Monday, 27 May 2013

Adventure in Gardening

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This spring my mum and I signed up for a community garden plot. There are quite a few community gardens in the area but they seem to fill up so quickly every year. We found a relatively newer one and they are renting out the plots for free this year! So we each grabbed our own. The garden area itself is kind of in a random field near downtown and you have to walk through tall grass to find it, but I love it! It has a little shed complete with a wheelbarrow, watering cans and shovels, and there are giant piles of dirt and mulch to take from.

My mum went to the opening gardening day while I was on vacation and she said it's a total crunchy crowd. My family is slightly mystified and weirded out by any kind of hippies, but I'm pumped to let my crunchy flag fly high!  I secretly would love to live on a commune and be a vegan. Much to my parent's horror :p

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This weekend we planted beets, cabbage, kale, herbs, peas, tomatoes, a whole bunch of stuff. Can't wait to spend some time here this summer!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Paris

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It really truly pains me to even write this, but I was rather disappointed in Paris. Granted, I did sprain my ankle at Versailles, and then got the flu pretty bad, but I didn't fall in love with the place like I thought I would. When I think of Paris I always imagine movies like Amelie and Midnight in Paris (two of my favourite movies), but alas, Paris overall is not really like that. I found Paris to be a city of contrasts, either very beautiful or (dare I say it?) ugly, never in between.

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My favourite part of Paris was definitely the Palace of Versailles (even with a sprained ankle!). I couldn't believe how vast the place was, like its own world! There were fields of sheep and cattle, cobble stone lined streets, little villages, and the gardens, oh my gosh. The gardens were more like manicured forests, so beautiful.

Although it didn't live up to my rather high expectations, I'm still glad I got to see Paris for myself. Now I am looking forward to staying closer to home for the next few months :)

 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

London

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Well I'm back! I never thought I'd be so grateful to be home. Our trip was quite an adventure!  We ate a lot of amazing food, talked to Jamie Oliver (!!!!), I sprained my ankle, got the flu, and met up with an old high school friend. Here are a few of my favourite pictures from London.364492 474 452 404 395 370362 334 300 266 240 229 221 220 147 126 125 096 082 076 075 046 037 028

Dave and I stayed in this apartment in a little village called Pinner just outside of London and we loved it. The hosts literally lived right beside us and they would burn us DVDs, buy us chocolates, and introduce us to their adorable English grand kids (who I couldn't for the life of me understand!).

I miss London (and Jen!) very much.
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