Lucky me!! Last week I was in Toronto visiting my son and his girl. To my great delight, the city was playing host to its International Film Festival (TIFF).
And I was gifted with a ticket!!
So, while everyone else was busy in their work lives, I made my way to the glorious Winter Garden Theatre to see ‘Collette’ (staring Kiera Knightly) in THE MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON!!!
And what a place to see a film!!!
Just a little over the top- in the nicest possible way.
I sat beside a woman who bragged she’d been coming to the Festival every year for the past 40 years. (I didn’t even know it was that old!). I confessed, in a very small voice, that this was my first.
By the time I’d emerged from this magical space back onto the hot, humid, busy, gritty Younge Street, I was hooked! Already planning my trip next September to coincide with TIFF. And this time I’ll do the research and take in more shows.
As for the film, Collette, I recommend it. A biopic, celebrating the life of France’s icon female writer. Watch for it! It’s coming!
Celebrating Thursday Doors!
Back in the ’70’s, plans for a dam on the beautiful St John River in New Brunswick threatened a group of 18th Century buildings. Some bright spark had the idea to move them out of harms way. The result is s vibrant, living historical village.
We visited on a very hot holiday Monday and all the doors were thrown open to welcome a bit of breeze as well as us visitors.
The delightful staff not only welcomed us into their homes and places of business, they drew us in the 18th village with the play acting. We were encouraged to lend a hand to help with the chores. Because it takes a village to … well … make village.
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors
Last week we were in Manhattan and decided to take a little walk.
We made our way from the east side of 40th Street south to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Soooooo, of course we had to walk across to Brooklyn.
After checking out the Promenade, we wandered through the streets of Brooklyn Heights.
Those stately brownstones have some pretty serious door-bragging-rights!
I couldn’t resist stopping to grab a few shots on my phone… to share with you.
After stopping for a delicious pizza & salad, we made our way to Dumbo for a quick explore before heading back across the Bridge and to our hotel.
It was a long, hot walk. Something like 23 kilometres in New York’s August heat.
And still, it was an exhilarating adventure! One of those bucket list kind of days.
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors
She did it!!! She’s bloomed!
The lovely Agave plant which has captured our attention with her determination has outwitted latitude and climate (and frost) to reach a height of about 20 feet and bloomed!
As you know from previous posts, agaves only bloom once before they die. And as you can see here, her energy is definitely waning in comparison with her sister plants.
It’s been such an interesting process to watch. I have found myself drawn to visit and check on her. And I’m not alone. Whenever I pop by, she is always busy entertaining company.
Well, good for her. She’s done her job. And along the way, has given us all a little lesson in botany as well as in the power of hope.
We are currently touring, and falling head-over-heels in love with the beautiful and magical country of Wales.
Stopped by here for a pot of tea. After we found the door …
THERE it is!!!
A lovely cuppa!
Take note of the brass plaque on the wall by the door. It indicates the high water mark of the flood waters from the adjacent river.
This is one resilient building. Charming and strong. Just like Wales.
Lunenburg sure packs a lot of architecture into a small space. Here are just a few of my favourites from one block:
Love everything about this house! The lines, the dormers, the colour … and those doors!!
A red door, though! Gets me every time.
And a garden door …
Big enough to say “door”, but small enough to be inviting. The slate stone step is perfection!
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors.
Last month I shared the story of our local celebrity Agave plant. You might recall that this momma plant set up her once-in-a-lifetime flower stalk a wee bit early in the season. When she quickly out grew her greenhouse in the Halifax Public Gardens, she had to me moved outside into some very chilly temps. She attracted National attention as we all crossed our fingers for her.
Just after I shared the post with you, we suffered some pretty seriously freezing temps. It cold enough to pretty much wipe out the wine grape crop and half the blueberry crop (just to name a few) province-wide.
Her flower stalk completely stopped growling. It was even reported that the Agave had suffered too much and had, in fact, died before she could bloom.
Just when we’d abandoned hope, she rallied! And today, a closer look suggests that she is ready to bloom!
At least, that’s how it looks to me.
It’s nice to see that she has lots of company in her garden bed now. Including two sister agaves.
I’m going to have to drive into town next week to check again. I’ll be expecting some flowers.