Friday, January 13, 2017

A Sigh of Relief

January has not been kind so far.  I had a flu up until two days ago that had lasted two weeks, and the weather, oh boy the weather!  But it all turned around today, and life looks happy again.  A long walk with my dog, a visit with the sweet chickadees and even a colourful, little bouquet of flowers - a gift from my Sweetheart. Yup, I'm feeling right as rain.

Monday, January 9, 2017


Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore.        Robin Hobb


I have followed up that quote with a photo of things.  A tiny sample of the things I fill my home with to make it feel warm and cozy.  But the problem with things, no matter how lovely they are, their magic only works when surrounded with the members of my wonderful family.  There are some things that hold memories of loved ones long gone, or of friends that have moved on. But they are few, and of course, very special.  I wonder which things will take on meaning after I'm gone?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter Walking

It's so hard to believe that we are in January.  The holidays came and went far more quickly than I could prepare for them it seemed. The tree is down, and the decorations will find their way into storage for another year soon.  I will miss how they fill my home with coziness, and look forward to easier housekeeping. 

The weather has been very cold, but it has not kept me from getting outside.  There has only been a few days where it was completely unreasonable to go out.  When I go, I have my phone and sometimes I snap a few photos.  

Loved how the sunlight illuminated the forest here.

The contrast between the stark white frost and the black
bark on these trees is stunning.

I love taking a walk on a morning when Mother Nature has
decided to redecorate.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good Bye 2016

I hope everyone has enjoyed the holiday season.  For me, it's all about the preparation.  I love to bake, so I do a lot of it and then wonder I made so much.  I do this every, single year.  No one complains though, but as Mother, I know we are eating way too much sugar.  

I love how warm and cozy my home feels all decked out with winter and Christmas decor.  I dread taking it down.  I really have to find a way to make my home feel the same way for the remainder of the winter months.

My amaryllis bloomed a few days after Christmas, but that's okay.  Isn't it gorgeous?!  Also included is a picture of my tree and the light over my dining table.  I really love decorating both every year. The last photo is of my wee black cat, Sooty in a very weird pose.  Even my other kitty seems to be looking on in disbelief as to how he got his body into such a contorted position.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Friday, November 18, 2016

A Little Break

I have more pictures from our Nova Scotia trip ready to go up, but I thought I would take a break from that, and have a little fun playing around with some nature photos today.  

It's sunny this afternoon, but the wind is strong and frigid.  I'm not used to it yet, and frankly am a bit whiny about it.  So, a warm cup of tea, and some time playing with pictures helped to cheer me up. That, and I am making pizza for dinner tonight.  I always look forward to pizza night.  

Have a great weekend everyone!  Oh, and I saw the most incredible meteor last night!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Citadel

The Citadel in Halifax is in the heart of downtown, and just a short, enjoyable walk from the harbour. With more history than you shake a stick at, not to mention all the action with the marching, and the bagpipes and a very impressive cannon shot, our afternoon was anything but boring. You can read more about it Here.

Don't even try to get a smile out of that guy.

I actually took a wee nap down there, on the cool grass while we were waiting for our people to regroup.  They
were off exploring some dark tunnels.  Strange are those that want to explore the dark, unpredictable places.

The view great from up top.  It had to be a great look-out point, to keep an eye on those approaching enemies.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Alexander Keith

For those who enjoy beer and find themselves in Halifax, a visit to the Alexander Keith's brewery is a must.  The tour was great, a little rushed, but so much fun.  Regrettably, I didn't get to finish my delicious beer.  Who can drink that fast???  Not me.  If I indulge in a beer, I savour it, and this beer was worth a lot of time.  

Not only was it available for a limited time, but it was hard to find.  We did not bring any home. So, it is a memory not to be relived.  But maybe someone will put out a comparable stout.  

We enjoyed a quick tour of the brewery, which was a beautiful place, and it smelled so good.  All that brick and copper left a person with a cozy feeling.

Some of the warm feeling came from the beer as well.  We enjoyed tasting 3 different beer.  Frankly, it was a lot for me.  I couldn't finish.  I could have used at least another 45 minutes.

Then we headed down to the basement where the cozy feeling grew.  I could have spent hours down there. 

Our musicians were so fun and they doubled as our bartenders.  After they served us, they came and sat with us for a few moments and had a nice, little chat.  It was such a welcoming place.  Even several hours probably would have felt rushed.  If you are ever in Halifax, treat yourself to a tour here, even if you don't like beer.  Our kidlets were with us and enjoyed iced tea and water along the way.