Monday, August 12, 2013

The Sun Pours Down Like Honey

As promised, I'm going to post a few photos of our new digs.

I've spent the last ten days up here and each morning, I fall in love with our surroundings a little bit more. The sunrises unfold with their unique mystery each day - changeable with clear skies, clouds, fog and mist. I should be sleeping but first light, along with the family of local blue jays call to me more often than not.

Soon, there will be more chaos around here than I care to imagine. We'll be extending one side of the house for an addition which will include an enlargement of an existing bedroom, an additional bedroom, office area, washroom and closet. That disruption will probably take us well into the autumn though I'm probably being naive as most people who are about to endure renovations tend to be, and it may last into the winter months before the new portion is livable. In any event, I'm enjoying the peace for a few more days before I return to my townhouse in the city, and continue readying it for sale.

The photos below were all taken last week. I have dozens more which I've snapped since then but those are going to have to wait until I have a few spare moments to upload, sort through and select some to post. With all that is going on, that's going to take a while. For now, I hope you enjoy these offerings.


late day sun2
Despite our east-facing view, we still enjoy some pleasant sunsets from the light which reflects from behind. This was taken from the dock - a view of the land across the bay.



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Stepping back a bit, we bring the dock into view, along with the purple martin house which remains unoccupied at this time. You can see that we have neighbours nearby. That's their boat off to the right. Frank is still in the process of finding the boat which will take him out into these beautiful waters where the fish are whispering his name.



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Standing at the living room window, this was the first sunrise I witnessed. There have been many more beauties since then.



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Speaking of beauties, this little gemstone with wings is a regular visitor at the feeder. He and at least three others provide a steady flow of humming, thrumming wings through the daylight hours. They're seemingly fearless of our presence, sometimes hovering right in front of our faces.



hummingbird male
They do pause and relax for several seconds at a time.



sunrise deck
On a different misty morning, the sun poured down like honey. (Thank you, Leonard Cohen)



kitchen
With windows on both sides of the house, we get decent light throughout the day. This is morning light just hitting the kitchen. Please excuse the cluttered counters - we're still in setup mode.



fruit
A cheap plastic bowl, some fresh fruit and the morning sunlight.

I'll have more photos coming up in a few days but they'll be previously scheduled posts from before the move. Thanks always for visiting.

55 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Oh Hilary, that Hummingbird is something else, I LOVE IT.

Brian Miller said...

wow...what an amazing view you have...love the water...the dock....the mount in the distance...and hummingbirds...how could you go wrong...smiles.

DJan said...

These are beautiful pictures, Hilary. I feel such peace and joy looking at them. And of course the gorgeous hummers fill me with happiness! :-)

ADRIAN said...

It looks perfect. I hope you are really happy there.

joeh said...

We have a beautiful view every morning of a fence and a robin, so...I'm not the least bit jealous.

Linda said...

It certainly looks as if the long search for the "perfect" place has paid off. There is such a feeling of contentment in these photos. The hummingbird shots are some of the best I've ever seen...anywhere.

messymimi said...

You held out for a beautiful place, and it looks like a dream. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Linda Wildenstein said...

Thank you for sharing photos of your new place. How beautiful is that view??? Just gorgeous. Congrats. Oma Linda

ellen abbott said...

If that's your idea of a cluttered counter, I can't imagine what you'd call mine. New homes are so exciting.

TexWisGirl said...

just wonderful! i'm sure your nearby neighbors won't be thrilled with your addition and construction either. :)

Pauline said...

Such a peaceful spot! Love the morning sun as much as the sunsets, and you'll be enjoying both! Looking forward to pictures and stories from your new digs.

Anvilcloud said...

You've got yourselves a heck of a fine spot.

Stephen Hayes said...

It looks like you've landed in paradise.

Kerri Farley said...

WOW..... what a lovely spot to put down some roots!!

Jackie said...

Purple martins, hummingbirds, lake view....an ideal place to be. Lovely photographs!

rosaria williams said...

You found paradise!

Kerry said...

Oh my oh my! This is gorgeous, Hilary. Sunsets and sunrises both. Plus beautiful hummers.

But...you call that "clutter?' hahahahahaha!

ladyfi said...

You have your own dock? How lovely!

Laura said...

Wow Hilary, gorgeous... welcome to your new place! May it be a home filled with much joy and wonder.

Linda said...

You have a beautiful new paradise from which to wow us with pictures. Looking forward to more! Love that kitchen!!!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

That's some great morning light coming through the kitchen.. wish I could say I had some just like it by my poor house is simply dark no matter the time of day.

Tabor said...

Cluttered counters??? Really. I am NOT posting photos of my kitchen,then, even though it gets fantastic light.

Andy said...

Your new digs have the best scenery.

Daryl said...

love your new views ... and that kitchen is cozy

Anita said...

Those first shots threatened to bring tears to my eyes. Waking up to that every morning - how lucky you are!

I've yet to see a bird shot that I don't like. Beautiful little humming bird. :)

Leah J. Utas said...

So peaceful. Go you for getting a pic of stopped hummie.

Betty Manousos said...

wow, what a lovely kitchen and the view from your living room is really fantastic! what a beautiful home!
welcome to your new place, hilary.

as always, i totally enjoyed your gorgeous shots!

have a great day!

Bone said...

Wow. Those views are breathtaking! Congratulations on the new place.

Red said...

It looks like you have a super new place. all the looking for the right place paid off. You will certainly have top be up early as you have a good angle on the sunrises.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

If these pictures are a taste of what you are seeing,I can foresee many more gorgeous scenes in future posts.

Barbara Shallue said...

I am in love with your new place. What a view...and I even love your kitchen! I'm so happy for you and Frank!

Liz said...

Oh my gosh, you guys picked a haven. What an exquisite view of nature you have there, nearly impossible to believe you'll be seeing that on a daily basis. Lucky girl you are!

Out on the prairie said...

I found another place recently.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

What an exquisite view! You are blessed indeed, Hilary.

And if that is a messy kitchen, you probably don't want to see mine...

Dave said...

Thanks for showing us your new digs Hilary. I hope you will both be very happy there. The scenery looks great. I am envious of you with the humming birds and their fearlessness of you - Dave

Geraldine said...

Oh my, what stunning views! You are one lucky woman Hilary.

A Cuban In London said...

Damn, you're right! :-) It is like honey. Beautiful, beautiful photos.

Greetings from London.

photowannabe said...

Hilary, you are going to live in Paradise!
If I had that view I would be up early too.
It is absolute soul therapy.
Love the Hummers too.
Hope everything goes smoothly and quickly so you can live in your Forever Home soon.

Maggie May said...

Lovely home and beautiful surroundings..... what more could anyone want?
You are lucky to have access to hummingbirds! So lovely.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

An amazing set of photos. Well done.
Cheers from Cottage Country!

Tammie Lee said...

how wonderful that you have this beautiful place to enjoy life!

Leave It To Davis said...

Love these tours we take with you and your photos. I so enjoy all your posts! You are amazingly gifted both with camera and words!

Shammickite said...

It all looks divine! Great pictures of the hummers.... and I don't think those fish are whispering Frank's name.... I think they are planning elaborate strategies to hide from him.

Sandi Mcbride said...

beautiful just gorgeous...and I laughed out loud at what you called cluttered counters...if that is what you call clutter you are never allowed to see my kitchen!!!
Good luck on all the reno, keep us posted girlfriend!
hugs
Sandi

Rita said...

Honey, you don't know what a cluttered kitchen really looks like--lol!
I face east, too. Many sunrises are as colorful as sunsets. It is so gorgeous there!!! I hope things get wrapped up at the townhouse soon so you won't have to be running back and forth. What a lovely place and a beautiful spot!! :)

Wendy said...

What a beautiful home, Hilary! I am happy for you both to have found such a lovely spot. The sunrises are fabulous and the hummingbirds so cute. How nice to be welcomed by little hummers.

Hope Frank gets going in his boat. Those whispering fish won't wait forever. LOL!

Kat said...

Wow. Just gorgeous. It looks like heaven. That potted plant on the porch is just perfection. WOW.

sage said...

II think you're going to love it there-beautiful!

Vagabonde said...

What an outstanding spot! The view is stunning in any light. I also like your little visitors – they are quite cute.

Suldog said...

You call those cluttered counters? Compared to our place, you are positively minimalist.

Cloudia said...

This beauty is so cheering! I'm delighted for you folks!


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Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Lucky you. Congratulations.

Bossy Betty said...

Awwwww! Those raccoons!!! I can"t get over how cute those little guys are! Hope the move to your new nest goes smoothly!

Janet Kay Goettsch said...

Wow, what a gorgeous setting. I Love sunrises, maybe even more than sunsets, and I really love sunsets! Congratulations on finding your perfect place.

Sandy Carlson said...

Looks like you found paradise. What a warm and lovely home. And what views. You've got some cute little winged neighbors, too.