Springtime in the suburbs

After a long endless winter finally the time has arrived when we can enjoy the outdoors again and start planting our gardens.  Even though Montreal looks very nice during this time of year I also like the streets of the suburbs along the riverfront.  Here are just a few examples…

 

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private gardens along the waterfront in Rosemere

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a lovely front garden of a house in Rosemere

 

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love this street in Boisbriand

 

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a street in the town center of St. Therese

 

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a beautiful little front garden

 

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Canada geese in Charbonneau park

 

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another lovely street in St. Therese

 

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a house in Rosemere

 

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a typical village house in the old town of St. Therese

 

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a little corner in my garden

 

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another little corner in somebody else’s front garden

 

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people going for their morning walk along the shore of Rosemere

 

Tina’s little garden

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Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.

Rumi

 

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Since we have almost 5 months of winter the outdoor garden, as seen above, can only be used a short time.   Somebody who loves plants and flowers will have to create his own indoor garden,  This can be done near a window or any room where there is a lot of light.   Tina loved her plants and she liked to sit in the “plant room”.   Since I took many pictures I would like to share them here.

 

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This picture was taken this winter.  You can see Tina outside in the snow

 

P1010001.jpgTina posing next to the plants

 

P1010002 2.jpgSurrounded by flowers.   Tulips look so lovely and are my favorite flowers

 

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sitting in the jungle

 

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There is still some room in the jungle to walk around

 

P1010001 4.jpgthis picture was taken last summer when it was also green outside

 

P1010001 3.jpgThe indoor jungle in winter

 

IMG_3138.jpgTina having a nap next to the plants

 

P1010003 2.jpgA Buddha statue surrounded by last year’s geraniums

 

P1010002 2.jpgThis is how Tina’s garden looks today.   The plants are growing taller….

 

IMG_2934.jpgThe last picture of Tina and me…

IN MEMORY OF TINA

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It is with deepest sadness and a broken heart that I have to tell you that my beloved Tina, my best friend, has passed away suddenly after a short serious illness.  She was 14 years old.  Because it was so unexpected it is so painful to deal with this loss.   I wish she could have lived forever, and I will miss her so much.   I only know that one day we shall meet again.  This blog will continue in her name and her pictures will continue to feature regularly.

Dear Tina,

A million words would not bring you back, I know I have tried, neither would a million tears, I know because I have cried…….

 

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I shall love you forever……always in my heart…..until we will meet again….

FRIENDSHIP

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In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures.  For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed…

 

                                             Khalil Gibran

My little indoor jungle

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…

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a tall rubber plant near the staircase

 

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nice place to sit surrounded by plants while everything is white outside

 

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a real little jungle

 

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I transformed my plant room into a garden terrace  with umbrella and garden furniture

 

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Tina relaxing on the sofa surrounded by plants and books

 

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another plant corner in the dining room

 

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I also like plants in my kitchen

 

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Tina has the best spot in the house

 

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I love placing different plants and flowers on tables around the house

 

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happy Tina

 

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another view of the plant room

 

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another room decorated with plants and flowers

 

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A large Monstera plant near the window

 

 

Winter in Montreal

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…

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P1010048.jpga lovely entrance and stairs of a house in the downtown area of Montreal

 

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lovely architecture in the center of Montreal

 

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P1010024 2.jpgthe Big Wheel of Montreal

 

P1010022.jpgThe clock tower in the old port of Montreal

 

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P1010001.jpgromantic street in the Villeray district of Montreal

 

P1010001 2.jpgthe look…after a snowstorm here in Laval

 

P1010006.jpga lovely street in Rosemere, a suburb of Montreal

 

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P1010015.jpgbeautiful houses covered in snow, here in St. Therese

 

P1010018.jpgTina enjoying the outdoors..
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True Love

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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.

Liam Neeson

 

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Tina and me………….TRUE LOVE…..

 

 

 

Winter Celebrations

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.

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one of the homes in my neighborhood

 

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a beautiful tree in front of a house in Rosemere

 

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inside the Rosemere shopping center

 

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love the front of this house

 

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a street in St. Therese

 

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my favorite house here in Rosemere.

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Tina relaxing on her favorite sofa next to a tree

 

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some more decorations

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS !

 

 

Winter in Saint Sauveur

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.

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one of the restaurants with pink ribbons and baubles

 

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Sparkling lights outside another resto

 

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a few patches of snow  here and there

 

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love this little blue house with its red door

 

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something out of  a picture book

 

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lovely older house decorated for the holidays

 

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one of the side streets

 

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a cottage decorated for the holidays

 

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Tina and the Christmas tree