PARIS – Mon Amour

Béatrice Martin is a French Canadian singer and songwriter, who goes under the stage name of “Coeur de Pirate”.  All her songs are written by her.   One of my favorite songs is this one called “Place de la République”.   I love the music and the video of Paris.   If you don’t understand French it does not matter because the video tells the story.  Of course it is a love story, right there in Paris.   Voilà une trés belle chanson avec une belle histoire d’amour.  

My Urban Jungle

Whenever people come to visit they think they are stepping into a jungle.  Then I hear comments about how my plants are sitting on top of each other, and why don’t I remove the weeds and how come there are so many moss patches on the ground everywhere.  The fact is that I am pleased about these comments because I like to live in a jungle.  I don’t want a designer garden where everything is measured and calculated.  I like it wild and unruly, where you can play hide and seek and the bees and the birds and rabbits are having fun.   This year the plants have grown even higher and the weeds as well.  here are some pictures of my Urban Jungle.

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Two apple trees and some bushes near the fence

 

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my little Buddha garden

 

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sitting under the apple tree

 

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Tina hiding near the gate

 

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The apple tree in bloom

 

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A jungle growing near the wall……don’t even know what is growing in there

 

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a romantic view from the house

 

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my own little home made terrace

 

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The Jungle inside the house

 

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looking from the inside out

Vieux St. Thérèse

Last week I went for a drive to St. Therese, a northern suburb of Montreal, just across the bridge from Laval.  Since Montreal is a town of islands there are a number of bridges leading to the northern and southern suburbs.  St. Therese is basically a little town and the town center is called Vieux St. Thérèse, where everything still looks like many years ago.  There is also a big college there and you will see lots of students walking around.   Here are some of the pictures I took.

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Collège Lionel-Groulx

 

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a lovely little street with old houses

 

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One of the older charming houses

 

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a little creek running through one of the back streets

 

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One of the many balconies you see everywhere

 

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another typical street of Vieux St. Thérèse

 

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The big church called Église Sainte-Thérèse d’Avila right in the middle of town

 

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another of the older homes

 

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one of the little shops

 

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with plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from

 

Balconies of the neighborhood Pt. 2

here I am with the second part of the balconies and porches of the neighborhood.  There are so many beautiful balconies and terraces to look at and I found it difficult to choose the best ones because they are all so lovely.  Here are some examples..

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this is a lovely house with a large wrap around balcony

 

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one of the older houses with lots of charm

 

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a stately home

 

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a large entrance balcony  decorated with flowers

 

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a beautiful bungalow with a wooden deck in front of the house

 

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love the red chairs

 

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a balcony of a castle

 

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hidden behind trees

 

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love the front porch

 

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another hidden balcony

 

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a small terrace garden.  A little balcony in-between the plants.

 

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A balcony decorated with Hibiscus trees.

Quebec towns under water

Nearly 4000 homes are flooded in Quebec.   This is one of the worst floods since 50 years, and with no end in sight.   There will be more considerable rainfall on the weekend.   I fell very sad for all these people who have lost their homes and everything they had.  I hope they will get all the help they need.  There are many volunteers who are helping and people have been very generous with their donations to the Red Cross.     Today I went down to the Rosemere waterfront and this is what I saw.

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one of the lovely homes completely under water.  There was nobody there and it was very quiet.

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the park under water

 

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The playground under water

 

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the houses on the other side of Laval are also under water.

 

Balconies of the neighborhood Pt.1

Last week I was driving along the north shore of Montréal, from Terrebonne to St. Eustache and I saw many interesting houses with beautiful balconies and front porches.  Unfortunately, since we still do not have a spring weather many of these balconies were quite empty but even then they looked lovely and I took many pictures.  Here are a few of them.

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an older house with wrap around balcony and stairs

 

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a beautiful Quebec style house

 

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here the whole view of the house

 

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my favorite bungalow in my neighborhood

 

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This old bench looks very inviting

 

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one of the first flower pots to be seen

 

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the first spring flowers

 

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love this little terrace in front of the window

A colorful home with plants

End of April.  Spring is here and we are looking forward to hot summer months.  This is also the time we are thinking about working in the garden, decorating the balcony or just bringing in some plants.  This also calls for some color around the house.   Changing just a few pillows or bringing out a colorful tablecloth will do the trick.   I did a little bit of decorating around my place.  I also moved around the furniture (that does not cost anything) and voilà we have a new look.  Here are some pictures.

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I bought this lovely Oxalis plant with its lovely white flowers at my local supermarket.

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African Violets so easy to keep

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Most plants prefer lots of light near a window

 

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A pink tablecloth  on my kitchen table

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moved the sofa to the other side in my home office to make it look more inviting

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More colorful red pillows to make the room look nice

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I mix colors and patterns and somehow it looks just great

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Tina relaxing with not a care in the world

Romantic houses of Rosemere

Rosemere is a suburb north of Montreal, just across the bridge of Laval.  Rosemere is known for its beautiful gardens (in summer) and for its quaint houses and beautiful little streets.  Of course there are also some new developments with newer bigger houses but I prefer older homes with character, where you feel that you are still in the country.  Here are some of my favorite ones.

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on the waterfront

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I just love this little bungalow

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another one of my favorites

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love the front porch

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a Buddha sitting in front of the house

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going for a walk along the riverside.