While taking some shots of a Catholic cathedral in the east end of towntown Montreal, I noticed and photographed this homeless man sleeping near one of the sidedoors of this church. He appeared dead to the world quietly sleeping there, on this side street ninety degrees to a busy boulevard just South from his spot.
I had passed this church numerous times while travelling by car however, I never stopped to look it over better. My chance for this happened just after leaving a business meeting at an old style Quebecois graystone building nearby. That day I had conveniently brought my small digital camera knowing I would have an opportunity to do some exploring. Leaving that meeting I headed down this street towards Rene Levesque boulevard just a little ways down from where I was and rounding the corner of this street I came face to face with this interesting church.
The cathedral was a typical classical “Norman” greystone construction and sported tall towers with long pointy roofs decked with a cross. I had fun taking many pictures from all accessible sides one these photos is shown here.
This abandoned, fire damaged old house, actually a Summer residence very close to Lake Champlain once belonged to an old timer I used to know. I took this photo in the Winter shortly after the fire that occurred during the previous Fall. The scene is in B/W to emphasize and provide a somber, desolate looking appearance.
When the old man, I believe he was in his early nineties, passed away he left it to his son and family to use and enjoy however, tragically, his son a real drinker passed away about a year later and his family just let the place deteriorate. They seldom visited it and one day vandals broke in and started a fire which neighbors along with the local municipal fire department doused however, it was too late because the house had suffered great damage.
It was too bad because along with the house also went the source of perhaps, one of the best deep spring well water in this area. The water from this well was so nice, clear, and cold just simply refreshing during the hot days of Summer I remember this because I had been fortunate enough to sample it.
Our banana blueberry walnut wheat muffins are not only delicious and nutritious, they also look yummy in their pictures, good enough to eat however, that part has not been perfected yet for consumer consumption though our scientists are working out the details. You may however, settle for just making them yourself from our recipe below.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cream of wheat cereal
- 1/2 cup large rolled oats
- 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
In an appropriate mixing bowl combine the first six ingredients and beat mixture well. Add the rest of the ingredients into the batter and beat until all is thoroughly mixed. Meanwhile, prepare your muffin tin forms by greasing with some margarine. Fill each cup/cavities in your muffin tin forms with prepared muffin batter.
Preheat oven to 375 F then place muffin tins to bake for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, enjoy with some butter or margarine or just plain mmmm!
This “threes” picture shows a local rock band playing with three women singers vocal support. I took a number of pictures that night from various angles while at the same time trying to save my hearing because of the cranked up sound. The concert happening was across from our city hall in the month of July.
This particular group was pretty good and the women certainly did a fine job complementing the two guitar players and the drummer in their songs.
Love is in the air because today is after all, the treasured Saint Valentine’s day. This fact certainly migitates this week’s theme influencing many into showing pictures of loved ones or something related to love as their treasure.
I could have followed the herd however, our theme is “TREASURE” and instead, because presently the Sochi Olympics are happening, chose to use this picture after discovering a prized set of Olympic and other Canadian and American silver coins that I inherited and somehow forgot about.
The Montreal Olympics were in 1976 and I have this set of proof silver coins from then along with two really old coins from the turn of the last century, and lots of other silver.
This week’s interesting exercise is providing a self-image or “selfie” and as usual our WordPress staff member “michelle w” has provided us an example, it is however, rather fuzzy centered behind some sort of circular art. Trying to follow her example, here is a fuzzy closeup mirrored image showing me raising my glass of wine as a toast to this project which no doubt our NSA friends will appreciate for their growing database!
Spotted this object while coming back from my walk to the local pharmacy so I snapped a picture of it hanging way up on an electrical power post on a metal bracket. I believe it is some sort of electronic router with an antenna that is either owned by the local power company or the cable communications firm.
These long Winter days this season seem like what it was during the last century and call for our Vintage Apple Cranberry Cake, the cure to ease our suffering and make things more bearable, more sweet!
1/2 cup cooked sweetened cranberry*
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp milk
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla (extract)
4 Cortland apples (large)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup canola oil
Microwave the butter in an approved microwave container. In mixing bowl add the butter, oil, sugar, and eggs. Beat mixture and add the flour and vanilla, continue to beat until all thoroughly mixed. Peel, core, and cut apples into thin slices afterwards season with sugar and cinnamon in another appropriate bowl. Grease a 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 cake pan with margarine, butter, or Pam and powder with some flour. Remove about 1/2 of the batter mixture and use to line bottom and halfway up sides of the cake pan.
Add apple slices on top of the batter lining the cake pan, top with the cooked cranberry sauce. Remove the second batch of batter mixture and roll between some wax paper afterwards carefully place this batter on top of apple cranberry mixture. Perforate the layer in random matter. Bake cake for 1 hour at 350 F then remove from oven and let cool. Cake is wonderful with vanilla ice cream or whip cream, enjoy!
*Cooked Sweetened Cranberry (Sauce)
3 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Rinse the cranberries under some cold water. In an appropriate pot, add water and the sugar. Boil the mixture for about 5 minutes. Add the cranberries into this mixture and cook for 5 minutes afterwards remove from heat, turn off burner. Set aside to cool, makes about 2 1/2 cups.
This little girl driving a little pink car on main street is a juxtaposition action as it ever could be. Both in front and back of her are “tons” of vintage vehicules of all sorts moving very slowly and she is stuck right in the thick of this traffic. I snapped this interesting picture last Summer while witnessed this wonderful parade during my visit to the town of Stanstead, Quebec which borders the US adjacent to Derby, Vermont.
Having fun with their family, this husband and wife watch as their young children toboggan down a snowy hill right in the middle of town.
I was enjoying the beautiful sunny Sunday this Winter after taking a nice brisk walk and came across these people enjoying themselves with their children sliding down this hill so I caught the action on camera.