Monday, May 30, 2016

Playing in Concert

Notre Dame de Bonsecours Church

Photos: May 29, 2016

Flutissimo played our final concert of the season at the Chapelle-Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours. This church is a jewel. It is built on the site of the first church in Montreal. This church was built in 1771 over the ruins of the original one which was ravaged by fire. The church is sometimes referred to as the sailors' church. It is the church closest to the port and in the nineteenth century sailors would come to pray before getting back on their ships for the next long ordeal. At the top left you can see a carved boat which hangs from the ceiling - carvings left by sailors.

Stained Glass

Beautiful stained glass windows can be seen on both sides of the church.

Our concert was well-attended and well received.  Attendance was boosted as it was Museum Day in Montreal and this was one of the many places that opened their doors to the public. Attached to the chapel is a museum dedicated to the life and work of Marguerite de Bourgeoys. It was her inspiration that caused the first church on this site to be built in 1675.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Family Day


Photos: May 28, 2016

My children are long past the family day activities which take place each year in the local park, so it is not really on my radar. As I walked through the park on my way to do some errands, I was delighted to see the many people enjoying the many activities which were going on.

Giant Truck

As I entered the park, I was met by an enormous truck - my head barely reached past the top of the wheels. Once in the park, I saw soldiers. They had set up a zipline across the "lagoon" and there was a long line of children eager to try it out.

Helping on Family Day

This fellow was waiting for the men at the other side to send back the harness so another child could zip across.

Part of the Zipline

It was delightful to see the joy and  friendly interaction.

Family Day

While I did not explore the whole area, I did walk past tables of people selling handmade goods, others sharing information about local organizations - a real sense of community and festivity.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Evening at the Supermarket

Evening at the Produce Aisle

Photo: May 27, 2016

The heat of the day dissipated a bit after the rain, though the humidity was high. Evening heat is never as bad as the heat of the day. We walked late in the evening to pick up a couple of items at the supermarket. In the late evening there  are fewer people manning the store, but no one seems to be in the same hurry - no cars lining up to get into the parking lot, no jockeying for space in the aisles. Just a few shoppers and a "go ahead of me - you just have a couple of items - I have a basketful." It's a mellow time.

Live Music

Live Music

Photo: May 26, 2016

I went to a retirement party for some colleagues and there was live music. The band was quite good - playing a nice variety of music but, for me, it was way too loud. You couldn't carry on a conversation without yelling in your neighbour's ear. I like to dance, but I just could not go near the dance floor. I should have brought ear plugs. I know I am particularly sensitive to loud noise; I am aware of the possibilities of hearing loss and, with music being such an important part of my life (both playing and going to concerts not of the popular variety) I want to be good to my ears. With stories such as that of Brian Johnson of AC/DC being told he risked total hearing loss if he continued playing with the band you would think that musicians would learn to turn the volume down a bit. But no - so I will have to dance in the confines of my home with the music at a volume I like.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Seeing Flowers Everywhere

Every Colour Blossoms

I'm trying not to write about flowers but they are popping up everywhere. Our sudden summery weather has meant the landscape changes daily. Where there were barely leaves starting, the trees are full; where there were flowers, now there are just leaves and where there was nothing there is now a profusion of blossoms. Nothing lasts in spring time. It is a time of mad growth and change.

Pinks and Lilac

Lilacs perfume the air. You can smell them before you see them. Temperature went up to 29°C (just over 84°F). My body takes time to adapt to heat (usually by trying to escape it).

Cool Spot on a Hot Day

I search out shade, sometimes crossing back and forth across a street as I walk searching out any shade. Walking through the park, I know the shady routes.


Some flowers also seem to relish the shady spots. Forget-me-nots found a perfect spot to flourish.

Tra la! It's May!
The lusty month of May!
That lovely month when ev'ryone goes
Blissfully astray.
Tra la! It's here!
That shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts
Merrily appear!

(from Camelot - lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

More Ottawa

Glass Towers

Photos: May 23, 2016

While I love the reflections of glass towers, I am also aware of the problems for birds. Many die crashing into glass clad buildings as they do not realize it is not open sky.

Reflections and Distortions

I like the distortions and patterns  - which is the building, which the reflection?

Double Tulip

A nice walk in the afternoon and more tulips...

Canada 150

The hot dry level is causing them to dry up. They won't last long in this spring turned summer weather.