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Saturday, December 20, 2014

this and that from the week ~ snow, sunset, and some vintage memories

The star is a Christmas gift from my dear friend.  Her hubby made it and she painted and decorated it for me.  

Hi there.  Can you believe it's almost Christmas Eve?   I've been so busy.  Too busy to blog a lot, but I've been visiting a few of you to stay in touch and see what you've been up to, and seeing all the pretty decorations in your homes and the lovely winter scenes if you are enjoying snow.  Speaking of which....we had a nice little 'no school day' storm on Thursday when about 10 inches fell.  We went from no snow (photo below was taken on Wednesday) to a winter wonderland in a day.

A peek between the trees across the road.  It was still snowing when I took this.

Although it was a quiet day traffic-wise, and there wasn't school so the buses weren't running, there were still those who had to go to work and travel from the rural areas beyond us to the city.  The plough made a 'path' and spread salt at about 7 in the morning then never came by again until 2 and 3 o'clock.   The road was quite snow-packed until then.  This one came down the road about an hour before.  

The little brook is still open and running.  It has been quite mild this month.

The sun broke through on Friday morning ~ a pretty wintery scene.

A lot of you are posting favourite recipes and traditions on your blogs and I have really enjoyed reading them and sharing in the comments.  One of the favourites I love to bake for Christmas is shortbread cookies....shortbreads with pale pink butter frosting, cranberry shortbreads and chocolate chip shortbreads.  I freeze them and only get them out for 'special' occasions.  Haha  Do you believe that?  Hmmm....well, I try to be good.  Do you have a favourite treat at Christmas?  

Christmas 1953.  
My brother, older sister and me.  Our baby sister was only 5 months old.  I think we got the table and chairs that Christmas and do you see the "Blue Willow" tea set?  I got that from Santa that year and I still have it!  I think my brother got the train engine (?) by my foot.  Funny, but I don't remember who got the bear.  I wish I still had Mum's old lampshades.  They were cut paper flowers - sort of 3D and very pretty and the lamps??  White milk glass!  Note the foil wrapped bells and tinsel on the tree.  And my brother is wearing shorts and I'm in bare legs??  That's surprising and rather unusual as we had very severe winters back then.   Do you have old photos of childhood Christmases?  This was a rare time to take photos in our house.   It didn't happen much even through the year.  It was film cameras then and often would take months or more to use a roll of film then take it to be developed.  I'm glad we have digital cameras today, aren't you?

Last evening....well at dusk....we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset.  At first it was just soft clouds that had a rainbow effect in them.  

Then as it grew darker the clouds rolled up and turned orangey.  

Even the snow has a soft glow to it.

In another couple of weeks we might just notice an extra minute or two of daylight.  Haha.  Maybe by the end of January.  :)

A peek into the living room from the kitchen.

Won't you join me for a cookie and a cup of tea?

Well, I should get rugged up and clean the back deck a bit and fill the bird feeders.  

I hope you are having a good weekend and enjoying these last few days before Christmas.

If you don't get back here before the holiday, I'd like to wish each one of you a wonderful Christmas holiday.  I will have one more post in a couple of days then a break.

Take care, be safe and enjoy this special time of year.



  1. That was a lot of snow for one day and except for the driving part for folks it looks so pretty. The star was a great gift and looks lovely on your deck. The oldest two siblings of our 8 would have been toddler and baby in 1953 and I recall a family photo of my oldest brother in the little short pants as mother called them. With knee socks and my sister in a little cotton dress too. Must have been the style. I guess the long sleeved tops and sweaters were a concession to the cold weather. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

  2. I like your snow . . . I keep wishing!
    Your, "getting rugged up . . ." brought me a smile.
    Love the view from the kitchen, I'd love to have tea with you.
    Merry Christmas with many Blessings of Joy!
    Love, Lynne

  3. Sweet post, Pam.. Love your vintage in your home and also your photos as always are awesome.. I have a pic I should put on my blog of Santa and I.. Many years ago.. Love those old black and white photos...
    Have a blessed Christmas, dear.. xo

  4. Pam, I so enjoyed this post and all the beautiful photos contained therein! Those sunset shots are spectacular. Your'vintage' Christmas photo could have been in our home when I was a kid. You are so lucky to have your blue willow tea set!! I think all my little dishes got broken over the years. We too wore dresses and anklets at Christmas unless we were going out into the child. Then we wore cotton tights under our dresses. My brothers wore long pants but clothing today is so much better for the cold winters we get. I guess another big snow is expected here next week. Then it will look like yours. I do love it when the sun comes out on those gorgeous winter scenes. Have a blessed Christmas, Pam.

    1. Make that "into the COLD." Lol
      Stupid smartphone!

  5. really cute family photo. :) you can play in the snow for me, okay? :)

  6. As usual your photography is amazing, specially the Winter Wonderland. The vintage photo is darling, such lovely memories.
    Merry C'mas sweet friend.

  7. Ohhhh....I love the view from the kitchen towards the lovely C'mas tree too!


  8. Gosh that was a lot of snow! Your tree and decorations are so lovely, it looks as though you are all set for a wonderful Christmas at your house. I hope that it is a good Christmas with more memories made to look back on. Happy Christmas! xx

  9. Beautiful pix, Pam....the views, the snow, the warmth, the glow...in case I miss you, Merry Christmas...HO! HO! HO!...:)JP

  10. oh, pretty. Joy is just a click away. :)

  11. Your photos are always such a delight to see, Pamela. Wish we had snow in the forecast instead of rain! Love the picture of you and your siblings...what fun!
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas,
    Mary Alice

  12. Your snow is so pretty. We don't have any and it doesn't appear that we will get any before Christmas.

    Beautiful sunset. I haven't made any images lately either. I need to get out.

  13. I'd be glad to get 8 or 10" of snow, make it look wintry around here, but it's supposed to rain instead!

  14. I hope we get snow for Christmas. You always have the most beautiful sunsets out east and you have a clear view to capture them.
    I'd forgotten about waiting for the roll of film to be finished before taking it in, and I used to take two of every flower to be sure it was in focus.
    I like looking back at our old Christmas photos too.

  15. Oh, you have your snow...as it should be...sure looks pretty. Our Christmas will arrive with 4 inches of rain. I suppose if it were snow, we'd get buried.

    Love seeing that sweet photo...what cutie pies you and your siblings all were. A lovely photo and a lovely glimpse back at your wonderful tree and childhood home. (I just found a photo of my sister and I getting our first glimpse of Christmas morning. We were both a wreck...fresh out of bed with our hair all over the place.)

  16. Gorgeous landscapes and sky! It's hard to beat a nice winter scene. Makes me wish we had snow, just not on the roads. :-)

  17. Looks like you will have a white Christmas. Here, who knows? I do know that if it snows Christmas Eve when we celebrate Chrsitmas, our kids whol have to travel nearly 2 hours won't be able to make it. You home looks ready, your cookies look and sound perfect. We will all have lots to share next week, won't we? Thanks so much for visiting the Garden Spot and leaving kind comments. Merry Christmas.

  18. You definitely have a white Christmas going on!

  19. No snow here Pamela just cold and dreary. Love your snow images and the beautiful tree you have in your living room. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Stay safe and warm. Carol

  20. Beautiful photos and post ! Oh yes Christmas short bread cookies are my fave to with a cuppa tea YUMMY ! Still lots of snow there looks pretty ! We will be in the rain on Wed temps to be 10C and Thursday Christmas day rain and +3 looks like a green Christmas for us this year ! Thanks for sharing , Have a Merry Christmas .

  21. The sunset photos with the snow are lovely Pam. Wishing you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season.

  22. Dearest Pamela, first the photo of you and your siblings at Christmas - how absolutely fabulous that you have this. How lovely it all looked - a true childhood Christmas to remember. Sadly, I don't have a single pic of a Christmas celebration from those days, I do however still have my memory and, God willing, always will! I can recall so many details of those English holidays and all we did to make them special despite limited funds etc.

    You have quite a lot of snow there already! It certainly looks beautiful for the season - we had a few flurries early yesterday morning. We were on our way to hear our granddaughter, and 20 members of her school chorus, do a 'flash mob' at a local coffee shop! Jasmin, being the student director of her high school chorus, worked with the owner and he arranged for them to come in, blending with the patrons, and to sing carols - it was fabulous. Even the cafe staff had no idea it was to happen--------so many people were taken by surprise, such fun.

    Your photos of the sunsets and landscapes around you are, as always, brightening up a gloomy morning here. Your lovely tree and Christmas decor looks amazing - your home so welcoming……….and I wish I could pop over for a shortbread!

    Sending much love and many good wishes for you and your family - may it be the best Christmas ever.
    Enjoy each moment - looking forward to sharing life with you in the coming year. You are a special lady.
    Hugs - Mary

  23. Hi Pamela, your snow looks so pretty. I love the old Christmas photo. The old black and white sure have remained as good as new, not so much the color photos of the 60s-70s. Wonder how the digital will last, depending how we store them. Anyway, old photos seem to stir up questions, don't they? Such as you are asking. I'm so thankful for them. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  24. Stopping in to see your wonderful photos. You never disappoint! Wishing you the best and brightest Christmas.

  25. Hi Pam....
    Always beautiful photos from your part of the country....
    No snow here...none!
    Guess it will be a green Christmas!
    Love the old photo....my older brother wore shorts a lot too!
    And...I had bare legs! Perhaps before tights were invented!
    GAWD....I am old! Hahaha!
    Merriest Christmas to you and yours Pam.....
    What a great year of blogging you have given us....
    Linda :o)

  26. Wonderful photos! I loved seeing the old one. My father was an avid photographer so we have many old family photos. And I wish he were around for digital. He would have embraced it with open arms, I think.

  27. Beautiful snow pic's and sunset pic's! And yes, I'd live to join you for a cup of tea and done shortbread cookies! ;). Love the photo from long ago. We don't have many photos from 'way back when' either as pictures were an extravagance back then! Enjoy these last few days before Christmas!

  28. Hi Pamela,

    I so enjoyed your seasonal collection of snow, sunsets, and snapshots, the first for its Canadian appeal, the second for their glorious colour, and the third for the sweet childhood memories, which may be your own here, but have been felt by all of us, in our hearts, and especially, at Christmas. Thank you for sharing the lovely photo of you and your sweet siblings.

    Liberty arrived yesterday, and we are thrilled and blessed to have her here with us during the holidays. I hope to be popping in and out of blogland, but will be spending most of my time with my daughter, hopefully creating some new memories of what will be a Christmas past, here in Christmas present.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, my friend!


  29. Wonderfull post xmas and pictures, greeting from Belgium.

  30. Hello Pamela, I loved seeing these snowy photos. We have no chance for snow this year, although I always wish for a White Christmas. Snow has a way of softening and brightening the landscape that is so beautiful.

    The photo of you and your brother and sister is a precious one. The little table and chairs is reminiscent of one we had as children, too. What happy memories for you, that are especially poignant this year.

    Shortbread is one of our favorites, too. This morning I packed up my husband's lunch and put in three cranberry shortbreads and noticed there is just one left in the tin. Guess what I'll be having with my tea? I made a lemon cornmeal shortbread this year that is very different - it's not a melt-in-your-mouth kind, but a little bit chewy with a hint of crunch. I'm still deciding if it's a winner or not. They are disappearing, too.

    I'm off to keep beavering away - there are a million little things to be done. Have a most wonderful Christmas celebration, Pamela. May Christ's Christmas joy infuse your celebration.

  31. Your tree looks beautiful. I love your trip down memory lane, and I sure would love to have some cookies with you. Merry Christmas!

  32. Pam, I know it will get old really fast but what a treat to have snow this close to Christmas. Picture post card moment!! Love the pic of you and your siblings, so cute. I think I have one picture of me at Christmas when little and I forgot to share it, hopefully next year. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..xxoJudy

  33. I wish I were there right now for tea and a cookie. :-) I know this will be a Christmas with mixed emotions for your family, Pam. May God bless you richly and make it a wonderful Christmas filled with joy.

  34. Merry Christmas!! i love the sun shots peaking through ... those are gorgeous! we have had a lot of pink orange sunsets ... just memorizing to me. you take care and i love the classic Christmas shot of your family. so glad you shared it with us. big big hugs. ( :

  35. Such wonderful photos, Pamela! I love the black and white Christmas photo; the holidays are what memories are made of, after all. Thank you for your kind words on my blog. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year!

  36. The snow makes your world more festive than it does here where the snow that remains is dirty and icy. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Pamela!

  37. Hello Pamela. I enjoyed seeing that photo of you when you were small. Your home looks lovely and your photos are beautiful. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  38. Great photos. I love the one of the little stream


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