Friday, 16 March 2018

Mr Fox

  Here comes Mr Fox, minding his own business. 

He stops in the middle of our garden.  We’ve seen him before, but he has never come this close.   
The neighbours’ dog is out in their garden and is going crazy - barking and tugging on its leash, trying to go after it.

Mr Fox lowers his head then has a look around.  He knows that the dog is no threat.

This is the only time that I’ve managed to get close enough to the window with the camera and now I dare not move in case I startle him.

He looks right at me before sauntering off, back in the direction from which he came.

Mr Fox could be Mrs - I’m don’t know how to tell the difference but, for the record, he is a silver fox.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Winter Skies

This was the second part of our journey home from our recent trip to Moncton.

Once we were back on the Island, we turned west towards home, just as the sun was starting to set. 

The empty fields and dark landscape were silhouetted against the setting sun.

We passed a frozen bay, where the sun was just disappearing behind the headland.

The sky was changing by the minute as the sunset unfolded and I was kept busy with the camera (Mr Candytuft was doing the driving).

We haven’t been out and about at sunset much during the winter, preferring to be tucked up safely at home, so it was lovely to share this sunset.

We turned off the highway towards home just as the sun was setting.  

The perfect ending to a beautiful day.


Monday, 12 March 2018

Ice Floes In The Strait

A winter crossing of the Confederation Bridge - our first since arriving on Prince Edward Island last summer.

Although not completely frozen, the Northumberland Strait still had quite a lot of ice floes, which move with the tides.

The cloud formations were dramatic, too.

Looking back towards the PEI shore.
It may be March, but winter isn’t letting go of its icy grip yet. 
These photos were taken on the return crossing, close to dusk. 
 I loved the colours of the pinks and purples as the sun was setting behind us.  For me, these are the colours of PEI.
The sunset photos continued, but I will save the rest for another post. 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Winter Sunset

There was an evening last week when the sky looked absolutely stunning.  

I didn’t want to take photos through the windows, as they are not that clean after weeks of bad weather, so I braved the cold and stood in the open doorway (and it was cold!)

I had to go back several times, as the sky was changing by the minute.

But it was worth the effort to see this beautiful sunset.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Decluttering Challenge

Once again, I've decided to take the decluttering challenge and rid our home of 40 bags in 40 days.  I've done this a couple of times before and it is surprising just how much clutter accumulates over time.

I had intended to start yesterday, but it was actually this morning when I thought about doing so.  There was a house fire in our neighbourhood yesterday - thankfully, the family of seven are all fine - the home was badly damaged and the family have been moved to temporary accommodation.  An appeal went out for clothing, toys etcetera.  This gave me added incentive to put together a few items of clothing, plus some personal care items.  

When I mentioned it to Mr Candytuft, he was motivated to put together a pile of men's clothing too.  We dropped these off at the collection point.  Any items which are collected and are not required will be donated to charity. 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Vintage Knitting

Three weeks ago, I posted about unravelling.  In an effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, I had decided to frog a garment which I had made a couple of years ago, but never really been happy with.  Once the yarn had been washed and wound back into balls, I was able to get knitting.

This is a vintage pattern which I found online.  It is knitting up really nicely, but I’ve had to make some adjustments to it, as the garment was far too short for me.  Yes, I finished the entire back before I decided this, then had to rip back all the way to the armhole shaping to add more rows. 

As I’ve never attempted to alter a knitting pattern, I’m not sure how it is going to turn out.  I’m hoping that I will have sufficient yarn to finish it, as I’m using a slightly different yarn to the original.  Watch this space!

Wishing you all a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Winter Birthday Cake

Mr Candytuft celebrated his birthday yesterday, so I baked a cake.  I normally make variations on a chocolate theme but, this year, I decided to do something a little different.  I read about this fresh ginger cake, which was recommended by Mrs Tiggywinkle.

This recipe made the most delicious, yet light cake.  I’ve made ginger cakes before, but none this good.  I think that ginger is a perfect choice for a winter birthday, as it is warming and full of spice.  It went down really well with a cup of Yorkshire Gold tea.  Mr. Candytuft observed that it would have been even better with ice cream.