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Sunday, March 31, 2013

a rare visit from a cooper's hawk

Last Saturday morning we noticed the absence of birds at the feeders and realized there was a new visitor to our back yard.

The photos are fuzzy as they are taken through the windows (dirty) and with a short lens.

I enlarged this photo for a better look.

This bird was sitting in the fir tree and stayed for a long while. 
I got out my camera and took a couple of photos before it flew away and we got out the binoculars and watched it closely.

I also got out my bird book which was no help at all.
I really need to get a new one.  Next,  I went to Google and found out it was a Cooper's Hawk.

It knew where it's next meal might be coming from.
I guess they enjoy smaller birds in their diet. 

We see lots of hawks, eagles and turkey vultures around here, usually flying over the fields looking for food, but this is the first time I've seen one in our yard.

For more information and a good picture of this Cooper's Hawk check out this link ~ Cooper's Hawk ~ and click on the tab for "overview" for information.

Today I was walking in the yard and looking for signs of spring and startled about 40 birds feeding on the ground.  I looked up and saw the hawk flying overhead.  Maybe it scared the birds too!

I am feeling well again and was able to attend both Easter services and sing my little heart out in the choir.  Thank you all for your sweet comments of concern!  
I hope you have a wonderful week.



Saturday, March 30, 2013

a blessed Easter

the Anglican church at Kings Landing Historical Settlement

I have the flu.  :-(
The kind that makes every bone, joint and muscle in your body ache.  Today is our practice for the music we're doing at church tomorrow for Easter and I am missing it.  It's a beautiful 
sunny spring day and I'm enjoying the view from the inside as I rest.

However, the pain I am enduring is so minor compared to the pain
Jesus endured on Calvary's cross for the sins of mankind.  My pain has helped me keep in perspective the horrible death He endured for me and for you.
I am truly thankful for His great love and that he has risen from the grave of death to live in heaven at the Father's right hand.  
One day I will see Him face to face.
What a glorious day that will be!

From our home to yours ~

I wish you a blessed Easter!

Blessings and love to each of you!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

an new look for my tray

Since Easter is this weekend and I had some daffodils I decided to change up my tray on the dining room table.
I used the above photo as the background for my collage on Monday.

The yellow and blue plates are new as is the white bunny.
I got them both at Winners last week.  
The napkin underneath the plates was a thrift store find a while ago and are from April Cornell.  A perfect match don't you think?
The blue and white creamer is really old and was my great-aunt's.
It's a favourite of mine.

The daffodils are all opened up now so I don't know if they'll last until Easter.  I guess I'll have to buy something different for the weekend now.

Do you have a favourite flower or bouquet for Easter?

I hope you are having a great week.



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

tree conks

Sometimes when I'm walking I see something that catches my eye and decide to follow up on it. 

Tree conks are a fungi that grows on trees.
While quite interesting to look at and often pretty, they are a sign of rot and decaying wood in a tree.
The above conk is very near the ground on this tree in a local park.
From what I've read, this tree could be rotten inside and in danger of falling.

This next tree has a lot of conks on it.
It is next to the ditch near here.
It was a beautiful red maple that died and part of it came down in a wind storm so it was cut off.

I was so taken with this old tree stump and it's conks I decided to follow it up a different times and seasons.  
In the summer the conks weren't as visible due to brush and weeds growing in the ditch but when the leave came off in fall I discovered the conks.

November 2012

The conks are growing all around the bottom of the tree.

First snowstorm December 2012.

After an ice storm in December 2012.
They looked kind of pretty with the icicles hanging off them.

If you see conks growing on trees on your property, it might be wise to have a tree arborist look at it.  The tree might be diseased and rotten inside and in danger of falling on your property, a neighbour's, or even a person.  Even if they are pretty and interesting to look at they could be a danger to you and your property.

Have you ever seen a conk?  It's a funny name isn't it?

Have a great day!



Monday, March 25, 2013

a visit to a real sugar camp

The sugar camp is between the two barns.

Guess what?  I actually went to a sugar camp today and it was just up the road at our neighbour's farm.  They are even related to us, and I'd forgotten they have a sugar camp.

My friend Lois came up for lunch and a visit then suggested we walk up to visit Deb and see if she was boiling sap.  I called and found out she was so we walked up.  It was a cold walk but not very far.

That is the smoke coming out of the sugar camp chimney.  The traditional vent on the roof is open to allow the steam to escape.

The sap was collected from the sap cans on the maples trees on the farm into these 50 gallon barrels.  It is very clear, a watery consistency, and tastes like slightly maple flavoured water.  The sap is pumped into a vat in the camp then runs by gravity in the vat below.

The sap is boiling in this vat.  The sap in the back 2 sections is coming in fresh and the sap in the front too has been boiled down.

This is the sap pouring into the vat.

The vat is sitting on a wood fired stove.

The fire is stoked every 7 to 10 minutes to keep it the right temperature.  Deb, with Amy's help, spends the whole day out here tending the fire and draining the sap.  It's a long process and a very long day.  

That's Deb on the right and her daughter-in-law, Amy, on the left.  They are very busy farm wives.

Me, Lois and Deb

Lois and Deb went to school together and I met them both at Bible school over 40 years ago.  We've been friends for a long time.

The fiery furnace stove.

The sap is strained 2 different times before it's bottled.

Some of the many bottles of pure New Brunswick maple syrup to be shared with family and friends.
{We even got a bottle to take home}

Yummy amber liquid that is as sweet as spring itself.

I hope you enjoyed my visit to a real sugar camp.

Thank you all so much for your recent visits and comments.  I appreciate it very much.



Sunday, March 24, 2013

daffodils for mosaic monday

While at the grocery store the other day I spied a lady selling bouquets of daffodils in the foyer to raise money for the Cancer Society.

I decided to buy a bunch and they are pretty well all opened up now.

They are so bright and cheerful and my own daffodils a still buried under the snow, so these will do for now.

Thank you for your concern but I am feeling great today! :)

Thanks to Lorrie of the blog 
Fabric, Paper,Thread and her tutorial on how to make a mosaic with a photo background. 
 Go HERE.  It's so easy!!  :)

 I'm joining Mary for Mosaic Monday.



Saturday, March 23, 2013

revisiting Kings Landing sugar bush weekend

maple taffy on the snow

Since the weather wasn't the greatest and I wasn't feeling that great either, I never got to the Sugar Bush weekend at Kings Landing Historical Settlement this year so I thought I'd post a few pictures from last year for Sunlit Sunday.

A year ago we had had beautiful hot temperatures for several days and the snow melted away so fast that it caused major flooding in some areas along the rivers.

It was a perfect weekend for a visit to Kings Landing and to walk around in the gorgeous sunshine and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this historic site.

These are various types of spigots used to tap into the tree so the sap can flow into the buckets as in the 1800's.

Here is a spigot in a tree with a drop of sap coming out.
I waited for a good five minutes and took several pics to get the drip just right.  :)

The old way of gathering sap.

The sap is collected and boiled down in these iron kettles over an open fire.

It was pretty muddy with all the melting going on.

No sunshine this weekend and it's typical March weather but, it's nice to dig back into the archives and see how sunny and warm it was just a year ago.
If you'd like to see my post from last March go here.

I'm linking with the last Sunlit Sunday of the season

Thank you, Karen, for hosting this meme for the winter months. 
It has been fun and helped those of us who participated to find some sunlit moments in a long winter.



Friday, March 22, 2013

brilliant green moss

Brilliant Green Moss...

on cedar fence rails with the sun shining.

On a maple tree.

Isn't it pretty?  Such a bright green and lovely soft texture.

Brilliant. Green. Moss.

It's about the only natural green showing around here these days
and I shot these pics last fall.

I am linking with Fiona's blog Raindrops and Daisies for

Fiona has a beautiful blog and loves lots of colour.  You can link up too, with something with green in it.  See her blog for details.

Do you have plans for something exciting this first weekend of spring?  We may go look for some maple sugar trees that are producing maple syrup.  You know I'll have pictures.  :)
Enjoy the weekend!



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

first day of spring ~ last day of winter?

This is what we woke up to on the first day of spring in most of the Maritime provinces (and Maine and Quebec too!).

This is what it looked like yesterday afternoon.
The storm started about 10:00 last night and ended about 3:00 this afternoon.  With strong east winds there was a lot of drifting out here in the country but I'm sure we got more than 20 cm of snow, which is almost a foot.  Edit:  We got over 40 cm of snow which translates to about 18 inches.  That's the biggest snowfall of the winter!

There's a lot of this going on today.

It was very quiet on our usually busy rural road this morning as schools were closed and some businesses were late in opening.

The deck was totally bare yesterday.  There was about 2 feet of snow on the table and deck.

And....this is the bbq!

I cleaned the steps and part of the deck off then the Piano man finished the deep stuff.  
My back is paying for the bit that I did shovel.  
When will I ever learn?

So, here's hoping that this is the last major storm of the winter/spring here in the Maritimes.  
One year ago today it was 27 degrees Celsius (about 72 F),
which is not normal at all, but it was so nice.

As I write this post the sun is sort of shining.
The snow is blowing in the strong wind.
The driveway is cleared and the deck is cleaned,
the roads are bare and wet.
That was the last day of winter and hopefully the last of the winter weather too.
Bring on spring!

I'm forcing dogwood sticks on the window sill.  There are tiny green leaves near the bottom.
The long green leaves are the amaryllis plant from Christmas.

We're all ready for it.

I hope you are seeing signs of spring on this first day of the new season.  Or maybe, you're wading through snow like we are.

Thank you for all your visits and sweet comments.  It's been fun joining linky parties the past 3 days but so busy keeping up with them all.   

Blessings for a wonderful spring season!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

spring themed note cards

Where did March go to so fast?
It's time for Note Card Wednesday over at "A Haven for Vee".

Since the first day of spring is tomorrow  and Easter is coming up very shortly, I thought I'd share some photos with those two themes in mind.

We are waiting on another winter snowstorm to come in tonight and tomorrow bringing about 20 cm. of snow and strong winds.

Spring!  Where oh where art thou??

Please drop by and visit Vee's blog and see some beautiful NOTECARDS.

If you would like to participate you simply have to share 4 photos you have shown before on your blog and follow the link at the end of Vee's post today.  {click on - Rules here}

Thank you so much,Vee, for hosting this meme again.  



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