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We enjoyed a beautiful vacation in the mountains a few weeks ago. The conditions were perfect for a little snowshoeing and some ski lessons for the boys. The crystals in the snow were very inspiring. I’m using crystalline shapes in my next piece. I can’t think this is a coincidence.

I haven’t really been taking photos lately. These are all Peter’s photos. I guess my mind is either on textiles or photos but not both. I’ll try to get some photos up of current projects soon.

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I popped into the Silk Weaving Studio at Granville Island the other day. My iphone shot does not do justice to the sumptuous colour and hand of this amazing Noren.

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We spent the  morning in the land of Mordecai Richler, William Shatner and local indy music. Just west from our own neighbourhood is Mile End. It feels like the land that time forgot. It looks so much like the kind of place where Mr. Hooper just might have a store and Big Bird’s nest could be tucked away in one of the well used little alleys.

We heard more English here and found it to be more multi-cultural than other areas we’ve been to. The boys were particularly fascinated by the Hasidic Jews. We haven’t seen many until today.

We also found sweet chocolate bagels, interesting graffiti, an old school soda fountain and a beautiful paper store. The highlight for us was Drawn & Quarterly where we spent a good long while perusing the stacks and reading Tin Tin books. It felt like we met yet another of Montreal’s many distinct personalities.

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We made these funny little men at a puppet making workshop. It was nice to see and learn about the different kinds of puppets and meet the puppeteers. We’re planning to go see a puppet show by Panadream next week.

These guys are super easy to make from cardboard and on the back is a handle made from a block of wood and a bit of dowel so you can spin them and make them dance.

I’m loving all of the free workshops and activities here. I wish there was more public support for arts and festivals in Vancouver. Life is never dull here! We saw an amazing production of Peter Pan in Parc Laurier. The boys have decided that this park is full of magic. Fire breathing dragons one day and piratical clowns the next . . .

Our days are punctuated with visits to the local outdoor pools which are also free during the week. We are lucky to have two right near by but the boys have found their favourite. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that there is a great ice cream shoppe on the way.

With one week left until we go home we are trying to squeeze in all the adventures we can. It’s off to see some friends visiting from Vancouver then the Science Centre and lobster for dinner today. A visit to the tam tams and a trip to parc national des illes-de-Boucherville is planned for tomorrow and I’m hoping to get in at least a little bit of shopping. Next week we are going to re-visit some of our favourite places and celebrate another family birthday. Maybe one more trip to the Botanical Garden and the MMFA for me too!

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We had a wonderful weekend in the Eastern Townships. What a beautiful part of the country. We started out in Granby where the little one got a taste of cotton candy and we watched an amazing old time circus. Then off to Lac Brome for a quick toe dip before heading to Mount Orford. Our hotel had a great outdoor spa and pool and I got to have a little massage treatment myself. We were serenaded by talented Opera students as we ate on the patio. It felt very decadent!

On the way home we stopped at charming Magog for a little lunch and a playground break before heading to Saint Benoit-du-Lac Abbey for some home made cheese and cider. The rolling hills of the countryside reminded me so much of Vernon. If only we hadn’t accidentally left our cameras at home we might have captured it.  Still, it was a bon weekend!

I’ve started using instagram again if you want to follow along! My username is owlpussycat.

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We spent a rainy morning at the Biodome with most of the rest of Montreal’s summer tourists. Sadly, the otters were taking a nap but this capybara came out to say hello. I’ve been giving the nine year old a little more responsibility and letting him discover the camera. His shots came out pretty well I think.

Both boys are having growth spurts. They’re eating constantly and often sensitive and out of sorts. It’s difficult to support them while we are away from our familiar surroundings.

The four year old has learned to print and draws in every spare moment. He fills pages and pages with letters and drawings. The nine year old however is still a mystery. I’m waiting for his latest development to emerge but it’s not easy!

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The metro stations have been an adventure in themselves. I’m still a little anxious about the Barri-UQAM station at rush hour where we almost left the oldest on the platform! Each one has it’s own character and inspiring uses of concrete are everywhere.