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Thursday, May 29, 2014

along the ditch





some kind of shrub in bloom in the ditch  Does anyone know what this is?


I'm still around.  It's been one of those weeks and I've been neglectful of my blog and visiting, but it couldn't be helped.  I will try to catch up soon.

Last Saturday I took a little walk along the road and got a few (45) pictures of what's growing this spring.  Come along.  Enjoy.

pin cherry tree blossom

It was a cloudy and cool day and our spring is slowly evolving and bursting into bloom and new growth.

A teeny tiny maple tree growing in the ditch.  Probably from a seed that blew there from one of our maples.

Fresh birch leaves.

An evergreen tree - spruce? - with new buds that will pop off their brown skins and be soft green shoots.

Cute fir or spruce trees that grew up on their own in the field.

The fields across the road are pastures.  There might be cows pastured there this summer.  I enjoy hearing their soft moos and sometimes they really like to bellow very loudly.

A wild rose bush just starting to push it's leaves out.  Look at those thorns!  I might dig this up and plant it in the yard.

An old tree stump that is slowly returning to the earth.


I saw something down in the drainage ditch in the field and discovered that it was a mallard duck pair.  I think they might be nesting there.  I had to blow this up as it was quite far away.

This is a rock.  :)   I call it the pyramid rock although it's not perfectly shaped like one.  We grow rocks here on this ridge.  You should see our garden!

I believe this is a blossom on a wild grapevine that was tangled around an old apple tree.  I traced the branch back to the grapevine because it looks so much like an apple blossom.  I'd never seen a grapevine bloom before.

More blossoms that are from the old apple tree.

Wild strawberry blossoms along the road.

Well, that was my walk last Saturday morning.  I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you get out and see what nature is doing this spring.

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Watch your step!!

Well, it's sort of begun....the taking down of the old deck, that is.  They are supposed to come this afternoon and remove the rest and put in the screw piles for the new deck and pergola.  And wouldn't you know I'll be deck-less all weekend (and probably longer) and it's going to be nice and sunny this weekend?!  Oh well, I'll get to enjoy the new deck so much more when it's all done.  It's a gorgeous day here today though.  I'll try to get around and visit but may not be able to comment much. 
Have a wonderful day!

I'm linking with Good Fences # 10.

Blessings.
Pam




Monday, May 26, 2014

raindrops on tulips























The weekend was mostly cloudy and cool.  Showers on Friday evening, so so weather with a few sunny breaks on Saturday and Sunday.   Today it's pouring rain.   We are definitely hoping for a better June with more sunshine and warmth.

I went for a little walk Saturday morning across the road and down the lane and took lots of pictures that I will share soon.

A sneek peek.

I hope your weekend has been perfect no matter the weather.

Have a beautiful week.

Blessings.
Pam




Saturday, May 24, 2014

bluebird house shenanigans





I told you last week about our friend building us a nice bluebird house and about my sweet hubby putting it up in the back yard last Saturday.  I waited and watched patiently for a few days to see if a beautiful Bluebird couple would find it and start a nest.




On Monday, May 19, a pair of Tree Swallows were scouting out the house and by Tuesday they were starting to build a nest.

Now I'd much rather have a beautiful Bluebird couple living there but Tree Swallows are okay as they love to eat mosquitoes and other bugs while flying and swooping through the air.  In fact these ones were dive bombing me while out in the yard or on the deck!


If you look closely you can see this one has some grass or a small twig in it's beak.  I had to zoom in and then crop these pictures so they are all a bit fuzzy.  I really need a zoom lens!!



"Incoming!  Wide load!"

It was interesting to watch them get through the opening with sticks that were larger but they did.


Now.  Remember that Bluebird that I hoped would come and build a nest?

Guess who showed up on Tuesday while Mr. and Mrs. Swallow were off finding nest building supplies?



Yep. You guessed it.  Mr. Bluebird!  Oh isn't he handsome?  

He flitted from the shed to the tree to the clothes line and to the birdhouse.  He even checked it out and looked inside.

He's so blue!!

I am sorry to say that I didn't get a picture of him in the house as he was just too fast for me.

However, Mr. and Mrs. Swallow caught a glimpse of their would-be squatter and put the run to him.

They even brought in reinforcements!  



After Mr. Bluebird left the area, much to my sorrow, Mr. and Mrs. Swallow sat on their new home like they were claiming it for all of the birds to see.  

Now, since this episode happened on Tuesday there hasn't been any activity at all around the birdhouse.  No one has visited or finished the nest.  So, what do I do?
Do I clean out the makings of the swallow's nest so the Bluebird will come back?  Will it remain empty?  Will the Swallows return?
If you know what I should do please advise.  I really would love for something to be living there and raising a family.

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It's another dull day here and quite cool.  We'll try to get some chores done in the yard none the less.  I think we'll be building cedar rail fence corners today.  The new deck is on a bit of a delay as the screw piles we need to put in for support aren't here.  Our son will be doing that work for us and has had to drive all the way to Magog, Quebec today to get the piles (it was cheaper than having them delivered) and he needs to get stocked up as he's very busy with his business of installing them for customers.  Our wood for the deck should have been delivered this week and it hasn't been so that's a delay as well.  It's all good as we still have to remove the old deck.  It's all going to happen at once I think.  Then I'll have to wait for at least 2 more weeks while the deck is being built.  Patience!  Oh, I need patience!

Have a great weekend everyone and for my American friends I wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.


UPDATE:  The swallows returned to the birdhouse this morning.  All is well but I still wish it was Bluebirds.  :)

Blessings,
Pam  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Good Fences # 9





This is the new corner fence in our neighbour's back yard.   A
crow was perched on it in the drizzle and fog the other day.

We will add some to the left side to demarcate our corner and also build one on the other corner of our lot.  I love cedar rail fences!


I'm joining the meme Good Fences over at TexWis Girl's blog, The Run*Around* Ranch Report.  

Thanks for visiting.

Blessings,
Pamela

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

celebrating May
















In case you didn't guess, it's Notecard Wednesday over at Vee's blog, "A Haven for Vee", and I am celebrating the month of May.
There are graduations and birthdays and anniversaries to be celebrated in May so I thought these cards would do the trick.

Won't you join me and many other bloggers who will be sharing their own notecards?  Pop over to Vee's, please.  She'd love for you to join her this month.   

Have a great day!

Blessings,
Pam





Monday, May 19, 2014

rainy days and Mondays





Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down....

Do you remember that old song by the singing duo 
The Carpenters?
"Rainy Days and Mondays" was written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams and recorded in 1971 by Richard and Karen Carpenter - a brother and sister duo.  If you're of a certain age you might remember the many songs by this pair.  I have an old LP (for those of you who are of the 'younger set'.... that's a 'long playing' recording on vinyl).  :-)  They sure sang sweetly together didn't they?

Well we had a rainy day on Sunday and woke to it again this Monday morning.  

Rain drops make puddles and cause the grass to green and leaves to grow.....it's all good.

I guess I could also be singing "Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head" by B. J. Thomas, written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, and made popular in 1970.  What great old songs eh?

Rain Drops on Roses .... well, on pansies here.

The poor pansies are drooping with water droplets.  I had to put them under a chair as they'd had enough water.

The geranium that I over-wintered is blooming on the window sill in the dining room.

When I looked at the long-range weather forecast for this week it's rather depressing.  Rain, fog, showers, cloud, every day, except for  Thursday, right through next Sunday.  I sure hope they're wrong.
 {I know people in California would love to see this rain!}
And I sure hope the following week will bring nicer weather as that is when the contractor comes to start the new deck.  We are going a bit stir crazy here.  It's too miserable and cold to do anything outdoors.  We even checked the forecast for St. Andrews {where we ALWAYS go on the Victoria Day weekend}, Bangor,  and Moncton to take a drive for a change of scene but they're the same.    What do you do on days like this?  It's spring and we want/need to do stuff outside.  I guess the garden won't be worked up and planted for a while but the grass seed that Murray spread is starting to grow.  We are literally watching grass grow here folks!

Have a wonderful week.  Thanks for stopping by.

Rainy days and Mondays, and Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.... sigh....

Blessings.
Pam




Friday, May 16, 2014

it's a holiday weekend in Canada







It's the Victoria Day holiday weekend with Monday as a statutory holiday in honour and memory of Queen Victoria.  

Murray took today, Friday, off for a 4 day weekend but we aren't going anywhere.  We have too much to do around here plus it's going to rain for half the holiday weekend.  Today was gorgeous - sunny and warm at 24C.  I started the day with a walk at Mactaquac Provincial Park with two friends.  I haven't walked much at all for months so the one hour walk was almost painful.  :)  

This is one of the golf fairways I think and the club house is up the slope in the centre of the picture.  In the winter this is a sliding hill where the grass is yellowed.

After our walk we went to Grey's Greenhouse - our local plant grower.  The greenhouses are amazing and seeing the colour sure was wonderful.


I only looked today.  Next weekend I hope to buy!!

Even the view behind the greenhouses is beautiful!  Can you see the green in the tree tops?


Murray and I, well mostly Murray, have been working on the lot all week in the evenings.  We raked rocks, and more rocks, and spread grass seed.  Then we staked out the vegetable garden plot tonight.  It's going to be 22' x 54.5'.  Do you think it will be big enough?  I don't know what we're going to plant yet but I sure hope the deer stay away!  Murray helped our neighbours today and they helped us.  It was a great day but we are so tired and sore.


A friend of ours built me a bluebird house so Murray got it up on a pole tonight.  I had to have it done so the birds could find it and get nesting!  So, one last thing before we came in the house was to put this up.  


Here it is attached to a tree stump.  He used an old antenna pole and bolted it down.  I think it's raccoon proof but I might buy a baffle to prevent them or squirrels from trying to climb up.  I've never had a bluebird box before so I'm pretty excited to see if they will come.  I will let you know and hopefully get pictures!





And.  The perfect end to a perfect day.

Saturday will be nice for a while but then the rain will come in and it will be cooler.  I hope my Canadian friends have a wonderful, fun and safe holiday weekend.

Blessings,

Pam

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

early morning reflections




These trees on the left are wearing spring green.  I see there's a dirty spot right in the centre of the photo.  Oops.  I thought the window was fairly clean.

I often take my camera even for short drives and even on the way to church.  Do you?  Well, when you live in a beautiful, rural area there just could be some great photo opportunities along the way. 


 I've shared a lot of photos of this spot along the road to the city over the years.   This past Sunday I didn't have my camera but I did have my iPhone at the ready.  It was a beautiful sunny morning.... calm and there was a fog in the valley....  almost always a good sign to be prepared to take a picture or two.






The above photo included the power lines so I cropped the photo as shown below.  The flats are still flooded from the spring run off.  Thankfully most of the Fredericton area was spared major flooding this year due to the long, cold, slow snow melt.



Isn't this a beautiful scene?


I cropped out the grassy bank in the foreground in this one.

Good advice:   Always be prepared with a photographic device.  And it's also good to have a driver so you can take the pictures....especially if you can't stop along the roadside.   Make sure your driver slows down to a crawl if possible.  Be prepared!  {I was a Girl Guide a long time ago}  You just never know when a photo op will come up.  And don't forget to edit and crop out the uglies in your pictures if you can.


An update:


The mystery ducks have been identified.  
They are a pair of American Black Ducks.  Who knew?  They aren't even black!  I found them in my bird book and the one on the left, and in the lead, is the male.  I zoomed in on the picture and he is quite handsome with his greenish bill.


A coolish day with clouds today - temperature to go up to +14C.
I'm off to the city.

Have a great day!

Blessings.

Pam



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