Thursday, April 21, 2016

Montreal Walkabout on the Mountain

Glorious day, and worth the extra effort to get out of our flat, and thread my way past all of the massive road construction on my street to go for a wander on our mountain.

We are lucky enough to have Mont Royal Park smack dab in the middle of the city. There are sections that make you feel as though you're deep in the woods in the country, and other sections that feel like Central Park. This is because the landscape architect for both parks is Frederick Law Olmsted. The highlight for me is the grand lookout with its the stunning view of the city below.

My only pet peeve today is the number of people yakking on their cell phones oblivious to their surroundings and others. Some of them, unbelievably, were on speaker phone yammering on about groceries they have to pick up or in one guy's case, the wholesale price of silver amulets.

Seriously, people. Take five. You're in NATURE. Look around you, take it all in, and enjoy it in peace, because that's what the rest of us are trying to do.

We live in the far bottom right corner!

Spring fever

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Montreal Walk #289

The weather is sunny and warm again, so time for another Montreal walkabout, this time in the old part of the city.

Convention centre

Chateau Ramsey and statue of Drapeau


Spot the very bad word

Notre Dame Cathedral

This refers to the statue below. Not sure I get it.

City Hall

Next to Notre Dame Cathedral

Convention centre

Friday, April 15, 2016

Dive trip to Grenada February 2016

This is how we celebrated my 60th! A lionfish hunt and bbq on the beach, a shark dive in rough water that went awry (but I saw a big shark) then some wreck diving at 125' and lots of relaxing zen type dives just meandering through coral gardens and checking out the wildlife.
Sculpture Garden Grenada

Porcupine fish

Banded butterflyfish?
baby sea turtle


black spotted moray eel

Blue chromis?

octopus playing hide and seek

sleeping nurse shark

old turtle below Doug

Garry recovering after herding the turtle

spotted trunkfish

Lionfish- the hand signal for these is a firing gun, because it's an invasive species

scrawled filefish?

Conch - delicious raw or in fritters

blue striped grunts?

Spotted drum

French Angelfish
Garry at the Bianca C.
Sandals La Source Grenada