Marie and I were delighted to hear the news of the upcoming marriage of our son Philippe to Fernanda this coming December in Cancun, Mexico. To them both we wish the most wonderful life together and much happiness. I hope we have set a good example over the years, and although our wedding was back in 1989, I can honestly say to them that the celebration still continues to this day! Here is a poem by Kahlil Gibran, poet and author of the Prophet, I have always liked and which I would like to share with them called On Marriage :
You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
August 15th 1989 Bridgetown, Nova Scotia
Phil was thrilled to find out from PC Insiders (Loblaws grocery store) this past week that he was the official Grand Prize winner of the Presidents Choice Big BBQ Party for the Quebec region! This includes a backyard makeover design consultation and a BBQ meal to feed 30 people, equipment and staff to a maximum of $7500! He is planning the big event for September after I return from Florida! Meanwhile we are all preparing to spend Christmas in Mexico City before flying on to Cancun until the end of the year. Rumour has it that Mexicana airlines will be cancelling more flights as they have recently filed a protection petition through Chapter 15 of the United States bankruptcy code. Keep your fingers crossed we are not affected. Here in Montreal the hot, dry (mostly) summer continues. We (Marie and I, Phil and Fer, and Lara and Chad) all greatly enjoyed the Michael Bublé concert at the Bell centre earlier in the month, but next time we will get tickets a little bit closer! Our seats were in the nose bleed section and the supply of oxygen at those heights was limited! Paul McCartney played there the following week and I am still kicking myself I did not get tickets when they were announced...We are slowly finishing the renovations to the duplex -Verdun Windows and Doors was in to take some measurements for the dining room windows and bedroom door to the balocony which will be installed in September, and I am waiting for a quote on the balcony replacement. I have almost finished the entranceway and stairs, having now installed limestone tile from Turkey in the foyer, replaced the lights and painted a two-tone blue on the walls. I did the steps in a light grey acrylic anti-slip paint that has a gritty feel - a runner will be installed as soon as we can find something to match the colour scheme. The pictures do not do it justice - the beautiful embroidery under the sconce was done by Mom in 1995!
Last weekend we were at the cabin installing t&g pine on the ceiling - it looks good and we should be done before October. Marie and I spent a morning going over the final list of potential homes we will choose from and measuring out the footprint for the foundation. These photos will give you an idea of what style we think will look good in our location and size (1000sq ft approx) we can afford! Invariably the final result will be a combination of them all with redeeming features like a large deck, chimney on the north side and large ground to ceiling windows facing the southeast. Because of the heavy snow in the area we have to go with a steep sloping roof. I am partial to the second one.....
We moved our firepit up to the house level as well - closer to the wood piles I made when I cleared the road a few years ago - and away from the bushes near the cabin. The view is nicer and its drier when it rains. It is one of our ongoing pleasures when we go out to the cabin to sit around the fire after supper with a glass of wine waiting for dusk to creep up on us and the stars begin to appear, watching the flames slowly burn down to a bright glow and listening to strange sounds from the woods. A few weeks ago we were at the bottom of our driveway and met a mother moose and her calf walking towards us. They watched us for a few minutes and disappeared into the bush, not batting an eye! They are so quiet and always about but usually only can be seen in the evening. Last month when I was up at the cabin by myself I noticed three wind turbines way off in the distance (much to my surprise!). It was evening and the sun was setting. It was the slanting rays of the sun hitting the towers that attracted my attention - just visible to the naked eye. I found out that they are part of the Kibby Mountain wind farm project — comprising forty-four 3 MW wind turbines strung along the ridges of Kibby Mtn. to the southeast of us across the border. Half the turbines were put online in October 2009 and I only just noticed them! Click on the image and it will open up in a larger size and if you look at the centre of the photo you will see them - they are too far away to see the actual blades without binoculars but you can pick them out in the photo.
That is it on the news at this end. The next time I blog will be after the 8th of September when I fly back to Montreal. In the meantime thanks for all the positive feedback and to all of you out there who read this enjoy the remaining weeks of summer! Love, always....