Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
and from a vantage point at the near end of the bridge we can see where we are headed
click on the pictures to embiggen for maximum viewing pleasure
it is still a bit early for the yachts to be in the water, though I met a few people undressing their boats, feeling hopeful…
as were these fishermen. but wait, see the choppy, brown water? it was rather windier than I anticipated
making it hard taking pictures, though entertaining to watch the gulls struggling to stay aloft. this little guy was taking a well deserved breather.
see how these bronzed figures had to struggle to hold down this massive sail?
and yes, all these pictures were taken on the same day, just in slightly different directions and with two different cameras.
we’ll start at the … less pretty end. the part with the ships and the steel plant in the background. the paths are level and wide enough for pedestrians, cyclists and roller bladers.
we pass by The Discovery Centre, which is probably quite interesting. it was closed by the time
I finished my coffee at the coffee pub. on the plus side, it was exciting to realize that the sun was still high in the sky at 5pm.
lots of seating is provided for a resting view of the yachts that will eventually be berthed
before we wander over the hill that will take us to this side of the park
where we find ourselves a little beach.
but remember, we are still in the most industrial part of an industrial city. from ships to trains in about 5 kms of what is actually a wonderful green space.
now, I have to walk back to my car…
Monday, March 22, 2010
MondayAMuse will return to its regularly scheduled spot next week.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I was at the flower show on Thursday and wandering through the marketplace section, looking for
free samples new and interesting things, when I came across a tea merchant stall. Ever since I taste tested fresh, exotic, blended loose leaf teas, I have been unwilling to go back to the store brands. Last summer I was introduced to Yerba Mate tea. It has more antioxidants than green tea and has many health benefits. But mostly, I liked the taste.
But then I saw the display of gourds and metal straws, I immediately thought of Betty in Paraguay. Betty had casually mentioned in her blog about having tereré. Then she had to explain what it was, which you can read here. (Or you can check the link above for Yerba Mate).
Anyway, I thought this was pretty neat to learn about the South American way of drinking this tea out of a gourd with a straw (bombilla) last week, then to actually find them. And I love meeting people who are so excited about their product. He happily opened as many jars of tea to let me smell as I wished all the while sharing information about the flavours and differences and benefits. And he was excited that I had just learned a little about these strange cups.
It was just too interesting to pass up, so I had to buy one. I was instructed how to 'season' the gourd (fill with hot water and let it sit overnight), how to fill the gourd with the tea leaves and how to drink from the metal straw. That metal straw had me a little worried.
I bought a Mango Yerba Mate and a Lemon Rooibos tea to try. One teaspoon into the cup. Fill with hot water. Let it sit - keeping the metal straw out of the hot water!
My gourd has been seasoned and the tea steeped...
It is difficult to get around the idea of drinking something hot through a straw. This is not meant for fast consumption, but for savouring.
The straw makes for a more intense flavour.
Almost in the same way that drinking through the little hole in the takeout cup lids will do.
This might take a bit of getting used to.
I wish I had a bigger gourd...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
- 'Barton Village'
- Dundurn Park
- Pier 4
Monday, March 15, 2010
So, here are some ideas if you need help waking up in the morning.
This pillow uses a 'LED fabric substrate' below the surface to wake you up using light.
although this guy looks like he has a bit of insommnia, or is dead.
It also functions as a clock...
See how it turns you into a cartoon figure?
Or you may want a scented clock...
this little porker wakes you up with the smell of bacon
You might want to keep the dogs in another room.
or my new favourite this Verbarious Clock
which spells out the time. click on the link and you will see how it works,
the demo clock will set itself to your time
I do wonder why it takes so many words to say "midnight" in Russian?
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I do have hundreds of great sky shots in my files, but this week's challenge of sunrise/sunset specifically said "no archives".
So, I stayed up every morning to capture a sunrise.
Then I tried for a sunset, hoping this overcast sky would add some drama.
Sadly, the sun was actually setting farther off to the right and the cloud cover evened itself out and blanked out the last bit of sun. Still, it is a pretty dusk scene so I am including it.