Tuesday 29 December 2015

The Days Between

A winter storm arrived on Sunday morning.  In less than three hours, there was already a significant accumulation of snow, which continued to fall on Monday.  We set about digging ourselves out.

The snow on our side deck was quite deep.

Although this photo does not give a good perspective, it took about twenty minutes just to clear my car of the accumulated snow.

The house looks lie it did when we first viewed it last winter, although there is a lot more snow in the garden.

The plough had been down our street a couple of times, so the road was fairly clear and we were surprised when they came round to empty the green bins!

I love the beauty of the trees in winter, devoid of leave and dusted with snow.  After an hour of digging, I was ready to head indoors to dry out.  Thankfully, we have a small plough to tackle the larger part of the drive and only have to dig out the entrances and less accessible areas.

There is more snow in the forecast during the next few days, so we may not be finished yet.

Monday 28 December 2015

Christmas Day Walk

Christmas Day was so mild and bright that it was far too good an opportunity to miss going for a walk and what better place to walk than the beach?

It was a beautiful day and we set out with eager anticipation of fresh air, exercise and sunshine.

Our only companion on the beach was this seagull.  

The sand stretched out in both directions.  We did not venture further than this point, as the channel was quite deep and fast moving.

This view along the beach shows how deserted it was on Christmas Day.  We had our walk before our Christmas dinner, as we had guests coming later in the afternoon.

The action of the waves carves and smooths the rocks.

The distant shore in this photograph is Cape Breton Island.

It was a refreshing change to escape for a while and enjoy the beauty of nature and the glorious weather.  It certainly gave us an appetite for Christmas dinner.

Thursday 24 December 2015

A Warm Christmas Welcome

I have been gone far longer than I intended, but it has been a very busy month.  Christmas Eve is upon us and I still haven't wrapped the presents, but I suppose Christmas will be here in a few hours ~ ready or not.  So feel free to drop by and wish us a Merry Christmas.

The tree is more or less done, though it took almost two weeks to find the time to decorate it.  We went and chose a tree together this year and selected a Fraser Fir, which is a beauty.

Our kitchen looks slightly different this year, as I'm limited in what I can hang, due to lack of window space in our new home.  There was room for this little festive display in the dining area.

And this sweet little nativity scene is a new addition to our tree.  So all that remains, aside from wrapping the presents, laying the table and some baking is to listen to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols as the festivities begin.

Wishing you all a peaceful and joyous Christmas with those you love.