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Monday, September 30, 2013

meandering in Maine



Bar Harbour, Maine from the top of Cadillac Mountain


Hi everyone! We are home from a gorgeous 3 days spent along the coast of Maine.  
The weather was sunny and the temperatures rose to the low 20's (70'sF) which is amazing for late September and for being on the coast.  I packed long sleeved tees, jeans, sneakers and socks,  sweater, wind breaker and jean jacket.  Thankfully, I also packed a pair of jean capris, sandals, and short sleeved tee, just in case, as I needed them!

Our first stop on the way was in Bangor for lunch.  Normally we'd stay and do a lot of shopping in that city but we had an agenda to enjoy the coastal towns so we 'ate and ran'.  Our base was at a Best Western in Ellsworth as it's a bit cheaper than in the resort towns right on the coast and we only needed the rooms to sleep at night.  No sense in spending a lot of money when you're not in the room!

Bar Harbour is a beautiful little resort town and now cruise ships call it a stopover on their runs to and from the Maritime provinces of Canada.  There were 3 cruise ships in the harbour that day (see them in the picture?).  


We drove up Cadillac Mountain which is part of Acadia National Park.  It takes about 20 minutes to drive up the twisty road and we met cyclists and tour buses on the way.  There were a lot of tourists around on Friday.  The sky was so clear and one could see for miles around the area.  

Here we are, a little overdressed for the warm temperatures.



After an hour or so on the mountain we drove down into the town of Bar Harbour.  We walked around and down to the waterfront.  Bar Harbour has quaint streets around a town square with older buildings and lots of shops and eateries.  What a perfect day!
Just enjoy the photos.



The cruise ship AIDA out of Germany.

A horse drawn carriage ride could be had around the town.

A beautiful hotel right on the harbour front.

We had our supper on the deck that has all the dark green umbrellas.




This brass quintet was entertaining the cruise ship passengers as they departed for their ships and also the diners like us, on the dock next to them.

THE. BEST. LOBSTER ROLL!!

The town clock - 1896.

Evening lights downtown.

People we met were so friendly.  We talked with people from England, Texas, Pennsylvania, Toronto, and Vancouver.  

That was day one of our meandering in Maine.  I'll be back with another post, or two, of the other stops we made.  I hope you come back!

The weather here at home is gorgeous too.  It's 10 degrees warmer than it should be this time of year so I'm really enjoying it!

Have a great day!

Blessings,

Pamela




Thursday, September 26, 2013

a basket of sunshine




my mother-in-law's apple basket with her initials


The sun is shining this morning after 4 days of rain and gloom.

I stepped out the front door and breathed in the crisp air and felt the warmth of the sun on my face.


The morning sun has moved from straight across from our house to the east southeast and is so much lower now, casting long shadows across the landscape.


The lawn is littered with fallen leaves.  For some reason they aren't as colourful yet but they are dropping.  Too much rain and wind?

The weekend weather looks very nice and perfect for an adventure along the coast.  I'm taking a bit of a break for a couple of days and I'm taking my camera with me.   And Murray.  And our friends.  I'll share more when I get back.  You know there'll be a  few pictures.
See you soon.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Pamela

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

the view before and after and some fall scenes


This is a view that we enjoy when we go for our walks and we also drive by it a lot too.  The view changed recently.

May 2013

What's the difference?  

September 15, 2013

The big spruce trees that were in this field on the hill are gone.
Another victim of the big storm a couple of weeks ago.




Nature can change the landscape in an instant.

But, thankfully, the view is still there.

Another difference is that the first photo was taken with my Canon point and shoot camera and the last two with my phone.

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These next 3 photos were taken with my phone too.

A local farmer was tedding the crop in this field recently.  It has since been baled and taken to the barn.

This is the pasture next to where the farmer was working.
You can see the colour in the trees already.


It's been rainy and very cool here the past 2 days but by Thursday it is to clear off and be sunny and very warm for the weekend.

the view through the dining room window on a rainy September day

The trees are changing each day and the leaves are falling but we haven't reached peek colour yet.  It will be a couple of more weeks for that and hopefully they'll still be beautiful for our Thanksgiving holiday on October 14th. 


Thank you for all your visits and comments on my recent posts.
I appreciate every one of you who stop by.

Have a great day!

Blessings,

Pamela

Monday, September 23, 2013

our home is ready for fall






Have you been putting out a few fall things yet?

I've been playing around with things for a couple of weeks.

Above is one vignette I had on the dining room table.
Note I said 'had'.  I've already changed it.   :)
A woman's prerogative, right?


I changed the runner first.  Then removed the tray and added a vintage pig cutting board.
{And I've changed it back to the tray already!}



This is a corner of the dining room.  Do you see the tall board in the corner?  It is an old ironing board I think and I'd like to paint it someday and print a word on it.  I just haven't decided what yet.
And I will hang it up on the wall somewhere.
What do you think?


The little pitcher and the plate were my mother's.


The china hutch.  Everything is vintage except the pumpkin and the pedestal plate it's on.



The copper mercury glass candle holders were from SuperStore last year.

The living room sofa and coffee table.
I have a lot of orange accents as they go well with the soft green sofa and the cushions.  My walls are BM's Hepplewhite Ivory.



This is my favourite platter.  The cloche was purchased at 
L.L. Bean Home last spring.  I have 2 dried sunflowers and a 
jack-o-lantern bulb on a crochet doily under the dome.



This vignette is atop my antique oak washstand.



This is what it looked like last week.

I had this back part of an old chair sitting there but hung it in the spare bedroom.

I might have a cup of tea and a cookie or two while enjoying the view from our window.  {this was last fall}  I keep cozy throws handy for chilly evenings or afternoon naps on the couch.


This is the bookcase next to the stairs and front door.


Rich autumn colours.


This shelf is in the front entryway.  A touch of turquoise.


Bits and pieces of fall colour.


The front porch is all decorated too.  I added some fall mums and orange pumpkins.


I will add some candy corn lights to the milk can display soon.  

I think I'm ready for this new season.  Are you?
Have you decorated for fall yet?  I'm seeing a lot of beautiful homes in blog land with great fall decorating ideas.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all enjoy this first
week of the fall season.

Blessings,

Pamela

Linking with ~ Kathy's A Return to Loveliness
 Sandi's HOME 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

the last day of summer


This is it.  It's the last day of summer for 2013.  
It was a good summer overall.  
We had pretty good weather with some a lot of rain and some sunshine which seemed great for the flowers and gardens.




Don't you love sunflowers?

I planted several seeds in the spring from a packet that I bought last year but only 2 actually grew up.

The one above is about 3 feet high.

Then there's the 'Jolly Green Giant'!

See them side by side?
It must be at least 9 feet tall.



It's right up under the eave of the garage.  I've tied it up in 3 different spots so it won't break but now I don't know where it's going to go.  It's run out of room!



The hydrangea is loaded and so pretty now.  it went from white to pink the past week or so.  I've cut a lot of blooms to dry in the house for bouquets.  Love them!



This purple aster is doing beautifully this year.  I bought it 2 years ago as a potted plant in the fall and put it in the ground.  Last fall it didn't bloom as it was in a shaded area.  Earlier this summer we had some trees removed and this plant thrived in the sunshine.



Autumn Joy Sedum is putting on it's annual show.
Look at all the leaves on the ground!  The trees are fading and not too colourful yet but are dropping their leaves already.  


What are you doing on this last day of summer?

I think I'll pull some weeds in the vegetable garden so they won't get turned under and come back again next spring.  Do you suppose it's a lost cause?  :)

Enjoy the weekend ~ summer's last day and autumn's first.


I'll be back on Monday with photos of my autumn decor.
I hope you will stop by.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Pamela

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