Monday, October 21, 2013

Give Me A Ticket For An Airplane…er Train

Good morning, fellow bloggers. Did you all have a nice weekend? I certainly hope you did. Mine was very nice, thank you for asking. The weather on Saturday was not that great, so we made it a stay-home-and-lounge-around-the-house kind of day. We need some of that, too.

Yesterday was filled with sunshine, so we headed out to the country to see what we can see. The weather has started to cool off, and as you can see from the photo below, autumn’s beautiful colours are quickly coming to an end. Many of the trees have shed their leaves and are looking quite bare; a reminder that winter is headed our way.

The trees are starting to look bare. Autumn splendour is coming to an end.
Monday mornings are usually reserved for humour, but because this will be the only blog post this week, I wanted to explain my absence before I disappear on you.

I’m ditching my hubby and teen daughter this morning, hopping on the train and heading to my hometown of Montreal to visit my family for a few days. I want to spend some time with my wonderful brother and gorgeous sister-in-law, my mother who is getting on in years, and my beautiful 21-year-old daughter who I don’t get to see often enough, and miss terribly. There may be other visits, but my time there is short, so we’ll see how it all comes together. We don’t live that far away, anyhow, so whoever I miss can easily come visit us in Kingston at any time. All it takes is a little effort. And the desire to do so.


This is where I'll be around 9:00 AM.
I’ll be staying with my mom in the neighbourhood I grew up in, so I’ll be taking walks during the day to take photos of the area that holds a million memories for me; the schools I attended, the parks I played in, streets I walked along, and so on. It will be a very nostalgic time, I’m sure.

I’ll be returning Friday night, and will get back to blogging next Monday. But before I go, I want to wish you all a beautiful week. Take care of yourselves. Take care of each other.

So long, blogging friends. See you all soon!

Enjoy the week, and keep on smiling!

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    1. It was really nice, but I'm glad to be back. No place like home!

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  2. Wonderful post and photos ! Have a safe and fun trip ! Chilly out this morning and windy watching the sky slowly open up to the sunrise !

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    1. We had our first frost while I was gone. Looks like beautiful shades of autumn are over. Here comes winter!

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  3. Lovely autumn colors!! Have a wonderful time in Montreal with your family :)

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    1. Thanks goodness I took the time to take photos because the autumn splendour is over!

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  4. oh stunning autumn going to sleep how wonderful indeed to go visit your family you don't look old enough to have a 20 something year old daughter or did I misread and you said sister whatever, I hope you have a fabulous time in my birth place, if you meet any Renaud, or Wuysman, or I forget anyway they're related to me lol and my Godmother's name is also Lorraine Renaud she's short, blond blue eyes the kindest woman you'll ever meet and she's very small and oh what am I saying forget my family enjoy yours and have a ball, see you later Martha! don't forget your camera, lol as if...;)

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine, you are sweet! And yes, I am certainly old enough to have a daughter that age!

      Sadly, I didn't run into your family, so I don't have photos of them! But I did return with lots of photos from my childhood neighbourhood, and from downtown Montreal!

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  5. Martha, here's to a productive week for you....in all aspects of the visit. Enjoy Montreal! As if that wouldn't be easy to do!

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    1. Jim, it would take many trips to cover the area of Montreal! There is so much to see and do. And photograph! I'll have to return again and again. Thankfully I have family there, which makes it possible.

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  6. Safe trip and hope you have a wonderful visit with family and friends!

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    1. It is amazing how fast it came and went. I'll have to go back again to visit more people. Not enough time for all of them!

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  7. Enjoy your trip and your family! Wonderful photos--I love the one of the train.

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  8. Montreal is beautiful this time of year! I know you will bring your camera and gift us with your lovely photos when you get home.

    Have fun!

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    1. I took tons of images of my childhood stomping ground. I have no idea when I'm going to be done sorting them, but eventually I'll create some posts about all that. It was quite a sentimental photographic journey.

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  9. have a great time, safe trip Martha!

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  10. Waving 'bye' to you Martha.
    Have a most wonderful time and safe travels.
    Love the photos
    Smiles

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    1. So that was you waving to me when I looked out the train window :)

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  11. I always wanted to take a train for a long trip but the time durations (sometimes slower than car) and prices make me think otherwise.

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    1. The train I go to Montreal with gets there faster than the car. And they offer amazing deals different times of the year; as much as 50% off, which ends up costing as much as it would cost for the gas expense if I drove there by car. That's when I like to use the train!

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  12. It seems too early for Autumn splendor to end, but your scenery is enchanting any time of year.
    Enjoy your travels.
    xoRobyn

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    1. It was really nice, Robyn! But I'm also happy to be back home.

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  13. Have fun, I bet it will be great to see everyone.

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    1. I spent a lot of time with my family, which was wonderful. But the trip was too short to visit with many other people. I'll just have to take another one in the spring!

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  14. I't's great to go back and have some good family time. I hope you have a good week.

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    1. It was a very nice week, and I'll have to do it again!

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  15. awesome photographs.
    I think that will be a nice visit.

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  16. have a great time! take lots of pics and show us that beautiful Canadian countryside :)

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    1. I took lots of photos, but mostly around the city! I'll put some posts together whenever I get through sorting through them all.

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  17. Have abeautiful week with your family and bring back your memories...I like your photo "Autumn splendour is coming to an end." what is a sign for a cold days...Enjoy!!

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    1. Viera, I took so many photos of the area I spent my childhood in. It was such a sentimental time for me. I look forward to sharing some of that with all of you.

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  18. Have a great trip, Martha. I bet they're all delighted to see you too.

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    1. It was nice, Sulky. Especially for my mom. I know she misses seeing me.

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  19. Just catching up on your blog and hope that you have a wonderfully refreshing time visiting Montreal, family and friends. The train is a relaxing way to travel for sure. Enjoy your week!

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    1. Cathy, the train is such a fantastic way to travel! I spent the time reading and relaxing to and from my trip. It was so enjoyable. I hope to for another visit in the spring. There are so many people to visit, and never enough time.

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  20. Have a nice time! Bring back some great photos to share!

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    1. It was nice to get away, and it is nice to be back home!

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    1. It was great, Francie, but certainly not long enough. I'll have to return in the spring to visit with more friends, and explore more areas!

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  23. Thank you for all your wonderful comments! I just got back last night. I didn't get to see all the people I hoped I would, and not all the plans turned out the way I thought, so I'll have to do a repeat in the spring! But I spent time with my family, and that was wonderful. I'll be catching up on your blogs this coming week.

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  24. O, look at you! I always love to see your joyful radiance. Beautiful pictures as always, and have an awesome trip -- I remember enjoying Montreal very much :)

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  25. O duhh, I just realised the dates -- you're already back! Well, I trust you had a good trip lol!!

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    1. It was a very nice trip, but much too short! I was so happy to spend time with my family, particularly with my mom who is getting on in years. And I got a chance to see my older daughter who I miss. I'm thinking of taking another trip in the spring to visit more friends, and get to see my family again!

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  26. I just know you had a wonderful time ~~ looking forward to the pictures!!

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    1. It was great to get away! I really enjoyed seeing my family, especially my daughter. Took lots of photos of the big city. But I'm happy to be home. I'm much happier in my small area with less traffic, less noise, less tall buildings...but more greenery!!

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  27. Have a great visit back to where you grew up; it will be fun seeing your relatives and walking around the old neighborhood.

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    1. It was great! And very nostalgic. So many memories on every street I walked!

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