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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas decorating, shopping, baking....not enough time!

Hi Everyone!  I'm still here.
I hope all my American readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Are you getting ready for Christmas now?

A show of hands.....how many have seen this arrangement above on Pinterest?  My friend, Lois, found some nice birch trees for me to cut up to make this arrangement my way.  I had the old crock and the long stems came from Dollarama last year.  I bought the tiny lights at HomeSense this year.  Easy to do and a lovely project for Christmas or winter either indoors or out.  We don't have a protected roof over our entry so this one has to stay indoors.

As you can guess, I've been busy the past week.  I haven't been blogging or barely even visiting anyone all week.  In fact, I may just take a break for now as I can't seem to get my head around all I have to do with writing Christmas cards, shopping, baking, etc.  
There just isn't enough time!

I changed out the look on the sideboard this year with a vintage/

The Christmas tree is standing in the corner of the living room with 3 strings of white mini-lights on it.  I have 7 more strings to add to it but each one has at least one bulb burned out and some have 3 out!  And no spare bulbs left!!  I had debated whether to put up a smaller 4 foot tree but Murray wanted preferred the 7 foot one.  sigh.  A 7 foot tree requires lots of lights and decorations.  A 4 foot tree would be so much easier to decorate.  I'd have it done by now!  

I found the Mrs. Claus creamer at the McAdam Railway Station event we attended recently.  The Santa one I've had for a few years.

The hutch is decorated differently from other years, especially the sideboard part.  It's kind of a vintage/Scandinavian feel.  :) minus the white furniture!  I've added touches of red with the white and didn't use the old cutlery tray that I have out all year round.  

Another idea from Pinterest that I copied for our dining room table.  We use this table all the time so something simple and easy to move is perfect for me.  We also enjoy candlelight at dinnertime in the winter months so with its wintery theme this can stay here through January.

A vignette on a side table.

Soft greens and neutrals for the living room.  

Last week Lois and I travelled to Woodstock to pick up our friend Jill and we drove out to the small town of Centreville to have lunch and visit a couple of lovely shops there.  These are cell phone photos so not the best.  We had lunch first at a lovely homestyle restaurant.

This is the dress shop.  We had fun in here and all bought something.  :)

It was beautifully decorated inside!  

And this is the decor/gift shop we went to next just across the street.  Isn't it beautiful?  The same lady owns both shops.  This old building is full to the brim with Christmas and home decor.  Believe it or not I only bought 4 coasters.  I really don't need any Christmas decor but it was fun to look!  

The drive from Woodstock to Centreville is so beautiful with gorgeous views and beautiful old and new homes.  I couldn't take any photos as I was driving so you'll have to take my word for it.  I think it will be another day trip sometime when I'm not at the wheel.


Our snow has disappeared and there isn't any in the forecast.  Sunshine and cold for the next couple days before it warms up again with rain coming on Wednesday.  Looks like I'll be heading for town to get those lights for the tree tomorrow and picking up some gifts.  I have parcels to mail soon!

I will be around when I can but may not post as often (unless it snows and I get some pictures) and I'll try to visit some of you too. 

Have a blessed week ahead and enjoy the start of the Christmas season.  Don't forget to breathe!  lol


Monday, November 23, 2015

our first pretty snowfall

Sorry about the light reflecting in the window.  I should have turned it off.  :)

We awoke at about 6:00 am to the muffled sounds of cars passing on the road....muffled due to the snow falling outside....our first snowfall of the season.  We were warned yesterday of a lot of snow....possibly 15 cm.....and a lot of rain for southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  It is zero here and in Halifax NS it is 15C.  That is quite a difference in temperature.

As I write this post the snow has stopped and it's only about 11:00 so I guess we got about 5 cm. on this high ridge we live on.  Just enough to make it pretty.  The temperatures will be dropping to -7 tonight and won't get above freezing the next 2 days so the snow will stick around a couple days anyway.

The government plough doing its job.

It was snowing heavily for about half an hour and looked so pretty.

Snow on the hydrangea bush.

The goldfinches and chickadees were feeding.

I heard a light thump at the living room window and knew right away what it was.  I quickly walked over and looked down on the deck to see a sweet chickadee laying there in the snow, wing splayed out and head bent.  I grabbed my jacket and gloves and slipped into my duck boots and went out to see if it was still living.  I could see its little chest moving up and down so I gingerly picked it up and protected it in my gloved hands for a while.  It slowly started to straighten and move so I carried it around to the picnic table on the back deck, cleared a spot and set it down.  It didn't want to leave my hand and clung to my finger.  It was surrounded by snow to protect it and in 10 minutes it was moving more and flew away.  They are so sweet and I hope this little one survives.

I have a busy week ahead including a little day trip to Woodstock and Centreville with girlfriends from college days to do a bit of shopping and lunch.  Should be fun!  

Thanks for visiting.  And. A big welcome to my new followers.

Have a great day and wonderful week ahead.  

I also want to wish my American friends a blessed Thanksgiving week.  I know it is busy for you and you may be scarce on here so my wishes go out to you early.  :)  Enjoy the time with family and friends.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas at the Train Station

Outside the McAdam Train Station.

The McAdam Train Station is a National Historic Site in the small village of McAdam, NB situated near the New Brunswick/Maine border.  This train station was a very busy place during the 1900's. 
If you want to see my previous post on this beautiful train station and it's history please go here. 

Last Thursday and all this weekend the train station is beautifully decorated for Christmas.  The volunteers and staff do a fantastic job and each year the themes are different.  This was my first visit for this event and I was amazed at all the work they do to raise money for the upkeep of this almost 115 year old building which is now a museum and tourist attraction.  Pour yourself a hot beverage and enjoy.  Lots of pictures!

Lets' go inside.  I'll take you through the station and share some of the beautiful things we saw.

When going through the station I couldn't help but note the beautiful woodwork and windows, and even the old radiators.

This room was really interesting and decorated for the men with a hunting/fishing/outdoor theme.  

Yes, those are bullet shell casings.  :)

And antlers.

Can you see who's taking a nap while camping?  :)

This was my favourite table.  

Take a look at this beautiful moose antler.  Someone has carved a moose and tree scene in it.  The pretty quilt is a lovely backdrop for it.

The 'ladies lounge' had handcrafts and collectibles for sale.

This was a stairwell between two rooms.  Beautifully done.

Look at those cute stocking shaped dinner napkins.

You've all seen this ladder idea on Pinterest.  Love it!

The tour ended in the old cafeteria with light refreshments of tea, coffee and sweets.  I love the old stools and counters.

At the counters there were these signs telling the story behind the 'wedding couple' in the photo below.  The bride's dress is 113 years old and the man's wedding suit is about 133 years old.  The suit is made of wool and the pant legs are lined with burlap!

And that is the end of the tour.  We are back outside of this beautiful building.  I hope you enjoyed the Christmas tour.  I know we did.  There was so much to see and take in and one could take their time and not feel rushed.

If you have time please check out the link to my other post about the train station at the top of this post.  

And if you're wondering if the station is still in use, sadly it's not.  But, there are trains that come in for commercial purposes.  The engines below were shunting back and forth and hooking up cars.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!


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