Everybody says love hurts, but that is not true. Rejection hurts. Losing someone hurts. Envy hurts. Everyone gets these things confused with love, but in reality love is the only thing in this world that covers up all pain and makes someone feel wonderful again. Love is the only thing in this world.
It is this time of the year again when we are looking forward to the holidays. Even though winter is long and tough the month of December is the month when everybody is busy with baking, shopping, decorating and preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s eve. It is the time of year when streets and homes look festive with sparkling lights and it is fun walking around admiring the neighborhood. Here are some examples.
Walking around Saint Sauveur the other day I saw a few patches of snow and ice here and there and lots of holiday decorations. I loved walking along the main road where all the stores and restaurants were looking festive with Christmas trees and lights. This little town has so much to offer and really looks good the whole year round. Here are a few examples.
one of the restaurants with pink ribbons and baubles
Now it is official. It is really the end of Summer, and soon the end of Autumn. It is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. How depressing is that. Many of the trees are still full of leaves and it makes us forget that it is already November. When walking around I found the scenery very nice and colorful and here are some examples.
Last week I went to visit Saint Eustache. St. Eustache is an off-island suburb of Montreal on the north shore of the Mille-Iles river. The center of town is the old part where you see beautiful old houses and buildings which remind you of another era. Here are some pictures of this charming little town.
a lovely old home decorated for Halloween
another older home on the main street
a cute little restaurant on the main street
older row houses with exterior stairs
a tiny little theater in middle of town
the long bridge leading from Laval to Saint Eustache
Saint Sauveur is a small town in the Laurentians 60 km north of Montreal. It is well known for its local ski areas. In summer the many restaurants and cafés, as well as outdoor concerts, attract a number of visitors. It is a town full of life, but just a few meters away in the back streets it is very quiet and you will see beautiful country homes.
the main street, rue Principale, where the cafés and shops are located
one of the shops on rue Principale
A French restaurant “La Boheme” which is very popular
some of the restaurants already decorated for Halloween
some people still sitting outside even it is getting colder
Since summer has passed and the weather is getting colder I have to bring in the last of my pots of plants. I am lucky to have big windows and during the day my plants get lots of sun, so they can continue to grow. Since I miss summer so much I create my own garden room in the house.
Pots of plants are placed all around the room and on the table
In the back there is a large pine tree on which I have placed strings of lights to brighten up the dark evenings
In front of a Japanese painting a glass filled with bamboo leaves
the big leaves of the MONSTERA plant
I bring in my outside furniture to make it look like a terrace
a cutting of Hydrangea in a glass. When they are dried you can keep them all winter in a vase
Montreal is an interesting city, with interesting architecture. One of the features visitors seem to admire are the outside stairs, which you find in many quarters of Montreal. Quarters like Plateau Mont Royal or Villeray have lots of these older homes and you see street after street lined with staircases and little balconies decorated for the season. The other day I went to Villeray and I took these pictures.
a street lined with stairs
a little pocket garden just in front of the stairs
balconies on the lower floor
beautiful Rue Foucher in the Villeray district of Montreal
a cute little balcony on the upper floor
a little corner store in-between the houses
a bicycle leaning against the fence
here a Fleurs de Lys flag seen attached to the house
Every summer many Canadians are heading to their cottages. But you do not have to own a cottage to live the cottage life. There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors in summer. Take out the chairs to your balcony, go down to the local park for a picnic, go fishing, go for a bike ride and a drive out in the country, rent a boat for the day, hang out the washing etc.etc. The list is endless. I took pictures of the cottage life I enjoy…