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Horizon In Comfort

Green Mountains seen on horizon in comfort of heated, winterized cottage perched overlooking Lake Memphremagog.

Excellent view of horizon in comfort from an Eastern Townships cottage, in distance US Green Mountains loom
over Lake Memphremagog.

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Viewing horizon in comfort through modern, large, multi-pane, thermal windows sitting in cushy leather
seating imbibing in a popular brewski or some refreshing nice wine while enjoying some munchies when
taking in some entertainment on a large screen TV makes for an interesting time.

My digital picture depicts an excellent view from my in-laws cottage in the Eastern Townships showing US Green Mountains on the horizon looming over beautiful Lake Memphremagog.

Because their heated winterized cottage is accessible and available all year round we enjoy an awesome variety of wonderful vistas as the seasons change.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HORIZON”.

James Siblings Evoke Fun

James siblings, Freddie and Roz, and Project band evoke fun during 2015 annual Canada Day celebrations entertaining West Islanders.

James siblings, Freddie and Roz, evoke fun entertaining appreciative very enthusiastic, crowd of die-hard music fans in West Island during 2015 Canada Day celebrations.

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James siblings evoke fun in early July entertaining a fair size, appreciative very enthusiastic, crowd of die-hard music fans crowded near stage out in West Island during 2015 Canada Day celebrations.

I had just returned from downtown by public transport after enjoying some great music including Marie-Christine’s act (Divas Entertain) at the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival and luckily I caught Freddie James ,’lil sister “Roz” aka Rosalind Hunt, and the James “Project” band doing the closing show for the Canada Day celebrations.

The time was around 11:30ish when “Get Up and Boogie” fame musical artist Freddie James and Project band appeared for their second time that afternoon playing a combination of disco, rock, and blues musical hits for Canada Day celebrations final act.

For my money (if I had to pay for this entertainment) I found Freddie and Project a better show that day than what I witnessed downtown and although I unfortunately missed their earlier show I was not disappointed with this finale.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”EVOKE”.

Divas Entertain

Divas entertain excited, packed, crowd in front of huge Rio Tinto Alcan stage during 2015 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Two divas entertain excited, packed, crowd of fans singing enchanting songs on huge Rio Tinto Alcan stage in Quartier-des-Spectacles during 2015 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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Two divas entertain excited packed crowd of fans belting out their song while on huge Rio Tinto Alcan Stage in Quartier-des-Spectacles during 2015 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Local rising musical celebrity Marie-Christine (dreadlock style hair), and her lady friend delighted assembled crowd with their enchanting songs meanwhile, musical background sound was provided by professional McGill University band.

Marie-Christine trained as classical pianist encouraged by her amateur musician father however, after much exposure to music by African-American modern music celebrities like Houston, Vogue, and Jackson, she decided singing as her future.

The nine member musical troupe included brass, bongo, and guitar which played on a warm sunny July 2, 2015 to a very excited, welcoming crowd of appreciative fans mostly international tourists in town for some great jazz.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ENTERTAIN”.

Big Bird Carve

Big bird carve or more specifically, sliced up roast turkey served with complimentary foods is a North American traditional.

A Christmas and Thanksgiving tradition, big bird carve or more specifically, roast turkey sliced up and served along with complimentary vegetables and red cranberry sauce is how English Canada and the USA celebrate.

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Traditionally Christmas in North America is celebrated with big bird carve or more specifically, roast turkey sliced up and served along with various complimentary vegetables and red cranberry sauce.

Christmas is a Christian feast day celebration there are however, around the world numerous traditional dishes besides poultry meanwhile, in English Canada and the USA both originally British colonies the feast is celebrated with roast turkey.

Obviously, much of our bird (depicted) is already resting on family and guests dinner plates and more being carved up in case anybody wants seconds after enjoying their first allotment.

Turkeys were originally introduced to Europeans (Pilgrims) by American Indian traders during their first winter in North America and have become a staple since.

Today these birds show up at Thanksgiving and Christmas because they are plentiful and can be slaughtered without huge economic outlay moreover, they are usually big enough to feed multitudes.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CARVE”.

Weathered Valentine

Weathered Valentine Tank Mk VIIA, no. 838, built in Montreal May 1943 loaned to Stalin's communist regime survived decades under water.

Weathered Valentine Tank Mk VIIA, no. 838, built in Montreal May 1943, a Lend-Lease tank to Stalin’s Soviet Union once lost and forgotten is now an exhibit in Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum.

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Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum is home for this severely weathered Valentine VI tank that spent decades drowned in former Soviet Union after helping defeat Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

Although it fell through ice during action on January 25, 1944 when crossing a river near Telepyne, Ukraine and was forgotten about until 1990 when an old-timer helped locate it this tank remained mostly intact as my picture shows.

It is a gift to Canada given by independent Ukraine in 1992 now Valentine Tank Mk VIIA, no. 838, built in Montreal May 1943, a Lend-Lease tank to the USSR is an exhibit in Canada’s War Museum.

Designed by Vickers-Armstrong in 1938, the Valentine tank was a private venture project pressed into British military service after the Dunkirk disaster.

Canada adopted this infantry tank by 1940 and production was mainly done at Montreal’s CPR Angus Shops some 1,420 produced and most were sent to the Soviet-Union, which also received another 2,394 units from Churchill’s Britain.

Stalin’s Russians seemed to appreciate this robust and simple tank design mostly because of its adequate armor and low profile although its obsolete 2-pounder (40mm) main armament and narrow tracks limited its offensive ability on the eastern front.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”WEATHERED”.

Forlorn Emily

Forlorn famous Group of Seven contemporary Emily Carr appears dazed, staring into distance, once experienced poverty.

Forlorn famous Canadian Emily Carr appears dazed, just standing, staring into distance, this famous Group of Seven contemporary experienced poverty, was forced being a potter, janitor, landlady, and subsistence urban farmer to survive.

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Forlorn famous Canadian Emily Carr appears dazed,just standing staring into the distance her two animal friends keep careful watch while standing behind her.

This statue by Joe Fafard located in or near the Golden Square Mile district on Sherbrooke Street west seems to capture Emily covered on forehead, hat, and her right hand with a shade of light blue house paint, a medium she would have used because of her limited financial resources during one period of her life.

Emily Carr was a west coast artist, writer, and a contemporary of the famous Group of Seven, who once was forced to become a potter, janitor, landlady, and a subsistence urban farmer to survive.

Joseph Fafard, OC, SOM is a distinguished Canadian sculptor, whose main mediums originally were plaster and ceramics however, bronze is his primary now.

Montreal’s Golden Square Mile was the nostalgic name given to west-central section of downtown Montreal neighborhood developed during 1850 to 1930 at foot of Mount Royal.

Populated by owners of Canadian rail, shipping, timber, mining, fur, and banking industries consisting of group of about fifty men, who had more than twice more loot than their counterparts on the New York Stock Exchange heck, wealthy Montreal then was the “center of the universe”!

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FORLORN”.

Brilliant Stainless

Brilliant machined stainless exhibit pieces made to impress attendees at  2016 SME Montreal Advanced Manufacturing Show.

Brilliant machined stainless steel things made with modern computer controlled work centers are always interesting to look at and these particular ones are impressive.

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Brilliant machined stainless parts depicted are possible with modern computer controlled work centers employing multitudes of special tools that are automatically, methodically selected according to program.

These examples are most likely just an exhibit pieces made to impress passersby visitors attending the 2016 SME Montreal Advanced Manufacturing Show at Place Bonaventure then again, both may actually be something machined for industry.

Things made of stainless steel are always shiny and interesting to look at and these particular pieces are certainly unique with all those holes, threads, milled corners and niches, and multiple raised and recessed surfaces reflecting nearby objects and overhead lighting.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BRILLIANT”.

Saint Henri Bistro Treat

La Luncheonette is small, cosy, friendly, Saint Henri bistro features many a treat like those depicted and much more.

Picking just one Saint Henri bistro treat ain’t easy because each these goodies have their unique, delicious effect and one is never enough.

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Trying to pick just one Saint Henri bistro treat ain’t easy because each one of these goodies have their unique, delicious effect and one is never enough.

During the Christmas holidays we were fortunate to sample some of these yummies when visiting La Luncheonette a small, cosy, friendly, place located in the Saint Henri district on Saint Jacques street bordering Montreal’s famous Griffintown.

This little restaurant is conveniently located only a block from the Saint Henri Metro station making getting there by foot easy, there is also plenty of parking on this street.

Mostly a soup and sandwich joint it has a wonderful atmosphere serving a variety of simple yet delicious homemade dishes and baked yummies like the ones depicted.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TREAT”.

Summer Flower Growth

Summer flower growth inside remains of old oak barrel athough somewhat stunted is normal over there.

Summer flower growth inside remains of old oak barrel although somewhat stunted is what it normally looks like
in summer over there.

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2016 summer flower growth inside remains of an old oak barrel appears somewhat stunted although this is what it normally looks like during summer over there.

That year if I recollect correctly was a normal summer not like last year, 2017, which began with a very wet spring heck, it seemed summer would never show up and it almost did not however, things really improved at near end of August and September was awesome.

I took this picture out in Quebec’s Eastern Townships which I visit on a somewhat regular basis mainly because I enjoy the wonderful scenery found there.

It’s amazing how time passes because as I write this post outside it’s over minus 30 degrees Celsius with howling winds blowing snow around, we are in deep freeze mode awaiting that famous Saint Bernard rescue dog with keg of Brandy!

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”GROWTH”.

Almost Cat Food

Fluttering bird is almost cat food evading classy brown striped cat's swift paw with sharp, deadly nails.

Sparrow is almost cat food while evading brown striped tabby with blue eyes and blue butterfly necktie that flashes
 swift paw and claw armed with deadly, sharp, needle-like, nails.

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Sparrow is almost cat food as it evades tabby with blue butterfly necktie armed with swift paw and claw full of sharp, deadly, needle-like nails.

The huge street art mural adoring a Western Union store’s outer wall depicts the action that also includes giant flowers and petal pieces, a young boy whistling something , a man’s face, and large oriental perhaps, Chinese alphabet characters.

This financial establishment is on a 90 degree corner,  half on Saint Catherine running east-west while the other half  is a small street running north-south where the art work is.

About February 2015, when I was heading west walking towards Atwater Avenue along Saint Catherine street  I spotted this very interesting mural and took this picture.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ALMOST”.