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Travel

L’île Ronde

I attended a surprise birthday party today in an unusual location. It is a pseudo castle in a vineyard in the middle of the St Lawrence river! A place called l’Île Ronde. We were told to gather at a marina in St Sulpice. I got there early as I was in charge of decorations. It […]

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Nature

The feeder

This bird feeder seems very popular these days, not only do I get bluejays and cardinals and titmice, but lately everyone and his uncle has been trying to get to it. The awful grey squirrels do their stretching exercises on it. But my biggest surprise was waiting for me when I got home tonight after […]

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Travelogue

Caribbean Cruise 2006

We visited three islands on this cruise: Grand Turk, Puerto Rico and St Thomas. Grand Turk Grand Turk was a last minute change from the planned stop at Tortolla. This is one of a group of islands called Turks and Caicos. There are eight inhabited islands: Salt Cay, Grand Turk, South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North […]

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Events

Fireworks

When I was a child, there would be a parade on St Jean Baptiste day (June 24th) and fireworks for Canada day (one week later on July 1st). Later, the politics shifted and St Jean Baptiste day (a Quebec only holiday) became the BIG event, with huge outdoor concerts and bonfires. In my neighborhood, the […]

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General

Free show

I do not have a corner office at work, but I do have a window. Our offices are located on the third floor so we have a plunging view on a few bars and restaurants. Most of the buildings across the street are rather old and ornate, with small decorative balconies and turrets. I almost […]

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Food

Restaurant Le Répertoire

I tried another small neighbourhood restaurant last night. It is called le Répertoire. The food was nice but what I appreciated was that the menu was not pretentious. When the description is simple and the dish is well presented and the food flavourful, I cannot help but be pleased, as if I had received more […]

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Food

Restaurant Yoyo

I tried yet another new (for me) restaurant yesterday. It is called the Yoyo. Also located in a residential neighbourhood, this is a “bring your own wine” restaurant. As they have a web site you can have a look at the menu ahead of time and make your wine selection accordingly. As I have been […]

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General

Fashion and design festival

Montréal in the summer time is an endless succession of festivals and fairs. The Francofolies just ended and the Fashion and design festival appears. I happened to walk by while a fashion show was in progress. They were showing children’s clothing. I felt sorry for the kiddies all made up and obviously uncomfortable save for […]

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Travel

Oka church

I went for a ride today and took the ferry between Hudson and Oka. The church bells started ringing as we reached the quay.

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Food

A “pink” dinner

Sometimes when I run out of ideas for meals I choose a theme, and sometimes the theme is a colour. This time I chose “pink”. I made pink lemonade and vodka slush, shrimp cocktail, small radish soup, salmon fillets and raspberry cheese cake. I photographed the beginning of the meal and then the drinks took […]