Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Water can be fun and friendly. With warmer weather, children have been enjoying these water features. Yesterday, water was not as much fun as violent thunderstorms swept through the city flooding some city streets and many basements. Fortunately my house stayed dry. And my car got a good wash!
Water - not so much fun - see Montreal's flooding
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I think dining outdoors encourages slowing down. And we can all use a little more of that in our lives.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A hot sunny weekend nurtured the gardens, speeding growth and spreading colour. Spring greens have been joined by a riot of colour. The May long weekend - Victoria Day, La Fête National des Patriotes - different names for different parts of the country - this is the traditional planting weekend when the danger of frost is past and the gardeners buy flats of annuals.
Over the years I have planted perennials which have spread into a tangle of flowers. I fill the holes between them with annuals to add some colour as the perennials take turns sharing their glory.
Monday, May 21, 2012
On another note, the Horse Palace, the stables where these horses were housed was sold. The owners were in their 80s and could no longer afford to keep up the stables. Another condo project? Or will the stables be saved by the city. You can read more on The Gazette site.
Later, walking form the concert, we passed our city hall, lit not by the sun, but by strategically placed lighting. It too, accentuated architectural details. If only, the politics inside, were as enlightened as the outside!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Wash them well, cook them well and feast. (Simple recipe can be found here)
The scroll of the fiddlehead certainly resembles that of a stringed instrument.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Now ships go through the seaway, bypassing the rapids on their way to the Great Lakes.
This is a popular spot for fishing. Some (as here) wade into the quieter water. Others stand on the water's edge, casting into the rapids. I'm not sure I would eat anything from this river. It picks up a lot of industrial waste along its path.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Each year I love to walk through this urban forest, delighting in the short show. In spring each flower has its time. Changes are a constant of this wild season.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
How different is it from a regular full moon? It did appear large, but once it was high in the sky the slight difference in its apparent size was minimal. Nonetheless, every full moon is captivating and on a clear spring night, this one hovered over the city.
As it rose higher, the city lights blinked on, while the moon's shimmer could be seen in the river.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Most days these tulips have stayed closed, holding in the warmth against the cooler temperatures. It is amazing how flowers adapt.