Thursday, August 30, 2012

Don't miss it. Look up!

"Your last chance to see a blue moon until 2015 will come around this Friday (Aug. 31), but don't expect an azure hue in the sky.

In fact, "blue moon" refers not to color, but to rarity. Blue moons are defined as either the fourth full moon in a season, or, more recently, as the second full moon in a month. It's the second definition that covers August's blue moon; the month's first full moon was on Aug. 1."

Credits: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
Published: 08/29/2012 08:31 AM EDT on LiveScience


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Paper Fantastique!

There doesn't have to be a special exhibit to make me want to visit Hillwood Museum, {Washington, DC}, again and again.

I first saw an article on the current exhibit in the latest issue of Victoria magazine. Oh be still my beating heart. Someone reach out and slap me now before I start to want to make paper clothing!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Summer memories

From his garden to mine.
Leslie James Rodger
March 30,1917 - August 26, 2001

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Summer Latenights

One thing about summer is staying up late and watching David Letterman. This voice seems to be one that is very prevalent these days. These gravely, bluesy, young women are more and more in the spotlight. There is just something about "Elle King" that intrigues me. Gritty and unapologetic.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Summer Delectables

One of the perks of babysitting and pushing a baby buggy, is finding new locales in the neighborhood. It was impossible to go any further than the corner in this case!

The sign even made it sound like a possibility for someone who is supposed to be watching their weight:)

With a counter like this it takes some time, requiring grandmothers and great aunties to buzz in and out the doors whilst still attending to baby outside in the buggy!




Totally unplanned, people find themselves choosing flavours that mimic the colours they are wearing.

Grandma had pink

and "Ma Tante" had green.
Some people always pick pistachio if it's available.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Davey was here

I can tell you that on a street where routinely nothing much happens, this was a BIG event. Our towering ash tree is being treated and cared for in the midst of the "Emerald Ash Borer" that's on the loose. The strategy is to treat for the borer, prune, fertilize and watch for 2 years. We hope this delays having to remove our glorious old tree.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Summer Viewing

I LOVE Gareth Malone

"Gareth Malone OBE (born Bournemouth, 1975) is a British choirmaster and broadcaster, self-described as an "animateur, presenter and populariser of choral singing". He is best known for his television appearances in programmes such as The Choir which focus on singing and introducing choral music to new participants. Malone was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to music."

If you can possibly find his show (in our area TVO) watch "The Choir". This young man will make your heart sing, and you might even want to join a choir!

He takes the most improbable people, young obstreperous boys, downcast villages, struggling teen girls, who have little experience with choral music,and in a short time, transforms their lives and those of their families. The results are astounding! I've been watching this show for a few years, but this particular episode was just so very special I wanted to share.

Note the one young Mum who brings her baby to choir, and the soloist....that is such progress. It's one thing to sing in a group, quite another to do it in public. Way to go ladies!

I know you'll enjoy this show, Gareth is to music what Jamie Oliver is to food. Energy, innovative and inspiring.


Monday, August 20, 2012

End of Summer revisions

Dealing with Emerald Ash Borer has necessitated a few changes in the garden. Once again, take everything from the front and put it in the back....hope these little ferns are successful in their new "digs".

The Painted Fern

Miss Maidenhair

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Summer Clouds

Do you remember, as a child, lying on your back on the side of a grassy hill one summer's day playing "What do you see in the clouds"?
It's worth playing it again.

These days, you might prefer to lie on a chaise lounge somewhere as you gaze skyward, but the result will likely be the same. Where do you go when you dream?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Remember this?

Remember the little coleus snippets??

But one week later!!!

Now that's progress! I'll have to come up with something creative to plant them in!

Friday, August 17, 2012

It was her favourite

This is the song. This is the version. This was her favourite.

Jean Gertrude McDougall Rodger October 24, 1917 - August 17, 2008

She was always happy to have a little song and dance and of course, a glass raised. Will do Mum :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Summer Nights

Anything by John Singer Sargent is perfect by me. This one is a particular favourite. I may have to light a few lanterns some clear summer evening.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summer Fun

"C'est le temps de l'amour,
Le temps des copains et de l'aventure"

From the soundtrack Moonrise Kingdom.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer Reminiscence

Dana, one of the other girls, has been here over an all-too-short weekend. We did manage to squeeze in several movies, lots of great meals, a bit of shopping, lots of great meals, cupcakes, champagne, knock your socks off laughing, reminiscing, Zentangling, reading, Olympic viewing, Skyping with Grandbabies, and did I mention eating? Luckily the Professor was able to help out with the overflow :)

We both found this movie a great laugh, quirky and nostalgic. Needless to say, after all this debauchery we are both starting off on a new diet and exercise plan. Tomorrow. The Professor doesn't know it yet but he is too.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Summer Love

Thanks to good friends Susy and Elliot for sending this hilarious rendition. Rock on! 44 years!

Summer Cuttings

A few of my annual coleus got a little out of hand. They got snipped and I understand that rooting them is just a matter of putting them in water. It says you can use rooting hormone, but that would require a trip to the nursery, so off they go. Water it is.

Good luck little snippets!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer White

I just heard the first ads for "THE EX" (Canadian National Exhibition), which always heralds the end of summer. Make sure you wear white NOW. You know that it won't be long before it will become gauche.

Ever since seeing "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", I feel that if Judy Dench wore her linen wrinkled and just got up and went...then I shall too. I have a wonderful collection of favourite summer linen and will, in the coming weeks, wear the white frequently..not ironed.
Just GO!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Summer correspondence

When is the last time you wrote a letter? A real letter. One that you put thought into and posted in an envelope, with a special stamp. In the mail. The snail mail. I'm losing my penmanship at an alarming rate. I suppose in the grand scheme of things that doesn't matter. Another pleasure I will indulge in this summer.

The Letter 1865 - 1870
Camille Corot
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Works for me!

Living with a severely skeptical scientist, I never admit to reading, much less believing (sometimes, when it suits) in Horoscopes. In today's Toronto Star, I was totally taken in by my "Virgo" travel preferences. Pretty much dead on. I also appreciate that since Virgo's are constantly being criticized for being "perfectionists", this puts a new spin on it. "Utilitarian" seems much more flattering :)

I am totally there for the walking tour of London's famous writers, and have thought many times about photography lessons in Paris. For now, though, my next goal is another round of The Magic Kingdom.

Toronto Star Article

What’s your sign has always been a cheesy line at a hotel bar. But perhaps there’s something to be said for the signs of the Zodiac and how they affect our appetite for travel.

Astrologer Joanne Martine Woolfolk takes a look at how folks born under the various signs of the Zodiac feel about travel.


(March 21 – April 19)

As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries represents the innovator, the one in front. Aries likes what’s new and to be the first to do it. The really adventurous Aries wants something unusual – sky diving, rock climbing, trekking through Nepal. Those who like less strenuous activities enjoy not only the new but exotic – a river cruise through Vietnam, a photo safari in Africa, taking tango lessons in Argentina. In a group, Aries is quick to assume the role of leader, and tends to get bored without a lot of stimulation and a sense of discovery. The experience of the trip is heightened if it’s to a place Aries hasn’t been before.


(April 20 – May 20)

Taurus tends to be laid back, and enjoys comfort and serenity without too much physical exertion. As a Venus-ruled Earth sign, Taurus loves destinations that are home-like, yet with a touch of romance and exoticism. He or she would like a luxurious train trip (such as the Orient-Express) through Europe, a cozy inn in the mountains or renting a vacation villa in Tuscany. On the road, Taurus does well traveling in an elegantly-appointed RV with a few select loved ones. Taurus enjoys good food and drink, so any trip should include places known for good food and beautiful scenery.


(May 21 – June 20)

Gemini is a curious, interested multi-tasker who enjoys a variety of activities. Gemini likes to learn new things, and would enjoy a trip that includes museum-hopping, lively night life, musical events, art exhibitions, and day-tripping to out-of-the-way destinations. Gemini doesn’t like a lot of structure or having to adhere to rules, and boredom sets in quickly. Even a “restful” beach should have entertaining activity (such as parasailing) and opportunity for discovery (such as underwater exploration). Almost any European city offers a perfect Gemini experience.


(June 21 – July 22)

Cancer is a nurturing sign, happiest in the company of people they love. Cancer is the kind of traveler who would prefer to unpack just once and have a central “nest” from which to explore the surroundings. For a European vacation, for example, Cancer would take pleasure from a house-exchange or staying in quaint bed-and-breakfast inns. A favourite tour is of old castles and mansions, and beautiful gardens. Cancer is a Water sign soothed by being near water, so sharing with favorite family members a river cruise or a lakeside cabin or an apartment on a picturesque canal is the perfect kind of holiday.


(July 23 – August 22)

Leo is a people person and likes to be centre of attention. Leo also is drawn to the glamorous life – to places where celebrities are seen and the glitterati gather. Leo enjoys art and culture; cities like London, Paris, and New York that offer theatre, nightclubs, film festivals, and elegant dining fit Leo’s vacation style. Leo tends to go for grand tours and destinations that offer all the amenities. Whether it’s a hotel, a spa or a yacht, it should be a luxury experience. Leo likes to feel special and travel first class, and certainly wouldn’t enjoy a trip on which he or she has to watch pennies.


(August 23 – September 22)

As an intellectually curious Earth sign, Virgo prizes order and structure. Virgo likes to know what to expect and, being a good organizer, enjoys planning an itinerary in advance. Fond of digging into new subjects, he or she would enjoy museums devoted to a specific theme (for example, a museum of Indian culture, a museum of railway history), a cruise focusing on wine, a walking tour of London’s famous writers, a trip that teaches photography. Virgo is the sign of “utilization,” and therefore enjoys practical knowledge (how to cook, how to recognize architectural styles).


(September 23 – October 22)

Libra is artistic and romantic, drawn to aesthetics, and very other oriented. He or she should travel with a partner – a close family member, friend, or (best of all) a lover – because, for Libra, an experience is made joyous by sharing it. Libra also adores pampering, so even on an adventure trip (such as a safari) Libra leans toward elegance rather than roughing it. Destinations that include romantic dining, art and music, an afternoon at a spa are in tune with Libran sensibilities. Libra also likes to shop, and interesting marketplaces should be on Libra’s travel agenda.


(October 23 – November 21)

Scorpio is highly intelligent, intense, and a control freak – and the result is a traveler who cares passionately about every aspect of the journey. Scorpio tends to micro-manage details and to become immersed in the culture of a destination. Scorpio is interested in exotic, less-traveled places and, being a Water sign, drawn to the water. Engaging expeditions would be to the Galapagos Islands to see wildlife in its natural habitat, a boat trip on the Yangtze River in China, visiting ancient temples in Cambodia. Scorpio doesn’t mind traveling alone and having free time for solitary exploration.


(November 22 – December 21)

Sagittarius is the sign of “journeys of the body, mind and spirit,” and its natives take to travel the way a butterfly takes wing. Essentially, the Sagittarian looks for freedom and expansive spaces, so he or she is an explorer. Whether visiting a city or the countryside, Sagittarius must be able to roam and discover – and most definitely is not an organized-tour type of person. Most comfortable in the great outdoors, good choices for Sagittarius are trekking through Grand Canyon, climbing Mayan ruins in Guatemala, hiking up to Machu Picchu, photographing the elusive gorilla in Uganda.


(December 22 – January 19)

Capricorn is highly focused, a deep thinker, and needs control. Like all the Earth signs, Capricorn is fond of stability. In travel, Capricorn takes charge of its own schedule and is not afraid to be on its own. Capricorn is drawn to the past and fond of history – a tour of Egyptian antiquities, learning about past European royalty, or studying the Arabic influence in Spain would appeal. Capricorn is physically strong and could withstand the rigors of an adventure trip to South America or to Australia to study the history of the aboriginals. Capricorn gravitates toward travel that’s different.


(January 20 – February 18)

Aquarius is a curious Air sign who lives in the mind and experiences the world through intellect. A maverick who marches to a different drummer, Aquarius seeks out the unique, avoiding places where tourists flock. However, he or she does enjoy meeting new people and can be found joining in lively conversation with the locals – whether or not they speak the same language. Travel that would stimulate Aquarius is an eco-trip through Brazil, exploring Alaska by floatplane, renting a beach house in Thailand, a Scandinavian visit focusing on folklore and folk crafts. Aquarius gravitates toward the quirky and one-of-a-kind.


(February 19 – March 20)

Pisces is the dreamer and poet, drawn to travel that fills the soul and creates serenity. This can be as simple as a weekend of de-stressing at a spa, or as exotic as looking for the spiritual in a Tibetan monastery. Pisces wants to enlarge its vision, whether this means interior soul-searching or exterior exploration. A trip to Sedona or Santa Fe, touring the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, seeing Stonehenge, or visiting ancient cathedrals all strike a chord with Pisces. Pisces dislikes highly commercial places (for example, Las Vegas), and because of sensitive feet shies away from strenuous trekking.

Joanna Martine Woolfolk is the author of The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, and has written horoscope columns for such magazines as Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, Self, YM, and House Beautiful. To learn more, visit