Monday, February 18, 2013

WINGING AWAY


It's official!
We are off to Canada in the Northern Spring, to see our darling daughter and her family...




This is how it looks about now ..


and the last time the Cardinals went together, in winter:



This time we plan something different:








Daffodils, tulips, and lots of other pretty flowers we can't grow here...

and best of all, two small boys, 
our grandsons the Petit Garcon and the Little Bebe.



Might take this just in case of Spring showers ..


Leopard print brolly - $8, Coles!

Lovely rain here today is heaven for the garden:



Mr C and I agreed: such damp and cool weather required


Banana bread ...


Veal paprika and dumplings ...

(Good thing I went to the gym today).

Have a great week!

xxxx


25 comments:

  1. Hello Patricia:
    Oh, what excitement! It will surely be lovely to see Canada in the spring and, of course, the thought of your two small grandchildren must be so wonderful.We are sure that you can hardly wait!

    The leopard print umbrella will certainly be very stylish, but we trust that it will not be needed! Still, the sun will be shining in your heart, whatever the weather may bring!

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    1. Spring is the only season I have not seen in Canada, so yes, much excitement already! Meeting the new baby is of course the top priority - he is growing fast.
      Will go equipped for April showers, May flowers, and whatever else is on offer!

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  2. Dear Patricia - I shall really look forward to your posts as a result of your forthcoming visit to Canada. You must be really excited at the prospect of seeing the two grandsons, and especially meeting the new baby for the first time.
    Lots of exciting times ahead for the Cardinals.

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    1. Dear Rosemary, looking forward to posting from Canada, as I did on my 2011 visit. Step 1, purchasing our fares, has been accomplished, with lots of little steps to follow before we take off. I will enjoy every bit of it!

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  3. This sounds wonderful Patricia. I am so pleased you are going to see the new baby too. There is something very special about organising a big trip after you have been ill, and the baby will make it even more special. I'm already looking forward to your posts from Canada. Jx

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    1. I can't wait to cuddle the little one, Janice, and have told him by skype not to grow too much before we get there! Still some time til we leave of course - the snow needs to melt first. xx

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  4. That's a lovely trip to look forward to! It will be wonderful for you to see your little grandchildren. Skype is great, but actual cuddles are much better.

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    1. Lots to do before we go, but so much to look forward to! Cuddling the little ones is tops, but seeing Montreal for the first time will also be great.

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  5. How exciting! How long do you plan to stay in Canada? When are you leaving?
    Oh, this will be so special to you grandparents, seeing the latest baby for the first time : )!

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    1. Yes, much excitement Mette. It will be some time before we go; after the snow melts and the flowers begin to pop up, which is probably the same time it happens in Finland? I made my announcement now so I can chat about preparations along the way. Can't decide what sort of coat I need to take; the weather can be variable at change of seasons.

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  6. Great news that you'll be visiting your daughter and her family in Canada I can only imagine the excitement of seeing the new grandbaby the first time. Can't wait to hear what all your preparations for the trip will involve.

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    1. Thank you Sanda, it is wonderful to have this great adventure coming up in the near future. Maybe this time I will see the elusive red cardinal?

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  7. How exciting! Canada, family, new baby! Re cold weather clothing, layers, a hip length coat and boots were all I needed most of the time.

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    1. Very exciting indeed, Valerie! Average temperatures in Ottawa when we are there should be 7 to 20C, so much like our winter here. I have a faux leather jacket, hip length, which might work ok. I also own a very heavy fur-trimmed winter coat which lives in Canada, as there seems no point in ever bringing it to Australia!

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  8. You must be really looking forward to your trip. There is really nothing quite like grandchildren. The spring flowers there will just be a bonus.

    Darla

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    1. So true, Darla, the flowers will be the beautiful background, and the babies will be the Stars!!

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  9. What a marvellous trip to look forward to, Patricia. Babies grow so fast, so it's lovely you will see him before he turns into another Petit Garcon. When he does, I suppose his brother will be the Grand Garcon. :-)

    As for clothes, layers are best in northern springs, as the weather can vary so wildly, sometime in the same day.

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    1. Ha, I had been thinking about the naming business. Grand Garcon it will probably be. I'll re-name them when I see them and check out their progress :) Layering sounds good. There will be a Christening to attend, and I want to look chic!

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  10. Patricia that is exciting news, especially being able to spend lots of time with your family. Spring in the Northern Hemisphere is beautiful, so I am certain you will have a brilliant time xxx

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    1. I sure hope so Fifi, a brilliant time sound Perfect!!xxx

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  11. Hi, Patricia, so happy to see you're going to Canada (and jealous too, I love it there !). I couldn't understand the words "Northern Spring" at first ... as I might have told you before, it's only now that I read blogs that I realize the enormous difference that living in the Northern and the Southern hemispheres makes. Sometimes it's almost like being on two different planets. Every season is beautiful in Canada but I'm sure you will enjoy that Spring. One last thing : I've told you before : you have to stop it with those delicious cosy cooking photos, you make me drool and I don't go to the gym (though I sure should !). Lots of love from the North. S.B.XXXXX

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    1. Hi Bunny, there is a lot we learn from blogging, isn't there? Maybe we are more aware of your seasons because we follow so much European and American culture. At school we learnt 'Oh to be in England, now that April's there', and similar verses. And we see white Christmas in countless movies while our Christmas is in the heat of summer. Fun to think you might be drooling at the cooking - I had to put the cake in the freezer to make myself stay away from it!!
      love from P. xxxx

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  12. HI Patricia,

    I so enjoy your lovely photos!

    PS: I was able to do something you ask me to do in today's post ... plus give you a nod on my blog ... and hopefully send some readers your way. They shouldn't miss these eye-candy photos.

    Debbie

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  13. Yummy looking food, and the snow pictures are wonderful, we haven't had any this year but the snowdrops are out and the tulips are pushing up so spring is just around the corner.

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  14. Ohhh! A trip to visit the family - lucky you!!! You must be over the moon, such exciting plans ahead to be made...J

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