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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

posies on the porch





This is the view from our dining room window to our back deck.

It reminds me of Florida or California for some reason.


Perhaps it's the coral and turquoise colours along with the clay pot.

It's sure brightens up this corner on the deck.

Posies on the porch.


Blessings,

Pamela

Monday, July 29, 2013

day tripping




Our GPS.  :)


A couple weekends ago we took a drive to the Kingston Peninsula near Saint John.  We were invited to friends for a barbecue.

The day was sunny and very hot and humid with threats of thunder storms but we had a beautiful drive down river.


To get to the Kingston Peninsula from the Saint John side one needs to cross the river by car ferry at two different locations ~
Grand Bay-Westfield and Quispamsis.


There are two ferries running at this crossing at Grand Bay-Westfield, one going each way.


Here, the cars are waiting to depart from the ferry to the side we're on.


I always like to get out of the car during the 5 minute crossing to take pictures.  As you can see the skies are hazy and cloudy.  Little did we know that those clouds were producing an F1 tornado up river near Grand Lake.

A pretty covered bridge.

The beautiful view from the bridge.


As we drove around the pretty roads the skies all of a sudden opened up with very heavy rain for about 20 minutes.


Then the sun started to break through the clouds.
This is the other ferry crossing at Quispamsis.


When we left to go home after a wonderful evening, we got on the ferry again and headed up the highway. (below)


Of course I had to get out and take pictures again.
This is the sunset after all the storms and rain.


I took this last photo as we drove into the sunset night.  


I am enjoying my blog break but I'm sorry I'm not getting around to visit you much.  Thanks for all your visits and comments on my last post.  I'll be around when I can.

Take care my friends.

Blessings,
Pamela



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

early evening sun





It was a smokey hazy evening when I took these photos of the sun going down.  I caught the rays as they slanted across the tall grasses in the field behind us.


Just over a week ago we had a family photo shoot in this spot.
It was perfect and our grandsons looked so adorable.



A flock of Bobolinks was resting on the long grass.





I'll be taking a blog break for a couple of weeks but I'll try to visit you when I can and perhaps post a few blogs as well.  

I'll see you soon.

Take care.

Blessings,
Pamela

Monday, July 22, 2013

a really weird and beautiful sunset







One Thursday evening we were sitting on the back deck and enjoying the nice evening.  It had been very hot, humid and mostly cloudy all day so it was nice to relax on the deck.  We noticed the sun breaking through the clouds as the sun set.  


Of course I had to get my camera and ran out to the field behind us to take pictures.

The clouds were greenish at first.

from the deck looking northwest

It's difficult to tell from these photos.  Greenish clouds could mean  a serious storm, but nothing happened.


This weird formation was over the river to the west.
It was so yellow by this time.


The back yard was lit up in a bright glow.


It was very fascinating and so beautiful.

The clouds in the south sky turned bright pink.



I love watching the sky and the clouds.  You never know what will appear do you?  

On the past weekend at least one small tornado appeared in the area of Grand Lake and Cambridge Narrows.  Some barns and sheds were destroyed, many trees were uprooted and power was knocked out.  This is not common for New Brunswick but there have been watches and warnings all month with all the hot and humid weather and thunder storms we've had.  I guess it was just a matter of time.  Thankfully no one was hurt.
The weather cleared after the storms and Sunday was sunny and hot with no humidity.  It actually went down to 9C. last night!
I'm drinking hot tea this morning to warm me up.  :)

Today is my birthday.   I am so thankful that God has blessed me with another year to my life and the good health I enjoy.  
{even the aches and pains that come with getting older!}  

I am thankful for all of you who read my blog and appreciate your friendship.   My third anniversary of blogging is coming up in August.  I can't believe I have been doing this for this long.  
It's a lot of fun!
I wish you a blessed week ahead.

Blessings,

Pamela

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Friday's Fences ~ Parlee Beach




When we went to Parlee Beach {click here} last week I noticed all the storm fencing along the sand dunes and thought they looked kind of nice for photos for Friday's Fences meme.


This is one of the paths over the dunes to the beach.  

The fences are to protect the maram grass and the dunes from human traffic.


The dunes stretch for about a mile down this beach and are often destroyed during storm surges or even hurricanes.





I like the shadows on the sand.





I hope you will come over to see more of Friday's Fences
at "Life According to Jan and Jer".

Thanks so much for visiting and your sweet comments!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,

Pamela


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

it's been HOT and everything's blooming like crazy






Yep!  That was the temperature in our backyard on Monday, 
July 15th, 2013.  And the humidex was about 40C.  {the time is wrong, it was 3:53} We only get a few days like this in a summer so I'm not complaining.
I'm just trying to stay cool.


I don't normally have curtains at the kitchen window.  These are sheets of cotton muslin that I hung today to block the afternoon sun a bit.  It makes it seem cooler and doesn't darken the kitchen.  There is one on the back door too.  


Our back deck at 4:00.  Do I miss the trees that were once next to the lone cedar tree?  No.  As I said, this heat only comes a few days so I appreciate the sun on the deck the rest of the year.



I am enjoying these lazy, hazy, days of summer very much.
I love heat and am quite cold the rest of the year so I can go without air conditioning even on these days. 

The sun and heat have been here for almost 2 weeks and the flowers are really growing and filling out my containers.  It's peak season here right now.

I'm sharing photos of the flowers in our yard and some of the containers in these next photos.  Let's take a walk.   Enjoy!

Astilbe and Lavender one evening during the sunset's glow.


Geraniums, million bells, lantana in the wicker planter

pink impatiens blooming profusely

one of two containers I planted that have filled out beautifully

Blue Endless Summer Hydrangea, year 2.  The deer have been nibbling the tips as you can see.  :(

Spiderwort, year 2

Moonbeam Coreopsis, old plant

Lilies I've had for 30 years.  They are the old fashioned orange ones and will bloom soon.

American Revolution Daylily, year 3

Petunias and an old plate.  :)

deep purple petunia

The rock garden with cosmos, lilies, astilbe and lavender in bloom.

Clematis Jackmanii - 35 years old!

a bowl of herbs

I added these boxes of flowers to the back deck railing a few years ago and get great enjoyment from them through the kitchen windows.  They attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Magic Light Pink Verbena, Sanvitalia, Angelonia Archangel, Lantana Sunrise, Calibrachoa Lavender Blue, Sweet Potato Vine Bright Ideas Lime ~ I love this colour combination!

A corner of the back deck. Geraniums and Lantana.


Patio Tomato.  It has many blooms and small tomatoes forming.  There were 3 good sized ones but Big E (our grandson) thought they were ready to pick.  :)

3 pepper plants

And lastly, some spinach and lettuce freshly picked from our son's vegetable garden last Saturday.


As you can see the house where our son rents has a much larger yard than ours so he gets the garden.  He does the work and we all share.  Pretty good deal eh?


So there is a look at what's blooming around here in the good old summer time.  

I hope you are enjoying some nice summer days now too.

We are in for some rain and showers over the next few days and the high humidity and heat have left us for now.  We may get another spell of it in August.  I hope!
There is still the lingering smell of smoke and the haze from forest fires in Quebec that had blown in yesterday.  Quebec is hundreds of miles from us.  Amazing that it blows so far.

Below is the view Tuesday evening.  It's very hazy and smoky and one can't see the valley or the city at all.


Sorry about all the photos.  I hope you made it to the end.  :)


Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

Blessings,

Pamela



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