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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
Maxim Gorky

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday morning walk...

This morning we woke to clear skies and I took the opportunity
to take a walk in the neighbourhood...
Up the street to Monarch Park, the sound of skates on ice in the Shinny rink...
Views of the skyline through winter trees...
 Lovely milkweed pods...
Signs of last summers wasps, their humming long silenced now...
 ...and always the old houses on the side streets pull at my heart strings...
Such beauty of a different kind than where I live.
(even Tom is enjoying the winter chores!)

Saturday, December 29, 2012


Hello from the city!
We've been here now for a week, enough time to have
a few adventures and take many photos.
it's been snowing here in Toronto and what a way to pretty things up.
Many walks through the neighbourhoods, loving the architecture of the old homes...
We don't have a lot of brick houses out west and I always love to marvel at them when I come here.
Hows this for a contrast of age and style...the old fire hall in Yorkville...
Another thing we don't have on our Island is the streetcars and even better,
dogs on the streetcars!...
A trip to Toronto wouldn't be complete without a few trips to St Lawrence market.
This is a foodies paradise.
You want it - they've got it!!
Cheese heaven!!
Mustard land!
 Antipasto city!
The variety of meats and fish and produce is enough to make anyone want to indulge...
We brought home our fare share of tidbits for a tasty feast last night...
 So for now I bid you adieu, with full stomach and my further adventures to continue.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

...but the fire is so delightful!
Yesterday we had the most wicked wind, hail, rain, and this morning we woke to this...
So quiet and white and still...
This will create the magic for the kids at this time of year.
We so rarely have a white Christmas here and maybe it
won't stick around but just a taste is better than none at all.

Monday, December 17, 2012


It has become my tradition over the past 5 years to hang
the annual Christmas Chandelier.
Several reasons:
We don't have room for a tree.
I don't want to cut one down.
I don't like artificial ones.
Something different.
It all started in the summer one year when I wired up some
little fairy lights for a summer party.
Around December I found it hanging in the barn and thought 
"this would be fun to put decorations on..."
And hence the tradition was born...
This year I added an extra tier and stabilized it all with
some grape vines from the garden.
It gives a lovely glow above the table and all the 
decorations are really visible...
This one is at least 50 years old.
It used to be a tree topper in Toms house.
Now this beautiful mercury glass piece hangs in the centre
of the chandelier, upside down but still so lovely!...
This one my daughter brought back from Brussels one year...
Some old, some new, many handmade and all of them 
have a memory within...
Some traditions are born out of a simple idea.
I suppose we want these at certain times of the year.
Bringing the light into the house to brighten the dark days
reminds us that these days are short, more time is 
spent living indoors and reflecting on people, past and present
who we love and miss, and traditions old and new to as the old saying goes...
"keep the spirit bright".
I leave for Toronto in a few days and probably won't 
have time for posting for a while.
May you all enjoy these days of light and sparkle and have
the most wonderful time with your family and friends.
Blessings and much love and light to you all.
through blogging I have met a friend who will be coming
with her husband from Santa Fe New Mexico to house sit.
How fantastic is that?!
They miss the rain and cold seasons and love it in B.C so this
gives them the chance to stay somewhere and explore the area at their leisure.
I just checked her blog of their progress (they should arrive tomorrow)
and you have to look at these beautiful snowy landscapes that
they're traveling through...see you soon Carol and Tom!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Song for Friday...renaissance

Did you know that vinyl is back?
Yes, LP's are all the rage again and I just saw that
for a mear $42.99 you can buy your own copy
of "Beggars Banquet" by The Rolling Stones!
Yup, $43 for a record.
I think in 1968 it was about $5.
I'll just let you mull that one over and leave you
with a favorite cut from that album...
Have a great weekend all!