Welcome to Susanne’s Friday’s Fave Five – we’re counting blessings together.

1. Well . . . if the first greeting of November was any indication of the whole month, we may be in for a pleasant time! A beautiful blue sky and a temperature of 20 (70F)! Heavy rain, remnants of Sandy, came later in the day, but we’re back to sunshine this morning. 

In fact, sunshine is streaming through the kitchen windows as I type. A little late with my fff this week!

Usually I do my Friday Fave posts on Thursday evenings but we were in town yesterday and I was just too tired when I arrived home. 

And what we were doing in town? Well . . . that segues nicely to my second favourite.

2. Buying bulbs at Vesey’s huge bulb blow-out sale! $2 a bag no matter what kind or how many bulbs in the bag. I heard about the sale on Carolyn’s blog – thanks Carolyn!! Some of my tulips didn’t flower last year so I need to add a few more bulbs to that bed. And I want to plant some crocuses here and there in the yard. 

Isn’t that a cheery sight? It makes me smile thinking how happy I’ll be to see them next spring.

Planting bulbs is a little like prayer, don’t you think? We plant the bulbs deep in the earth and wait in hope. And  we envision the joy they will bring us – isn’t that like faith?

I have many prayers sown and I’m waiting in hope and faith for them. It gives me a deep joy to think how the Lord will answer them – He’s been so faithful.

There are so many in need of prayer, especially those hit by this week’s devastating storm. I’ve been carrying them, and others, in my heart all week. I was especially moved by our good friend Carter Conlon’s devotional to his church in Times Square, NYC. They were all hit hard by Hurricane Sandy but the church is moving out to help others in Jesus’ name. I wish I was closer so that I could help with the clean-up too. They’ll need many volunteers.

3. We only experienced wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy. We lost quite a few leaves but there are some still hanging on. 

Is this a Red or a Sugar Maple? The maples are a little tricky to tell apart. I’ve checked out the MacPhail Woods Ecological Forestry Project website –  my first reference stop if I have a question about island trees – and it looks like a Red Maple.

I think this is a Sugar Maple – Roger transplanted maple and oak saplings from the woods behind the church about 21 years ago. There’s about 200 acres of woodland there. Roger cuts the firewood for the manse from that property.

 I can remember asking him, “When will these trees be big enough for a swing?” and he’d answer, “Maybe by the time we have grandchildren”.

Guess what? I bought a little swing at the 70 mile yard sale in Sept. and it will be hung on a nice, sturdy oak branch this spring!

Just perfect for a certain little someone  – won’t that be fun?

4. And here she is – out for a playdate with her little friends.

Josie, Benjamin and Wren

I miss her – she’s up in Ontario with her mummy. John is on tour with the band in Ontario at the same time so it worked out nicely for Kathleen to visit her brother and his family. Rumours are that Josie made  a sweet little strawberry for Halloween – I can hardly wait to see the pictures!

5. It seems like an extra blessing to enjoy a gorgeous autumn and have summer’s beauty still around. I don’t remember flowers in November as a child but we have them now. And they are lovely.

My hydrangeas are still blooming profusely. Those bushes were one of my best gardening investments!

The blooms turn from blue to a lovely purple shade. I think I’ll dry some  for the winter. I did it a couple of years ago and they turned to a very “blah” beige shade. I’m not sure why. Does anyone have any tips for drying hydrangea blooms?

And here are my flowers from seed in the garden. Oh my goodness – still blooming in November – what a gift.

I’m so glad you came by for a visit. To see each name and comment is another lovely gift – thank you!

Hope your weekend is overflowing with goodness.

with love,

20 thoughts on “fff ~ goodness

  1. Deb Girotti says:

    Kathie, every time I see a photo that you post with the table runner in it….I feel a closeness to you and PEI. I’m so glad that you are getting good use from it. I feel that I’m just a small part of your life there on the Island….thanks for that!


  2. Crystal says:

    I love coming to your blog and seeing the beautiful colours and plants as autumn lingers on for you. We are buried in another storm (no busses running for schools here tomorrow) and it's going to -20 C tomorrow night 😦 Thank you for warming me up with your gorgeous pictures this week!


  3. Kim says:

    oh dear, that pic of the babies is priceless! Thanks for making my morning!And I wanted to make that Vesey's sale! And didn't, of course. You can follow them on Facebook – that's how I found out about it.Beautiful photographs, as always.:)


  4. Di says:

    I love seeing glimpses of your life! So beautiful. Especially that "little strawberry." She is a doll.Warmly,Di


  5. susan says:

    Great price on your bulbs. Spring around your place will be even more beautiful with the addition of your finds. One day I will l live in a place with a yard and plant and plant and plant to my heart's content. Until then I will have to be content with photos like yours and some of the other FFF posters.I LOVE crocuses and your bulb to prayer analogy. Thanks for sharing both, Kathie.


  6. Susanne says:

    I love pictures in nature that God gives us to illustrate a spiritual lesson. And I love when we figure it out! Thanks for sharing that nugget about the bulbs!November came in a bit blustery with freezing rain and fog for us, but today, Sunday is just gorgeous so far with plenty of sunshine and blue skies.I love the pic of the babies all in a row! So precious that cargo is!!


  7. Brenda says:

    Your fall pictures are so beautiful! I loved seeing all the colors when we lived back east, we don't get such a contrast in California.


  8. nikkipolani says:

    As usual, your FFFs are full of color — from that blue fall sky to the red red leaves to the gold of your maples. Love that shot of the three babies in their baby taxi. Aren't fall flowers wonderful?


  9. carolyn says:

    Hi Kathy, I am so glad you were able to get some bulbs at that great price-I enjoyed stocking up too! Your hydrangeas are beautiful still-mine have all been frosted and turned brown but I still like them.Josie is so cute!!!Take care,Carolyn


  10. Jill says:

    Praying while planting bulbs is a tradition with me too. Last year at this time I planted and prayed all would be well when they bloomed knowing our grand baby would arrive with the blossoms. The play date group looks so cute together and Wren is my favorite name for a girl right now…all bird names like Lark and Robin appeal to me and my high school friend named her daughter Kestral. I keep hinting those names for any future grands that might be a girl (tentatively scheduled for about two years hence…) but no buy in to the idea has happened yet.


  11. Sandy says:

    Thank you for the beautify of flowers and leaves reaching up to theHeavens…..Have a blessed weekend…Love from N


  12. Beth says:

    So beautiful, k. I love that you're now hanging a swing in a tree planted with the long view!


  13. Jerralea says:

    I love that photo of Josie and her little buddies!I like the analogy of planting bulbs and prayers that have not received an answer yet …. it's hard to wait but worth it in the end.I LOVE that hydrangea. Wish I could grow them, too.


  14. Willow says:

    What lovely photos today, Kathie! I love all those flowers. My hydrangeas are not happy–all shriveled up. I don't think they like a mediterranean climate. But they certainly like island living.Your little one is definitely going to love that swing.


  15. Faith says:

    Yes NYC is a mess…..the hurricane missed us up here in upstate NY but we did lose all of our leaves on the 2 sugar maples in the backyard and a bent branch. And the leaves from my cherry trees in the front yard are now down on the ground if not bagged up :(We are having a very mild november altho supposed to get cold here this weekend.I love your photos as usual and those babies are just precious!!Thank you for your kind words on my post and for your prayers.Enjoy the weekend!!


  16. How lovely to have so many blooms in November! I dumped my last 2 containers out yesterday as they were so full of rain water and I knew we'd be getting colder weather next week. I hated to do it as they had a few blooms still. I like your analogy of planting bulbs and prayer. Beautiful! Enjoy the weekend. Blessings, Pamela


  17. Jientje says:

    As always, it is such a pleasure to visit you Kathie! I enjoyed all your colorful photos. Have a great weekend!


  18. Joanne says:

    Gorgeous Photos! Adore the pic with Josie and her friends!Where in Ontario? Toronto? Cool!Take care Kathie and thanks for sharing!Hope your church anniversary celebration was fantastic!hugs,Joanne


  19. Gattina says:

    How lucky you are with the temperature ! We had that too 3 weeks ago and then it dropped from one day to the other from 20 °C to 9° ! during the day ! Your flowers are so pretty and the little one so cute !


  20. ellen b says:

    So much beauty and sweetness to enjoy here today. That play date photo is too cute! Blessings on your weekend! Now I'm going to click on the NYC link…


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