Spring 2018

Spring 2018
Spring Green

Saturday, April 7, 2018

think spring

Hello friends.....
I thought I'd better post to let you know I'm still alive but very inactive on my blog.  
 We are trying to Think Spring here.
Our spring weather is still wintry for most of Canada it seems.  We are winter weather weary!  But, we know our spring weather is always delayed by weeks here so we remain hopeful.

This is Buddy.

I've spent the winter watching deer in our yard and birds at the feeders, and, keeping the decks cleared of snow.  The deer in this pic I've named Buddy as he spends a lot of time in our yard and even has slept under the back deck.  The deer have had a hard winter here with many deaths due to lack of food and car hits.  I don't feed the deer but will throw out apples once in a while which they enjoy.

I went to Kings Landing for the Sugar Bush weekend in March.  It was a very cold day but we had fun walking through the historic settlement taking pictures.

Do I look cold to you??

A foggy view of the St. John River valley on March 30.

The spring birds are back but I'm sure they're confused by all this white stuff still covering the ground and perhaps wondering why they came back so early.  It is a joy to hear the bird songs though and the snow will soon go.  

This is Buddy under our back deck looking in the (dirty) basement window at us.  Isn't he adorable??  I don't think he'll fit under here when he gets bigger.  I saw him yesterday and his antlers are starting to push out.  Sadly, he's an orphan and has been shunned by the herd that is around the fields here but he seems to be managing and hangs out some with a few other orphans, like the twins that hang around.

We awoke to this fresh snow on this spring Saturday morning.  It is starting to melt though.

We haven't been on any vacation this winter as my husband has been working away in Winnipeg Manitoba a lot where they've had a very cold winter.  We are both looking forward to spring and summer, and perhaps a vacation trip.  It's time to visit our grandkids again soon as well. 

I took this photo last May 17th.  Yes, we still have over a month before it even resembles spring here but it's worth it.  
I hope you are well and enjoying spring where you live.  
Take Care.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

winter has arrived

New Year's Day Sunrise

Hello there!  Happy belated new year to you all.  I just realized yesterday that I hadn't done a post since mid-December and thought I'd share a few pics with you.  The above photo was taken at sunrise on January 1 ~ a bitterly cold -18C.  I noted the sunrise this morning and it is already coming up to the left of the tall elm tree!  This brings me great joy as it means we are slowly creeping toward spring.

Christmas morning just as the snowstorm was starting 'our' family of deer took a stroll through the backyard.  They have been scarce since the snows came.  Our son and his wife had come for breakfast and I guess the deer thought they could join us too.  πŸ˜‹  It snowed all day but we managed to travel to friends for turkey dinner!

New Year's Eve

We had a lovely Christmas and New Year's Eve with family and friends.  

Christmas has been put away for another year but a few snowmen will linger on this shelf for a while as winter is settling in with lots of snow.

The full Wolf or Cold Moon was spectacular as it rose over the valley.  It was orange which didn't show in my shaky photo.  Jack Frost was nipping at my gloved fingertips so I didn't linger long for better pics.  We were under the Arctic Polar Vortex for a week and it finally left a couple of days ago.  I'm sure it will return later on.

This is the sunset on January 3 - the night before the major nor'easter, bomb cyclone/hurricane, blizzard arrived.  It came with a vengeance!

Looking out the front entry windows in the evening with the blizzard raging outside.  We got 25-30 cm. of snow and wind.....oh the wind!!  It was terrible.  The gusts were frightening and the snow blew in drifts and packed it so hard.  There were whiteouts and drifts on the roads. Thankfully our power never went out but we were prepared.  

The next day was cleanup time.  

The wind blew from the northeast so it fills the driveway in at the end along with what the snowplow drops off for us.

Our back deck has a 'bit' of snow on it. That afternoon after the storm the wind shifted to the northwest and then we were back in the deep freeze again.

 Our son popped over on his snowmobile the other day.  He was 'breaking trail' for Murray but it is pretty well drifted over again.  And, Murray hasn't had the sled out yet!  He's in Winnipeg again for work.  

A few winter birds are around, along with our resident red squirrel who we think is living in our barbecue for the winter.  πŸ˜‘  There are a lot of Goldfinches every day along with Chickadees, Crows, and a Downey Woodpecker.  I haven't seen any Juncos, Pine Siskin or Nuthatches yet.


Adult Male Downey Woodpecker on the bird feeder swinging in the wind.

American Crows waiting for some bread.

I looked out the entry window this morning and noted the beautiful bright sunshine reflecting off the drifts in the yard.  The wind is blowing the powdery snow into fluffy clouds.  Our weather will change on Friday with freezing rain and rain....lots of rain (40mm!!) continuing through Saturday.  πŸ˜±πŸ˜³ The temperatures are to rise to 12C (50F) so our snow will melt considerably. It's time for the January thaw. 

Well, I must go and find some bread crusts for the crows.   I wish you a good day and hope you are enjoying January so far.  

Thank you for visiting.


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.  πŸ˜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. πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰


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