Saturday, 23 March 2019
Carpe diem, I guess. And perhaps it's in that spirit that we went to Toronto last week: it's slightly south of Montreal and the idea was that it might be warmer. It was, and by the end of our stay on Friday there even were a few green blades of grass peeking out of the winter dross. But one of the high points was this moose in front of the Lucky Charm Moose Village Market, quite splendidly decked out for, perhaps, a Chinese holiday (after all the New Year wasn't that long ago.)
There's Lee waiting for more patiently, out in front, before we sauntered down to the train station to come back. Time well spent...
Saturday, 16 March 2019
Saturday, 9 March 2019
Part of the reason for posting this photo today is because we're entering the count-down to publication: I'm supposed to get the copy edit this week, and hope to turn it around within a couple of days. It will be interesting to see how people react to it. Initial comment is quite positive, but then after 15 books (this is my 16th) I know that friends are unlikely to tell you anything negative unless you ask, and usually I don't ask...
Saturday, 2 March 2019
Next week most schools in Quebec will be closed for March Break, and I imagine there will be a lot of kids playing outside until they drop, literally, to spend a few moments looking up a the blue, blue sky. Not the sunbath you might have in July, but pleasant nonetheless.
Saturday, 23 February 2019
The arrondissement has said it will keep up snow removal in this lane which serves 300 families in a four block stretch. Not only do many of them (including us) get oil deliveries off it, access to our parking is supposed to be by it.
Last Sunday night it took us a half hour to get into our garage which is about where you see the power lines crossing. Later in the week a couple of neighbors got caught up on the ruts, trying to get out this way.
Bah humbug! There is no reason for this kind of snow build up: we've never had it before, the equipment is supposed to be on standby, the plan is push aside the snow and then remove much of it. But it sure hasn't worked this winter. Now I understand why people go South!
Saturday, 16 February 2019
Here is Julia Sánchez, the NPD candidate in the Outremont by election, with the snowperson constructed on Wednesday by her friends and campaign workers. I was by to telephone that afternoon, and was delighted to see how many people were working there on an day where much of the city closed down (about 36 cm in this neighborhood, or 9 inches, which fell within 12 hours.) Good responses to my calls, too--people were home because so many of them had booked off because of transportation problems.
We usually get about 40 cm (10 inches) of snow in February, but it all fell in a very short time. It was just another example of the extreme weather--another is the cycle of enormous temperature shifts from day to day--that we've had this year. Probably due to climate change, which is one of Julia's big concerns. She would/will make a great MP, and my task this afternoon is to go campaign a bit more for her.