Friday, June 29, 2012

Poetry Thoughts

...Leonard Cohen is an excellent poet!  Found some samples some weeks ago...will have to look them up!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Super night!!!!

Here are some photos of my stint at volunteering at the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday.  I started off in the VIP Tent at the beach--cool view of the racers finish line!  So many people out and about, it was a great morning in the sun.

At night, I was backstage with the performers--what a great time!   It was nice to help out at the event; here are some pictures from my day--I'll definitely be back next year!

At the beach!!!

Dragon Boat Racers!!

Guys from PS I Love You!

David Usher and me--what a way to end the night!!  Thanks, David!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Biking and striking

This is what biking out in the nice night air, and then biking 15km stationary at a zippy pace for 50 min listening to Celtic Flogging Molly and energetic alternative rock will do...dancing around with 3D glasses from some theatre thrown in for fun...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I can live again

My ruse, my muse have left me!  But alas, I can finally begin vigorously refreshed, anew.  Checked back into old sketches I had done through the year, and really looking forward to my new project!  Can't wait to show everybody once I get going!!! :D

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Found some more quirky old poems!!!

Lady Clara Vere de Vere

  by: Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)


Lady Clara Vere de Vere,
Of me you shall not win renown:
You thought to break a country heart
For pastime, ere you went to town.
At me you smiled, but unbeguiled
I saw the snare, and I retired:
The daughter of a hundred Earls,
You are not one to be desired.


Lady Clara Vere de Vere,
I know you proud to bear your name,
Your pride is yet no mate for mine,
Too proud to care from whence I came.
Nor would I break for your sweet sake
A heart that doats on truer charms.
A simple maiden in her flower
Is worth a hundred coats-of-arms.


Lady Clara Vere de Vere,
Some meeker pupil you must find,
For were you queen of all that is,
I could not stoop to such a mind.
You sought to prove how I could love,
And my disdain is my reply.
The lion on your old stone gates
Is not more cold to you than I.


Lady Clara Vere de Vere,
You put strange memories in my head.
Not thrice your branching limes have blown
Since I beheld young Laurence dead.
Oh your sweet eyes, your low replies:
A great enchantress you may be;
But there was that across his throat
Which you hardly cared to see.


Lady Clara Vere de Vere,
When thus he met his mother's view,
She had the passions of her kind,
She spake some certain truths of you.


Indeed I heard one bitter word
That scarce is fit for you to hear;
Her manners had not that repose
Which stamps the caste of Vere de Vere.


Lady Clara Vere de Vere,
There stands a spectre in your hall:
The guilt of blood is at your door:
You changed a wholesome heart to gall.
You held your course without remorse,
To make him trust his modest worth,
And, last, you fix'd a vacant stare,
And slew him with your noble birth.


Trust me, Clara Vere de Vere,
From yon blue heavens above us bent
The grand old gardener and his wife
Smile at the claims of long descent.
Howe'er it be, it seems to me,
'Tis only noble to be good.
Kind hearts are more than coronets,
And simple faith than Norman blood.


I know you, Clara Vere de Vere:
You pine among your halls and towers:
The languid light of your proud eyes
Is wearied of the rolling hours.
In glowing health, with boundless wealth,
But sickening of a vague disease,
You know so ill to deal with time,
You needs must play such pranks as these.


Clara, Clara Vere de Vere,
If Time be heavy on your hands,
Are there no beggars at your gate,
Nor any poor about your lands?
Oh! teach the orphan-boy to read,
Or teach the orphan-girl to sew,
Pray Heaven for a human heart,
And let the foolish yoeman go.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Some pictures

Some pictures of my little journey--after winding my way through the throngs of Old Montreal and experiencing the 'no left turn' phenomenon, I actually made it to the highway in one piece, no tourists attached.  Here are some photos from Willowbank farm and the Old Port.


I thought the barn was really neat from the inside--what a play of light and pattern!

Didn't want the carrots!


Sunday, June 17, 2012


I took a personal trip to Montreal this weekend (still here!) and stopped at a horse farm on the way.  I will attempt to upload pictures, but being a bit of a dinosaur with tech not sure if it'll work.

Weekend started here yesterday with piano recitals--saw Franco la Braca play--what a superb pianist!!!  I hear he is a great percussionist as well.  What a treat to listen to his Beethoven piece at the end of the concert.

Ended up walking barefoot through the streets of Montreal because one shouldn't walk very far in high heels...ouch!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Steven Page at Westfest

Steven Page at Westfest, Ottawa.  Not a great video, but still one of the greatest Canadian singers!!!  Loved the show.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Horse Heaven!!!

Finally got out there and went riding!!!  Heavenly bliss!!!  The thing I love most in the world.  Wish I was out there every day!  Felt like the most natural thing in the world--didn't miss a beat.  Here's my album:

  On the trail

Stopping for grass and clover treats

Ready to go!

After the ride

Our trusty Swiss guide

Friday, June 1, 2012

Orleans Festival 2012

The Orleans Festival at the Shenkman Centre has begun!!!  Set up was last night, with cable ties, snippers, and artists working hard to put up artworks galore.  The musical and performance events begin today, and the visual artist displays are up and looking great.  I will be there sometime today, and also tomorrow for the:

Meet the Artists from 2pm-4pm, Saturday, June 2

Come on down and bring your family for a fun-filled three days!  See the link below for further details.

Here is my latest painting, also up for sale at the show:

"Conversation on York St., Oil on Canvas, 12x9 inches, $295"