Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Making the most of an oil change

My car was at the dealership for an oil change and tire rotation. Not wanting to waste a beautiful day by waiting inside the grungy old garage, I set out to walk the old section of Lachine.  I crossed over a rickety wooden bridge spanning the Canal, traipsed through a bike path, and on to a grassy area lined with trees. 

Making my way over to a park bench, I plonked down and took my time to savour the warm spring sunshine. After a while, I became attuned to my surroundings and began to notice details. Right in front of me stood a gnarled, ancient tree, leaves just beginning to unfurl.  Too bad I didn't bring a camera - I wanted to capture this tree's personality,  but who brings a camera to the garage? Wait a minute - my iPhone! (thought processes a little slow here, I was caught up in the essence of the tree, calm water and peaceful surroundings). 

After snapping a few pics, I turned my gaze upwards to catch branches from "my tree" reaching out to another tree as if holding hands across the sky - fingertips to fingertips!

Across the Lachine Canal, I spotted one of the domes of College Sainte-Anne, a private school founded in 1861 (yes I looked it up) by the Sisters of St. Anne.

I needed to move, so said "good-by" to My Tree, got up off the bench and continued on my way.  What a strange looking building.  Almost like a ship!   

I crept closer for a better look.  Curious, I circled the house-that-looks-like-a-ship, thinking it might be a restaurant. Once I got to the back, however and peeked brazenly into the windows (from afar of course) and saw someone's car parked in the lane, I realized that indeed it was a private home and I'd better snap this pic quickly before someone came out and suggested I leave (or threatened to call the police!) 

Continued down the road ( now what street am I on anyway?) Well, this is a blast from the past.  How long has it been since Iroquois roamed here?  Hundreds of years I think, but this is a very old part of the city.  In fact, Lachine gets its name from the early French explorers who set sail for China somewhere in the late 1600's.  They landed here (south/west part of Montreal island) and thought they had found China - hence the name La-Chine. 

Nice architecture.  Wonder who lives here.

And here - looks like a castle with its stone walls, tall windows and turrent!

Time to go back and check on the car.  Some people had been watching me as I snapped pics of the houses on their street, but no one said anything or even asked what I was doing, so it felt all right  but now it was time to leave.  But there was time for one last pic - a flower; could not leave without a flower (or flowering shrub).  This forsythia looked lovely snuggled into this sunny corner, basking in the sun. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Winter Escape

Good Morning, Florida!

There's nothing like warm sand between fingers and toes. 

Or having a pit full of baby alligators to feed.

Cute little critters - glad there's a bridge to stand upon.

Rare opportunity to hold a 2-year old alligator.
Can't do that where we come from!
Not sure if you can see, but they've taped the mouth shut. 

And on to the tortoise.
He was very gentle and allowed the children to pet him.

Pool time at the Resort.
January in Florida is relatively quiet.

Ahhh - Evening.
One last wade-in-the-ocean before heading back to the hotel.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A New Year begins...

Good Morning!

Nice and sunny today!

Welcome - please come in


Trees sparkling with light

Children sparkling with joy

Flowers bursting with life

New beginnings

Sunday, December 21, 2014

'Tis the Solstice

Find yourself walking along a path…..

Is it winter?

Or summer?


Or night?

Do you see flowers?

Or birds….

Or faerie sparkles in the trees..

'Tis a time for reflection….

..on our journey, as we leave the darkness behind and welcome the light.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer morphs into fall

Summer rains bring a welcome relief from the heat.  Think this little butterfly got more than just a drink!

Oh those hibs are sweet!  Gotta drink up before the cold weather comes.

Sleepy bee - I could almost pet him.  Fall must be approaching

Fall flowers come into their own

Kids back at school: we're all in our places with bright shiny faces!

Now what does this have to do with anything?

It was Sunday morning and I'd just finished a tai chi class held in this park by the water.  I often sit on a bench afterwards, sip my water and rest.  As I was sitting there admiring the view...

An elderly man and young Chinese lady walked by my bench, down some stone steps and on to another bench closer to the water (the one you see in the pic).
I wondered what their relationship was.
Relatives? Unlikely.
Elderly gent and his caretaker? Probably. But there seemed to be such a difference in age.  Maybe she was a great-granddaughter and one of her parents was Oriental.

I watched their body language for a bit and saw that they were quite comfortable with each other.  As unobtrusively as possible, I snapped this photo. Unfortunately her head whipped around at the sound of my camera, and I immediately shifted position to snap the one you see above of the boats. That's why it's not very good, but I was trying to pretend I had no interest in her or her companion and was randomly taking pics on a beautiful sunny morning.

After a while, they rose to go. I wondered if she would glare at me as they passed my bench.  Or come right out and ask if I'd taken their pic.  I deliberated and then figured that if it was a big deal, I'd just delete the pics.

Really - sometimes my imagination gets the best of me.

They both smiled as they approached my bench and we had a good chat.
Elderly gent and sweet young caretaker.  Out walking and taking in the unusually warm autumn day.  I hope we have more of these lovely days before the cold sets in.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Froggie Fun

I did NOT say you were fat!

You rang, Suh?
Just hanging around

Whatever floats your boat

Frog sandwich
"My dear, you smell lovely tonight!"

You go first! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Out and about

Rough Day?

Move over - get your foot out of my face!

Meet….. the Blob Sisters

Gertrude and Gretta

Lost Hen?  Lost Cat and Dog posters are common, but a Lost Hen?

And the Bride wore yellow. LOL