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    A Look at Something Rare : Antique and Vintage Paper Things – Thanksgiving and Autumn

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    Hello! It's Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, so Happy Day to those who are celebrating.

    This post began with a desire to show you some really old postcards that were specifically made to convey Thanksgiving wishes, (albeit for the American Holiday, which falls a month and a half later than ours). Then, it grew to include some other autumn themed pieces from my collection of vintage paper items, which, without a doubt, is my biggest collection, made possible because paper things don't take up much space.

    Vintage and Antique paper pieces are called Ephemera, defined as "any transitory written or printed matters that are not meant to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek ephemeros, meaning "lasting only one day, short-lived".

    The reason I love it so much is because these were not meant to survive this long, so I feel lucky to be able to hold them in my hands. It boggles my mind that these were saved by generations of people, kept in such good condition, to eventually make their way onto ebay and ultimately land in my mailbox.

    We'll begin with the oldest items, which are, in fact, the oldest pieces I have in my collection and perhaps the oldest things I own, period. These are antique postcards which were sent in 1909, 1911 and 1912, so they’re over 110 years old.

    Birthday Barbecue with Meghan

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    Hello! It was our dear friend Meghan's birthday recently and we celebrated with a bbq in our backyard. We love this lady and want to do everything we can to make sure she knows it!

    It was the first time in two years (thanks, Covid) that we've had someone over to our home for a meal so nobody except us had tried the grilled polenta recipe that Nick has been perfecting over that period. Of course, he and I have had it many times as we usually cook outside once a week, from spring to fall. We use a charcoal Weber barbecue, so once he gets it going, he likes to grill a bunch of different things in one session, which we eat in different ways throughout the week. And, this grilled polenta is my request every time! We were happy to have the chance to share it with our friend, who also thinks it's delicious. So, it seems the recipe, along with the special sauce to serve with it, are ready to share online -- watch this space next week!

    Follow Up : The recipes for the polenta and sauce are found here.

    Art in Toronto : Continuum at Fort York Historical Museum

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    We experienced something rare and beautiful on Friday evening -- the opening of a fleeting three-day art installation at Fort York. "Continuum" by Toronto based artist Krista Kim and musician Jeff Schroeder, transformed the historic site with light and sound, creating a calm meditative experience.

    Throughout the weekend and on Monday morning (beginning at 5am for the early-birds), guests were invited to come, relax comfortably on blankets, watch the mesmerizing ever-changing pixilated art on the 100-foot long screen, and listen to the soothing sounds of an original abstract guitar soundscape. If desired, they could also listen to the self-guided meditation voiced by the artist, via Youtube.

    The intention of the "meditative generated animation" was to bring healing and wellness to the community. It was presented by Toronto History Museums as part of "The Awakenings Project".

    This was the launch of Continuum's World Tour. Their site describes it like this : "As the world begins to emerge out of a global pandemic that has disrupted and transformed our everyday lives, mental health and well-being are now recognized as crucial self-care practices for everyone. In a symbolic act of healing and rebirth, CONTINUUM will be installed at Fort York National Historic Site, transforming it from a military fortification implicated in colonial history into a light of hope for the future."

    It ended at noon today, however a segment was recorded and permanently saved here on YouTube.

    Holiday at Wasaga Beach : Part 2 – A Very Special Visit

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    Hello! My last post was about our trip to Wasaga Beach, which we took a couple of weeks ago. We rented a cottage through Airbnb and had a very good time. If you'd like to see the story and photos, they are here.

    I ended that post with a photo of me waiting for some very special company to arrive. These fine people were our niece, her partner, our niece-in-law and our FIVE grand-nieces and nephews!

    The children are my older brother's grand-children, sons and daughters of my nephew and niece and their spouses.

    Three of them, including one pair of twins, were born during the pandemic so we hadn't had a chance to meet them yet, making this the first time laying eyes on them in person.

    There was a three year old, a two year old, a couple of 9 month olds and a baby girl who was only 10 weeks old.

    This was one of the most joyful days of my life, so, although I don't usually share family photos or pictures of children on these pages, I feel compelled to share (with permission from the moms and dads) ...

    Holiday at Wasaga Beach : Part 1

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    Hello! We spent last week at Wasaga Beach and had a wonderful time.

    At 14 kilometres, Wasaga is identified as the longest fresh water beach in the world. Located a two hour drive north of downtown Toronto, it's a very popular place during the summer, especially on the weekends. In fact, the last time I was there it was on a Saturday afternoon in July and the place was so crowded that my friends and I got right back into the car and drove further north to a less busy beach.

    However, as you'll see by these photos, it's a completely different place mid-week in September. We practically had the place to ourselves, but given that the water had had a whole summer to warm up and the weather was (mostly) beautiful, it turned out to be a perfect beach holiday.

    Being as long as it is, the beach is divided into sections, with Area One being the oldest and most popular part. We rented a cottage through Airbnb, which ended up being a quick walk to the beach at Area Four. We were there from Monday, September 13th to Friday, September 17th, 2021. (I didn't take any pictures of the place we rented but if you'd like details about the cottage, please contact me by email.)

    Even though people's mindsets begin to change from summer to fall at this time of year, it was nearly 30 degrees the whole time we were there. I didn't even put on the lace-up shoes, socks, or the warm sweater I'd packed once. We swam every day without a single shiver, even upon getting out of the water.

    We also took walks along the beach and throughout the neighbourhood, checking out the charming older original cottages and the stunning new homes that have more recently replaced the old. Along the way, we talked to the people we saw and everyone was so friendly. We ended up having quite a long conversation with a man who, coincidentally, once lived a five minute walk from where we live in Toronto.

    We cooked all our meals at "home" and ate them outside. And on the last full day of our stay, we shared the space with some very special company, indeed. I'll tell you (and share lots of pictures) about that in Part 2 which I'll post early next week.

    These photos are posted in the order in which they were taken throughout the week. Although it was nice and warm the whole time, there was some dramatic weather in there, but the rain only fell at night so it wasn't a problem ...

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