Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

a river with big ideas . . .

these pictures are one small part of my route to school in the morning. as you can see, the otonabee river is taking back some of its old stomping grounds . . . . 






Wednesday, April 16, 2014

dropping in on the silver bean - pre season . . .

i went down to the Silver Bean for ice cream this morning and remembered just before i got there . . . they're not open 'till may 1st. which is great if you don't need the business, but if you need the ice cream, that's a different matter!

anyhow. it was snowing (yep it's april 15th and i figure mother nature is having fun cleaning out some snow she's had lying around for the last twenty years or so)

and the lower deck at the bean was flooded over. 



even bean island was submarining in the wake of the torrent of rain water (now become river water) racing to the sea . . .



so i'm going to turn the furnace back on and root around in my freezer tonight for some ice cream . . . . come onnnnnnnnnnnnnn bean . . . .come onnnnnnnnnn may 1st!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

twenty four hours (3) friday night to saturday night

leaving maggie's eatery after a yummy brunch, we walked down to pay a visit to naked chocolate where the happy chocolatiers plied us with their fanciful and tasty creations, not to mention the good vibes. that's one happy place to be anytime! here are their hand made and hand painted easter eggs!


from there we drove over to the peterborough garden show.

it's my first time going and i was amazed at the incredible displays and most especially i was happy that the scent of flowers filled the air!

at the show we ran into the wonderful and unrestrained patti peeters …

(patti and i go back almost a quarter century now!) who had an awesome display of plants and was holding court with her many many admirers. if she looks exhausted in this pic that's because she totally was - but happy!

our wanderings eventually brought us to the realm of my chum the master of metallurgical alchemy mr. james pronk who told us some very funny and entirely real stories from his life! you know the kind? where you're listening and thinking "that couldn't have happened" but you know that it entirely did!

the kyoto coffee people were there and the salubrious sarah mcinnis crafted a magical cup of homemade lemonade slush for me.


my body was deeply grateful for the hydration after last night's necessary but ultimately dehydrating excesses!!! we exchanged stories with sarah including a revealing discussion about meetings. meetings people. how many have you attended that resulted in something exceptional, worthy, transformative, or even necessary?! if you've got a story about such a meeting then share it here. oh and meeting your sweetie for the first time doesn't count!!

and then off we went home to look at the little treasures that we had found on our travels, and to laugh at our incredible fortune!

Monday, April 14, 2014

twenty four hours (2) friday night to saturday night

a late night that ended around two thirty in the morning was partially clarified through spending some mid-morning quality time at the caffeination station that i have cunningly installed in my kitchen. two mugs of joy juice and a pale blue-green pill and hey here we go!!!

our amazing saturday continued with a visit to the farmer’s market where we bought chocolate from my defiantly distinctive buddy dan ledandan who crafts mind-altering and soul-refining chocolate . . .


then over to visit with the pastry peddler people who sold me a maple chomeur . . . my second date with this stupidly good dessert made with cream and butter and maple syrup that (if i don't park the entire thing in my own deserving body), will be served up for sunday dinner dessert with wendy, dawson, and lexie! here's my pastry peddling chum colin . . .


from there it was time to break our fast with a late brunch, so we headed over to maggie's eatery where we ate an excellent meal of soup and salad, really tasty sandwiches, and some butter pecan shortbreads.

here's a happy girl!


while there we ran into a number of friends including mike reynolds . . .

and enjoyed the cerebral tightrope acrobatics of andrew tan wei aun . . .

of course while at maggie’s i also spent time with alan black whose restaurant it is (in this pic second from the right with my friends rickie young, bobby watson, and phil connor - all talented and recorded musicians)


al is somehow managing a slow to depart ear infection. all this while being a working drummer and harmonica player, and running a restaurant. not letting his unfortunate affliction get in the way of a good time, al and i continued to plan our photo show which is tentatively set for the evening of july 12th - a full moon and a damn good time is in store for both of us, and most especially all who know us. we're both very jazzed to get to share our pixillated joy with the public and astonished visitors!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

twenty four hours (1) friday night to saturday night. . . .


out 'till the wee hours of the morning - twoish - at the red dog tavern to see and listen to and experience the silver hearts who were in fine form . . .

here they are playing "hot time in old town tonight" . . . 

lucky me to be there with the ecstatic dancing soul that is wendy hicks

along with good sweet friends heather, anne watson-russell …

and mike reynolds!



Saturday, April 12, 2014

old bricks

i love old walls. they remind me of my childhood home - accessed along an alleyway . . .




Friday, April 11, 2014

a windy blowy day!

a windy blowy day - up above . . .


and down below . . .


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

crossing the river april 8th

crossing the river on my bike on my way to her home for dinner at sunset . . .



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

like transparent vellum . . .

the thinnest film of ice . .  . stretches between two older thicker pieces of ice . . .

Monday, April 7, 2014

finally!

here they come . . . .


Sunday, April 6, 2014

a moment in a morning . . .

inside, two of my buddy metallurgical maestor james pronk's dragonflies take flight while outside there's a bit of rain falling . . .



Saturday, April 5, 2014

unshackled

i am loath to bring winter back through an untimely sentiment but . . . i think we're moving into spring a little bit . . . . 




Friday, April 4, 2014

through the ice (2)

i love seeing what the ice has hidden for so very long . . .


Thursday, April 3, 2014

through the ice . . .

on "yard duty" taking the odd picture of holes in the ice . . . and this little heart sticker from valentine's catches my eye . . .



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

tree trunk

part of a tree that i have walked past almost every weekday for the last four months . . .  seen here with a spring rain falling on it . . .


Monday, March 31, 2014

sid returns

sid the cat. ruler of the aberdeen avenue universe, returned to active duty early last evening . . . .



Sunday, March 30, 2014

melt . . .

as the snow pulls back - wild grasses are revealed . . . 


huge squid trees finally freed from the clutches of the ice go for their first swim of the year . . .