Saturday, November 28, 2015


~The Nutcracker Story~

A children's story written in 1816
 by E.T.A. Hoffmann in which a young
German girl, Marie Stahlbaums's
 favourite Christmas toy, 
the Nutcracker comes alive and 
after defeating an evil Mouse King
 in battle, whisks her away to a 
magical kingdom populated by dolls.

I am sharing my unique 
collection of Nutcrackers:

Uncle Sam- I've had him over 20 yrs.
Stars and Stripes of the American Flag.

Two Canadian Hockey players:
Toronto Maple Leafs and 
Montreal Canadians....
They were sold by Avon.

These Islamic ones are very old.
My first ones.

The smaller one on the left, is German.

A Victorian one and on the right 
from T. Eaton Co.-Montreal,
A gift from sister Joyce.

Below ~A gift bought at Cosco -
 the lst. yr. they came to Canada

The one on the right is a gift
from my cousin Gloria.
from Campbellton, N.B.

While visiting my son Daniel in 
Vancouver,  we drove down to Seattle 
and I bought my Granddaughter a
Ballerina, Nutcracker, at Macy's.

A previous blog. A homemade craft. 
to view, click on  Whimsical Ballerinas.

Thanks for your visit  
Merry Christmas 🎅🎄

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The First Snowstorm - A Ride To The Camp

November 23, 2015. 
The first snowfall in Gaspe.

There is always something magical
about the first snowfall.

I went for a ride
with Bruce and Carol,
to the family camp.

We took Rte. Day and
drove approx. 8km (5 miles) north
into the woods.
Bruce wanted to check his camp and
show us trees he decorated for
the birds and wild life to enjoy. 

Heavy snow was falling...
on Day's Lane

The secondary road, 
 was rough with a lot of slush

We arrive at the road to the camp,
into the forest.


After opening the gate, we continue driving in.

Bruce gets out to remove a small tree 
that fell on the road.

A view of the road 
ahead. Yikes...

The trees were sagging with heavy snow.
My brother has a 4wheel drive truck,
He reassured us that we wouldn't get stuck.

This road is not open in the Winter,
The camp is accessible by snowshoes or skidoos.


The Camp


A decorate tree,
sagging with heavy snow.

The Star

He shook some snow of the tree

A Boston Bruns fan



A door ornament

The Outhouse

 An Apple tree

~ Inside the camp~

Names on the wall. 

Deer horns from a deer, shot by Michael.

Old  Photos

 A winter wonderland
 "silence is golden"
 peacefulness and
 clean fresh air,


We headed back. ..A small tree had fallen on the road


A farm on the way....

Farmers place these hay bales to
 keep hunter's vehicles out.

We are fortunate to live in a world 
with four Seasons.

To view a storm from last year click on Nov. 27th, 2014.

Thanks for your visit xo