Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Second Flower in my Garden

Today I found a daffodil blooming in my garden and it made me happy.

People associate the bright, yellow daffodil as a symbol of rebirth — a sign of the new beginnings that come with spring. Indeed, the daffodil is the birthday flower for March, the month in which the spring equinox begins. Daffodils are said to bring good fortune to the person who avoids trampling on them. Lest they bring unhappy vanity to the bride, daffodils should never be present at a wedding.

Over the last fifty years, the daffodil with its bright cheerful blossom has become synonymous with activities of the Canadian Cancer Society and the support it brings to families facing a cancer journey.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Finally, a Flower

I was so excited when I finally found a flower in my garden today.

I know it is just one lonely little Crocus poking through, but my gardening friends will understand....

Monday, April 20, 2009

Bathurst New Comers Group Bowling Evening

Last fall Sonia Turner, better known in this area as the Seaglass Queen, started a New Comers Group for people moving into the Bathurst area. It is a "just for fun" social group and Paul and I have enjoyed meeting everyone. Sonia usually organises a social event or gathering about once a month.

This past Saturday evening she organized an evening of bowling at the lanes in Beresford. We had people from Germany, France, Vietnam, New Caledonia and Ontario, whom are now fortunate to work and/or live in the Bathurst area.

The evening was fun for all but there were not many bowling score over 100!

We think Sonia was trying to put Paul off his game....

Doug, Sonia's better half, was the photographer for the evening.

Paul hopes this is not another gutter ball....

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Beresford Beach 2009

Today was cool but sunny so Paul and I thought we would check out the beach to see how much ice was still on the shore. We hoped to take our first walk on Beresford Beach for 2009.

Last week, Easter Sunday, was the last time we checked and there were mounds of ice high on the beach, so we were amazed to find today that most of the ice had washed out to sea and the beach was clear for our walk, but more importantly, treasure hunting.

It was a great mental health walk - the turtle and the snail!

Paul found his first white mermaid tear (sea glass) for 2009....

Most of the ice had washed out, but there were still a few mounds near the picnic area.

It was a great feeling to be back on our beach again.......

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Day for the Birds

Yes, it is 13 April which means it is spring, but the only ones enjoying this snowy day in Beresford are the Common Redpoll finches at our front feeder.

Only two days ago, we were sitting out on this deck enjoying the sun and our dessert. It seems like a dream now.......

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring is Here.....

Even though we still have some snow on the ground, I think Spring is finally here in Northern New Brunswick.

This morning I saw little green shoots of my spring bulbs poking through the soil in my flower gardens. Then while we were cooking dinner, we spotted several birds in our back yard which we watched through our door in the kitchen.

First we spotted a Downy Woodpecker pecking away at our willow trees and eating seeds from our feeder. They are such a pretty bird.

Then we spotted a Common Grackle (we think) in a nearby tree. This was the first time that we've seen this bird in our yard. We used our newly purchased National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America to try and identify this bird.

Of course it wouldn't be Spring without the Robin. Last year we had a nest under our back deck but I have not yet checked this year.

Pictures provided by Paul.