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.  

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Halifax Harbour

For the most part, I think these photos will speak for themselves.  It was an incredibly beautiful day. We enjoyed a delicious lunch outdoors, took in another museum, after just having finished up at Pier 21, but mostly, we just enjoyed the view.

Bike rentals might be a good idea for getting around more quickly to see more of the city, but with all
those hills, I know my legs wouldn't have been able to handle it.

Theodore the Tugboat - Read about him HERE.

Like I said, "enjoying the view."

There is a lot of blue in this post.

It doesn't get better than beautiful buildings along a waterfront.

There goes Theodore! Enjoying the happiest harbour in the world.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Problems with Google Plus

I have been having issues with my blog lately.  I was receiving emails when someone commented, but that has stopped.  I wasn't getting complaints that I was a no reply blogger, but now some have said that I am.  I'll admit that I am completely confused with all the different setting options.  For now, I have reverted back to a Blogger profile, and am not linked with my Google+ account.  I hope this helps both me and my visitors.  Anyone should be able to comment on my blog and reply to the comments I leave when I visit another blog.  

Please let me know if things still aren't working properly.  My blog is an important social outlet for me, and I need to know it is working properly.  Any tips are welcome, and thank-you so much.

And here is a random picture of my puppy...

Mug Exchange Fall 2016

I had so much fun with the teacup exchange in the fall that I decided to indulge and join both the mug and teacup exchange this time.  I am so glad I did.  Thank-you to Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose for coordinating this event.  
Again, I enjoyed putting my two parcels together and sending them off, and then looking forward to a letter back, the old fashioned way.
Of course, getting the packages was so much fun too.  I couldn't wait to see what sort of treats had been sent my way.  Wendy from September Violets had my name and her package really made my day.  
I think we all know that I love pumpkins, so I may have sqeed a little when I opened the parcel to find this wonderful mug and apron.

But first, just look at all the wonderful details in the packaging.  Gifts in of themselves.

And here are the gifts.  Cookie cutters, (I love making sugar cookies), scented votives and they both smell wonderful, a sweet little scarecrow that had no trouble whatsoever finding a place in my home, pumpkin place card holders which are so cute and I can't wait to create an opportunity to use them. Last but not least, treats.  Tea and chocolate always make a delightful combination.  If you haven't tried dark chocolate with chai, you should get on that.

And...drum roll please...the gorgeous mug.  My new favourite.  You will find this little darling within an arms reach of me all winter long.  It will keep me daydreaming of next years pumpkin patch all through that cold weather.  Thank-you so very much Wendy. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are appreciated so very much.

Fall Tea Cup Exchange 2016

The day following my receiving the parcel from the mug exchange, another package arrived from the teacup side of things. It was like Christmas morning two days in a row!  I have so much love for this event.  I don't know how to thank Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose enough for taking the time to organize 190 women.
This time, the gifts were from someone I've met before, through Stephanie actually.  When Kelly started her blog Homespuns 'n Hayfields this past January, she was introduced via The Enchanting Rose.  Kelly has been a delightful visitor to my blog ever since, and I was so excited to see that she had my name.  
Once again I was spoiled by generosity and thoughtfulness. First of all, the gifts...

Cookies, teas and coffee.  I don't usually buy cookies, but I have to say, I may if I find these on the shelf. They had a light and crispy texture, and not over sweet.  Just perfect for a cup of tea or coffee. That pumpkin? - Kelly handmade it herself and it was her very first one.  I love it!  I think there will be more pumpkins in her future.  Along with that was a fall themed set of a potholder and cloth - what gorgeous colors.  I journal, and I have several journals for various topics.  I foresee this one being devoted to my new garden journal.  And yet another homemade gift.  What a sweet little face on that snowman angel ornament. This little guy also suits my decor perfectly, and is going to look great on my tree.

And the teacup...sigh.  It is so delicate and pretty.  The princess inside me rises to the surface when I see this piece.

Thank-you so much Kelly.  I will treasure these items for years to come.  Except the cookies.  They're gone.