Saint Sauveur, Quebec

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.

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the main street, rue Principale, where  the cafés and shops are located

 

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one of the shops on rue Principale

 

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A French restaurant “La Boheme” which is very popular

 

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some of the restaurants already decorated for Halloween

 

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some people still sitting outside even it is getting colder

 

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love the blue door

 

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another cute little shop

 

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one of the lovely homes in Saint Sauveur

 

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this is definitely one of my favorites.

My Indoor Garden

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.

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Pots of plants are placed all around the room and on the table

 

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In the back there is a large pine tree on which I have placed strings of lights to brighten up the dark evenings

 

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In front of a Japanese painting a glass filled with bamboo leaves

 

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the big leaves of the MONSTERA plant

 

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I bring in my outside furniture to make it look like a terrace

 

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a cutting of Hydrangea in a glass.  When they are dried you can keep them all winter in a vase

 

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Tina relaxing in her own little jungle

The Stairs of Montreal

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.

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a street lined with stairs

 

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a little pocket garden just in front of the stairs

 

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balconies on the lower floor

 

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beautiful Rue Foucher in the Villeray district of Montreal

 

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a cute little balcony on the upper floor

 

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a little corner store in-between the houses

 

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a bicycle leaning against the fence

 

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here a Fleurs de Lys flag seen attached to the house

 

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a beautiful door with lace curtains

 

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Little Prince

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What matters most are the simple pleasures so abundant that we can all enjoy them… Happiness doesn’t lie in the objects we gather around us.  To find it, all we need to do is open our eyes.
                         (The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

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(pictures taken in my local park)

Cottage Life

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…

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a cottage by the lake

 

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sitting out on the porch

 

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relaxing in front of the house

 

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bring out the floral table cloth

 

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a view from the other side of the room

 

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hanging out the washing

 

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relaxing under the trees

 

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go fishing

 

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rent a boat

 

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watching the ducks and geese in the local park

 

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decorate the front of the house like a cottage

 

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looking out on the lake

 

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sitting by the pool

 

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going for a walk along a country lane

 

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lovely view in the local park

 

Secret Gardens Pt.2

This is the second part of my Secret Garden Tour in Rosemère.  I took so many pictures but I can only choose a few.

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the front door and the entrance to the garden

 

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looks very inviting

 

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a seating area in the back of the garden

 

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lovely entrance on the right

 

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relaxing on a swing

 

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my own little balcony

 

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a lovely pond

 

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.

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

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and near the pool

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a pond and waterfall

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the romantic look

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a tropical look

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beautiful BUDDHA GARDEN

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a hidden walkway

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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.

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one of the many cafés

 

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one of the lovely homes seen on the side streets

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a close-up of same house

 

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plenty of greenery AND CARS

 

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a second hand book store next to other boutiques

 

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one of the many balconies on the side streets

 

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bicycles everywhere

 

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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.

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an entrance door of a mansion

 

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here a view of same mansion

 

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one of the streets in Upper Lorraine

 

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another lovely entrance to a stately home

 

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a castle fit for a king

 

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here the entrance door

 

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with perfect front lawns and beautiful gardens

 

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here a close up of same house

 

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looks like an English castle

 

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One of the lovely streets in the lower part of Lorraine

 

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a very cute bungalow in the lower part of Lorraine

 

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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.