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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Hello everyone!

Wow.  I can't believe December 25 is almost here  and 2017 is almost over.  It has been a good year filled with blessings for us.  

I was out west visiting our daughter and family (3 little grandsons) for 10 days this month and got to help out with the household while all three boys were sick with terrible colds.  You know how it is with little ones being in school and the germs keep getting passed around.  We also got some Christmas in with picking out and decorating their tree.  Murray was working in Winnipeg and joined us for a few days at the end of his time there.  He's looking forward to some time off over Christmas and New Year's before he heads out to "Winterpeg" again.  I say "Winterpeg" as it's 'affectionately'  known for its bitter cold prairie wind and temperatures in the wintertime.  

Look at those dear little faces.

The deer have been enjoying digging in the snow for food which is, so far, easy to get at.  It will be a hard winter for them.  

While we were away our first snows came and blanketed the landscape and we arrived home to a winter wonderland.  Strangely, Calgary was experiencing unusually mild temperatures well above freezing while I was there and their snow was all gone.  They did get a storm yesterday and will have a white Christmas though....and so will we!  

Winter's lengthening days and low sun make for interesting shadows on the landscape.

 Wednesday morning after a fresh snowfall.

The view on a recent snowy day.

I hope you enjoy some cozy days over the next week or so as we celebrate the season.

I wish you all the joys and blessings of the season as we celebrate the birth of a Saviour.  

Merry Christmas 
Happy New Year!


Monday, November 20, 2017

November's palette

Hi everyone!

Here we are more than half way through November and getting closer to Christmas and holiday time in December.  I thought I would share some photos of what November looks like here in the Maritime Provinces of eastern Canada.
It's a dull month and we've had a lot of cloudy days and rain and wind.  The trees are bare and we had our first little snowfall on Friday morning which melted by noon.  The weather has been so up and down one has to change from boots and winter coats one day to shoes and a lighter jacket the next.  Winter will soon have its icy grip on us though and our world will be white and cold!

All alone.

Sunday Morning Sunrise

Backyard Visitors - Mama and baby.

A skim of ice on a local pond.

A Mackerel Sky 

Last week a friend and I went for a walk at the beaver ponds in Mactaquac Provincial Park.  It was a cloudy day and quite chilly.....some of you would have been really cold! 😱😱  The ponds were frozen over already so it was cool to see them without snow and the reflections were as pretty as a still summer day.....well, almost.  ðŸ˜Ž  Just minus the greenery and the heat.

These are Winterberries or Ilix berries on a branch that was growing over the pond.  Note all the seeds etc. frozen in the ice.

Tiny Bubbles
It was so neat to see the millions of tiny bubbles as well as larger ones that froze in the ice.  All the frogs and tadpoles and tiny fish are asleep beneath the ice now.  Nature is so amazing!

Nope....it's not a whale tail.  It is a branch in the water that has been frozen in plus the wind had blown the water over it and the water drops froze.  

Looking south across the pond as the sun started to break through the clouds.  I had to lighten this photo as it was quite dark.  Love the reflections! 

This is a birch tree that has been riddled with holes  in an even pattern by the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  These birds tap holes into the bark looking for the sap they love.  Eventually the tree will weaken and die.  The top half of this tree had broken off in a wind.  There were a lot of new windfalls along the trails and in the woods since I was last out there in October.

That's it for now.  Thank you for visiting.
I wish all my American readers a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this week.  Enjoy your time with family and friends.  

This next month will be busy so I will be scarce on here but hope to post sometime in December.  Until then please take good care of yourself and your loved ones as you prepare for the holiday season to come. 🎄🎅🎇🎉


Monday, October 16, 2017

the splendour of fall

It's mid-October and I thought I'd share some recent photos of our gorgeous fall colours here in New Brunswick.  The weather has been spectacular up until today and last night it was as warm as 17C!  The winds have shifted to the northwest this morning and it will cool down for a couple of days again.  Well....enough chatter.....enjoy the photos. 

These next photos are from a visit to Kings Landing Historical Settlement with a couple of photographer friends.

Sharon, Anna and me.

We played dress up just for fun.  

It's amazing what one can do with editing features these days.  hahaha  Anna added this ox that she had taken a photo of at KL to the front of our buggy.  It looks almost perfect there waiting to pull us through the village.  

One beautiful warm afternoon last week I went for a walk in the orchard near us.  The colours were at peak performance and just stunning.


A foggy morning at our house.

Thousands of Canada Geese have been flying overhead and resting on the river and in fields on their way south.

Our 'deer' friends.

Our front entry decorated for fall.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful month of October so far.  The trees have had most of their leaves blown off in the wind taking the reds and oranges, but the yellows are still hanging on.
Thanks for your visits to my recent post and your comments. I appreciate you! 

Enjoy the rest of October.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

is it October already?

Hi everyone.  Fall as arrived in full swing here the past few days.  We had a fabulous September with unprecedented summer weather nearly every day.  The last  two weeks of the month was very hot and humid with highs in the upper 20's and a humidex of mid-30's.  I was loving the heat but reality bit last Thursday when more seasonal temperatures arrived and it cooled down a lot.  

I spent ten days in September in Calgary visiting our daughter and her family.  The boys are growing and are so smart.  I noticed some changes in them since our visit in June.  

We have 3 little superheroes in the family and they like to accompany us when shopping....well, two of them did this day ~ Spiderman and Captain America.  

Our oldest, at 7, grew some giant sunflowers this summer.  He was quite proud of them.

The drive to the mall is always beautiful - especially the dramatic skies.

We had some dramatic skies here as well.

I've decorated for fall outside and inside.

The late summer blooms kept on coming despite the lack of rain.  The gardens took a beating this year and so did our lawn.

Sunset the other night - when it was really hot.

We have about 15 - 20 deer yarding in our area lately.  Lots of babies - singles, twins and triplets - keep me entertained most days.  At night we hear cars jamming their brakes or slowing down fast when deer cross the road in front of them.  There has been one killed so far which is sad. They are a nuisance but so pretty.  And so plentiful!  

Sunset on the St. John River last week.

This lone boater was having fun.  I'm not sure how he does this but it was interesting to see.

Yesterday we went to the local apple orchard to pick Cortland and Honeycrisp apples.  We met our friends there so Tracey and I had our picture taken in the arbour.

We had our first frosty morning today - October 1. A great way to start the new month.  It was a beautiful sunny day but chilly at 15C.  I'm already missing the summer heat!

I hope you had a good September and are ready for the beautiful month of October with all it's colour.  Our leaves may be a bit faded this year due to the lack of rain but they are already putting on a show.  Our Thanksgiving is this coming weekend so I wish all my Canadian readers a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping buy and catching up with me.  
I appreciate your visits and comments.


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