Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mrs Black's This n That: The Emporium in Hungerford, Berkshire

Mrs Black's This n That: The Emporium in Hungerford, Berkshire: We sell from a little unit tucked in a corner at the top of the stairs on the first floor of  The Emporium in Hungerford, Bershire. It'...

I enjoyed my visit over at Mrs. Black's This n That, so much this evening, I decided to share it here. Mrs. Black is a very pretty black cat, and her owners'  run a vintage shop in an Emporium, in Hungerford, Berkshire, England.

I always come away from reading at this blog, with the feeling of having had a lovely mini vacation. This time Minerva provided an inside glimpse into her shop. I think you might enjoy a look at some of these lovely, quaint and whimsical vintage treasures on her shelves. I especially like the colourful cat at the beginning of the tour. I also loved the vintage prints of cats, which I think may have come from a different shop within the Emporium,

For me, visiting this blog today was a bit of an escape from a cold, windy, rainy day. Yes, it's been raining all day, as our temperature is not cold enough for snow.  I am grateful that we didn't have freezing rain, as that can make walking and driving treacherous for everyone.

So, I hope you might take time to click on the link above, and savour and enjoy!!
You might even want to Follow this lovely blog.

P.S. Day 1 and 2 of my new job felt HARD, trying to get to learn new faces, and routines, etc, and I wondered if I'd made a poor decision in changing jobs. However after two early nights, and making myself eat good breakfasts, I seem to have bounced back. Today, my third day went much better.  :)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

We have had our first snow of the season

Well, we now have had the first snow of the season. Although the snow melted by late morning, it was pretty to see from inside.
I took a lovely brisk walk, Monday, our Thanksgiving Day, and noticed the shore birds, and way off in the distance a couple of pelicans. I think soon the shore birds will leave for the south, but it is possible the pelicans may winter over with the assistance of our park naturalists.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good picture of the pelicans. :)

Cooler tempretatures definitely require warmer clothing, and I found these lovely handknit mittens at the Sally Ann Thrift store. Some good soul has been knitting these. There was a wide selection of mitts in children's and adult's sizes, all priced at 99 cents. They remind me of the ones Mom always made for us kids, and will keep me warm.
When the temperatures get very cold, I also can add these mittens, which were given to me by a neighbour, and fellow bus rider. Her cousin from the Maritime provinces knits these. They are called Thrum mittens, with the raw wool ends left inside for extra insulation.

I am thinking of warm clothing, as I am beginning a new job, which will involve commuting. I will be ride sharing with a co-worker, and although it is only a 15 minute ride out of the city, in midwinter, it will be cold, if we happen to get stalled.

It's taken me two jobs, to get to this one, which I think is going to be a good fit for me. I know that I'll feel calm, and peaceful, along with the children, and able to do the kind of work, I love.

Can you see the robin, in these two photos? The robins are still here, and this one was singing such a crystal clear tune, as though celebrating the cooler temperature.

Wishing you a good week ahead!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Just a quiet Thanksgiving weekend

It's Canadian Thanskgiving, and I have been spending it quietly.

Vacuuming with help from Arthur. :)

And this is what our sky looked like yesterday. Here you can see that our trees have lost most of their leaves. I enjoyed raking leaves for some time yesterday, with Dorothy, my downstairs neighbour. I live in a condo, with five other apartment owners, We share the yardwork, and other general jobs, in order to keep our condo fee reasonable. We don't have a schedule, people just do the work, when they notice what needs doing. We voted to build a backyard deck this summer, and two of the younger men, and their Dad's built the deck yesterday. By the looks of the sky, this may be good timing, as it does look like snow soon!

In Saskatchewan, the look of the sky, can change frequently throughout the day. One day last week, while I was home sick with a cold, the sky started out looking rather forboding, and by afternoon was sunny, although the temperature was low.

I tried to catch a photo of the leaves falling. This day the leaves just kept falling swiftly, with the help of a good, brisk wind.


Here's a favourite song for Autumn, as performed by Eric Clapton. I love Nat King Cole's version, and there are many others as well. This version has a slightly upbeat tempo, which is nice.


Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Fall from Herbert, Arthur, and me! :)