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Monday, March 20, 2017

sugar bush weekend 2017

Happy Spring Everyone!  
You may have noticed I changed my header to a springtime one even though it looks nothing like that outside right now, and won't for many weeks yet, but we're hopeful and we enjoy any days when the sun is shining, the temperature rises above freezing and the snow is melting.  

On Saturday Murray and I went to Kings Landing Historical Settlement for the annual Sugar Bush Weekend.  A friend gave us complimentary tickets for the breakfast sponsored by the York Sunbury Ground Search and Rescue Organization and then we walked through the settlement to enjoy the beautiful sunny day.  It was mid-morning and the sun was shining beautifully with no wind.  The air was chilly (-6C) but we were dressed warmly with long johns, winter parkas, hats and scarves so didn't mind.  We did get warmed up from our walk by the end of it.  The road was dry and still frozen so we didn't have to deal with mud or snow.  I took lots of pictures so I hope you enjoy them.  

None of the houses were open for viewing and most were surrounded by drifts of snow from the recent blizzards.

The saw mill and frozen waterfall over the dam.

Making maple syrup from the sap of maple trees the old fashioned way.  

Preparing to make candy on the snow.

A lean-to campsite that would have been used in the sugar bush in the 1800's.

These horses were in the barn having breakfast before starting their day hauling the wagon loads of people though the settlement.

I liked the contrast of this photo in black and white.

This is the St. John River.  It was mostly ice recently until we had the blizzard last week which made some amazing drifts.  There were snowmobilers on the other side going up river.

The Perley House got a new shingle roof last fall I think.  

All aboard!!

I hope you enjoyed our walk through Kings Landing.  It was a gorgeous morning!  When we arrived back at the welcome building the huge lobby was full of people waiting to pay for their way in to the breakfast or the site.  I'm glad we got up and went early!

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.  I always appreciate them.  Have a wonderful first week of spring!  I know it's spring somewhere.  I'll be back in a few days with more pics of another walk we made on Sunday.


Monday, March 13, 2017

this and that from the weekend

Scott's Nursery on Friday the 10th.

Hello friends.  
There isn't much new here.  We've endured several bitterly cold windy days since last Friday.....with temperatures sitting at -18C on Saturday.....which is unusual for March, but we're on the upswing this week and there is a major snowstorm moving in on Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night.  I'm sure most of you have either heard about it or are under it by now if you live in the northern US or southern Ontario and Quebec.  

Last Friday was Murray's birthday.  He is now officially a senior citizen, albeit one who enjoys working so much he's not ready to retire just yet.  He took the day off and we went to town to run errands and just enjoy the day.  At suppertime we went to a pizza restaurant where we had invited some friends to join us for a celebration. 

That morning we went to the biggest green house operation in Fredericton, Scott's Nursery, just to get a taste and feel of spring and a tropical climate. The top photo was taken of the Primulas all in bloom.  The moist heat, colours, and greenery was wonderful for the senses after this long winter season.  I could have set a nice comfy lawn chair in there and just relaxed for a few hours but I don't think they allow that, which is too bad, as I'm sure they could make money by renting out chairs for winter weary folk to enjoy the place.  I did buy a couple of plants while there though. 

 One is an Aloe Vera plant and the other is a Mimicry Plant.  I had an Aloe Vera back in the 80's but got rid of it or maybe it died, and having read that it is very healthy to have plants in the house I decided to add a few more.  The little Mimicry plant is so pretty with its rose and lime green colours.  I may invest in a couple more of these little succulents to set in a tray of some sort with pretty pebbles or stones.

Notice the two stones?  When Murray was away for work a week ago he ended his trip with a visit to our daughter, son-in-law and grandsons in Calgary.  Yes, I was jealous that I couldn't go too!  When I was checking the pockets of his travel bag I found these two stones.  Our two older grands sent them home for me.  Isn't that the sweetest?

Do you have any succulent plants in your home?  What is your favourite?

I've enjoyed the colour of these orangey/coral/yellow tulips this past weekend.  They are gorgeous but sadly, are not lasting as long as usual.  One of the stems has 3 blooms on it!  Have you ever seen that before?

A three-headed tulip.

The buffet and hutch are decorated for spring, which is lurking around the proverbial corner, and will get some Easter touches later this week.  I like that Easter is in mid-April this year as our weather should be a bit better.  

How did you make out with the time springing ahead on the weekend?  Between that and the full moon it was not the best for me.  I'm waking too early and it is now dark in the morning again for a while.  I enjoy the longer evening light but since we can't even do anything outside due to the snow and cold it's kind of a waste of that extra hour.  We won't enjoy that evening light until May when we can maybe sit outside or do some yard work or go for a walk.  I'm looking forward to that!

A little bunny hopped out of the cabinet.

Thanks for popping by!  Maybe my next post will have some lovely snowy scenes to share.  I do enjoy visiting my southern bloggers who are having warm temperatures and enjoying spring blooms and green grass.  They make me hopeful.  
Have a super week!

Take care.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

signs of spring

Note the deer on the right.  It was kicking its heels and biting its rump as it ran.

I'm still around.  Sorry I haven't been posting or visiting the past week but life happens.  Here we are into day 6 of March!  The days are getting longer and the time changes to Daylight Saving Time on the weekend.  I wish we had the warm weather to go with those extra daylight hours at the end of the day.  We don't really get to enjoy them until May and by then we're getting close to summer.  Such is life in our part of the world.

The deer have been gathering on the hill the past week and I've counted up to 25 or so at once. We had mild temperatures and rain last week which melted down some of the snow so the deer have been eating the stubble in the bare patches.  

Meet and Greet
On the hill with the bare patches.
Noon Hour
March 3, 2017
Bring a Friend.

I braved the bitterly cold wind and -20C windchill to venture into the backyard to take these photos.   We had such gusty winds from Thursday through Sunday.  I don't like wind.  I worry about trees snapping and power outages.

Two of the 'three amigos' who hang around our yard having a chat in the tree.  They like to clean up the bird seed on the ground which is great.

Monday was a lovely day - sunny and the wind had subsided - so I took a walk around the yard on the icy snow.  I had to be careful as my knee is still very unstable so I picked my way carefully and tried to find bare spots to walk on - few and far between.  I was delighted to see these daffodil leaves poking through next to the foundation where the snow had melted.  Spring is coming!

Purple Campanula
With winter weather still around I like to buy some pretty flowering plants and tulips to bring spring cheer to our home.

Have you ever seen or used one of these vintage Kodak cameras?  My father had one like this and I remember taking my first few photos on it when I was about 9 or 10 years old.  Then I was given a Brownie camera - the small square brown plastic kind - which I used for a few years until the Kodak Instamatic Camera was invented.  I loved the drop in film cartridge and the flash cubes.  Remember them?  That was in the 60's and early 70's.  My next camera after that was gifted to my by my husband - a 35 mm. film camera.  I've been taking photos all my life and I must admit I really like the ease and convenience of a DSLR camera.  

This is a collage of the above camera and a vintage Kodak Brownie box camera.

Some spring touches in the front entry.  No Forsythia in bloom here yet so faux it is.  And faux pussy willows too!  I took this photo this morning while the sun was shining before the clouds rolled in.  We have snow, ice pellets, maybe freezing rain, then rain moving in.  Then back to the deep freeze again on Friday.  

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you are having a good week and that spring is showing signs of it's impending arrival for you.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

fleeting February

Hi Everyone.  I wanted to share these photos I took on the early morning of February 15.  The sunrise was spectacular and turned the sky to pretty pink and mauve along with the, there was a beautiful hoar frost coating everything.  It was a cold morning so I took these photos from inside.

I took this photo with my cell phone on Feb. 16 which promised a lovely sunny day but turned out to be cloudy.  We've had some really great sunrises this month.

A 'black cap' sitting on a black cap (hat).  😀

A male Downy Woodpecker.

We've had some milder weather the past few days and yesterday, although just 1C, was gorgeous with the sunshine.  The warmth of the sun is melting the snow down and making it shine under it's rays.

Melting snow along the road has made a long puddle reflecting the blue sky.

We are getting some snow melt and with above freezing temps the rest of the week and rain on the weekend, our snow will go down a bit more.  The roads are terrible with frost heaves, cracks and pot holes.....and watch out for those huge puddles hiding potholes under them!  Lots of vehicles are being damaged after hitting potholes or rough pavement.  One has to drive a lot slower than normal.  Do you have that problem where you live?

Well, that's it from here today.  A boring life these winter days and not much going on.  I've had issues with my left knee and hip the past couple of weeks and have difficulty walking up and down stairs. 😟  Needless to say snowshoeing is off the books for now.

I think I need some retail therapy.  Haha.  Hopefully I can walk the mall!  I might also need a holiday or even a weekend away.  Maybe in March.   What have you been up to?  Are you going 'south' this winter or abroad or just to the next town?  Are the winter doldrums getting to you too?

Hang in there.  The weather will soon change for the better (I know many of you are seeing spring blossoms blooming already!) and spring is officially just a month away.  

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day!


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