Walktober 2018

The deadline is nigh but I have made it!  October was the busiest one at the golf club I have ever experienced.  Totally nuts and I’ve the bruises and fatigue to show for it.  When there was a day I could have gone for my official Walktober Walk, I ended up doing other stuff, or the rains came or… never mind.  That’s all moot now, isn’t it, because I am here!  Thank you, Robin, for hosting this fun challenge!

Between making salsa and apple jellies, baking a ham and doing laundry, yesterday afternoon, the sun decided to shine right into my face, basically yelling at me to get off my duff and out there into the “wild”.  I had timed it to coincide with the sunset, to boot.

First, before leaving the house, I was stopped by both my dried hydrangeas and my vivid burning bush – getting close to spectacular…

Zeke was beyond excited and when I opened the trunk of the SUV, realised we were going on a REAL adventure.  Now, if only driving in a car did not make him puke…

We drove first to Marie-Victorin Park which has a decent view of Montreal and is right on the St.Lawrence River.

It is sad that I missed all the bright reds of autumn but there were little snippets of red here and there…

Zeke and I took a forbidden path – what?  It was a path obviously taken often!!  I was surprised to see a visible section of white across a bunch of birch trees.  Does the water go that high at times?  Seems rather much but, who knows?  At the end of the path we arrived at what frankly looks like a swamp.  Zeke, though tempted, refrained from jumping in the water.  He did look at me once and figured it would not be a good idea…

Making our way back the light had become particularly beautiful.  All became so soft and glowing.  I took a bunch more pics of the geese and noticed this seemingly suspended branch.  When I zoomed in, I could see a fishing hook twisted near the top… but felt this pic was more fun 😉


It was nearing five o’clock and sundown was at 5:53 so I decided to make my way to another park, closer to home.  I figured I’d be able to get some great shots of the sunset from there.  Back into the car and.  Traffic.  What the??  NOT an area where I was expecting any.  I wasted a good 25 minutes where it should have taken but 10.  Still.  We did make it in time to Parc La Freyère, in Boucherville.

The light was fading fast so apologies on the duck shot… I just couldn’t  seem to get a clear shot… (my story and I’m sticking to it!)

It seemed Mother Nature was NOT on my side as clouds refused to allow any spectacular sunset…

So, no sunset for me and my hands were frozen.  Back into the car for our return trip.  I decided to drive along Marie-Victorin street as it follows the river.  Oh man!  I had to stop, park in a side street and get out.  Sorry, Zeke, you’re staying in the car.  Back in a few!

I walked onto the warf for one last picture.

And called it a day.

Hope you enjoyed my Walktober walk from Longueuil to Boucherville!

A Challenge Accepted

Sooo… the lovely Annet over at Anarette has issued a challenge (truth be told, the real challenge came from Jim in IA, Anarette just decided to put it into action!) to use the words listed below in a poem or some form of writing (we are allowed to create whatever we want) and the order of the words need not be kept:






I decided to give it a go and have a little fun.

Fall Challenge

Autumn Buzz


I’ve been simply turned into mush

The season did not stop at one bush

And I cannot help but gush

Been knocked right onto my tush!

Have you ever seen colours so lush?


Gratitude Sunday (on a Monday) – September 29, 2014

Last Sunday (the 21st), I purposefully did not blog.  I (along with hubby) had spent the previous two weeks painting the dining room and kitchen (and, by default, the bathroom off the kitchen), canning, cooking, running around, entertaining, etc., that come that Sunday, I refused to turn on the computer – not even to read any blogs, emails, Facebook posts… After the brunch we served to my sisters (for their birthdays) and their families, and once we had cleaned up the kitchen, we just sat on our duffs and watched two movies and a few TV programmes!  I had lots of food that just had to be nuked to feed us, so all was perfect!

Little Italy

Yesterday, after our drive home from Mom’s, we stopped off at the Marché Jean Talon to pick up more tomatoes (yes, there will be more canning this week!) and to have lunch with our boys in Little Italy.  Such an absolutely gorgeous day, we lunched outside on a terrasse (must be pronounced with a French accent) and just enjoyed the sunshine.  We got home rather late and, while hubs washed his truck, I sat and read my book!.  Perfect Sunday afternoon.  When it was time to write my post, the blasted Internet started causing me grief.  After an hour of frustration – starting and stopping and starting over, I finally turned the bloody computer off and picked up my book again!

So, now that my rant is over, let me get to my list!



Gratitude List

  1. Being able to spend an afternoon in the sunshine with my guys, on a terrasse (despite having the sun in their eyes!) is a rarity lately.  Makes me so happy!
  2. Driving up to Mom’s on such a beautiful fall day, snapping away at the endless colours, truck windows wide open.
  3. Going to pick apples at the Verger des Dix-Terres and being able to pick Honey Crisps!  Plus Redcorts and Spartans… but Honey Crisps!!!
  4. Wearing shorts during the weekend of September 27-28 is da Bomb!  Even up north, the temperature reached 28°C!  (Way above average… yes, I know Global Warming but still enjoyable!)
  5. Knowing my words touched the person they were meant for…
  6. Reading other bloggers’ most interesting posts and learning and growing from them.
  7. Enjoying the moment for whatever it brings.