Monday, 5 October 2015

Beautiful Morning for a walk

Sunday was a beautiful fall day in St. John's, Newfoundland.  A beautiful day for a 5 km 
run/walk to raise money for breast cancer research.  

I am proud to say that I was one of the almost 2,000 people who took part in this year's 
raising an enormous sum - over $275,000. 

The opening ceremony was beautiful and emotional, as all the breast cancer survivors 
taking part in the walk/run, were led on to the field by bagpipers.

It was a great feeling as the crowds crossed the Start Line, and even better 
to cross the Finish Line.


Saturday, 3 October 2015

The Grape Journal !!

Well, with the record low temperatures right through July, it was a poor start for 
growing grapes----even in a greenhouse.

The grapevine looked so pitiful after it was cut back in the spring.  I never dreamed
we would actually get any grapes this year.

But it started to flush out and put on quite a nice growth, in spite of 
the cold temperatures and lack of sun....

Then, to my delight and surprise.....little tiny grapes started to form,

and slowly but surely, they grew.......

in perfect clusters......

  and began turning color....

and, now they are almost ready to pick.......  

and share--Yummy!!


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

autumn colors in my Flatrock garden

Just a few snaps from last weekend in the garden.  

I haven't had much time to put up a proper post this week...hopefully on the weekend!


Sunday, 27 September 2015

September Snow???? Oh No!!!

We have a common saying here about the weather- - -"If you don't like the season, wait a few minutes!"

Well, that saying certainly rang true this weekend...we had snow yesterday!!!! Yes - - - SNOW ! !

Check out the VOCM website here for yourself.  Here`s what it had to say about yesterday`s weather...

Mother Nature set some records in the province yesterday we won't be boasting about. You won't have to shovel it, but according to Provincial Airlines and Aerospace Meteorologist Brian Walsh, for just the second time on record since 1874, snow was recorded in St. John's in the month of September. The capital city recorded 0.2 cm yesterday.
Walsh says St. John's recorded its earliest autumn snowfall ever on Saturday, beating 0.3 cm way back on Sept 30, 1965.
And the capital was not alone, Gander recorded 1 cm of snow Saturday, which is the first September snowfall there since 2008. That's when 0.2 cm fell on September 24.
But take heart, we'll be back to sunshine and summer like temperatures tomorrow, but enjoy them while you can, fall is here and winter surely follows.

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Just to make a point here- - - - our local forecast for the next two days.........

St. John's, NL

Light Drizzle

Observed at:  St. John's International Airport 
Date:  7:30 PM NDT Sunday 27 September 2015
Condition:  Light Drizzle
Pressure:  101.7 kPa 
Tendency:  falling
Visibility:  16 km
Temperature:  10.6°C 
Dewpoint:  7.3°C 
Humidity:  80%
Wind:  SW 24 gust 35 km/h

Graphic forecast 
28 Sep

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29 Sep 
A mix of sun and cloud

Now, for those readers who don`t use the Metric system, bear in mind that 21 degrees Celsius 
 is roughly 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  
21 * C is quite a fine day in our province, especially for late September!  
But remember, that when the air temperature at the ground is less than 32 F, the 
precipitation begins falling as snow from the clouds. 
So, yesterday, the temperature here was around 32 F or 0 C, so like I mentioned earlier in this post....
if you don`t like the season...just wait a few minutes--ha ha!!

Looks like we are going to cruise out of September with sunny skies and warm temperatures!

Have a great week, everyone.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Fall Stroll around the shore in Flatrock

There is never a dull walk around the shores or trails of Flatrock.  You literally should
 never leave home without your camera---at least, that's how I feel!! 

Here's why......
I didn't have the proper lens with me, to get a real good close up of this ship, as it 
cruised by right outside the harbor......
  I never get tired of looking at the rugged beauty of the rocks and cliffs.
These old dead trees are just gorgeous.....
Not many blueberries left now.  This is a berry pickers paradise though.....
 On my way back, I thought this looked so peaceful....
 As the sun started to set, it was just breath-taking.
Hope you all have a great fall weekend!!