Marché Atwater is one of Montreal's most popular food markets, featuring fresh produce, over ten butcher shops, three cheese shops, a fish shop and over a dozen specialized boutiques. Marie and I walked there from the duplex on Saturday morning to pick up some fresh fruit, corn and meats, enjoying another hot day in the city. Atwater Market has been around since 1933 and is one of the most recognizable landmark on the Lachine Canal with a beautiful Art Deco building, recently renovated, and the tallest structure in St. Henri. I had been to the other big market at Jean Talon but this was my first visit to this one - they had everything here: local produce like pain au chocolat, French pastries and breads of every size and shape, fresh strawberries, delicious Quebec cheeses and maple syrup products, varieties of sausages I could never have imagined, and stalls cooking up wonderful smelling crepes. It was a kaleidoscope of colour - huge baskets of fruit, stalls of red, yellow, and green vegetables and enormous bouquets of multihued flowers covered every inch of available space. I took some photos of the variety of products one never sees in the grocery stores so start drooling!.... I cannot wait to go back! gws
Friday, July 22, 2011
|me trying to stay cool in our lake (the Saddle in the back)|
|0530 am, July 19th, 2011|
|my ever beautiful wife Marie at the swimming lake|
This year, more than any other, we have both noticed less people, 4x4s and motorbikes about, even on weekends with perfect weather. With the Quebec construction holidays now here I am sure it will change as more people arrive for those two weeks. The town of Notre-Dame-des-Bois, a few miles away from our cabin, has been in the Montreal papers recently as it is the "gateway" to the Observatory on Mt Magentic, but the afternoon I drove down to the town to pick up some things at the depanneur I stood in the middle of the street taking pictures and didn't see a soul!
|Notre Dame des Bois, 4pm!|
|view of our mountain from highway 212|
|still lots of wild strawberries around the property|
|bee on my hens 'n chicks|
|marking off chalet location with yellow rope|
That evening I drove down to the lake to call home, as I do whenever I am at the cabin alone. I get a very good signal here (thank you Telus), facing the Saddle (the top of the mountain is the border between Quebec and Maine), and it is peaceful, quiet and a great place to watch the sun set. Imagine my surprise and thrill to hear the good news - I am to be a Grandpa! Congrats Phil and Fer!
|Phil & Fer, July 20th|
|Lara, 20th July... learning Spanish|
It won't be long now till July slips into August and the days slowly start getting shorter... More pix and news on the way so come back and visit again. Meanwhile have a great weekend and try to stay cool! gws
Saturday, July 9, 2011
My sister Lyn drove up from Brooksville, Florida this month in her Saab convertible to visit with us for a week, on her way to Ontario to see Rande and Richard. She met me at the border crossing at Coburn Gore, Maine and followed me to the cabin, fifteen minutes away, on our property in the Domaine des Appalaches. The weather was perfect, hot and dry with no humidity and she enjoyed her first trip to the mountains where we will be living. We spent the time getting to know the area, roaming about the Domaine, walking down to our fishing lake, picking wild strawberries at the top of the mountain, and just enjoying the peace and quiet. We also took a drive around Lac Megantic, stopping in the town for coffee at Mickey Dees and then coming back through Piopolis.
|me at Notre Dame des Bois roadsign, highway 212|
|Lyn and Muffy in my hammock|
|at picnic spot overlooking Mt Magentic with the old Runner|
|clearing grass with my new Echo trimmer|
After a few days we headed back together to Montreal where she stayed for another three days. I took her for a tour of the city one hot day and we spent 12 hours roaming around, walking up St Catherine and St Denis, taking the Metro out to the Olympic Stadium, and going out for supper at one of our favourite restaurants, L'Acadamie.
|at the Big "O"|
|cooling off on St Catherine|
|outside the Metro|
|with Marie on the Metro|
On her last day in Montreal I took Lyn over to Nun´s Island for a short visit with Lara, then it was back home for a bbq with Phil and Fer. Soon enough it was time to move on once more - west on the 401 to the Big Smoke...gws
|St Lawrence River, Montreal|
|Lyn and Lara, Montreal|