Autumn 2017

Autumn 2017
cosy fall colours

Monday, October 16, 2017

the splendour of fall

It's mid-October and I thought I'd share some recent photos of our gorgeous fall colours here in New Brunswick.  The weather has been spectacular up until today and last night it was as warm as 17C!  The winds have shifted to the northwest this morning and it will cool down for a couple of days again.  Well....enough chatter.....enjoy the photos. 

These next photos are from a visit to Kings Landing Historical Settlement with a couple of photographer friends.

Sharon, Anna and me.

We played dress up just for fun.  

It's amazing what one can do with editing features these days.  hahaha  Anna added this ox that she had taken a photo of at KL to the front of our buggy.  It looks almost perfect there waiting to pull us through the village.  

One beautiful warm afternoon last week I went for a walk in the orchard near us.  The colours were at peak performance and just stunning.


A foggy morning at our house.

Thousands of Canada Geese have been flying overhead and resting on the river and in fields on their way south.

Our 'deer' friends.

Our front entry decorated for fall.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful month of October so far.  The trees have had most of their leaves blown off in the wind taking the reds and oranges, but the yellows are still hanging on.
Thanks for your visits to my recent post and your comments. I appreciate you! 

Enjoy the rest of October.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

is it October already?

Hi everyone.  Fall as arrived in full swing here the past few days.  We had a fabulous September with unprecedented summer weather nearly every day.  The last  two weeks of the month was very hot and humid with highs in the upper 20's and a humidex of mid-30's.  I was loving the heat but reality bit last Thursday when more seasonal temperatures arrived and it cooled down a lot.  

I spent ten days in September in Calgary visiting our daughter and her family.  The boys are growing and are so smart.  I noticed some changes in them since our visit in June.  

We have 3 little superheroes in the family and they like to accompany us when shopping....well, two of them did this day ~ Spiderman and Captain America.  

Our oldest, at 7, grew some giant sunflowers this summer.  He was quite proud of them.

The drive to the mall is always beautiful - especially the dramatic skies.

We had some dramatic skies here as well.

I've decorated for fall outside and inside.

The late summer blooms kept on coming despite the lack of rain.  The gardens took a beating this year and so did our lawn.

Sunset the other night - when it was really hot.

We have about 15 - 20 deer yarding in our area lately.  Lots of babies - singles, twins and triplets - keep me entertained most days.  At night we hear cars jamming their brakes or slowing down fast when deer cross the road in front of them.  There has been one killed so far which is sad. They are a nuisance but so pretty.  And so plentiful!  

Sunset on the St. John River last week.

This lone boater was having fun.  I'm not sure how he does this but it was interesting to see.

Yesterday we went to the local apple orchard to pick Cortland and Honeycrisp apples.  We met our friends there so Tracey and I had our picture taken in the arbour.

We had our first frosty morning today - October 1. A great way to start the new month.  It was a beautiful sunny day but chilly at 15C.  I'm already missing the summer heat!

I hope you had a good September and are ready for the beautiful month of October with all it's colour.  Our leaves may be a bit faded this year due to the lack of rain but they are already putting on a show.  Our Thanksgiving is this coming weekend so I wish all my Canadian readers a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping buy and catching up with me.  
I appreciate your visits and comments.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

the calendar says September

The late summer garden.

Hello Friends.
The calendar says September as another month has come to a close and also the end of summer as some of you will be finished summer vacation time and your children will be back to school.  I know we still have a few more weeks of actual summer although the weather is starting to change as we get into much cooler nights and some days as well.  

The field behind us was cut at the first of the month.

Bales of hay going to the barn.


At the Longest Covered Bridge in the World in Hartland, NB.

As I mentioned in my last post, Murray and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary on August 6.  As his sister was visiting with us we spent the day with her taking a drive on the backroads of Carleton County and visiting Hartland.  The "40" is a vintage one I found so we took that with us on a few adventures that week for fun.  

The "40" showed up at New River Beach the next day as we went there with friends.  It was a beautiful summer day and the tide was out so we walked the beach and had a nice seafood supper later.


The same week I met a friend downtown Fredericton where we watched the 'changing of the guard' ceremony in Officers Square that we'd missed in July.  It was quite impressive for a small town event.


The Tidal Bore in Moncton.  The wave of water is coming over silt that has been built up over the past 40+ years.

We went to the huge Sussex Flea Market and had a great time but it was SO HOT!! We walked and walked up and down the lanes looking at stalls of antiques, new stuff and lots of junk too.  We stayed in Moncton for the night and went downtown to catch the Tidal Bore in the Petitcodiac River.  It is an event that occurs twice a day when the tide comes up the Bay of Fundy and then the Petitcodiac River with a wave.  People actually ride the wave on surf boards these days.  It is interesting to see and watch, and listen to the sound of the silt being tossed in the wave as it approaches.  Sometimes the wave is quite large especially near a full moon or tidal surge.

We walked along the beautiful riverfront trail and found this wall art on the back of a building.  The city sponsored mural painting on many buildings earlier in the summer and this one was quite spectacular as it is made of junk - mostly plastics - that go into our landfills, and even our waters.  It gives one lots to think about and makes a quite a statement to our wasteful society today.


Another friend and I went to Kings Landing Historical Settlement on a very HOT and humid day last week.  We had a great time as she hadn't been there since she was a young girl.  

Some of the "visiting cousins" we saw that attend camp there for the week learning about life in the 1800's.

And this 'visiting cousin' is me!  Haha.  In one of the houses one can dress in period clothes and have your photo taken with your own camera or phone.  There is a person there to help out and take your photos for you.  We had a blast doing this!  And as it wasn't busy could take our time.


We are into the ending dog days of summer now with some cooler nights and foggy mornings as the rising sun hits the morning dew.  This photo was on Monday morning and when I looked out and saw the fog I got right out with my camera to get some pics.

I even saw a couple of 'white tails' jumping across the field.  There are lots of deer around and new little ones and they come out on the hill behind us every day.

I captured this Monarch butterfly on the Liatris one evening too.  What beauty!

It is the season for fresh local produce and the roadside stands are open for business.  I bought corn on the cob and green and yellow beans on this day.  Delicious!!

Friends took us out for ice cream on Sunday evening where the scoops were huge and the cheapest cones around!  Yummy!!  I must admit that it was a bit too much ice cream for me and a single cone is certainly big enough. 

I bought this sweet bouquet of flowers from a local vendor who sets up a flower cart on Saturday mornings.  

I'm enjoying our deck and pergola a lot this summer as it's been so sunny and hot.  Although some days it is just too hot to sit out there! I sanded the two cedar Adirondack chairs and stained them in Architectural Grey semi-transparent stain.  Quite a job but they look so nice and really compliment the wood deck and black spindles.  I found two new chair pads on sale too!  I enjoy watching the hummingbirds at the feeders and listening to the birds from my comfy seat.


 So here we are approaching September and a new season.  As I think of our beautiful summer we've had here in NB and the lack of rain in our area my heart goes out to the people of Texas and everyone affected by the devastation and terrible flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.  It is heartbreaking to see the photos in the media.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you as it will be a long road to recovery and renewal.


Thank you for visiting and I hope you leave a comment so I'll know you stopped by.  I wish you a blessed new month of September as we step into a new season.  Take care.



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