being cancelled 2 weeks in a row due to snowstorms we tried again on December 29th - while it was snowing yet again - with a reduced choir and band and smaller congregation.  It was a wonderful celebration of God's gift to us at Christmas.  

We got about 20 cm. overnight and have been digging out yet again.

We have had a great year of good health, the blessing of visits with family both here and out west, family celebrations, good times with friends, and enjoying the beauty of God's creation in our travels away and right in our backyard.  I am excited to see what 2014 will bring.  
God has been very good and faithful to us.

I wish each of you and your families every blessing for the new year.

Blessings to you!

Pamela









41 comments:

  1. That's a great review of the year and something to keep for the future generation to see! Your pictures are always so lovely! wishing you all the best in the new year!

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  2. I really enjoyed your calendar of pictures! Wishing you both a blessed 2014! :)

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  3. Beautiful post, Pam.. So nice to have pics along with your precious memories.. God bless and Happy New Year..

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  4. oh, i love all the rich colors & views. so pretty!! great times!! can't wait to see what you will see & do in 2014!! ( :

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  5. What a year you have had. It surely seemed like a wonderful one for you and your family. My family is all in one city and I often forget how hard it can be to be away from your family when they live far from you. Your photos are beautiful. What a great year for you. Happy New Year Pamela, Carol.

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  6. What a great post. Some of these events, I had forgotten so it's nice to see it all month by month. Love all of your photos! What a good year we've both had. We are blessed! Happy New year my friend!

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  7. That was a great review! I had forgotten all the traveling you did! And what a sweet testimony of God's faithfulness to you. Has a date been set for the wedding?

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  8. A trip with pictures through 2013, that was a lovely idea.
    Merle...........

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  9. Great year review in photo . . . with your script too!
    Happy New Year Pamela . . .

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  10. Long time no see Pam......
    Wish I had thought of this great way to celebrate another year...
    Your pictorial is fantastic......great job!
    When will you see your wee grandsons again?
    When is your handsome son getting married?
    Sorry about all the questions.....I am just nosy! Hahaha!
    Enjoy your NYE!
    See you in 2014......

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  11. I loved your pictorial review. I see that you had a fantastic year and I'm wishing you a wonderful 2014!
    Happy New Year!

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  12. What a fabulous calendar - and what fun events. I'm still working on my blogs about christmas eve and christmas day - I haven't even begun to think of the year in review. Fabulous photos.

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  13. What a wonderful recap of 2013. Enjoyed your pictures and write up so much! Heres to a great 2014 my friend!

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  14. I loved looking at your month by month retrospective, Pamela. You had a wonderful year! Your grandboys are so adorable.

    Wishing you and your family much happiness, good health and blessings in the new year!

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  15. So many lovely memories with your beautiful family, Pamela! Your photos are very beautiful. Wishing you many blessings for the New Year! xo Karen

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  16. awesome..i enjoyed seeing your pics all year long and can't wait to see more!

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  17. awesome..i enjoyed seeing your pics all year long and can't wait to see more!

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  18. awesome..i enjoyed seeing your pics all year long and can't wait to see more!

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  19. Great way to show the best of 2013, Happy New Year

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  20. Pam, another banner year for you and your family! Happy New Year!...:)JP

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  21. Wonderful idea---and beautiful! Stay warm and keep taking photos. :) Happy New Year!

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  22. You've had a wonderful year! Wishing you and yours a truly blessed 2014 with lots of adventures and pleasant surprises!

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  23. A wonderful review of your year and travels Pam. I'm glad the music night was finally a go, it looks like quite the event all lit up around the stage.
    I've enjoyed my visits to your blog and wish you all the best for 2014.
    Hugs,
    Judith

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  24. What a beautiful calendar you made to share your year with us! I have so enjoyed "watching you" play with your camera since I've been following your blog! Now, I just wish I could get a wee little bit of your snow! May your 2014 be filled all things good!

    Blessings,
    Debby

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  25. Lots of beautiful photos in this post. Great idea! I love the double doves and the lighthouse! Have a Happy New Year!

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  26. A lovely way to look back at your year! I am glad that you got to have your Music Night at Church in the end, better late than never hey! I hope that the rest of winter is rather less difficult than last years or than it has been so far this year! Happy New Year. xx

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  27. You have the gift of appreciating what life has for you and your monthly collages catalogue many of the joys.

    Have a very Happy New Year, Pam.

    -Karen

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  28. What a great recap of 2013! Beautiful photos highlighting the joy you find in life.

    Happy New Year, Pam!

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  29. Isn't it fun to do a review at the end of the year...and see where your life's journey has taken you? So many highlights for you in 2013! I'm so glad you were able to enjoy your music night at church...on the third try.

    Blessings to you and your family in 2014!

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  30. I really enjoyed looking at these photographs of your 2013. It does look like you had a very good year. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2014.

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  31. Great way to cover your years events. Happy New Year!

    Jeannette

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  32. Wonderful portrayal of 2013! You will enjoy your new camera. Key to success... just experiment.

    May 2014 be kind and gentle with continued blessings. May happiness be your constant companion.

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  33. Pamela, Your photo review is wonderful. I kept thinking each month was my favourite. Wishing you and yours a most wonderful new year. It looks like you have some wonderful things to look forward to... I love weddings!

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  34. Gosh, you did so much last year you should be very tired, LOL. Such wonderful memories. Best wishes for a terrific 2014!

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  35. Sending you the very best wishes for a wonderful new year. You have some wonderful shots in your review.

    Jen

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  36. Pamela
    I loved reviewing your 2013 photos!
    You had a full and blessed year, for sure.
    May 2014 be as wonderful!

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  37. Wonderful year in review, You had such a busy year!!

    I wish you all the best in 2014.

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  38. Hi Pam,
    Oh my what a wonderful year you have had, when you look at it your way. I can appreciate the time and effort that went into this post, you did an amazing job... I think and although I so enjoyed all your Christmas pictures over this past while I so enjoyed your August photos above, fun and with family, sharing in the times. Really though enough snow already, All the best of the New Year to you and yours

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  39. I enjoyed seeing your year's recap Pam.
    It's such a good reminder of the joy in your life - times spent with your precious grandsons and family - there'll be more this year for sure!
    I know the feeling of being separated from them - I have a digital photo frame in the kitchen loaded with all the photos I took of my grandies this year - each time I turn my head there's another smiling face - it's such a comfort!

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  40. I love scrolling to the images of April forward. Sounds crazy but this cold weather has got me upset with winter. Too cold to be outside when it is -31 on the thermometer and feeling like -40. Yikes.
    Thanks for reminding me that there we will have a progression towards the warmth.
    I do love the seasons.
    I know they are part of the beauty which we enjoy as Canadians.

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    1. see...too cold to even write....."that there we will have....." :)

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