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

 

 

End of Summer

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.

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a little house in St. Therese

 

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a lonely spot in a park in St. Eustache

 

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a lovely street in Rosemere

 

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a reminder of Halloween

 

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walking along a main street in St. Therese

 

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a beautiful house in the center of town.

 

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a forgotten pumpkin next to a fence

 

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a residential street in St. Eustache

 

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there are still some Geraniums in flower pots

 

A Suburb called “Saint Eustache”

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.

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a lovely old home decorated for Halloween

 

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another older home on the main street

 

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a cute little restaurant on the main street

 

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older row houses with exterior stairs

 

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a tiny little theater in middle of town

 

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the long bridge leading from Laval to Saint Eustache

 

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the street overlooking the river

 

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a nice place to sit near the waterfront
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a little alleyway

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…