Saturday, May 3, 2014

Saturday Morning Post


Flora in the mix this week:


Our Daffs just started to open up yesterday.


A condo highrise in downtown Halifax.


Not budging! Too cold!


A private school in Halifax....my older sister attended for a couple of early years
 as did my brother Dennis for kindergarten.
I served Mass there a few times as an alter boy.


Ron pointing to an apartment we lived in in the late 70's in Halifax.


'William and Mary'....spring blossoms in our garden.


'Bloodroot' blossom.


This 'Weeping Elm' in the Halifax Public Gardens is a STUNNER!!


Our 'Teddy Bear' rhododendron is covered this year in these blossom buds! Yeah!


The 'Star Magnolia' is waiting patiently for a warm day to blossom-out.


'William' sleeping and 'Mary' wide awake!!


Lifeguard building down at the boardwalk....looking over at the lake.


Lost in fog....


Waiting for the light to change in traffic yesterday.


Bus through rainy car window.


26 comments:

  1. Every one a winner, I am so impressed at your dashboard pic, all those extra kilometres that might be above the legal speed??" Do you ever get to use them all? William and Mary, superb. Cheers, Jean

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    1. It's just numbers Jean! I'd be in BIG trouble if I had to return to MPH!!! Doesn't make any sense now!
      Don't you just love those little 'William and Mary' blossoms!!
      have a wonderful Sunday there in NZ!!

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  2. I always enjoy the stroll around the area with you both. It's exciting to see that spring is finally starting to bloom in our local gardens. My favorite photo is the first daffodil. I can picture garden fairies joyfully dancing beneath its happy yellowness. Have an awesome weekend! The sun is shining. Woohoo!

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    1. Hi. It makes a difference recognizing the places, eh? Yes, I think spring is here to stay now in our area.
      I am still learning how to use use my 'macro extension tube' to get these close ups. Thanks I like that one too.
      Now what am I doing inside? Get out Jim! lol

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  3. good morning-I really enjoyed this post. we have bloodroot here in our woods-and I have collected some when the flowers were in bloom to dye wool with

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    1. Kathy, of course you use Bloodroot for dying!! I wouldn't except anything less!! You totally impress me with your ability and talent. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Oh get out of here! Making me blush 'Soph'!

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  5. Hi Jim!
    Your photography is inspiring, Jim! I've been looking over your posts for the last week. I love how you take an ordinary photo and make it unique with your editing. I need to try to do more of that ~ when I find the time! LOL! My perpetual need.

    My sister Donnie woke up on her first day of retirement (Thursday, May 1st) and said, "How am I going to fill my time?" I busted up laughing, because I know Donnie will be like me! On the evening her first day of retirement she was hosting an Acadia Alumni gathering for over 100 people in downtown Calgary ~ which she planned and organized. She's on the Alumni Board of Directors at Acadia.

    Your red brick road in your backyard is a thing of beauty. I wished I loved doing stuff like that! I'm so in my head! And it's great that you are recycling old bricks. Your lovely yard will be magnificent with that completed brick walk. It's awesome now!

    You seem to have tamed the Time Beast somehow. I'm trying to stop and focus on my breathing a little, but usually I manage about three breaths and then I'm back to what I'm pausing from. But I'm taking Pema's challenge to be kinder and gentler to heart. I'm better at that than meditating.

    Ron knew/knows Peter Cameron from Wolfville. I remember in the late 60s when he took up transcendental meditation. I thought that was so Woo Woo at that time. I did some meditation with one priest and a small group at our church, but the amazing Father Rick moved away a long time ago (too Woo Woo for that staid Episcopal congregation), and I'm too mad at the hate and bigotry in American churches right now to even go to church.

    I really enjoy your Pema posts. Keep them coming. I know your schedule was staggered with all that happened with you and Ron in recent months, but I do hope that you get back to your "Getting to Know Me" posts. I thoroughly loved those, but then I'm fascinated with the warriors journey we all take.

    Have a good weekend, my friend!

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    1. Hi Louise. Thanks so much for checking out this weeks posts!
      So many ways to meditate from sitting still to walking and many more. Whatever works best for you.....kinder and gentler works.
      Peter Cameron dropped by one day a few years ago to see Ron. He is still in TM and is a real estate agent. He and Ron caught up.
      Warriors journey it is,eh! John in Wales also requested that I be more personal in a weekly post. I did for a while and liked it. Very strange for me to do this kind of thing. I guess because I can't fathom anybody being interested in my past life. Will try to get back to some 'Getting To Know Me' posts.
      I can't get through a week without an Ani Pema post. She has been a staple for me for so long now it seems. I guess I would make a good Buddhist! Whatever that is!!
      Good weekend to you both as well. Thanks.

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  6. you lived there in the 70's? how long have you guys been together? i love bloodroot. i really need to remember to get some and plant them.

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    1. Joyce, we have been together for 40 years.....met in 1973 while at university.
      I really like bloodroot too, ours are starting to spread in the nursery bed we had them in.

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  7. I love your flower shots! I imagine going back to your old apartment had you very nostalgic? When I drive past my childhood home I always love to reminisce the memories I have there :)
    x Hayley-Eszti

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    1. Thanks Hayley-Ezsti! I enjoy taking these shots.
      It was very nostalgic and brought back that time in our lives....we were so young!!

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  8. What great mix of nature and urban life. That is one magnificent tree! Please tell SophieDoodle, that IngerDoodle tried her word verification 5 times before she gave up. There are certain words, the way they but the letters together that I just cannot read. But I love her anyways.

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    1. Thanks Inger. I have always liked that Weeping Elm in the Gardens in Halifax. There are only a few scattered around the city and they are very old. Most regular Elms have been destroyed by a beetle.
      Ron hated to go back to word verification but had to because of so much spam. He doesn't get any spam now. I find it hard too seeing some word verification words. I liked it better when they used numbers. Hang in there.

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  9. Love all these photos. That tree is amazing.

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    1. Isn't it Pat! I will get a photo of it leafed out.
      Thanks.

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  10. Wonderful collection of photos, Jim! It's so nice to see all those flower buds. They're taking long to open this year with the extended cold, but we're getting there, aren't we? I especially like that last photo, the bus through the rainy car window. Very cool! You were an alter boy? So was my brother, and my husband. A lot of the guys I knew growing up were. It was very common back then. Not so much anymore; at least not in my circle of friends who have sons.

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    1. Thanks Martha. Hey, we will take the flower buds when they come! I think it may be 'free sailing' from now on....except for Calgary!!
      That bus photo was taken while at a light. I grabbed my camera and snapped...it focused on the rain on the window of course.....I liked it too.
      I LOVED being an alter boy and learning everything there was to be one. My mother made the 'outfit' (black long cassock and a white surplus top). I think now they use adults to do what alter boys did....not sure though.

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  11. That weeping elm is spectacular!
    We're just a little ahead of you with the weather. The daffs are in full bloom, and we have teeny tiny green leaves on the aspen. Yay Spring!

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    1. Can you imagine Terry having one of those on your property! The famous Colorado Aspens are leafing out!! I like Aspens....we have a few Quaking Aspens here. Yes, happy spring has sprung!!

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  12. What gorgeous shots this week - especially the close-ups of that yellow flower!

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    1. Thanks so much Fiona. You know how 'we camera' folk get......so absorbed!

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    1. Lori, you are way too kind. Thank you and happy you liked these.

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