Winter wonderland

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New England.☃️

Six inches of snow fell on Saturday night. We were lucky that Sunday dawned with decent temps and bright sunshine so we had good weather for shoveling and plowing.

A snow/sleet/rain mixture is forecasted for tomorrow. I’m hoping for the rain since we have a Master Gardener holiday get-together in the afternoon.

Bright and early this morning, I went down to visit Officer Murch and Officer Caproni at the Dover Police Mounted Patrol barn. I picked up one of their wonderful horseshoe trees. Officer Murch’s father makes a limited number each year as a fundraiser using CJ and Rasa’s horse shoes.

If you’re a horse lover, you’ll see the beauty in it. If not, well, I like it enough for both of us.

Tonight is movie night. I have always been a fan of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series of mysteries, and they made one into a movie recently – American Assassin. We’ll have to watch early though because the Patriots are on at 8:30 p.m. 🙂

If anyone is a regular user of Instagram and has any feedback for me, it would be much appreciated. I have one account associated with the blog and one I just set up for my Master Gardener group. In all honesty, I’m still trying to figure out what it’s all about.

How are you doing this second week in December? Have you got most of your Christmas presents bought and wrapped? Baked or enjoyed anything truly decadent that the rest of us need to know about? 🎄

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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75 Responses to Winter wonderland

  1. It looks pretty there. More tomorrow morning. Tis the season. Go Pats!

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  2. Joyce says:

    First of all, I LOVE your horseshoe tree! It’s even more special because it supports those beautiful horses and the wonderful people who care for them. They give Dover such small town New England charm!
    I’m done shopping now! Yay! Just a bit of wrapping remains. I’ve also distributed my cash to the animal welfare groups I support, especially during this time of year. It’s nice to be able to just ease into the season without the frenzy I used to experience!

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  3. joyroses13 says:

    Beautiful! Send snow this way please!!
    Still have gifts to.get but that is normal for me. I am not a early shopper. Bought Christmas cards today , now.just.need.to.send.them. Bought a Christmas pointsettia 🙂

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  4. pastpeter says:

    Love the horseshoe tree! I have a lot of horsey friends here on LI – great area to ride on mostly level ground through woods and fields, especially on trails maintained by the local towns in the Pine Barrens. And we are still getting 50deg days, with only 2 slushy inches from the last storm! Our friends up in Gilmanton expect 6-10in from tomorrow’s clipper! We are being very lazy this Christmas. Marian has decorated nicely, but we are still figuring out gifts for sons and wives/partners, who we expect for Christmas Day. A grand Italian feast at friends house last Saturday, where everyone gives a <$8 gift to everyone else… we came home laden! Blessings on your Christmas!

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    • Sounds like a wonderful place to ride, and nice weather. Gee, I wonder why you relocated. 🙂 Yes, we are still hoping to get rain, but there is snow for up north. Nice Italian feast and a family Christmas – life is good is Long Island. I send you best wishes for a blessed Christmas as well. 🙂

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  5. Oh Judy, your snow photos are beautiful. Here, summer school holidays have started so I have six glorious weeks to enjoy. It’s warm and sunny. I found you on Instagram but couldn’t find the Master Gardener account. What’s its name?

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    The horseshoe tree is a cool idea. I have a friend who will love seeing that.

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  7. Murphy's Law says:

    The horseshoe tree is fantastic!! I love it. Photos are great. Everything looks so beautiful….until you have to get in it with a snow shovel. Lol. We had 6″ of snow here, possibly more tomorrow.
    My dog Murphy loves it. Me? Not so much!

    Decorated today. My friend puts up her tree and decorations on November 1st!! Way too early for me.

    I don’t want you and Dennis overdoing the shoveling. That’s me being selfish. I’m so anxious to resume my armchair traveling with you to SC, so I don’t want either of you to get hurt and not be able to take your planned trip. I’m really not interested in spending that time with you while you’re in a nursing home rehab recuperating!!! 😂😂😂

    Boy, with a friend like me …………!!

    Stay warm. Be safe. Enjoy the MG holiday get together.

    —-Ginger—-

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  8. quilt32 says:

    I am a horse lover and I do love the horseshoe tree.

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  9. Hi Judy. We are enjoying- so far- a wonderful cool Spring and Summer here in Queensland North East Australia, so its me still out in the garden planting flowers and fiddling about with mulch and bird baths etc. Usually by now its up in the 30’s (90F) ,and humidly HOT!! and a retreat into the aircon with the dogs. I do enjoy to read all about your beautiful part of the world and the joyful activities and explorations that you get up to. Good Cheer.

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  10. Dan Antion says:

    That tree is so pretty and so creative. I can see why you left early to get one. I hope you have good weather for your event. The first snow always looks good.

    Be safe.

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  11. Love your horseshoe tree! And those snowy scenes sure look like Christmas.

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  12. Um, aren’t the shoes supposed to face the other way to bring good luck? It’s a beautiful display, regardless.

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  13. I love the horseshoe tree. So unique! Go Pats!

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  14. germac4 says:

    I love your horseshoe tree, and I know my neighbour will love it even more than I do, so I’ll send your post to her….we have so many horses around here I’m surprised I haven’t seen one before now. I must say, bright days after snow must be really something, but I don’t envy you the shovelling of snow.
    Lots of present buying still going on here, and I’m looking through my daughters’ fluffy toy box because our little granddaughter will be coming to stay…..she probably doesn’t really need any more toys, true be told!

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  15. Mother Hen says:

    My answer to you is No I don’t have my act together.. yet..lol! I don’t ride horses but think they are amazing. It has been disturbing to read about the death of so many in the California fires.. Sad! The horseshoe tree is cool.. I am at instagram and like it a lot. I will look for your link..

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  16. Rose says:

    Oh, that snow is so beautiful….and I do love that Christmas tree.

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  17. Oh, I do want one of those trees!!! I have a beautiful coat stand made of beautiful wood with a base of horseshoes. They’d go beautifully together, but I imagine the shipping from there to here would be horrendous. Anyway, I’d be happy to take some of the snow so it would seem even more Christmas-like.

    What am I doing this second week? I’m still picking up goodies for when everyone is home and getting ready to wrap presents. I’ll probably start tomorrow. Can’t help you much with Instagram. I was on it for a time but then found out that it sounds like they can use my photos without my consent, so I got off. One less thing to do isn’t all bad.

    I wish I’d know “American Assassin” was based on Mitch Rapp’s book/s. I’ve read them all. As for food, I haven’t made anything yet, but I’ll be making various cookies, smoked almond sea salt dark chocolate bark, and peanut and raisin dark chocolate clusters at some point.

    I still want that horseshoe tree!!

    janet

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    • I have tried to buy one a couple of times before, but they always sell out. Over the weekend I saw a post that they had one left. I offered to buy it and didn’t even know how much it was. Let’s just say I’m glad they offered to give me a ‘donation’ receipt. I thought of you as I brought it home – I knew you’d love it. 🙂 Your coat stand sounds great too. And, your list of foods had me smiling – delish.

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  18. tonytomeo says:

    I am a horticulturist and I had to board horses to pay rent when I was in school. How can I love horses? They do not care how rare or important the plants in my garden are. If they can get through the fence, they eat it! But you know how horses are. If they know I dislike them, they are extra nice to make me like them.

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  19. lulu says:

    Anything a little unusual like your horseshoe tree would definitely get my attention. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that NE stays white until we get there for the holidays.

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  20. Eliza Waters says:

    What a unique tree and great fundraiser. I would think they’d be collector items. Does he date and sign them? Then they would be!
    I like the red ornaments again the green. How tall is it? Looks heavy!
    Am planning on staying home tomorrow. If they call off school, I’m going next door to play with the kids! Otherwise, I have some flour asking to be made into bread or cookies. 😉

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  21. joey says:

    Not a horse person, still think the tree is marvelous in its creativity and design 🙂
    Beautiful pictures!
    I’ve been on Instagram for 3+ years. What kind of feedback are you looking for? If you’re wanting to find some people who enjoy the same kind of photos, like gardening, then hashtags are VERY helpful. #garden #gardener #nursery #seedlings #growyourownfood #shadegarden #annuals #perennials #newenglandwinter #poinsettias — add hashtags to your photos and search those same hashtags. Then like those other people’s photos and leave comments when appropriate. Most of my fellow followers are in the flora and fauna groups. It does take a while to gain a following, but it’s wonderful to see all the pretties 🙂

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  22. Oddment says:

    Your photos are wonderful! How snow does transform the world! I remember your mentions of the Dover Police Mounted Patrol in the past, so I see the horseshoe tree as more than unique: it’s a tribute. Still unpacking here, so Christmas prep is a bit spotty. About Instagram I know nothing so I can be no help at all, sorry to say. Thanks for the beautiful images to start my day!

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  23. Snow here as well, Judy and more on the way today. A good day to stay indoors ( when not moving about with snow shovel in hand!) and do a bit more decorating. The tree is up and my little ‘woodland display’ is on the table. Maybe a few loaves of Christmas stollen and some cookies, certainly a box of goodies to send to Noah and his family who won’t be making it home ( after all) for Christmas. Love the horseshoe wreath, what a prize! A great way to support the Dover police and their horses! Hope you tuck indoors today and enjoy some tea and festive goodies! Merry Christmas to you and Dennis!!

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  24. As snow is once again falling I look forward to this afternoon’s rain 🙂

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  25. KerryCan says:

    We didn’t get the weekend snow but we’re supposed to get several inches today. After seeing how pretty it looks at your house, I’m ready! The horseshoe tree is fabulous–clever and understated and so effective! (Bummer about the Patriots . . . )

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  26. Love your horseshoe tree. My sister gifted one to “another” sister a year or two ago. Yay for the “donation” receipt. Not ready quite yet for Christmas. Did some “online” shopping this weekend, and hoping packages arrive as ordered. Have a couple of things “under the tree” still in the “mailing wrappers”. Getting ready for a crowd of Queen Bee’s today for pot luck luncheon. Honey had some of the deco up before I got home from my LONG trip, but we managed to get the rest up in the last week and do a thorough “deep cleaning”. We enjoyed seeing the 6″ of snow here in Delaware, and were glad the driveways melted quickly. No shoveling was required, as the pavement was still quite warm.

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  27. Robyn Nichols says:

    Oh, I wish someone around here made these trees! That is wonderful! Have a Merry Christmas, and I LOVE your winter pictures! We don’t get much snow in middle TN. Robyn

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  28. Laurie Graves says:

    That is some tree! Wowsah! This afternoon, I’ll be making banana bread, which will go in the freezer. I always bake banana bread and pumpkin bread for our Christmas morning breakfast. Presents will be wrapped this Sunday. Onward to ho-ho-ho!

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  29. Hi, Judy, the snow photos are lovely! I hope you enjoyed your mystery. My husband and I saw Murder on the Orient Express last night and really enjoyed it. As for Instagram, I’ll look for you there!

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  30. Your pine trees look so beautiful flocked in snow! I love that Horseshoe Tree!

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  31. Dawn says:

    Your new Horseshoe Christmas tree is amazing, Judy! I’ve never seen anything like it! Hope you had a wonderful time at the Master Gardener holiday gathering. This year, I’m saving my holiday baking until the last minute, so that I won’t be tempted to sample too many sweet treats! 🙂

    Instagram is a wonderful place to share inspiration! I share my handmade cards on IG @cottageblooms. It’s such fun to share with other card makers! ♡

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  32. pommepal says:

    I’m a horse lover and love the tree and the thought behind it. I love looking at your snowy, Christmassy photos but have to admit I’ve now grown used (almost!) to our hot, tropical Christmas season.

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  33. Joanne Sisco says:

    I have a friend who would LOVE that horseshoe tree!

    I wish I was all ready and organized for Christmas, but sadly I’m not. I still have another week to panic about it 😉

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  34. 69owen says:

    We never get snow. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing as I can grow stuff all year but we can build snow men, tough choice. I love looking a photos of snowy gardens so thanks for the blog. Merry Christmas from West Cork 🙂

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  35. Love that horseshoe tree!
    You got a nice amount. Up until two days ago all that we’d had was flurries and a dusting. Finally about 3 inches between the other day and night. And that’s enough 🙂

    As to movies, I am currently making my way through the second season of The Crown. Just as fascinating as the first though a bit racy in regards to Princess Margaret ….still, the acting is superb and I found myself often stopping an episode to go Google some more history behind it.

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  36. Ogee says:

    So much rather enjoy your snow photos than go back to living in it! No presents to wrap this year. Finally convinced all that donations should go to each other’s charities instead and time spent enjoying each other’s company is the best gift of all. Unless, of course, there are children involved. Exceptions granted for anxious little ones.

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