We are still in the midst of winter with no spring or summer in sight. Outside everything is white, covered in snow and ice, and we long for a bit of green space. Here are the good news. We can all create our own little indoor garden, no matter how small. There are so many different plants and one for every corner of the house. Some plants need more light and should be placed near a window while others thrive in the darkest corner. Just find the right one for your home and which suits you best. There are plants which do not require lot of care, like the spider plant for example. And then there are plants which grow very fast, like the rubber plant and they can look spectacular in any room. My plants in my home have grown quite a bit and here are some pictures…
a tall rubber plant near the staircase
nice place to sit surrounded by plants while everything is white outside
a real little jungle
I transformed my plant room into a garden terrace with umbrella and garden furniture
Tina relaxing on the sofa surrounded by plants and books
another plant corner in the dining room
I also like plants in my kitchen
Tina has the best spot in the house
I love placing different plants and flowers on tables around the house
Despite the freezing cold and icy roads Montreal looks very pretty with its snow covered streets, trees and houses. There seems to be something magic when everything is white outside and dark streets become light at night, casting shadows from the street lamps and holiday lights. Not only the city, but also the suburbs, are pretty at this time of the year. Here are some examples…
a lovely entrance and stairs of a house in the downtown area of Montreal
lovely architecture in the center of Montreal
downtown Montreal in winter
the Big Wheel of Montreal
The clock tower in the old port of Montreal
a street in Old Montreal
romantic street in the Villeray district of Montreal
the look…after a snowstorm here in Laval
a lovely street in Rosemere, a suburb of Montreal
another snow covered street in Rosemere
beautiful houses covered in snow, here in St. Therese
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