Secret Gardens – Jardins secrets Pt.1

Every year, one day in July, people are invited to visit the most beautiful gardens in Rosemère, Quebec.   Rosemère is an off-shore suburb of Montreal and is known for its quaint cottages and lovely gardens.   Every year a handful of gardens are selected to take part in the “Secret Garden Tour”.   I went this year and was amazed by what I saw.  Here are some of the pictures I took.


a lovely entrance to a secret garden
with lots of greenery
relaxing under the trees


and near the pool


a pond and waterfall


the romantic look


a tropical look

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a hidden walkway


TINA in her own indoor garden

This is the first part of the Secret Garden Tour, the second part will follow soon…

Monkland Village Montreal

Monkland Village is an area in the Western part of Montreal which is known for its quaint cafés and restaurants as well as lovely homes on the side streets.  It is part of Notre-Dame-de-Grace just west of Westmount.  I went with Tina the other day for a visit to the vet and we took some pictures.


one of the many cafés


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one of the lovely homes seen on the side streets


a close-up of same house



plenty of greenery AND CARS


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a second hand book store next to other boutiques





one of the many balconies on the side streets



bicycles everywhere



lots of trees and greenery in the middle of town


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a lovely little balcony above a Kabab shop




Lorraine, Quebec

Lorraine is an off-island suburb of Montreal on the north shore of the Rivière  des Mille-îles.  In the upper part of Lorraine you will find big mansions and Million Dollar homes, while the lower part has lovely smaller houses and bungalows.  In the middle there is a shopping center and a school and there is a golf course next to the lower part of Lorraine.  Since I do not live so far away I went and took some pictures.


an entrance door of a mansion



here a view of same mansion



one of the streets in Upper Lorraine



another lovely entrance to a stately home



a castle fit for a king



here the entrance door



with perfect front lawns and beautiful gardens



here a close up of same house



looks like an English castle



One of the lovely streets in the lower part of Lorraine



a very cute bungalow in the lower part of Lorraine



the Golf Course of Lorraine




Summer Wine

SUMMER WINE is a song written by Lee Hazlewood and became famous with Nancy Sinatra in 1967.  Since then many artists around the world have adopted this song. There are many versions of it.  One of the versions I like is this one by AIMA BAIG and MUBASHIR LUQMAN from Pakistan.   I did not know Aima Baig before I spotted this on youtube.

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.


Two apple trees and some bushes near the fence


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my little Buddha garden



sitting under the apple tree


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Tina hiding near the gate



The apple tree in bloom



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



The Jungle inside the house



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.


Collège Lionel-Groulx



a lovely little street with old houses



One of the older charming houses



a little creek running through one of the back streets



One of the many balconies you see everywhere



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



another of the older homes




one of the little shops



with plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from