Tuesday, 31 March 2009

In The Clouds

It is quite some time since I last picked up my coastal cross-stitch and so I welcomed the opportunity to spend some time working on it this weekend.

Unfortunately, I had read the chart incorrectly and discovered that I had used crosses instead of half-crosses on all the clouds that I had previously worked. This is the drawback of working a piece without a picture of the end result. Being the perfectionist that I am and wanting to produce that two-tone cloud effect; the whole lot was unpicked. I must admit that I am getting a little tired of blue, so hope to start on a different colour soon.

Sunday, 29 March 2009


After a most unpromising start this morning when we had torrential rain which continued into the afternoon; it turned into a pleasant evening. I decided to take advantage of the sunshine and mild temperatures and go for a walk.

There are signs that spring is finally starting with the appearance of these little beauties. I first spotted the appearance of a couple of yellow crocus buds a few days ago and the next day, the purple ones started to appear.

A little bit of sunshine and they are now all in flower. I would like to believe that this is a sign that winter is over, but I heard that there is snow in the forecast!

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Mothering Sunday

The tradition of Mothering Sunday has its origins in the 19th century when domestic servants were given the day off to visit their mother and family. This day was the fourth Sunday in Lent and was known as Mothering Sunday.

In preparation for the visit, girls baked a Simnel cake to take home to their mothers. Simnel cakes are now more associated with the celebration of Easter.

Today is Mothering Sunday in the U.K. I called my Mum this morning to give her my love and to remember her on this special day. It is four years since I was able to celebrate with her ~ how quickly time passes. I used to wonder what adults were talking about when they said time flies, but it's true!

Friday, 20 March 2009

Spring Equinox

Spring officially arrived at 07.44 hours this morning, not that you can tell from the temperature, as it is considerably colder than it has been.

I saw a robin in our garden, so that is a hopeful sign ~ actually, I saw a whole flock of them during a walk in the neighbourhood yesterday afternoon. I had hoped to capture an image on camera, but it wasn't available at the time.

To be honest, there isn't a lot to photograph outdoors at the moment. We don't even have green grass yet, as it is still far too early in the year. So I thought that I would share an image of one of my favourite walks in Harrogate. This was actually taken in winter, but as you can see, the grass is still green. The walk is in the town's famous Valley Gardens and is a short stroll from where I used to live. Every time I visited, I used to think about those Edwardian nannies and their charges promenading in the afternoon and feeding the ducks on the stream. It is the perfect place for a walk at any time of year, but especially in the spring.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

There's No One As Irish As Barack Obama

I was listening to BBC Radio 2 online this morning, when I heard this song. Now, I've never really considered myself to be Irish, although I have Irish great-grandparents on both sides of the family, but today, I think everyone in Canada considers themselves to be Irish for the day.

Enjoy the video and Happy St Patrick's Day!

*Photo: Microsoft Clip Art

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Batteries Not Included

This morning was beautiful and we headed down to the park for a walk. I remembered to take the camera, but unfortunately, we both assumed that the other had changed the batteries. I quickly discovered that the set in the camera as well as the spares, were all flat. I managed one photo of the park before they died completely.

It is a pity because I had hoped to show you some views of the Lake (Ontario) as well as my first Robin sighting ~ yes, spring must be on the way if the robins have returned!

Wednesday, 11 March 2009


' The bright day is done, and we are for the dark.' ~ William Shakespeare

It may only be a few days until Spring, but yet again, the storm clouds are rolling in and this after a windy 24 hours. Light snow flurries are expected tonight and it is cold again. Although darkness arrives an hour later now after we changed to Daylight Savings Time last weekend, it doesn't feel much like Spring.

Saturday, 7 March 2009


On days like today, it is easy to dream of sailing away to warmer climes. To escape the drudgery of winter like so many of our cruising friends do when they head south each October and spend their winter days in the sunny Caribbean.

Until we can afford to make the dream a reality, we have to content ourselves with memories of previous trips taken here in Canada.

A day's sailing followed by a safe harbour and the perfect sunset.

* Please excuse the quality of the photographs: they were taken prior to the age of digital cameras ~ in case you're wondering, the first photograph isn't me ~ it's my little sister Imogen.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Closing The Ring

Last weekend, we rented Closing The Ring, which is about an American woman who honours a wartime promise of love until the discovery of a ring stirs memories of the past. The story is told over two continents and is woven together from the events of the modern day and 1944, when American airmen flying B17 bombers were stationed in Northern Ireland.

The film was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007 where it was described as 'a remarkable tale of love, loss and redemption' which is at the heart of a tale complicated by The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

If you want to watch a film that draws you in and that makes you care about the characters, as well as a heart-warming tale of love, this one is for you.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009


On the dull days of winter, we could all use a bit of colour.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Deep Chill

Winter has us in its icy grip once more. We are experiencing a deep freeze that has most people trying to stay indoors. This morning's temperature is -15 C, however, the wind chill is -26 C. The cold air is straight from the Arctic and it feels like it!

Yesterday, I had to go to the post office and the cold air when I stepped out of the car took my breath away. Even bundled up in layers, it is hard to tolerate more than a couple of minutes outside.

I dug through a photo album and discovered this winter scene ~ well you weren't expecting me to go out with my camera were you?