This has been a wonderful long weekend. I got off work early on Friday and went for a long walk in High Park, where the autumn colors have started showing. The weather here has been spectacular lately - reaching into the 20's with sunshine every day. It feels warmer and sunnier than the summer did, and it reminds me yet again why October is my ABSOLUTE favorite month.
A little later on Friday night Lauren came over for supper and we made Cauliflower soup and Pumpkin Pie, which, you basically can't ask for a more harvest/autumn oriented meal.
On Saturday it was much the same, with golden bright sunshine. I took the opportunity to prime and paint two very large IKEA LACK shelves we found on someone's trash heap a few weeks back; maybe not coincidentally I chose a bright yellow called 'Brilliance.' Perhaps I was inspired by these beauties, which someone left on my kitchen table as a surprise :)
Today we got the chance to go out to Milton with some work friends who also climb. The day couldn't have been more perfect; sunny skies with bright autumn leaves and warm sun. We got to Rattlesnake Point (hopefully not named for actual rattlesnakes....) mid-morning and there began my first ever outdoor climbing session. I thought after Joe set up the first top-rope anchor that we'd all have to rappel down the cliff but actually there were stairs. Which is good, because it's one thing to climb slowly up a cliff and then be let down; it's quite another to just fly out backwards down a 50-foot drop.
Prepare yourselves for full autumn GLORIOUSNESS!!
On top of all that, I managed to paint some new watercolors and have almost finished my latest book - 'Birds without Wings' ...AND, I didn't finish watching two movies: The Hunt (couldn't handle the Danishness) and "Much Ado About Nothing" (fell asleep). That is one fulfilling weekend :)
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Can autumn in Ontario be beat? Is October actually the best month of the entire year? Based on our lovely hike this past Thanksgiving weekend, I'm going with no and yes respectively.
Seeking solace in nature and deciding to give up my day job to become a park ranger episode 100: the Algonquin edition.
All those things you've heard about the exquisite nature and painfully blue waters of the Bruce Peninsula? Absolutely true.
It's that time of year again: the time when residents and visitors alike stream en masse to take ridiculous posed photos of themselves underneath some of the prettiest trees in bloom.
Is it snowing a metric buttcraptonne outside? That can only mean one thing: It's time to ski until you can no longer feel your cheeks.
The only thing better than hiking the greenbelt? Skiing the greenbelt.
When winter feels like it is oppressively forcing you to sit on the couch and watch Game of Thrones, FIGHT BACK. Go visit your very own wall of ice at the ends of the earth - i.e., Dundas Valley Conservation Area.