Hiking downtown through Kensington Market, through Chinatown and then home. A beautiful sunny spring day.
Every spring I go to Montreal to see Facto and the people I grew up with, at the annual BBQ. We all show up, some bring music, or their kids, or food, cake, lots of cake this year...old friends, family, and in Canada, a way to say we made it, it was an awful winter, and hey, have a drink, we're all still here. Coming home was an adventure, the train got stuck, we sat on the track for three hours and were bussed to Toronto, and finally I make to the subway, so tired and kinda pissed off and there's this guy in rabbit ears.I have nothing but respect for a big guy who is PROUD TO WEAR BUNNY EARS.
Facto makes the most lovely thin bowls with metallic glazes. Light as a feather. I keep berries, acorns and snail shells in them. Today I decided the bowls needed a foot, some elevation, so I put them on the things I brought home from the forest last summer. It was a balancing act.
I am growing swamp milkweed for Monarch butterflies. I started seeds a week ago and they ALL germinated. I have a swamp milkweed farm now. Hundreds of them. I think I might be in big trouble when they get bigger.
The sun comes out. They are filming the tv series 'Beauty and the beast', bare branches reveal a Montreal Canadiens fan, construction rampant, a shy Toronto policeman, and hey, the tourists are back.
4th Apr 2014, 01:58
It was a tough winter in Canada. The sun shines warmer, but early spring is not pretty. The city snow melts to black piles of litter, garbage is exposed, Christmas decorations mock, the ground is still frozen, nothing is green. However, the days are longer, the sun is warmer, the birds are flying north, people are happier.
This is the squirrel birdfeeder war. The birdfeeder hangs outside my window filled with sunflower seeds. The only way a squirrel can get to it is by hurling itself onto the screen, turning around and doing a leap onto the very slippery birdfeeder, and then hanging upside down to get the seeds. I think last winter the squirrels got as much as the birds. Fair enough.
Toronto has the world's largest meeting of prospectors and developers every March, so sometimes you get lucky and a geologist shows up. His new job is really interesting, and I totally approve of the company because they took everyone to see the (frozen) Niagara Falls and for dinner at the top of the CN tower. Euphro says he jumped on the glass floor of the CN tower. Just like Beth and Dan. Mobloggers know no fear.