Offerings from the lilacs on our balcony

Offerings from the lilacs on our balcony

To celebrate spring and all things non snow related, I took a stroll to photograph one of my favourite spring blooms, lilacs. It’s a lazy long weekend here in Toronto with the May 24th weekend the first official long weekend of summer. I know it’s not the 24th but no one calls it by the official name – Queen Victoria’s birthday. The holiday is simply referred to as the 2-4 or May 24th.  I doubt half the people in the country even realise it’s a hold-over from Empire days. But death to the politician who entertains the idea of doing away with it.  It’s a grand excuse to enjoy the first days leading into summer, plant gardens with no fear of frost, open up the cottage, and crack open a case of beer. That’s the 2-4 reference by the way. A case of beer holds 24 bottles, QV’s birthday is the 24th – a match made in Canada.

Alright, I cheated, I went out onto the balcony and snagged some shots without putting on shoes.  We’ve been growing a lilac tree for a couple of years now, and it’s beginning to shine.  We thought we’d lost it two years ago. And again, last year it looked sad and forlorn after we moved. But it survived the extreme cold, benign neglect, and a move. During the summer, it shot up and produced a lot of greenery. It has proven to be quite popular with the local sparrow community that flitters about our balcony. We were concerned they may be eyeing it for nesting at one point. Luckily, they opted for a less traveled location.  This spring, it’s honoured us with a bumper crop of purple.  It loves the corner we plopped it in. Here’s the first photo:

Photo of the lilacs blooming on our balcony

Too bad there isn’t scratch and sniff internet.  The scent is intense this year. Can’t get enough of it.

Photo of the lilacs blooming on our balcony

 I leaned over the balcony and debated about getting dressed and actually going out, but nah – it’s the long weekend. Another espresso prop my feet up and say screw it. I’m not budging for the rest of the day. I can look out my window and admire the birds and the blossoms without putting on shoes. 

 

New apartment, new chair – back in business

New apartment, new chair – back in business

It’s been a busy 2 months, but finally settled into new digs. Great little place felt like home the moment I stepped into the apartment. The hardest part was finding a new chair for my desk. I’ve been on the hunt for about a year looking for a size appropriate chair to use. Yes, a year! Problem is, most chairs are built for taller people so the head rest, arms, depth of chair and back support are all wrong. Even with adjustments, they were never comfortable, and I end up with excruciating pain down my neck and shoulder. I often ended up propped up against pillows in bed just to type for more than 20 min. I have this beautiful old vintage table I’m using, which is a bit lower than a standard desk (don’t get me started on that!) and really wanted a chair to go with it. I was tired of feeling like a 2-year-old at the table, dangling my feet in the air.  Well, I found one – and it was on sale no less – at Staples about 3 weeks ago.  This is the perfect chair for short people. I can sit all day comfortably and put both feet flat on the ground while properly seated.  What a luxury.  The downside to all of this is I no longer have an excuse for procrastinating so much on the website.

I am a bit ticked off – I can’t find my Wacom digital tablet. For the life of me I can’t figure out where I put it. Hoping I didn’t accidently throw it out. Until I find it, no digital artwork will be done. Bugger damn.

On the upside, the lilac tree LOVES its new spot on the balcony. It’s already putting on a display of green.

Photo of my lilac tree Apr 2017It looks better than it did, this time last year.  I carefully trimmed it in the spring, hoping it would help it bloom a bit better. It was a bit touch and go with the tree last summer. The wind up on the NW corner of the old apartment was ferocious most of the time and the poor tree took a hell of a beating. We’re down 6 floors and in the middle of the building (same building) and very sheltered. Even in a bad windstorm, things on the balcony barely ripple. Should go a long way in helping the tree recover.  I’m now thinking of what herbs I’ll be planting. Hopefully, they will do better down here as well. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the splash of green for a few weeks.

Lilac tree on balcony