Saturday, April 12, 2014


or, if you're Daffy Duck, "firthtth"!  Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day and lots of folks were out in t-shirts and shorts avec doggies and/or prams getting a good dose of vitamin D after a long, cold and bitter winter.  My latest jdpegs are, I hope, just the beginning of what's to come...

First Magnolia blossom
First Christmas Cactus bloom
First variegated Crocus 
First non-fly pollinator

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The first signs of Spring!

At Last!


Aconites emerging from "the white stuff"

Clivea basking in the sun

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Where's Spring?

Tulips in front of painting
   It's still cold outside and there's still snow on the ground.  Worst of all it's the end-of-winter kind - muddy, icy and exposing the garbage it has hidden all season.  What we really need right now is some colour in our lives, courtesy of cut flowers and flowering plants.

Azalea in bloom

My favourite Christmas Cactus

Different Tulips, same Painting

African Violet

     There, don't you feel warmer already?

Sunday, March 02, 2014

A four-letter word.

Snow.  What did you think I was going to say?

CC clears the snow on the path to the compost
Half-buried chimney pot
Submerged Urn

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day

Chocolate Hedgehogs from Purdy's
     I took today off work, not because it's Valentine's Day, but because Monday is a holiday and I wanted an extra-long weekend.  I haven't been sleeping particularly well this week so it was a bonus to have a bit of a sleep-in.  CC bought some chocolates from Purdy's, in Oakville, earlier this week just for today.

Dried Cotton
     Instead of buying roses, I bought some dried stems of cotton for us to enjoy.  I like how unusual they are and the fact that they will last a lot longer than roses.  They were wrapped in red paper, so they definitely looked Valentines-ey!

Grilled Calamari
     CC and I aren't big celebrators of Valentine's Day, but seeing as I was home from work, we decided to go out for a nice lunch at Bin 23.  It wasn't terribly busy, so it made it more intimate and we didn't have to yell over the din of the other diners.  We each had a glass of white wine and shared an appetizer of grilled calamari which was served with a grilled lemon slice, arugula and olives.  Delicious!  We then followed up with the Rainbow Trout entree, served with perfectly grilled vegetables and sweet potato frites.  There was no room for dessert, but we knew there were chocolate hedgehogs waiting at home for us.  All in all, a relaxing and romantic day off.

Rainbow Trout

Saturday, February 08, 2014


     Recently, I joined Instagram as yet another outlet for my photography.  My cousin G., in England, is on it a lot and she posts pictures of the brownies she makes and sells, so it's another way for us to keep in touch.  My user name is jdpb82, so feel free to follow me there.

     Late last year, the Research Institute at the hospital I work at moved into a brand new building, the PGRLC.  My lab is located on the 19th floor, so there are many wonderful views to take in, especially from the lounge that looks out onto Bay Street.

Snow Squall

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Views from Work

     I live in G-Town and commute, via "Skinny-Dog", to Hogtown.  I take the 5:30 a.m. in, and am usually up on the 19th floor of work by 7.  During this time of year, I beat the sunrise (and everyone else on the floor it seems).  So, while I'm sipping my morning tea or coffee, I take the opportunity to watch the sun come up over the lake and city.

     It's amazing how quickly the colours change and give off some much-needed warmth in this particularly-cold winter.

     By the afternoon, the sun is well over to the west, and makes the distant urbanity seem minuscule and ghost-like.

     It's also quite amazing to watch fronts of weather move in and across the skyline, dwarfing the tall buildings below.