The petite sœur gave me these two DVDs to watch – “My Neighbor Totoro” and “The Secret World of Arrietty”. I really enjoy animation movies as it amazes me what animation artists are able to create!! Both movies are stunning and the detail in each frame from start to finish is absolutely amazing. They are a bit slow, but really sweet, touching and totally worth it.
I just finished reading a novel that ma petite sœur told me about – The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynn Branard. The cover is beautiful and so is the story that unfolds – from start to finish.
The story is about florist Ruby Jewell who owns and runs the Flower Shoppe in the town of Creekside. She seems to know exactly which flowers to arrange to help every person who comes to her shop, but is unable to see a way to heal and help herself. The author has created a lovely cast to fill Ruby’s life, starting with a faithful dog companion – Clementine, a man who’s flown to the moon, a little boy and a charming veterinarian. I have to say, the first chapter had me wondering where the story was going to lead to. But then slowly I was moving through the story feeling every character’s emotions unable to put the book down. The characters and their lives are woven together and flow from one to the other really well. There is beauty, sorrow, loss, hope and love.
During a beautiful moment in the story two of the characters quote these words from a poem by Sir Walter Raleigh….
“When at heart you should be sad..
Pondering the joys we had, listen and keep very still. If the lowing from the hill or the tolling of a bell do not serve to break the spell, listen: you may be allowed to hear my laughter from a cloud.
I am not much of a poetry buff, but those words got me!! This book is a keeper for sure.
This tower is my favourite building in this city. I have not been able to figure out why. It just is. Yesterday I paid a long overdue visit. 🙂 A perfect fall day, a 2 hour walk to get to the Tower and then joy!
Standing on the famous CN Tower Glass Floor. I have stood on this so many times now, that there is no feeling of fear. That and knowing we are in Canada and the testing to ensure it is safe will be in place everyday. 🙂 The first time though, I did freak out like every first timer who tries.
Looking down at the new kid in town…..
Now that there are other much taller buildings on the planet, the CN Tower came up this attraction in 2011 – EdgeWalk!! It is a heart stopping, mind blowing and totally awesome experience. A classic bucket list-er. Here is my favourite YouTube video from when this attraction opened – Rick Mercer and Jann Arden trying the the EdgeWalk. Priceless!!
A group of brave souls doing the “Toes over Toronto” part of the walk yesterday.. and then the turn your back and “Butt over the city” (don’t recall what the official name is) part…
That’s me on the EdgeWalk. Luckily it was a cloudy day for most part, but there were moments of clarity – both for the weather and for me wondering what I had just signed myself and my family for!! I still have the hope to try the walk on a clear sunny day….
I met the North York Happy Hiker group yesterday for long hike – 13.8k following Toronto’s Don river. We started from Edwards gardens (Toronto Botanical Garden) and followed the trail to Queen Street E. “How green is my valley” would aptly sum up the entire trail. A vast variety of flowers and plants, a mother deer with her baby and lots of crazy speeding cyclists! Luckily our group was small and fun. All in all a great experience.
This past Saturday was a perfect day, the kind we talk about on Monday at work! We sun deprived souls do that a lot. Sunny with blue skies and just the right amount of heat. The perfect day for folks organizing the Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) POW WOW. Apparently it has rained every time the last few years, so both they and I lucked out. This is my first time attending a POW WOW. A beautiful experience. There were ceremonies, prayers and celebration. I am glad I was able to be there.
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