Summer Flowers Depart + Tea & Toast In Spain + Voices in My Head
Good Morning and Happy Fall from Warren Grove, Prince Edward Island
It is such a beautiful time of year, and we have been blessed with a lovely fall on Prince Edward Island.
A big thank you for the photos below goes to Katherine MacLaine, our talented graphic designer and photographer. For more photo beauty check out her Gardens of Hope Blog.
"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!" ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it." ~ George Eliot
"Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?" ~ Hal Borland
Tea & Toast
A few months ago, I shared an idea about starting a blog called “Tea & Toast” and requested personal stories sharing the joys of food, family or friends around the table, sort of speak. We received five or six stories, but summer came and “tea and toast” moved to the back burner on the stove of life.
I wish to honour those so kind to send stories by sharing them in this blog over the next few weeks.
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Story #1 ~ The Lowther Family..written by Linda Lowther
My mother, Emma McGraw, passed away three years ago today. Listing her gifts and qualities will be for another time as I want to describe how she is to be remembered extraordinarily. She passed on to me the importance of family, get-togethers, and special occasions.
When she left us, she also left us a modest inheritance. I wanted to do something unique with that inheritance, and it had to involve family. We have two sons, both married and each of them has two children. So, there are ten of us. My husband and I have been lucky enough to travel. Our children and grandchildren are busy as young families tend to be and had never left North America. So, I decided we should blow that money on a big trip.
I asked each one of them where they would go if they had a chance. Answers varied from wherever there is no snow to European countries to anywhere you could see a real soccer game! (This comes from Jaxon, the youngest of the crew.)
On Christmas morning in 2018, the two families opened their gifts to discover, clue by clue, where I had chosen to take them. The first clue was a plane ticket. We would fly to Barcelona and spend some time in that magnificent city. Next, a guessing clue suggested that a boat might be involved, and they discovered that we would take a cruise that would take us to France, Italy and Malta and finish off back in Barcelona.
When I saw ideas for this blog, it brought me back to our first day in Barcelona. It was our oldest son’s birthday, and to celebrate, I had chosen to do a Catalan cooking class with a wonderful chef in her home in Barcelona. The two youngest boys were in charge of chopping and spiralizing the vegetables. The birthday boy oversaw dessert. Katie and William had their first taste of cava. Ryan and Dianne peeled the artichokes. Melissa braved the onions. There was a lot of stirring, chopping, laughing, and tasting.
In the end, and dozens of meatballs later, we shared a large table and ate food as we had never eaten before. We shared what was going on in our lives, and the chefs told us stories about Spain and Catalan culture. Chris blew out some candles, and we toasted Emma, for, without her, this would not have been the beginning of the most memorable adventure our family could ever have. Food and families around tables are the best!
P.S.: As for Jaxon, he saw Barcelona FC play soccer in the Camp Nou stadium. And, if you know anything about soccer, seeing Masi score a goal was a bonus!
Father & Son
Thank you sharing this with us, Linda. Loves ya!
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For Classical Music Fans.
The XVIII International Chopin Piano Competition was held from 2 to 23 October 2021 in Warsaw. Initially scheduled for 2020, the quinquennial competition was twice postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you wish to watch all the performances from the competition, you can do so here.
Eighty-seven pianists from 18 countries took part in the main stage of the competition, which was divided into three stages with 87, 45 and 23 participants each, and a final with twelve pianists.
The first prize was awarded to Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu of Canada.
Below is Bruce Liu’s final performance. If you cannot take the time to watch, please take the time to sit in a comfortable chair or lie down, close your eyes and just listen. The beauty of the sound brought tears to my eyes.
The last few weeks availed more time to spend with my family. And we have had lots of laughs thanks to the antics displayed by Millie.
I didn’t capture any on video, but you can get a little fix of the joy dogs can bring by watching the video below.
Thank you for spending the time with me today. I hope your visit was pleasurable.
Have a wonderful weekend.
With love from Prince Edward Island,
Bruce + Millie
ps. Your Morning Smile
When I look at chocolate, I hear two voices in my head.
The first one says, "You need to eat the chocolate.”
The second one says, "You heard. Eat the chocolate."