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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

flowers and deck plans

Are the pansies in bloom in the garden yet?

{but I hope to plant these pretties in a pot for the front deck}

Is the snow all gone from the yard?

It's not green yet but it soon will be.

Just about!  This is the last patch!!

Hard to believe there was snow up the the lowest branches of these pine trees just 4 weeks ago!  And it really hasn't been that warm here either.  In fact it's very cool and damp like it should have been in March.  The long range forecast doesn't look much better and they say we are 3 weeks behind for gardening already!  :(

Taken from a window.  This garden looks dead and gross still.
{but there's no snow on it!}
I need to do a lot of garden work this year.  

We had another bonfire to burn some brush on Saturday.

I'm a bit embarrassed to show these next 2 photos but, here goes.
This is our back deck.  Not very pretty is it.  We built this deck about 15 or so years ago out of pressure treated wood that we stained.  The canoe is very old and a classic but has been outdoors like this for about 36 years.   The tower is for Murray's ham radio hobby that he really doesn't do anymore.   The tower will be coming down and the canoe will go to our son.
There were 3 cedar trees behind the deck that were ugly and leaning badly from frost heaves and since we are having a new deck built next month they had to be cut down.

Now.   Picture the old deck gone and a new larger deck twice the size of this one spreading across the back of the house.  It will have a pergola on the right side of the new addition for some much needed shade.  Can you visualize it?  The enlarged side will jut out 3 feet from the wall of the house and the other deck so it will also jut out into the yard more.  

See our yard just a week ago Here.

So, while we wait for nicer days and the grass to green up and the sun to shine and warm up the earth, I will enjoy some pretty flowers inside and some colourful pansies outside, and.... daydream of sunny summer days on our new deck!  It will be a backyard oasis.

My heart goes out to those in the US who have suffered such loss from the many tornadoes that have hit.  I can't imagine the devastation from such a weather event as tornadoes are very rare in our part of Canada.  A small one did occur last summer in a rural area an hour from our home but not to the extent of the ones that plough through towns and communities destroying everything in their path.  Please take care and be safe if you live in such an area.



Saturday, April 26, 2014

some vintage finds

Today I'm sharing a few recent vintage finds.  I love looking for old treasures at thrift stores but I've found a lot of my vintage treasures at my late mother-in-law's house.  She saved everything and used a lot of things even though they were old fashioned.  

 This cute glass jar was in her kitchen cupboard and I remember seeing it used for storing brown sugar.  It's about 5 1/2 inches tall.  The rim of the top and the lid are both chipped badly.  She had red tape around the top of the jar to 'repair' it.  I guess she liked it and didn't want to toss it.  I just love the cute lambs, bunnies and ducks along with the red picket fence around this jar, don't you?

I put it to good use recently filling it with Peeps.  ;)

Have a Peep.


I have a penchant for little creamers so when I saw this one at my favourite antique store in Moncton recently, I had to buy it.  Isn't it sweet?  I can picture some sweet pansies or forget-me-nots or lily of the valley in this when they start blooming, can't you?

Marked USA #1 on the bottom.


In March we stopped at Value Village thrift store and I always head for the china department to look for something.  On this trip I found 2 small white ironstone tea leaf patterned platters.  I think I paid $3.00 for each one.

I have several pieces of this type of china including a large teapot, serving platter and biscuit jar that were my grandparents.   You can see them in the photo below on the top shelf.

One had this mark on the bottom but the other didn't.

I love the serviceability of this old ironstone china.  

Have  you found any treasures lately?

I'd like to welcome my new followers than thank you all for visiting and leaving comments.  
Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Good Fences #5

Inside the apple orchard looking out.

This is a fence along the nearby apple orchard that is supposed to keep the deer out of the orchard.  It is 6 feet high page wire with 3 strands of electric fencing on top to make it 8 feet.  

From farther back.
These photos were taken May 29, 2013.  I can't wait until our corner of the world is green again!

With apple blossoms added too.

I am linking with GOOD FENCES.  Theresa at 
The Run *Around* Ranch Report is hosting this great meme every Friday and the link goes up on Thursday.  I hope you might join us.
Have a great day!



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April in New Brunswick is not pretty

No sireee....April is not a pretty month here.  We are slowly losing the snow in our yard but I know we are the exception to the rule because we are in an open field and get lots of sun when it's shining.  You can see a huge difference in this side of the yard compared to a couple of weeks ago.

Let's take a tour of the yard shall we?  Warning:  It's not pretty!

The tulips are up.  I'm hoping the deer don't discover this delicacy and eat them all up!

A few of the daffodils are starting to bloom.  I'll cut some to bring
inside when they are more plentiful.

This was a Goldmound Spirea shrub that got so damaged from the heavy snows the past 2 winters that it wasn't worth keeping.  It was too big for this area as well.  I think I'm going to buy a peony for here.  I've never had one before so hope it will grow well.  I hear the deer don't eat them.

In the rock garden, the iris are starting to poke up some leaves.

Deer tracks in the muddy vegetable garden plot.  

When we bought the additional piece of property at the back of our yard last fall we inherited the garden and also this rhubarb patch.  It's starting to shoot up new growth so I'm thinking about all the nice rhubarb desserts I will be making soon.

I took this shot from up by the garden plot and looking at the back of our house.  We are going to make some changes with the deck next month, hopefully.  We are planning to remove the tall tower and remove the old deck which is really in bad shape, then build a new deck which will be twice the size of the old one.  I would like to have a pergola built on one part of the deck as well to give us some shade. I'm really excited about this project and will do some posts on it once it gets started.  We also hope to move the little white shed to one side and to build a new larger storage shed on the left out of view of this photo.  Hubby needs a larger space for his yard 'toys'.  :)   Note the cedar tree to the right of the shed?  The deer have eaten away at almost half of it this winter.  The snow was very deep there so they could reach quite high.

This is a sad little garden.  The lights are electric and all crooked from the frost.  The garden will be removed as the little shed is supposed to be moved to this area where you can see the tree stump (also to be removed!).  The big rock will go in another garden spot. There is a hosta, rudbekia, lavender and purple coneflower growing here.  I think.  Not sure if they survived.  I would divide plants from my other larger rock garden and poke them in here.  Ugly and sad looking so it's going.  Hard to believe there was over 4 feet of snow in this spot at the first of the month!

This is mole damage to the lawn.  Does anyone know how to get rid of or deter moles?  And how do we get that dirt/mud back into the tunnels?  Our son's lawn is horrible with mounds of mud all over one area.  The moles have tunnelled so much that it's really soft to walk on the ground in that area.  You feel like you could sink into the earth.  Any suggestions?

And this is what most of our lawn looks like.  Brown dead grass.

This was a hot day mid-July last year.  Our neighbour's garden (now ours) and our old deck.  It will be a new view this year and I'm really looking forward to it.

So there is our yard in April.  There will be lots to do with cleaning up but not for another week or two as it's very wet in spots.

How is your garden/yard coming along this week?  Have you mowed the grass yet?  Don't you love the smell of fresh mowed grass?  

Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

a walk in Centennial Park

A couple weeks ago we went to Moncton, my hometown, which is about 2 hours from here, for the day.  While there, after some shopping, we decided to visit Centennial Park.  This park has been there since I was a little girl, long before the Canadian Centennial in 1967 for which it was named.  {I think it was called Natural Park back then.}  We went there a lot as kids and played in the playground and had picnics.  In the last 40 years the park was expanded and improved with many new amenities.   There was still lots of snow around and the sunny day was causing a lot of snowmelt so there was water flowing everywhere.  However, it was so nice we decided to take a walk around the lake.

This is the path down to the lake.  It's not a pretty picture in the spring time but I wanted to post it as just last week that building had water around it up to eaves of the roof!  The little bridge on the right of the building crosses Jonathan Creek which  flows into the lake, then flows into Jones lake and the Petitcodiac River.  The flood caused a lot of damage to the grounds and property, buildings etc.  Hard to believe that area was all under water.  

Even that day the water was flowing very fast under the bridge.  The lake has 2 man made islands in it.  On one side the water was open and on the other it was frozen.  I think this lake is even man made.  When I was little there was just the creek there through some woods.  So 'progress' and fooling with the natural flow of things isn't always good.  

Looking up the swollen Jonathan Creek

Looking down one side of the islands that is still mostly frozen.
A week later these islands were under water too.

This is along the paved path around the lake.  You can see the water running off the melting snow on the hillside on the left.  It must be very pretty in the summer months.  

This is the opposite side from the photo above.

This is the small gateway where the water level is maintained in the lake.  That day the gates weren't up all the way and you can see the flow of water and the ice jamming against it.  Not much wonder it backed up and flooded the area a week later with all the snow melt.

There were lots of people out enjoying the sun that afternoon.

I would love to go back to the park in the summer.  I wonder how long before the park will be open to the public again with all the repairs that will have to be made.  

It's another cool and cloudy day here today.  The ground is still to wet, frozen or snow covered to do much of anything outside.  Heavy rain is in the forecast for tomorrow which will bring the flood danger up again in some areas.   There is so much damage to roads and infrastructure in the province that it will take a long time and a lot of money to repair.  Thankfully, nobody was was hurt or died in any of the flooding so far.

Thanks for dropping by to visit and leaving a comment.
I hope you have a great rest of the week!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter weekend

the snow on Good Friday ~ going so fast

Easter dinner on Saturday with our son and his fiancé

So many deer.  We counted 34 on Saturday evening.

Thursday evening.  The river had risen on Tuesday and covered the road Wednesday night.

Do you see the bit of ice in the bush on the left?  That's how high the water was.  It has gone down a lot since then.

Another Easter has come and gone.  We had a busy but, a very good weekend.  The weather was pretty good with some sun and cloud and temperatures around 10-12C.   We had our Good Friday service on Friday morning.   Murray and I did a bit of yard clean up that afternoon.  We picked up fallen branches from around the yard and had our first fire in the fire pit to burn them.  We had to wade through a foot of snow to get to the fire pit but there is also a lot of bare ground now.   Saturday I cleaned the house and cooked for our Easter dinner.  Mark and Jenn came over for dinner.  Sunday morning was busy with our two church services.  We left the house at 7:30 and got home at about 1:00.  In the evening we sat down to watch The Mentalist and I was getting a bit sleepy.  We decided to watch the DVD "Saving Mr. Banks" and I fell asleep within 5 minutes.  After an hour of fighting sleep and not really seeing the movie, I went to bed.  lol  Murray enjoyed it and I will watch it soon....in it's entirety!  

Today it's cloudy and cold.  Only +8C.  With a wind blowing it's not pleasant to even go out and do yard work.  The sun is supposed to come out this afternoon and warm it up.  I kind of hope it does as I could use some yard exercise.  :-}   We only have a few patches of snow left and a couple of snowbanks.  It's amazing how fast the snow melts when we think it might never do so.  It's been 21 days since we got the huge blizzard on April 1st and the snow is about gone.

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend.  



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

Hallelujah!  He is Risen!

Easter is here and we celebrate the risen King.  
I wish you and yours a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend 
with family and friends.
Happy Easter!

Thank you for your visits, Easter Greetings, and comments on my Good Friday post.  
I will update you on the flooding, which has not affected us at all, but has affected thousands in our province.  We are thankful for the cooler days and nights the past few days that have slowed the melt of the snow down and thus, the runoff.  There are 2 rivers with huge ice floes in them that could cause some serious damage though and threaten several communities.  Perth-Andover is a small town on the St. John River that is threatened and it was flooded in 2012 so they are still recovering from that one.  The flood watch is still on as the ice moves out of the rivers.  



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