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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

a walk on the train bridge in winter

Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton

A week ago this past Saturday we decided we wanted to embrace winter and go for a walk where it wasn't slippery.  It was a mildish day but so cloudy and damp and raw that one had to be bundled up against the cold and/or keep moving.  

You can see that the sidewalk is not bare so one has to be careful of their footing.  I don't know how those with runners on do it without falling or injuring themselves.

The Christ Church Cathedral is opposite 'the green' along the St. John River which flows through our beautiful capitol city of Fredericton, New Brunswick.  The green is a very popular place to walk, run and bike pretty well all year around and is part of the Trans Canada Trail, along with the Bill Thorpe walking bridge, formerly the train bridge.

The Bill Thorpe walking bride across the St. John River.

It was a bit too cold to sit and enjoy the view.

Looking back down the sidewalk from the overpass.

Looking across the walking bridge.  No trains allowed.  ðŸ˜

Looking down river at the Princess Margaret Bridge.  You can see that the river is open here.  It doesn't freeze over very often due to the flow of water from the Mactaquac Dam 20 km. west of the city but when it does freeze it is not safe to be on due to water movement and fluctuations.  

You can see the Westmorland Street Bridge, the only other crossing in Fredericton, in the distance.  

A pair of mallard ducks don't mind getting their feet wet or cold in the water!

Here we are on the other side of the bridge and there are a lot more people out enjoying the winter air.

Christ Church Cathedral's tall spire reflects in the icy cold river.

Fredericton's downtown isn't as pretty as in the summer, at least on this grey day.  Fresh snow on the trees would even look prettier.  

And we are back on the slippery sidewalk to the car.  Lots of construction going on downtown.  The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is undergoing a major addition which is why you see the signs and the orange structure on the right.  


You may have heard that we had a terrible ice storm here, in New Brunswick in particular, last week.  Power was knocked out to over 160,000 customers and there are still over 12,600 without power a week later.  There was so much ice on the trees and power lines that trees bent over the lines and took them down and poles snapped taking lines down as well.  Linesmen from neighbouring provinces have come to help as well as 200 troops from CFB Gagetown. We were grateful that our area of the province wasn't as hard hit with the ice and didn't lose power.  

I didn't get out for a few days so these photos are of the ice on our pergola.

You can see how thick it is on the top boards.

You can see the ice on the branches in my arrangement on the deck.

We had mild temperatures here the two days after the storm so the ice pretty well melted and fell off but in other areas the trees etc. are still coated in over an inch of ice.  

Thank you for your comments on my last post.  I did get over the dreaded 'man' cold.  So much for trying to do something healthy and embrace winter.  ðŸ˜œ By Thursday I was doing well and back out and about.  I hope you are all well and have avoided the cold/flu so far.

We haven't had much snow for January but tomorrow is February  and we are to get a few centimetres of snow.  The temperatures will be dropping to COLD on Friday and for the weekend.  The crust on the snow is so hard one can walk on it or even drive the snowmobile over it without it breaking through!  I still haven't gotten out snowshoeing.

I'll be back soon with some photos of the deer that have been visiting our yard.  Until then, take care.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

tulips in the snow

Sunrise one morning a couple weeks ago.

It's a storm day here in New Brunswick.  We are getting a nor'easter but this one is bringing snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain ~ depending on where you live.  This weather is spawned by the terrible weather in the southern US where there were tornados in Georgia and so many were killed or injured, and so much damage was done.  I can't imagine going through that and my heart goes out to those affected.  

We are still being visited by deer.  This mama and baby were eating the dead grass where the snow had melted.  Last evening at dusk there was a mama and twins in the yard!  We are becoming a popular spot to visit.

We are in the ice pellets/freezing rain area at the moment.  Schools were closed before 7 AM this morning due to the 'impending bad weather' although it didn't really start until after lunch time here.  The salt truck has made a pass by the house already.  I'm grateful that Murray was able to work from home today and didn't have to drive to the city.  

I bought a bouquet of tulips over a week ago at the grocery store.  They are grown in Prince Edward Island and shipped to local stores every winter.  I really enjoy having fresh blooms inside during the winter months.  These were a rich rose and white colour but they faded as they aged.  I did a photoshoot with a few one day in the snow on the deck.

Thanks for your good wishes regarding the cold I've been fighting that I mentioned in my last post.  I'm afraid it finally got me on Saturday afternoon.  We had gone to town to go for a walk on the old train bridge as it was a mild zero Celsius degrees, although cloudy and raw.  By the time I got home I had chills and couldn't get warm and my sinuses stuffed up.  I went to bed early and I stayed in bed until 2 on Sunday afternoon.  I NEVER stay in bed when I'm sick and also NEVER not get dressed for the day but on Sunday I did.  I felt awful - coughing, sneezing and runny nose.  Yesterday I felt a bit better and got some cold meds at the pharmacy which knocked me out for a couple hours in the afternoon....due to lack of sleep the previous night....and today I feel so much better except for a dry cough.   I'll live.  ðŸ˜€

The last of the pretty tulip bouquet deserved a photoshoot too.

I hope you all have a nice week ahead.  I will post some photos of our walk on the train bridge in a couple of days.

Take care my friends.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

some photos from our yard last week

Incoming.....before the rain and mild temperatures came on Wednesday last week.
I haven't been far to take pictures....these were taken in the backyard....and have only been to town twice last week - on Monday and Thursday.

Lots of crow tracks all over the backyard as they scavenge for birdseed dropped from the feeders.  We have 3 regulars and sometimes they bring friends.

We had 3 days of mild temperatures, two of them were rainy and foggy, so we lost a considerable amount of snow, and what was left froze on Friday night when the temperatures dropped drastically again.

Up to their necks in snow.

Crow tracks are everywhere.

This was a fun find.  A doorknob in the snow to a....hobbit hole??
It's actually attached to our old front door which was leaning against the deck posts and the wind blew it over weeks ago.  It got buried in the snow except for the doorknob.  lol

On Friday morning as the sun was just coming up these three deer made a visit to the yard.  

You can see the ice on the neighbour's driveway and our driveway looks the same, along with pretty well everyone elses!  Murray went to the government garage near us and got some sand to spread on it.  The crows like that.  ðŸ˜œ Apparently, they are like chickens and enjoy eating grit for their gullets.  

We've both been fighting colds since we got home and Murray had a touch of 'something' on Monday night after his first day back to work which kept him home and in bed all day Tuesday.  It struck me on Friday afternoon - chills and the worst aches and pains, along with nausea.  Thankfully I didn't get sick and just rested.  It lasted 24 hours as by late Saturday afternoon I was feeling better.  Have you caught any of the 'bugs' going around this winter?  

We still haven't been out on the snowmobile or snowshoes.  Our snow is crusty and the trails are icy and down to dirt in some spots so we have to wait for the next snowstorm to have a good time enjoying the outdoors.  And there's none in the forecast this week!  Have you been out and enjoying winter?

I hope you have a great week and I thank you for visiting.

Take care.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I'm home again

My favourite tree in our backyard.

Murray had some snow blowing to do.

We are back home from the wild west, back to our quiet house, back to lots of snow, and back to routine.  We had a wonderful vacation visiting our daughter and family and enjoyed our three grandsons who kept things very lively for 11 days.  The quiet here at home is almost deafening.  :) 

This was Boxing Day morning as we had flown out on Christmas morning so got to celebrate a second Christmas with these 3 sweet superhero boys.  The littlest one practically lived in his Captain America costume.  The other two are wearing pj's in this pic.

Superheroes need smoothies to give them strength.  
Captain America, Iron Man and Spider Man.  ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜

On our second night there we went to a park to see the Festival of Lights which was so amazing.  The family went sliding on the hill while I walked and took pictures.  We'd never seen anything like this at home.

Just a small part of the light display.

And this is the sliding hill.  Magical!

One day we walked to a sushi restaurant nearby for supper in the crisp cold air.  Well, Murray, Jennifer and I walked.  The rest went in the truck as it was too cold for the little ones.  The food was so delicious and it was great to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

Another day in the new year Murray and I went to the huge mall.  We love this road that cuts across the prairie farmland north of Calgary.  The views are amazing.

The Rocky Mountains are way off in the distance on the horizon.  

It was a great trip and although the kids were fighting colds and fevers we remained healthy but oh so tired.  It is exhausting being around small children for days when one isn't used to it!!  And, how we miss them!!  They keep us young and active and alert!  Those of you who have grandkids nearby are certainly blessed.  Never take that for granted.  You are such an important part of their lives and they have so much to learn from each of us.  Enjoy them!


Since we've been home (last Thursday night) we had a bit more snow added to the already 2 plus feet on the ground.  Winter is in full force here and it's been bitterly cold yesterday and today.  There is a warm front coming in tomorrow which will bring the temperatures up above freezing along with rain....not something we like in winter as it just adds to the mess, but is common....our January thaw.  

I took these next photos on Sunday morning on the drive to church with my cell phone through the window.  We'd had a fresh few inches of snow the night before and it was still snowing lightly.  

I hope to get out snowshoeing soon and maybe even on the snowmobile with Murray (when it gets repaired) and take some photos out in nature.  

Have a great week and thank you for visiting!!


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