Saturday, 14 January 2017
The first was a trio of tiger-striped cats sitting in a window, looking longingly at the outside. The second was a battered umbrella which had apparently given up the ghost during Thursday's rain, and then became frozen in a puddle upside down.
But because I didn't have my camera with me, you'll have to take my word for it. The windows here at home looked rather like the one in the photo, though.
But we are prepared for cold weather, we have central heating and scarves and heavy coats and boots. Winter is an inconvenience not a disaster.
The case is quite different in refugee camps around the Mediterranean, with snow falling on the Greek Islands, in fact. One of our young friends is involved in a project to help pregnant women, new mothers and their families in the camps, and has put out a call for financial help. Check it out here: CRIBS.
Sunday, 8 January 2017
Lee's remake of Stuart's bedstead and the new table for Sophie and Lukas found their new homes, after we rented a van and made the rounds. I did the driving since Lee--insert drum roll here--says I'm a better driver in winter conditions than he is! All true, I'd even say that I'm a better driver than he is in ALL conditions, but we won't start an argument this sunny Sunday morning.
Of course, there's a certain irony here, because I'm far from being a car person, even though I got my driver's license at 15 1/2. For a long time I've been a BMW kid--Bike, Metro, Walk (without the bike). Yet it's nice to have access to vehicles when you need to do something like deliver Lee's projects.
Saturday, 31 December 2016
Friday, 23 December 2016
link to my annual end-of-year blog.
Sunday, 18 December 2016
A Padaria Coimbra, AKA La Baguette dorée, on Mount Royal in the Plateau makes a lovely one. We discovered it six years ago during the difficult winter we spent in an apartment nearby following the fire that seriously damaged our house.
Jeanne was a baby then, but now she's six. Her cousins Thomas is four and baby Louis will be six months on Thursday. Time passes and frequently in retrospect the bad things (8 months out of our house, fights with the contractor, much uncertainty etc) fall away and the good things stand out.
Would that be the case with the current political situation!
Saturday, 10 December 2016
But this year I've been having trouble finding the fish. My usual fish store says they're sold out, and won't receive any more before January. I called around a bit, and found that National Herring, a wholesaler, has some at $6 a pound that they may sell me if I trek out to their warehouse. The price is much more than I've paid in the past, but for a holiday treat, I'll pay it.
But why the penury? I wondered. Seems there's a shortage of herring and other small fish in northern Atlantic waters. Lobster fishers who use herring to bait their traps, complained all summer about the lack, and special rules were put into effect.
Nobody I've read puts the finger on climate change or over-fishing for the decline in stocks, but we all know what happened to the cod fishery. After 30 years of closure, the stock is beginning to come back off Canada, but the Americans are saying that things are getting worse there, probably because of warmer water which is driving the fish north.
There may be snow on the ground here this morning, but it sure looks like we've messed things up.
Saturday, 3 December 2016
We picked up our Christmas wreaths from Jeanne this morning: her school was selling them, and I bought two plus one for a neighbor. Quite nice.
Now we need some cold weather and sun to make this winter season work....