Humpity Day: There’s Just Something About…

…a matinee, a stroll, and a gelato.

We used to live down the road from the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

It was a blessing and a curse.

Curse

Have I told you how much I love live theatre?

Blessing

Rush seats.

Last week, on a typically gorgeous, N-O-T-L day, we motored around the lake for a day of walking and noshing and theatre.

It might’ve been over the river and through the woods in my imagination.

But we motored.

To see…

Peter and the Starcatcher

Shaw Festival Playbill 2015

Shaw Festival Playbill 2015

I have not been entertained so well in a very long time.

It was fast, funny, frenetic.

Wild, readers. Wild!

I loved the modern references and the bare-bones set.

PATS was performed storytelling-style.

The actors were and did all.

Stamina.

They had it.

I was charmed.

I wanted to be a pirate, a mermaid, a clam, an orphan… a girl.

Here’s the behind-the-scenes look…

On stage at the Royal George Theatre from April 8 – November 1.

Black Stache…

Help me, Rhonda.

I’m thinking I might go again.

Just as soon as I learn Norse Code.

A stellar performance by a stellar cast.

Yes. I used stellar twice on purpose.

You can follow Shaw Theatre on Twitter here for the latest Shaw news.

Here be Humpity Day.

Let’s just imagine ourselves right over it.

Elen

Single Shot Monday: Open Space +

We toured some of Doors Open Toronto this past weekend, the 16th annual.

Because we had limited time, we visited one locale with three venues — The Aga Khan Museum, The Ismaili Centre Toronto, and the Aga Khan Park. This link will give you a brief overview of each of these sites.

We struck out early on Saturday morning — Okay, early for Saturday! — heading to 77 /49 Wynford Drive. We toured the gardens first, followed by a guided tour of the Ismaili Centre. As early as we were, a thousand people had been guided through ahead of us. It was a well-organized and welcoming tour. I felt the pride in and joy of this centre.

The Ismaili Centre in Toronto — a gathering place for worship and education — was built in 2014 and is one of six throughout the world. We have two in Canada. The other is in Vancouver. The architectural theme is light and unity. The building is modern and one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. The Prayer Hall, a sacred space where we were asked to remove our shoes and turn off the cameras, is the centre’s most stunning feature.

In keeping with Single Shot Monday, here is a single shot.

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One aspect of the Aga Kahn Park, which is being inaugurated today.

Everything is natural and open and…

…tranquil.

I could sit there for hours, and there’s a place for that.

Clicking it bigger is the only way.

to be continued…

Elen

Close Shot Friday 097… A Green Situation

What a week. All I want to do is post this bloggity and take a nap… in my jammies.

With a blankie.

Maybe there’s a teddy bear around here I can borrow.

This week was a crush.

And a rush.

Toing and froing to the airport.

Toing and froing to Niagara.

Toing and froing to the big TO.

I’m all t & f’d out.

Without further ado.

I like green.

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There’s a green situation going on at the front of the garden gate.

This hosta is just beginning to unfurl its leaves.

I always thought the specimen behind it was False Solomon’s Seal. But after doing some online research, I’m unsure. It came from the nursery. Solomon’s Seal is rare.

Help me out, gardeners.

What is it?

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Pardon me while I fall into a little green swoon.

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This is one of my thymes. It’s growing in the garden crypt.

I just want to pinch its leaves.

Seriously.

You’ll want to click those green situations bigger.

Here be Friday.

You know what to do. Meet you in the bar in 3…2…1…

Mebbe.

Zzz.

Mebbe not.

Elen

Tuesday is the New Monday…

In recognition of Victoria Day weekend — the May long weekend — I decided Tuesday is the new Monday. It was an executive decision total whim.

Deal.

You didn’t want to hear from me anyway. I was high on 2 and 3/4 nights of fireworks.

Yes, fireworks in Burbville.

It was a toss up who would get the anti-anxiety med, the G-Pup or me.

Just kidding.

The G-Pup won hands down.

I actually like the bang, the whiz, the pop… and the occasional fwump of a cracker gone wrong.

Well, maybe not right over the house. I like to be on a blanket on some grassy knoll overlooking a lake, with the bang-whiz-pop going off on the lake.

But I’m not picky.

Victoria Day weekend — the weekend of pool and cottage opening, grillin’, and long lines at the nurseries.

Since I don’t have a pool, nor a cottage, I joined those standing in the nursery lines.

When I go to the nurseries, I take cash so the G-Man doesn’t have to rent a trailer to haul my garden splendor back to the casa.

He probably shouldn’t have talked me into watching Around The World in 80 Gardens with Monty Don. Also, here. By the time Don got to the patio gardens of Cordoba, Spain, I was a gonner.

Gonner.

You have only yourself to blame, G-Man!

Let’s have a little morning splendor from my own garden. This was taken yesterday.

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No. I never tire of it. The scent! The scent!

You know the drill. Bigger is better. Click.

And a little gratuitous pink shot from the morning G-Pup walk.

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Oh, and this. The trees are dropping their blossoms, I tell you. Make way for the leaves!

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See. It’s Tuesday instead of Monday.

So I can get away with three shots.

Right?

Here be Tuesday.

The new Monday.

Rock it.

Elen

Close Shot Friday 096 + PeeGee +…

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Puh-lease. Click it bigger.

I’m pumped.

Even the specter of my passport photo op this afternoon shall not deter my pumped mood.

Friday.

Of the long weekend.

Victoria Day weekend.

That up there. That’s my PeeGee Hydrangea…. a shrub masquerading as a tree. That’s what it looks like in July. It doesn’t look anything like that right now. It’s just popping its leaves.

I’m thinkin’.

What goes with PeeGee?

Well, this…

The Bee Gees! (1966)

The Bee Gees! (1977)

Had to put up both. Such totally different sounds.

Which Bee Gee sound do you like better?

Early? Or late?

I like all the sounds they made. All of them.

Here be Friday.

You know what to do. Meet you in the bar in 3…2…1…

Elen

Hump Day: Stumped…

Stumped.

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Stumped, I tell you.

It’s Hump Day, and I have nothing to say.

Nothing.

Nuthin’.

Ever happened to you?

What do you do?

Do you just barrel through like I’m doing right now?

Do you call it a day?

Throw in the towel?

Hang up your hat?

Add your euphemism here.

Quit?

Quit is just harsh.

Quite.

We had a little cold snap overnight, and I think it snapped my brain. We’re back in sweats and windbreakers and hoodies. Eating grilled cheese sandwiches and thinking about roasts of beef.

The seedlings are shivering.

The Canada Geese are honking.

The birds are turning tail.

The chipmunks went down under.

Here’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to sit and stare at this…

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…vacantly, until I have an attitude adjustment.

Here be Hump Day.

Let’s just stare right over it.

Elen