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Sunday, May 31, 2015

an evening walk




Dahlia

On one of my evening walks last week I took my camera along and got some photos of the blooming trees along the road.  The photos of the dahlias are at a friends house nearby.  I stopped in as she was watering them and we had a nice visit in the yard.


Isn't this pink gorgeous?



The apple blossoms are spectacular this year.  These are wild trees.



Pin Cherry tree.

A bridal spirea in full bloom at a neighbour's.

These tulips are 'volunteers' in the ditch.  The homeowner grew red tulips in a bed next to the ditch for a long time and must have changed their mind and tossed them out as they weren't growing there this year.  These ones grew and bloomed anyway.  


We had a very nasty storm blow through the Fredericton area late Friday afternoon that brought dozens of lightening strikes, torrential rains which caused flash flooding in the city, trees and huge limbs came down from the gusty winds, and power was out for thousands.  It was a real gully washer!  We've had some sunny, humid and hot days the past week but today was cloudy and showery and chilly.  The next few days are going to be much colder than normal but mind you, the last week has been hotter than normal.  So what's normal?  Around 20 C is normal and we had almost 30 C for a few days.  Tuesday coming will only be 7C!!  Brrr.

Guess what?  Tomorrow I'm going to be meeting a blogger from Ontario right here in Fredericton.  Do you know Linda Keaveney from the blog "woke up,got out of bed...."  ?  She is coming to New Brunswick with her 'boyfriend' and has made plans to include visiting me!  I'm pretty excited to meet Linda in person. I've followed her blog for quite a while now and if you do too, you will know all about her beautiful photography of their cottage, the flowers and beach and gardens, the wonderful meals she prepares, and her sweet little Miss V.   I guess I should take my camera along so we can get some pictures of us eh?   I'm so excited!!

Thanks for stopping by and for all your sweet comments on my last post.
I hope you have a great week and that it's warmer than it will be here!

Blessings,
Pam


Friday, May 29, 2015

enjoying the deck, new seating and flowers







I wanted to share our new tete-a-tete seat that we got a couple of weeks ago.  We (I) had debated whether to get 2 new Adirondack chairs for the deck/pergola.  We currently have 2 cedar ones that are designed with a higher, more comfortable seat but it's difficult to find any other than the traditional low slung ones which, as we grow older, are difficult to get in and out of.  As I was driving down the road one Saturday I noticed a neighbour had 2 styles of these bench seats (the other is more of an Adirondack style back with slanted legs) for sale at the end of his driveway.  I stopped in and chatted with him for a while.  He also makes birdhouses, wheelbarrows for flowers, and wishing wells.  His work is excellent with everything sanded smooth and rounded edges.  The next day on our way home from church I noticed he still had them out for sale so I called him when we got home and he delivered it to me 15 minutes later.  I didn't have the cash for him and he said it was no problem as he knows who I am and where we live.  :-)   That's what I like about country folk.  We are, for the most part, very trusting.  He makes all his products from cedar and works on them all winter long as a hobby.  And in case you're wondering, I paid him 2 days later.  :-)

This is the bench before I stained it.  I spent 5 hours staining it in 2 coats of Behr 'Drift Grey' (on 2 different, and very hot, days!).  What a lot of work painting underneath and in-between all the slats!   I wanted a colour that would contrast with the deck stain which is a natural cedar.

This seat is perfect for conversations, tea....hot or cold, breakfast, lunch, reading or just sitting and enjoying the view.  I may even buy another one next year for the front deck.  (He's all sold out!)  Do you like the cushions?  I got them a Walmart.  Love the colours.  The plant is Lantana Sunrise Rose, so it will have the same colours as in the cushions.

We'll be enjoying our deck a lot this summer.  Hopefully it won't be too windy though as we've found it to be on some of the sunny days recently.  Our neighbours losing their huge Manitoba maples last summer during tropical storm Arthur sure made a big difference in how the wind blows through now!  It's not pleasant when it's gusty, which it seems to be a lot lately.

I got my plants all potted.  These are two vintage enamel kettles which are great for flowers.  I love the look of them and I can move them around easily with the handles.



This is an old bench from our neighbours who are moving.  It sat out in their yard for years and I gave it a coat of stain.  I like that it's rustic and will provide extra seating as well.  Did you notice that I moved the kettle?  :-)


This big canning pot is so pretty.  I love the pale blue and white spatter of it.  The flower combo is called 'Pumpkin Spice'.   Isn't it pretty?  It will fill out a lot with these 3 plants.


I bought a fuchsia hanging basket and plopped it in a container.  It's hard to find individual fuchsia plants to add to planters so this was the best option.  The hummingbirds that come to the feeders like the flowers too.

I made up 2 of these containers for the front deck and they will fill out nicely.

And lastly is the green wicker planter on the front deck with coral geraniums.



Well, I'm all set now with the planters filled and blooming.  Now I have to get that vegetable garden planted!  I still haven't bought seeds yet.  It will be a late harvest this year.  

Tomorrow I hope to enjoy the deck as it's supposed to rain on Sunday.  :(   
I hope you all have a beautiful weekend.  Can you believe it's the end of May already?
Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your comments.  

Blessings,
Pamela



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

from snow to heat...we have it all




Yes, that is snow!  It came down fast and hard with a very cold wind on Saturday morning.


From snow to heat all within 24 hours.  Where else can one enjoy the 4 seasons in a short time period.
What can I say.....it's Canada.

By the afternoon it looked like this although the wind was still quite cold.

Since then we've had temperatures in the upper 20's celsius which have been very welcome, I must say.

Wild violets, Forget-me-nots, Lily of the valley and Poppy


One of the vintage tables on our back deck.  I added the old colander filled with beach finds - rocks and shells.  The wire planter on the top shelf has a bird house and more beach finds.

The blue enamel pot now has flowers in it which I'll share another day.

We had a bit of excitement today when an insulator blew up and caught the power pole on fire out front of our house.  The power crew came and repaired everything and we were only without power for 2 3/4 hours.  I'm really thankful for these linesmen who work in all kinds of weather to restore power to customers.



When I went for my walk this evening I took a photo of the repair job.  It's interesting that they used metal mounted on top of the wood pole.



I've made 2 trips to the greenhouse and bought plants.  I'll have to take some photos of them tomorrow to share with you.  I'm not buying as much this year and my bill is half what it was last year.  I have to make up 2 planters tomorrow afternoon.....in the 30 degree heat.  I'm not complaining though as we deserve it!  

While on my walk this evening the air was filled with the sweet smell of wild apple and cherry blossoms.  It was heavenly.  As I'm typing the warm breeze is blowing in the windows and the peepers are 'singing' in the ponds.  I love this time of the year.  Don't you?



Blessings,
Pamela

Thursday, May 21, 2015

busy, busy, busy





Geranium bloom, inside.

Well, where is the time going?  I've been absent since last week....absent from posting and also visiting your blogs.  What can I say....the weather has been fairly nice....especially on the weekend past....and I've been busy outside and otherwise.  There is so much to do outside now that the weather is nicer so I may be scarce around here for a while.




The Victoria Day holiday weekend was wonderful.  Friday and Saturday were sunny and warm and perfect and busy.  Lots of yard work, lawn mowing, garden tilling (by a neighbour), cleanup, etc. happened all weekend.  Sunday - our day of rest - was rainy and cool.  The Monday holiday was sunny and warm again and we were right back at it all day.  I was so sore and achy by evening that I could barely do the stairs.  lol  


Our sweet DIL picked lots of fiddleheads and gave us some which had to be cleaned and washed and blanched for freezing.  A yummy vegetable for the winter months.  

We bought a cedar tete-a-tete recently that needed to be stained.  I spent 3 hours on that Monday afternoon.  (I'll post a photo when the second coat is done and it's on our deck)  It's a lot of work getting stain in-between all the wood slats!!

Fire at sunset.

We had a burn fire going on all day Monday.  After the heavy rains of Sunday it was finally safe to burn again and we had a huge pile of old wood, branches etc. collecting and that was added to throughout the day as we cleaned up.  

barn at sunset

the pond and blooming cherry trees at sunset

Sunset skies and new green on the trees.

Wild cherry blossoms.

Minuet Lilac

Well, my plan for building a raised garden bed with a stone wall isn't going to happen so the new Lilac and Alberta Spruce got planted in the lawn instead.  With many other projects on the go and lots of expense the raised bed was going to be another biggie, cost wise, so it was scrapped.  I'm waiting for the blossoms to open up so I can enjoy their scent.  Does anyone know if the blooms should be cut this first year?  I know they need to be pruned off after blooming but it would be nice to have one or two in the house to enjoy.   Your help is appreciated.  :)

My friend, Lois, is coming tomorrow for lunch then we're going to a quilt show, which is always interesting.  Lois is a quilter but I'm not, although I enjoy seeing them and really appreciate all the work that goes into them.  Tomorrow evening our neighbours, who are moving in another week, are coming over for supper.  So, I'm am going to have a very busy Friday and this afternoon I need to get started on some meal planning and prep.  

Thanks so much for your visits.  I appreciate it when you stop by and leave a comment.  I'll try to get around and visit you soon.  Gotta run!!

Blessings,
Pamela




Friday, May 15, 2015

spring is bursting out all around us





Lacey green flowers on the maple tree against the gorgeous blue sky.

Spring is blooming and bursting out all around us this week.  We had some sunshine and rain that brought out the leaves on the trees, the early blooming tulips, and the green grass that will have to be mowed.

The view from our living room window Friday morning.

The maple trees are starting to fill in our view.

A cropped shot of the pond across the road and the St. John River Valley in the morning sun.  Can you see the soft leaves and buds on the trees?  I LOVE this view!!

My neighbour gave me this poppy plant last summer and it has really grown this spring with several buds.  These were covered with raindrops the other day.





Yesterday the tulips were opened up and so beautiful!

I love this bi-coloured one.


The white tulip before it opened with rain drops.


This creamy white one looks like a rose when it opened.  Beautiful!


The Tree Swallows are busy gathering mud and twigs for their nest in the birdhouse.  I'm going to enjoy watching them in the weeks ahead.  

It's a gorgeous day here.  I have lots to do inside and out but spent an hour talking with my neighbour in the yard this morning.    I've got to get going and make some headway on that chore list.

I hope my Canadian friends have a wonderful and safe Victoria Day holiday weekend ~ the kick-off to summer for us.  Sunshine tomorrow and Monday but rain on Sunday for us in New Brunswick. 

 Enjoy the weekend my friends!  Thank you for visiting.

Blessings,
Pamela


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

a visit to the pond at sunset





On Tuesday evening, while Murray was picking rocks in the garden, I took a little walk to the neighbour's pond to see if there was any wildlife there.  It was one of those pretty spring evenings after a rainy day and everything looked fresh and the air smelled wonderful.  There wasn't a breath of air and it was almost a bit muggy.  There were no bugs or blackflies to annoy me....they'll be appearing soon enough....and there wasn't a duck in the pond.  There was a red-winged blackbird singing in a nearby tree but that was the only sound.  Even the spring peepers were quiet as can be.  The sky was dark with clouds but there were some clearing breaks as the sun was setting.  I walked back and helped Murray pick rocks for a while.  A little while later the sky grew very dark and a heavy rain shower fell.  Then the sun broke through as it set and I spied a rainbow.  There are a lot of photos.  Enjoy!

This was a Manitoba Maple tree that Tropical Storm Arthur blew down last July.

Looking northwest.

Looking southeast.









A parting shot.

Looking back toward the pond from our deck.  By now the peepers were singing up a storm....literally.

The sky grew darker then it poured rain for a few minutes.....after we were finished outside.  

The sky was a beautiful peachy-orange shade with clearing sky behind it.  It made for a beautiful silhouette with the trees and barn.  

And a beautiful rainbow appeared in the southeastern sky.

You'd think that today would be a nice spring day here but it was chilly and cloudy most of the day.  The sky is now blue and it's sunny at the supper hour and we will have a nice stretch of weather for the next several days with our long Victoria Day holiday weekend.  

I hope to be back with a post before the weekend starts. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,
Pamela  

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