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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

the last of autumn's orange colour





These just might be the last of my photos with autumn orange.


The sunflower head is about 14 inches across.  I cut it off on Saturday.  The orange pumpkins are small and smaller.  They make a pretty vignette on the vintage chair on the back deck.  Soon I'll have an arrangement of winter pine etc. in this spot.


The sunset on Monday night.  I like the silhouette of the trees against the orange sky.


Does the grass up the hill look kind of orange at sunrise?
See the frost?  We had the garden tilled on Saturday morning by a neighbour.  You can see the fire pit to the right which will be on the lawn next summer.  This was all garden (formerly our neighbour's) but we're only going to make about 1/3 of it on the left side into a garden.  We have some work cut out for us I think.
(It's bigger than it looks)


And. There's a teensy bit of orange in the runner under my mystery wire mesh basket that I showed you the other day.  I thought I'd take it off the wall and put a few seed pods in it to give you an idea of what it looks like.  My mother told me it was used to roast nuts in but I highly doubt that.  I think it's just a unique decorative basket, don't you?


That's it for orange for a while.  Next it will be silver, green, red....you know....Christmas and winter colours.  :)

Thanks for visiting and your comments on my 'ghost scarecrow' yesterday.  I agree with most of you that said it could be a scary thing to see on a dark windy night.  Boo!

I'm preparing a post on the beautiful frost we had Wednesday morning so I'll be back soon.

Blessings,

Pamela


not scary at all









A scarecrow at Kings Landing Historical Settlement.
It was kind of neat and was made so that it swivelled in the wind like the sail on a boat.

I enjoyed the comments on my chit chat post of Monday.  Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with me.  :)

It was a very frosty morning here today and I spent some time taking photos which I'll share soon.



Enjoy your day.


Blessings,

Pamela



See.  It's not scary at all.  :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

a wise owl






While in Moncton recently, I found this cute amber glass owl tea light holder at Pier 1 Imports.  I think it looks cute on this ring of berries and gold plate.  I took out the orange faux marigolds that were in the white pitcher and added the seed heads of purple coneflower.  Just a couple of changes as the season also changes.

Did you notice the black 'flower' shape on the wall?  I'm not sure what it was used for but it is wire mesh with a metal frame and handle.  The bowl of is about an inch deeper than the outside rim.  It's a basket of some sort and is an antique.  Does anyone know what it's use might have been?  I like it's simple flower shape.

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If you have real gourds in your house for decor make sure you check on them once in a while as they will go moldy.  I found one on Saturday night that was really gross.  

It was very cold last night - below freezing (-2C).  We had some showers at suppertime yesterday and the decks were quite slippery once the temperatures dropped.  
Be careful in the early morning when you step out on your deck or walk as there might be frost and you may slip.

I haven't bought my Halloween treats to give out at the door yet.
I completely forgot until this afternoon.  Guess I'd better get on that soon.  We don't do Halloween decor except for a cut out faux pumpkin with a battery operated light inside for the little ones that come.  And.  We only get about 10 visitors.  Guess who gets to eat all the leftovers???  
And so the candy-eating-season begins.  It starts November 1 and ends sometime in January.  Maybe I'll forget to buy Christmas chocolates until December 24th and thus save me a lot of pounds.
I have no will power to avoid eating chocolate.  

Has anyone seen any TV ads for Christmas yet?  I expect we'll see them start on November 1 here in Canada, although I think there was a couple shown just before Halloween last year.  Of course the stores are already selling Christmas decorations.

Have you started Christmas shopping?  I have bought a few things but haven't all out started yet.  I usually wait until December 15th.
I like the pressure.  Ha!  I know of a couple of friends that have theirs all bought and wrapped!   Depressing.

When I woke up at 6:00 this morning the stars were so bright and felt so close.  The Constellation Orion was over our backyard.  Cool!

Speaking of 'cool'.  Murray had to scrape his windshield this morning for the first time.  I've got the electric heat cranked up.

I just watched the truck lights of a hunter head over the hill behind us and could see a couple of deer in his headlights running out of his way.    He came back down so I guess they're safe for now.  It's still dark.  :)  I'll be happy when Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend won't you?  The mornings are so dark.

I'm off to Bible study this morning with a group of dear ladies at the Baptist church.  We are a mix from several churches who believe the same which is wonderful.  We are studying Beth Moore's "Living Beyond Yourself".  Have you done a Bible study of hers before?  We have done several.  They're excellent.

Well, that's my chit chat for today.  I don't usually do this do I.  Only one picture and lots of words.  Did you stay with me to the end?  :)  Thank you. 


Thank you for visiting and a big welcome to my new followers!  
I hope you have a wonderful day.

Blessings,

Pamela




Monday, October 28, 2013

morning fog





The drive to town on Wednesday morning was one of those beautiful foggy ones with the sun shining through in some spots and pea soup fog in others.  You can see the last of the gold colour left on the trees.  I was heading down there where the fog is in the above photo.

Even though I had an appointment in town I brought my camera with me and stopped by the road along the flats near the river to take a few photos.


I like this one with the fog behind the trees along the river and also rising off the field in the foreground.  No editing here.
I decided to edit the photo to bring out more detail.

This is using HDR in Picasa.
It makes the trees sharper and more defined as well as the grass in the field.

This photo was taken in the same spot but a bit to the left.  I caught the sun and some blue sky this time.

The HDR edit that brings a bit of sharp detail out.

Which do you prefer?
I like them both but I think the softer original photos are prettiest.
It's fun to play around with editing sometimes.

Do you carry your camera with you 'just in case' you see something to take a photo of?  If I don't have my camera I use my cell phone.
Have camera will travel.  :)

I hope you all had a great weekend and I wish you a wonderful week ahead.

Blessings,

Pamela





Saturday, October 26, 2013

fly by






There is lots of this going on around here lately.

Canada geese and other like-minded birds are heading south.
There are still some robins around today.  They'd better get going.


My friend Kimberly, of the blog Camp and Cottage Living, is hosting a beautiful give-away of a hand made silver spoon bracelet and a sweet owl charm plus 2 cute owl themed kitchen towels.  Please visit her blog and follow her if you would like a chance to win this lovely gift.

Have a great weekend!

Blessings,

Pamela

Thursday, October 24, 2013

eggs at the red barn





This barn is in Chilliwack, BC.  We were there in July to visit my sister and brother-in-law for their son's wedding.   On our first day there we went for a long walk in the hot sun and passed this old red barn.  I took a lot of photos while there and haven't posted all of them yet.   I love barns and there were a lot in that area.  Perhaps a couple of my blogging friends in that area will recognize this barn.  








This sign was hanging on the fence alongside the road.
I love it!

I caught this rooster running around the back of the barn.


It's definitely not a hot day here today.  It's only 8C, partly cloudy and the wind is blowing.  Brrrr.

I hope you're having a great day.

I'm linking with Friday's Fences.  Thanks for hosting, Jan 'n Jer!

Blessings,

Pamela


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

the last of summer's colour




These trees are probably bare now as I took this photo over a week ago on Thanksgiving weekend at the orchard.


Spirea bush

The spirea bush is beautiful with it's leaves turned to red.
I have a very small burning bush that is also red.



maple leaves barely hanging on

I took this photo on Monday in the sunshine.  There weren't many leaves left on this tree by our driveway and there are less today.


Bare trees in our yard on a rainy Tuesday.
Murray has been diligent about raking up the leaves this fall.  No mess on the lawn.  We bagged some for roadside pickup and some went on the garden.



The hosta leaves have turned brown and yellow but some still look rather pretty and others have kind of melted down to the ground in a messy pile of soggy leaves.



I can't believe these two planters by the front porch are still going strong.  Look at that Lobelia!   It has bloomed all summer long.
I planted these containers the first week in June.


The plants looked pretty small back then and have filled out a lot.


I have the feeling that our weather is going to change soon though and we'll be getting that killing frost that eventually destroys any summer plants.  It's going down to +2 C tonight and on the weekend it's going to go below freezing at night.  I'm not going to try to save these now.  I have never kept my plants going this long before as I usually dump them out on Thanksgiving weekend.  This year I will dump them on the garden plot to be tilled in.
I have enjoyed the colour for over 5 months now.  That's pretty good don't you think?


This is one colourful bird we'll be seeing around here all winter.  It was filling it's crop one day and comes by a lot along with it's friends.  (my bird feeder was red but has faded to pink!)

Thank you all for you visits and for leaving your kind comments.  
I appreciate each one of you.
I wish you a beautiful day.

The sun is shining here and it's +3 at 9:30 am.  Chilly!!

Blessings,

Pamela


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

doors of Kings Landing




Hagerman House

The doorways of these old farm houses are as interesting as the windows that I shared with you.

looking out the front door of the Hagerman house.

The Jones house, the only stone house on site.

shadows of tree branches on the floor

On a nice day, the doors are open to let in the fresh air.

the Perley house where rose bushes line the wooden walkway


the general store

And, there are barn doors.


And outhouse doors.

This is a door latch in a barn.  A wrought iron hook with 
a strip of leather holds it closed.

Thanks for your visit today.  

Blessings,

Pamela


Sunday, October 20, 2013

fall blooms and thankfulness




Believe it or not, my flowers are still blooming.  I took these photos over a week ago but the flowers still look the same as we've had such gorgeous weather.




I had a fantastic weekend away with my dear Bible school girlfriends.  We shared stories and photos, laughter and food until well after midnight on Friday night.  On Saturday we toured the new campus of Crandall University then had lunch at Cora's, a fantastic Canadian (eastern only!) breakfast and lunch chain restaurant.  My friend, Lois and I enjoyed more shopping after lunch.  I even bought a few Christmas gifts.



When Lois and I arrived in Moncton we got a bit lost trying to find a store and I noticed a clicking noise on the front tire as we drove out a parking lot.  I pulled over and discovered the head of a half inch bolt sticking out of the centre of the front passenger tire!!  Oh dear.  What to do.  I called Murray and he suggested we go to Canadian Tire to see if they could repair it and if not, replace the damaged tire with the full sized spare one.  Sigh.  I was so shook up and disappointed we'd miss our time to shop.  


On Thanksgiving Sunday our choir sang a piece about giving thanks to God in all things and this song had been going through my head all week long.  Even while I was driving down the street.  And I realized that this was one of those times that I needed to thank God for this small 'bump in the road' on our trip and also to be thankful that we didn't have a serious incident while travelling at 110 Kilometres per hour on the highway!  God is so good.

Off we went to Canadian Tire down the street but they were very busy and couldn't fit me in so suggested OK Tire further down the street.  I drove so slowly as I was afraid the tire would go flat or burst.  Thankfully they could fit me in and they were able to repair the tire for only $27.00!  My first shopping expense.  Yippee!!  This all put us out by an hour and a half of precious missed shopping time mind you!  But we got out of there and shopped for a while before we went to our friends house.  We got lost trying to find her house too and had to ask directions, twice!  I don't know my way around my home town any more!



All in all it was a great time and I got home shortly after 7:00 pm on Saturday.  I didn't want to be driving in the dark so that was a blessing too.  I have so much to be thankful for!

Here is a photo of our group while at Crandall University.



I hope you had a great weekend too.  Thanks for visiting.  Have a great day!


                                                      Blessings,

                                                       Pamela

Thursday, October 17, 2013

an autumn Sunday afternoon drive


Grab a coffe or tea and enjoy the photos.  

From the front porch.


This past Sunday morning was frosty and foggy and beautiful.
You can see the frost on the grass.

Out the back window.


Along the road on the way to church. {above and below}



After lunch we decided to go for a drive through the backroads to Stanley, a small village in rural New Brunswick.


The village of Stanley is nestled in the valley of the Nashwaak River.


The river flooded the village this spring when an ice jam blocked it's flow.  A lot of damage was caused to homes and businesses.


There was some beautiful colour along the river in spots.

I would love to have walked out under those trees to the river's edge.

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Our next stop was Killarney Lake, in Fredericton.  This lake has been built up into a beautiful park that is open all year around with trails around it that are groomed in the winter for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  The beach is a beautiful spot and always crowded on hot summer days.  It's the only beach in the city.


There were quite a few people around on this warm October afternoon enjoying the water and the trails and picnicking.
Yes, there were two brave, older ladies going in for a dip!
And the black dog in the above photo had a blast.




The lake was as smooth as glass and the reflections beautiful.  Look how clear the water is.










Almost home and we enjoy this view almost every day.

Looking a bit to the left and zoomed in on the farms in the valley.  Not much colour.  Mostly yellow and gold.

Thanks for coming along on our Sunday drive.  

The leaves on the branches in my previous post are all dried up and brown now and the ground under the tree is littered with hundreds of leaves again.  I wonder how many leaves are on one 40 foot tall tree?  Has anyone ever figured that out?  Let me know if you have.  I'm not about to count them.  :)

Thanks for visiting.  I'm off tomorrow morning for a couple of days.  See you soon.

Blessings,

Pamela

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