Saturday, March 30, 2013
Young and old delighted in the abundance of colour. And what a peaceful atmosphere! I must take a book there some day and just sit and enjoy.
I'm told they change the exhibit four times a year. For now, it was delightful to get an advance peek at spring possibilities. It will be a while before I see these growing outdoors!
Friday, March 29, 2013
In sheltered gardens, the snowdrops have opened. Spring doesn't wait for all the snow to be gone to get busy with growing.
Friday, March 22, 2013
A snowfall on Tuesday blanketed the city. Spring snow is heavy, saturated with water. Big puddles collect at street corners making walking a choose your own adventure. Walking through the park is pretty, but walking on busy streets can mean a thorough soaking as cars hit the puddles sending cascades of slush out onto pedestrians. The days are longer; warmer weather is coming. In the meantime, we may as well enjoy the beauty of fresh snow.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
My friend Jen brought my attention to the strange shapes wrapped bushes take. Wrapping is done to protect the bushes from the weight of snow, and in some cases, from the salt that splashes as cars pass.
This one stood in a row of several bushes, but it was the only one to catch my eye. I see a woman in peasant garb standing here - enjoying the bit of sun before the snow comes again. She will be transformed in about a month as she sheds her wrappings to once again be a bush.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Dinner at a neighbourhood restaurant with friends. The kitchen area was separated from the dining area by a counter. Our table abutted the counter. As the owner prepared desserts, they were nose level to two of the diners at our table. My friend kept jokingly pretending to snatch a dessert for our table.
Well - a nearby table was celebrating a birthday and they had brought this rich, chocolate cake. After the pieces were brought to their table, the other owner, with a sleight of hand, deposited this piece on our table. But we were not to tell - as the other table had asked for the remainder of the cake to be wrapped up. With great laughter (and four spoons) we each indulged.
We enjoyed the meal, though many of the menu items were richer than the food I like. Will we go back to the restaurant? Of course - it is a delight to eat in a place where the owners have a sense of humour, where the customers are more than a source of revenue.
Friday, March 15, 2013
March is a tease. Some days feel like winter while others hint at the coming of spring.