summer 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

phone snapshots

An autumnal vignette.  I painted the pumpkin a few years ago.

I've been using my iPhone for taking photos a lot lately.  It takes great photos and I share some on Instagram - (playingwithmycamera) (private account but I do accept followers I know).  The phone is always with me and not cumbersome like my camera.  It's quite practical!

We had a rain day on Tuesday and it cleared off in the late afternoon.  I liked the contrasting colours of green, dark grey and blue in this shot.

The afternoon sun was shining in the dining room window one afternoon and played through the aqua mason jar onto the platter and gourds.

My dearest reaching high into the apple tree at the orchard to get at the Macintosh apples on Sunday afternoon.  The lower branches were all picked off.  Next week the Cortland and HoneyCrisp will be ready.

There were scattered showers all around the area yesterday afternoon which was cool to see as they dropped from the dark clouds and the sun was shining too.  It was another chilly windy day.

There was even a little rainbow over the valley.  I edited this one in Instagram.

A variety of local goods available for purchase at the apple stand.

I love the clouds in this shot.  Note the trees are getting more colour in them.  

I cut some cattails last Sunday and this one was a double one on a single stalk.  Have you ever seen one like this?

The view out the front window today.  It's a beauty of a day so I think I'll go out and take a nice walk....and maybe some photos.  We are in for some rainy days later in the week.  

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Pat, who blogged at Back Porch Musings, a few days ago.  She was one of the very first bloggers I followed when I started this journey 6 years ago and I enjoyed her decorating ideas through the years.  I have missed seeing her posts the past few months of her illness.  She will be greatly missed by her husband and family and many blogging friends.

I hope you all had a lovely fall weekend and that the week ahead will be a beautiful one.  Are you seeing fall colours in your area yet?  
Thanks for visiting and commenting.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

beautiful fall is making an appearance

The shadows are lengthening even in the daytime these mid-September days as the sun is lower in the sky, although the above photo was taken early evening.

We walked past the old painted barn and you can see how long my shadow is as I stopped to take the photo.  The daylight hours are getting much shorter now.

This will be about the extent of my fall decorating.  I have a few gourds and some hydrangea blooms out but that's it as our renovations are starting this week on the outside of the house.  I had to remove anything that was on the outside walls of every room as the contractor will be ripping off siding and nailing on new siding.  Can't have pictures etc. falling off the walls can we.  Everything will be covered with plastic drop cloths to keep the dust at bay as well.  Oh it will be a worthwhile mess I'm sure!

Some of the local farms are getting all decked out for fall.  This is an egg producer.  Do you see the big chicken made from giant marshmallows wrapped hay bales?  

Here is a close up of the chicken after it got its 'angry bird' eyes painted on.  Note the brown eggs it laid.  lol 

The lower branches of this pear tree were loaded like this.  Aren't they beautiful?

Margaret and I picked some Paula Red apples a week ago.  Tart and tasty!  The apple crop will be a good one this year as the trees are loaded.

A display at the orchard stand with a really cool table made from an old door....including the doorknob!

The view out over the orchard and across the valley.

One afternoon last week Margaret and I went for a walk along the trail that follows the St. John River.

Down by the St. John River.  This is the farmers ferry that takes tractors etc. across to the island where the local farmers have crops.

Look at that gorgeous blue sky and fluffy white clouds!

The trail.  It used to be a railroad bed.

"Shooting stars" at sunset.  :)  There were lots of jet contrails that evening.

The full harvest moon rising over the St. John River valley on Friday evening.   It was spectacular!  

On Saturday morning Murray and I went to a little country market and I bought 3 cupcakes.  I had one for breakfast with my tea that morning when we got home.  That's okay....right?  It was really delicious!  

My sister has now gone home.  Thank you so much for your well wishes for her.  The house is quiet and my road running has stopped.  We have been doing things together all summer except for the 2 weeks she spent with our sister.  It is strange not to have her here but I am so grateful that she got home to visit and that she was able to fly back to her home in BC after all her eye problems this summer.  We had some great times even with the stress of her eye issues and we had a lot of visits with family which is what she wanted to do.  I somehow doubt she will fly home again.....which means I will go to her if I'm able.  I'm glad Murray likes to fly too.  

The first official day of fall is on Thursday.  Are you ready for it?
We are still enjoying some lovely warm weather but I'm sure a change is in the wind before too long.  The trees are starting to fade and will soon be beautifully coloured in their autumn attire.

Thanks for visiting today.  Enjoy the rest of the week.



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

the days are moving along

The lane at dusk last week.

Here we are into the first week of September already.  The official summer is over as schools are back in and the yellow buses are back on the roads everywhere.  Vacations are over too.....unless you're a senior or retired and enjoy traveling in the cooler fall months.  The weather is changing to a more fallish air some mornings and nights, the leaves are slowly fading or turning colour on the trees, and the apple orchards and farms are busy gathering in for the end of the season.

I'm sharing some photos of goings on around here the past couple of weeks.  Enjoy.

Good Morning Glory!

Horse Power 


Foggy mornings

Downtown Fredericton on a recent Saturday

Chocolate zucchini cake.  Yummy!

Beautiful sunset on the water.

Walk at the beaver pond trails in Mactaquac Park.  This one was in the evening and the light was beautiful.

The lowering sun shining through the trees along the trail.

We even saw a beaver!!

So peaceful.

The Mactaquac Marina in the evening.

Another day, another hike, another trail.  We followed underneath the 'Treego' zip line that goes through the trees in Mactaquac Park.  We couldn't see them at first but it was like there were Ewoks (remember them from Star Wars?) running through the treetops talking and laughing.

We finally had a bonfire on Sunday evening.  It's been either very dry with fire bans on, or too windy to have one, all summer.  The only other one we had was July 1.  Needless to say we had a lot of very dry brush that burst into flames.  Thankfully it was a warm and calm evening for one.

A gorgeous sunset from our backyard.

We are enjoying some very balmy tropical weather this week with temperatures in the mid-upper 20's with high humidity that makes it feel like well into the 30's.  I rather like it as I'm pretty sure this will be the last of our true summer weather unless a tropical storm comes up the coast later on.  

My sister is still here.  She hopes to leave next week once she gets the ok from her eye doctor.  It's been a long haul and she is very anxious to be home.  Prayers much appreciated!

Thank you for visiting today.  Hopefully I'll be back on track soon to post more often and to visit you.  Life has been interesting (to say the least) this summer and I feel like it has gone by too fast with way too much stress.  But, I'm grateful that I have my health and family and can find some joy in each day.  

Take care.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

St. Martins and the Fundy Trail

The Fundy Trail is a beautiful drive along the coastline of the Bay of Fundy which separates New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  St. Martins is a fishing village but in its heyday was a shipbuilding community in the 1800's.  It is a beautiful village with many old historic homes and, being on the beautiful Bay of Fundy, it attracts hundreds of tourists each year.  You can get to St. Martins via Saint John or Sussex.  

The Fundy Trail is being built as a highway to connect St. Martins to Fundy National Park about 50 km up the coast.  It is a very costly road to build along the rugged coastline with many ravines and hills to get through.  It has only been built about a third of the way.  St. Martins has a wonderful stone beach and great sea caves which are a big attraction, as well as two covered bridges, a museum and lighthouses, and great seafood restaurants.  I've shared photos of our visit here before which you can find in the 'labels' at the end of my post.

This is a long post so I hope you enjoy the pictures and dialogue.

My friend Ida drove us to St. Martins and we were prepared for all kinds of weather.  Being on the Bay can be foggy, damp and chilly, or sunny and hot.  It was a beautiful sunny summer day with a little breeze off the bay so quite perfect.  This is Fuller Falls.  We hiked down a ravine that has 63 stairs built into the side of it.  I nearly died climbing back up as I'm so out of shape!  Haha.  

A friendly couple making their way up that staircase.  There were quite a few American tourists there - all so friendly and enjoying the beauty and great weather.

The beautiful coastline with fog hanging over the cliffs.  That is either Melvin Beach or Pangburn Beach down below.  One can hike this whole trail from the beginning near St. Martins all the way to Fundy National Park - a total of 49 km.  We met one young couple who were finishing their 4 day hike from the Fundy Park end!  She said it was the toughest hike she'd ever done.  The front end of the hike from St. Martins to the Big Salmon River is groomed and wide, although lots of hills and vales to do, but the other end is extremely rugged and one has to be physically fit to do it.  In fact, with the little bit of hiking we did I need to be more physically fit!  Haha.  It was pretty bad when I had to stop to breathe and rest my poor knees on the downhill slopes.

This is the bridge over the Big Salmon River.  We had a picnic lunch here.  The Interpretive Centre is located here as well.

This photo shows the suspension bridge for foot traffic and the new highway bridge on the right both over the Salmon River.

The Interpretive Centre.  The history of this area is very interesting - from logging the hillsides to ship building to salmon fishing - over the past 150 years.

We stopped at a look off and this is the view down to the Interpretive Centre and the Big Salmon River.  

This is looking down at Long Beach, the current 'end of the trail' as far as the Parkway goes for driving.  This section just opened this year as previous to now one could only access the beach on foot.  Do you see the grey rock cut on the left in the wooded area?  That is where the road twists and turns down the hill to the beach.

This is a cropped shot of that rock cut.  You can see why it's taking so long to build this road and costing millions of dollars to do it.  Some of the ravines were filled with the rock from these cuts or bridges have to be built.  

Driving through this rock cut to Long Beach was an adventure!  There are 2 or 3 hairpin turns on it.

When we got to the beach area, where there is plenty of parking, we found 3 of these lovely picnic shelters and there were more on the hill above it next to a larger parking lot.

And this is Long Beach looking to the right.

Looking back to the parking lots and picnic shelters.  The beach is a combination of gritty sand and beach rocks and the water is cold!

The tide was out while we were there and it was a lovely day to be on the beach.  A cold, rainy, foggy day would not be as pleasant.

This is the left side of the beach around the bluff looking toward Fundy National Park somewhere up the coast.

Since this was the 'end of the line' we drove back and found some trails to hike.  This particular trail was pretty and wooded and challenging.  We didn't realize we would be walking through roughly cleared woodland down the edge of a steep ravine to the valley below that had major drop-offs.  We hiked a ways along then decided to turn back as I just couldn't do it plus we had to hike back up to the car.

Isn't this beautiful?  The trees were so tall and the filtered sunlight was lovely.  You can see how the hill drops off on the left and how narrow the path is.  Not for me!!  No thank you.

This is another trail that was wide and even paved in the steeper parts.  We came across some youths who were biking the trail.  I did have a hard time even on this trail with some of the steep parts as my knees got quite painful going downhill and my hips hurt going uphill.  I think my body is going downhill!!  :)

We finished the Trail and returned to St. Martins so we could walk the beach and see the caves.  When the tide is in you can't access the caves at all.

This is looking out from the large cave.  So cool!

I love the red sandstone cliffs that have eroded for centuries from the high Bay of Fundy tides.

This is the part of the wharf area in St. Martins at low tide.  They are dredging the harbour which is why there are some men and survey equipment there.

The iconic covered bridges over the Irish River.

A sweet gift shop with beautiful flowers and colourful decor outside.  Ask the owner about the interesting history of this building.  

We had a wonderful day of exploring and ended it with supper on the patio of The Caves Restaurant overlooking the beach.  I had a whole fried clams (not the tough clam strips) and chips (French fries) platter.  Yummy!  And, we had cones of ice cream for dessert before we headed on the road for our 2 hour drive home.  

I hope you enjoyed my visit to St. Martins and the Fundy Trail Parkway.  You need to put this place on your bucket list!  There is so much to see and do for all ages and abilities.  The Trail is open 9-7 until September 5 then from September 6 - October 10 it is open from 9-5.  It closes for the winter then but one can park at the gate and take short hikes.  Visit the website at   


I hope your August is going well.  I know it's going very fast and fall is almost upon us.  We've had some beautiful days with lots of heat and humidity and we've also had some fall-like-temperature days.  

Thanks so much for visiting.  Take care.


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