Sunday, 22 June 2008

Tall Ships Visit Toronto

We took the opportunity this weekend to visit the tall ships which are visiting Toronto for a few days. The Pride of Baltimore II is a topsail schooner built as a replica of a classic 1812 Baltimore Clipper. She is owned by the state of Maryland and is participating in a Tall Ships Nova Scotia tour this summer.

Canada's Bluenose II sails out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and is a replica of the original Bluenose fishing schooner which was built in 1921.

Sadly, the sun chose not to shine during our visit. As you can see from the last photograph, the tall ships draw quite a crowd. It was impossible to get good photos on deck due to the number of people aboard.

Needless to say, we had a glorious afternoon and bright sunshine after our visit!

Friday, 20 June 2008


Exciting news arrived yesterday. My little sister has made me an Auntie again! As you can probably guess from the photo: It's a Girl! Katy Victoria was born yesterday morning and weighed in at 7lb 7oz. Apparently, she looks just like big sister Jessica at the same age ~ that's a photo of Jessica in the picture.

I wasted no time in getting out my knitting needles and the pink yarn and got busy last night with a little sweater. Belle was on hand to give advice, although I think that she would be better giving ballet tips to Jessica, who has recently started classes!

Thursday, 19 June 2008


Today is a day of waiting. In fact the whole week has felt like this. Waiting for news can be an exhausting process when one is on another continent and reliant on the telephone.

It is a week of frustration too: I feel frustrated that I am so far away from those whom I love that I cannot play an active part in their lives at present. I must sit passively on the sidelines and wait.

There is the sadness of the news that a much-loved Uncle is seriously ill and back in hospital after being discharged only two days before.

Then there is the anticipated joy of news of my dear youngest sister who is having her baby today.

In the meantime, I will fill the kettle and have another cup of tea and try not to keep looking at the telephone.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Ha, Ha, Ha, Hee, Hee, Hee....

I seem to have a thing for jugs ~ the little brown jug that I bought as a thrift shop find last year. I couldn't resist it, as it an English earthenware delight. The brown at the top reminds me of autumn and shiny conkers.

The Eiffel Tower jug was purchased at a French-themed shop on a day out about three years ago. We have used it for wine, but most of the time, it lives on a shelf in the kitchen, at eye level; where I can enjoy it.

This next jug is similar in size and shape to the previous one. This is definitely one for wine with the bottle and a bunch of grapes on the side, complete with vine leaves.

And the final one was a find at a delightful pottery in Cape Breton. It was displayed with the most gorgeous bunch of garden flowers, which the potter gave me when I bought the jug. The cute little handle on the top is useful for moving it around too.

Now maybe I should go out and buy some flowers and put it on the table to enjoy.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Notes From Nova Scotia ~ Part Eight

We made our last visit to Cheticamp on Saturday when the weather was wet and misty on our side of the Island, but the sun came out after we arrived on the west side. We had the freshest, most delicious fish and chips for lunch before a walk around the harbour; which was full of fishing boats; and an interesting chat with a fisherman, who had been fishing for 54 years!

We made the decision to leave around lunchtime today, Sunday 16th July, in view of the deteriorating weather and the fact that we had a long way to go. We drove through mist and fog and frequent showers until we left Cape Breton.

Once on the mainland, the poor weather continued. It took us 6 hours to reach Moncton, New Brunswick. We are staying here overnight and will continue our journey to Quebec City tomorrow - estimated at a further 8 hours' driving.

As we head further east, we are going to cross a time zone and gain the hour that we lost on the way out, somewhere near Edmundston, New Brunswick. I think that it would be convenient to live at the point where the zone changes, as one could be early for appointments simply by stepping into Eastern Standard Time and out of Atlantic Time - handy if you are running late!

Unfortunately, we will also return to the heat and humidity that we left behind for a couple of weeks, as Quebec City and Toronto are still experiencing high temperatures - oh, how I long for the more temperate climate of Cape Breton.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Heat, Haze, Humidity

* Photo: Microsoft Clip Art

After a very mediocre spring, which has been decidedly cold at times; summer seems to have come in with a blast. It may be two weeks until the equinox, but we are experiencing scorching temperatures: 32.6 C (90 F) today with a humidex of 41 C (105 F).

I have been out twice today and I couldn't wait to get back indoors to the air conditioning. To think that we used to live in a place that didn't have air conditioning ~ I don't know how we survived!

Tuesday, 3 June 2008


A walk by Lake Ontario offers an opportunity to pause and stare into the distance: to watch the ripples on the water and crunch across the gravel/shingle on the shore. In the distance there is the Toronto skyline which is dominated by the CN Tower.

The scene is peaceful; the day already warm although a breeze coming off the water makes it a pleasant place to be.

I decided to practise my photography and try a couple of artistic shots.

The light is very bright and even with sunglasses, I find myself squinting. It is almost impossible to see the scene through the camera viewer, so I aim in the general direction and hope for the best! With high U.V. readings, even on cloudy days; it is all too easy to get sunburn ~ remember to apply sunscreen before venturing outdoors.