Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter and holidays


I dreaded to visit malls this year in the holidays. Well, my experience today wasn't so bad. After stopping at Canadian Tire to buy Jeff's Christmas present, I went to a mall near a school I work at. Kids from 10-12 have been volunteering for the whole month, week nights and weekends and they are in charge of an "Arbre de Joie" (Tree of Joy) based on the story of a children book. Two teachers from that school were inspired from it and have been doing it for a few years now. They put a tree in the mall, collect present and when you do, you can light up a bulb in the tree. They get hundreds of gifts every year, destined to families who can't afford to buy presents for Christmas. As I knew I was going there, I picked up a nice soccer ball and gave it to an 11 years old boy named Ajmal. I hope you like your present, Ajmal. I'll be thinking of you on Christmas day.

Bec croisé bifacié /Two-barred Crossbill

winter is here

I'll be spending some parts of my vacations that are starting next Thursday at Jeff's parent's house, a 14 hours bus drive up north in Sept-Iles. I will be enjoying the boreal forest, the smell of the cold ocean and perhaps some soynog with a splash of rum by the fire. Exactly what I needed. Until then, I really like the blue light of winter, and I am still not bothered by snow showers just yet. In fact, I can't be happier about snowshoe season!

Snowshoes, this way!

The Fjord we have to cross to get to the other side of the road.

My scanner is broken so hopefully I get back with some new analog photos very soon.

Until then, please have safe, and happy holidays.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Little bits of life


First of all, thank you all for your warm welcome in my first step of blog life. I never expected having more than a handful of followers, even less to have commments (!!) I just want you to know I am very touched by the time you take reading this each time I post something.

I want to share with you photos of Liam, my friends' baby. He is the cutest thing and I each time I see him he gets bigger and so good at being alive. Esther and Dan are amazing parents and I was so happy to get them to visit from Massachusetts this weekend! I miss you already, guys!



Also, I want to apologize for the lack of consistency here. I have a few pictures to share but no time to scan and upload them. I have a crazy pre-Christmas schedule in school and workshops and special activites just get in the way.

We also lost both of our pet rats in the last month, which made us terribly sad. Pet rats are just like miniature dogs, they come by their names and do a bunch of tricks. It was one of the little joys we had in our lives and we've been devastated since their departure. Gaki, our old mama, left us last sunday for rattie's paradise.

In the hopes to bring better news very soon!