Winter In Our Backyard I’m Going For A Walk

phone line in the snowYes we did have a little snow already, our first snow of November 2014, but it disappeared really fast. Then on the 27th of November we had a real snow storm.

Things started out mild so there was a bit of slush before the snow started to accumulate which later made for some tricky ice under the snow. The streets were cleared before daybreak which made it easier to walk on the streets as the sidewalks weren’t cleared yet.

No school for the kids so they didn’t have to deal with the tough walking and bad drivers.

A lot of trees and branches like the ones in the image top left came down over night putting a many customers in New Brunswick out of power. We were blessed and no power problems.

I walked down to Crowley Farm road where I saw that wind flipped this baseball field dug out during the night. Fortunately it doesn’t look damaged and will likely be able to be flipped back over and secured a little better.

dug out

sleetBefore it was day light I went outside to get a few photos. Very windy and a lot of sleet in the snow which really stings the eyes.

Jenny looked and found me a pair of Steve’s snow goggles left behind when he moved out west for work and I was back outside again to get a few more photos. Big difference with the goggles on.

As soon as it started getting light the wind slowed down and shortly after sun up it was almost gone and turned into a great day for taking a walk through the neighbourhood to see what Thursday’s storm did to Moncton. I was dressed warm and able to stay out for more than 3 hours.

shadows on the marsh

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

snow covered rhododendronsThursday the 13th of November was just another autumn day with lots of leaves on the ground but Friday morning it was snowing just a little but before long we had a nice white layer of snow over pretty much everything.

At first glance out the bedroom window I thought it was fog as it was really light and the flakes just floated down giving the foggy feel in the dark. However when I got down stairs and put Honey the Pit Bull out I realized it was actually snow and not fog. How cool. I always like that first snow, especially if I don’t have to shovel it.

snowy chain link fence

It snowed most of the day but only got heavy a couple of times but most important it never got windy so the snow never became a hazard. The following morning there was some ice and the snow on the sidewalks was very crispy and crunchy. Plenty noisy walking before daybreak but so pretty.

sherrad street

It was still dark when I took this photo of Sherrard Ave near our house. I love this huge snow covered evergreen tree.

I used an editor to bring up the light in my photo so you could see it like I was seeing it. When ever we get a snow like this I walk down Sherrard to get a photo of this tree.

The nice thing about this time of the  morning is the fact there are pretty much no people or vehicles on the streets. I love the quiet serene feeling at 4 or 5 am.

rose leaves with snow

snow covered power linesWe have has such a nice autumn that we still have healthy green rose bushes and leaves for the snow to land on which always makes for good photos. Love the contrast between the bright green and white.

The snow did pile up on power and phone lines but wasn’t heavy enough to cause damage here in Moncton. It did look pretty cool with the street lights making the snow covered lines glow.

After the snow was finished a few maple trees decided to drop almost all their leaves making it look awesome.

maple tree yellow leaves

Remembrance Day – Lest We Forget

poppy rememberWith the way the world is going at the moment I have to say that I would not leave the safety of our borders here in Canada.

We are so blessed as a people to have the freedom we have which is because of the men and women who were and are ready, willing and able to defend our future.

I think I will finish experiencing life within our own borders as I am sure it will take the rest of my life just to see what we have here in Canada. So far I have only seen parts of Ontario, New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia. Gotta head west to see our son in Saskatchewan.

Being raised in foster homes since I was 5 I have no knowledge of family who may have fought for our freedom other than my grandfather on the Mann side of the family. I got to meet him once but it was only for about an hour.

remembrance day

We Visited Shediac New Brunswick

breakfast at corasJenny and I put off the yard work for a couple of days and rented a car so we could drive around to check out the autumn colours. On our second day we paid a visit to the Shediac area.

I thought it would be nice to start our day with a breakfast at Cora’s restaurant as we don’t usually eat breakfast out.

We really enjoyed our Cora’s breakfast but we really could have just shared one breakfast as there was way too much to eat in just one sitting.

Then it was off to Shediac with stuffed bellies.

Lookout Shediac Here We Come

giant shediac lobsterIt turned out to be a rather rainy day but we didn’t le that stop us so our first stop was to say hello to the Shediac giant lobster and the captain.

Jenny has often wondered what the captain was looking at out there so she climbed up and looked for herself. Nothing but water so nobodies ship was coming in today.

Next to the giant lobster is a little tourist shop that had some nice buoys hanging from their walls which I thought looked really cool and I’m not even a tourist. I also liked the shingle siding on the shop.

tourist shoppe

Once we had a couple of photos and looked around we were back in the car and off to Pointe-Du-Chene wharf another spot I love to see every time we come to Shediac. Love the view and seeing people fish for mackerel.

While we were there we saw 6 people with fishing rods. We parked in the middle of the wharf and walked to the end of the wharf to our right then turned and walked to the opposite end just in time to see the only one with a fish all the way at the other end. He not only had a fish he landed 5 mackerel all on the same line. Holy Mackerel.

I have done a little mackerel fishing and have experienced the fun of catching multiple fish on the same line as well as everyone getting a line full at the exact same time. The wharf can get pretty load on days like that.

We walked down the road leading off the wharf so I could get a couple of photos even though everything was closed. Well there was a lady in a shop who was taking supplies out to the lobster fishing tour boat. When she saw me with my camera she opened up two big wooden doors in the front of her shop. She made my day.

local shoppe wharf

bouysFor as long as I have seen buoys I have wanted one or two so when the inside of those doors swung open I got the biggest smile on my face and then so did she. I looked around for a while and then bought a couple to bring home to my Mann Cave / office.

I got a few photos of the buoys on the doors as well and put my buoys around my neck on a rope and walked back to the car so we could head off to our next point of interest on a rainy autumn day.

It started to rain again so we drove around looking at the autumn colours for a while and when it stopped we were at Queen’s Wharf road which is the road we turn down to do some ice fishing in those chilly months. Sure looks different in the summer.

queen's wharf road

We drove further up the coast looking at all the autumn colours and then headed back to Moncton where we drove up Indian Mountain to see what Moncton looked like from that vantage point.

moncton from indian mountain

Unfortunately the clouds were only getting thicker, the wind stronger and harder rain so we didn’t stay up there long. Just long enough that I know I want to go back on a calm sunny day and again on a nice calm night.