Monday, November 18, 2013


Yellow by susanvg
Yellow, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
November sometimes gets me down. The bright fall foliage has been replaced by grey skies. I've learned strategies over the years to help chase away November blues.

Flower therapy! I stepped into the conservatory near my local library. The atmosphere is tranquil. People step in and just enjoy the serenity. These sunny blooms lightened my mood.

Sunny Flower

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Music in the Museum

Music in the Museum by susanvg
Music in the Museum, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
The current exhibit, Splendore a Venizia, at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal is an interesting mix of visual arts and music. You can rent listening devices to enhance your visit. Not only do they give more in depth information about what you are seeing, but you can listen to music tracks that enhance your experience. The day I went, there was a live musician, Sylvain Bergeron who played Venetian lute music.

I have been fortunate to be in classes given by Sylvain at CAMMAC, the music camp I attend each summer.

Museum Visitors

These two gentlemen were also exploring the exhibit. I guess they were really getting into the spirit of the times and in some ways became part of the exhibit as people viewed them along with the paintings, music scores and instruments!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

House Concert

Untitled by susanvg
Untitled, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
Last night I had the privilege to attend a house concert in the home of someone who owns a marvelous harpsichord. The maker of the harpsichord also attended. The concert featured these two young musicians who are both incredibly talented and hard-working musicians.

It is always a treat to hear musicians in this kind of intimate setting. And a further treat to hear these two, both of whom I have heard play since they were young).

The concert was followed by wine and refreshments - a thoroughly delightful evening.

Vincent Lauzer and Melisande McNabney

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Beside the Canal

Beside the Canal by susanvg
Beside the Canal, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
Nature is displaying its last hurrah before the gloom of November really sets in.


There is still a fiery display, though many of the reds are gone. This swath of red dazzled in the sunshine.


Autumn has lingered longer this year. Even with the winds of Friday, there is still green to be seen. But we are moving to the greys of November.

The Peace Tower on the Canadian parliament buildings is peeking over this scene. As we approach Remembrance Day, it would be nice to think that all those soldiers did not die in vain - that this world can learn to live in peace.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Walking in Ottawa

Looking down the Canal by susanvg
Looking down the Canal, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
Photos: November 1, 2013

We spent a few days in Ottawa. The weather co-operated enough that we were able to walk (though there were moments went the winds made me feel I would fly). The Rideau Canal cuts through the city; it was once an important link between Ottawa and Kingston, with barges plying the waters. Now it is pleasure craft that use the waterway in summer and skaters in winter.


On the pedestrian bridge there were many locks - the tradition of love locks has reached Canada. Some had names written on them in markers; others were engraved. There were strings of locks attached together, combination locks, key locks, bicycle locks - each representing relationships.

Towards Quebec

And then there were the other locks - the ones that raise and lower the height of the water so boats can pass between the Ottawa River and the canal.


After a stroll along the canal it was time to climb up to the city streets.