A very happy New Year is our wish to all of you. Buddy has had his eye on Irish Cream for years and this year we thought it was time to give in and bought him a bottle. What a smile he had when he saw the gift!! May the bells toll at midnight and the stars shine too.
We also bought a new plant to ring in the new year. It's a tradition passed down from my family. Can you guess it's type? It's a cupressus goldcrest lemon cyprus tropical plant.
On Saturday we drove downtown past the CN Tower to Exhibition Place. Our city is exploding with new buildings. It is currently the fastest growing metropolis in the world! Hope these structures are built soundly during this frenzy. The tower is almost lost is this snap!
We parked and entered the Direct Energy Centre, a magnificent building designed for a variety of venues. Below is the interior of the hallway to display areas. The architecture and design is so fitting for this.
Inside Hall B we were greeted by 800 artisans all displaying their talents and hoping for some sales. It is one of their most important annual shows and it allows us to purchase truly unique and beautifully handcrafted works. Included is just about anything you can imagine. Below is a peek of one of the aisles.
Having attended this show in past years, this year's swept us away! It is so professionally organized, well laid out. All the items are very much one of a kind and of great quality too! There's even an app for this now. Below is part of the cover from the pamphlet that lists all the participants and how they may be contacted.
Speaking directly to some of the artists gave us a new insight into how some of their items were created. And of course we found a few 'must haves' for this year's seasonal gift giving. What an outstanding time we had!
Ottawa is where our nation has it's annual event and we commemorate bilingually.Both English and French are official languages. And all religions are represented. That is what we do in Canada.
And we are proud of our daughter who took time to serve in Air Cadets. She marched in the band to honour those who gave their lives during past wars. This Remembrance was held right here in our local community.
We should all give back to our country what ever we can. It is our duty and we should be proud of the rights and freedoms we are blessed with.
Our American friends are also remembering their veterans on their Veterans Day today. They share the same blessing and honour their fallen for the same reasons.
Forty two years ago we took our marriage vows and today we are still dancing. Our anniversary falls just three days after our youngest daughter's wedding and we have danced a lot this past weekend. We shall likely just have a quiet little dinner to celebrate this one.
We took a chance. On the last day of September Buddy and I headed out for our stroll in our area. We were awed at the massive clouds overhead.
In the snap above, to the left of the school, there appears to be water surrounded by distant hills but it's only a mirage.
Though ready to burst it seems these clouds were not quite ready. The rain held off till much later that eve.
These storm cloud images were so magnificent yet ominous at the same time. Buddy's words to describe them," WOW. Cool!" Then last night as October arrived, the rain finally poured down. And with that came very strong cold winds. Our temperature had not risen above 8C(48F) by 2 pm even though the sun is shining brightly. We won't stroll in those gusty cold blasts today. We aren't ready to face the cooler weather yet but we're working on it.
Today as I strolled along the pond the warm sunshine poured down on me and I felt at peace. It is so humbling. The signs of autumn are all around me now creating a gorgeous colourful tapestry for my eyes to feast upon on. It is this part of the season that I enjoy the most. I love how there's such a melange of vibrant colours spread around me everywhere.
With the cathedral in the background there's a sort of majestic aura to this awesome scenario. I hope you are enjoying some quiet and peaceful time too. I know mine will be brief now so I must make the most of it. Right?
Buddy is at the wheel of the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, launched in 1797. It still has active sailors and marines on board as ambassadors to the public. To tour it required security searches and valid passport ID. "Old Ironsides" as it's also known sits in water in the Charlestown Navy Yard at 1 Constitution Road, just up the road from our hotel. It's closeness made it our first stop of the many historic sites that followed, all captivating our curiosity and delight.
We're off to Boston for the first time and we're flying from Buffalo. It's much cheaper but we have to drive two hours to get there. We have some family in Boston that we wish to see, a nephew who just had his first son. Buddy is so excited to be flying with us. Our one daughter will join us too. Hope to take some great snaps along the way. Have a great weekend.
The tree in my header sits by the church depicted in the last post. Look carefully and you can see through it's trunk! This tree is over 500 years old. That it remains standing is a mystery. What could it tell us if we knew how to communicate with it in a way that works for us? There must be a lot of history in it's past.
Here are some more photos from my week in the area of Hannover, Niedersachsen and the Harz area where I met up with some family I had never met. The post war period scattered many of my relatives.Luckily for me I got a chance to reunite with some. And they took me to see treasures lik these that survived.
These structures went up in the 1100 hundreds. They have been well preserved. What a marvel. I'm so happy to have had the chance to view them because my family took time to show me. Have a happy Sunday.
Our visit to this cultural wellness town made us wish we had booked a longer stay in Germany. One week was very rushed. It seems that my aunt loved to hang out in this area whenever she had some holiday time. This Hotel Victoria looks like a quaint place to stay in Bad Harzburg.
This fountain was added after the war and I was amused by its humour. Hard as she tried, my sister could not capture this little one in action. Each time she tried he stopped. LOL!
I wish I had a clue who this jolly fellow might have been.
As you can see the artist worked hard to create a spectacular set of characters around the fountain. Wellness is linked to humour right??
Have you ever seen cones like these? The conifer tree in my cousin's backyard grows this whitish coloured come. I have not been able to find out the specifics of this breed. The tree is growing in Braunschweig Germany.
It looks so unreal yet there it sit in all it's glory, sap oozing from it's top. I have not found the internet to be helpful in seeking the details of this wonder. Perhaps you can help me?
While my sister and I were in Hannover we were treated to a visit to the city of Braunschweig where we toured some of it's historical sites
We were impressed. Inside the Brunswick cathedral was a crypt with coffins dating back to the early 1100's. Seems there was a lot of royalty in the area back them.
This is part of the regal courtyard, Dankwarderode Castle . See the lion? Seems he was very popular with one of the royals Heinrich in the 1100's. Of course many of these buildings were restored after WWll.
While visiting auntie (on the left) I took a snap of a photo of her with my grandma and my mom (on the right). What happened here is kind of neat. Look carefully. A reflection of me appears right behind mom. My head is almost in sync with hers.
My mom"s sister Ursula has been at my side since my birth. I was born at home and she helped the midwife. In 1954 she cared for me for several months while my parents were setting up home in Canada. (SORRY photos are in reverse order.)
It was late May. We're having cake on a Sunday outing somewhere outside of Hannover..
March snow did not stop us from the outdoors.
In February my aunt volunteers to care for me. My mom, on the right, is explaining some tidbits about my care before she departs to assist my dad who left months earlier.
In 5 days I'm flying to Hannover with my sister to celebrate Ursula's 90th birthday. Auntie is very happy and so am I. She has arranged for us to stay right on site at her am amazing retirement home. This visit I think I'll fit right in. I have senior status now. But I'll need to live 25 more active years to get to her benchmark!
This scene shows the Toronto skyline from the window of the eye clinic where my stitches were removed on July 6th. To me it resembles paintings depicting stormy weather in the 1800's. What do you think?
There are far too many butts in the can. I think maybe hubby needs to curb that taste for those Cuban cigars, though I fear he may not like my nagging. He has decided that a good cigar is allowed at his age. It's one of the pleasures he believes he has earned. It's very hard to argue with that!
Wish that a cure for the skin disorder was available. In the dust bin is some of the skin that Buddy sheds constantly every day. The amount is huge. Keeping him comfortable is very important but also challenging.
These days he smiles at us and tells us he's making plans for his birthday dinner party. A new Harry Potter movie will be released on his BD and that's tops on his wish list. WOW!!
Seated in the middle is Gertrud, my paternal aunt, my favourite. She spent her entire life caring for others in an exemplary way. I hope that some of her goodness will be carried forward by my own children whom she loved dearly like a grandma. Her birthday was June 9th.1924.