Sunday afternoon at the Moonshine Cafe, Kerr Village in
Oakville was the venue for the launch of Vicki Delany’s new mystery More Than
Sorrow. Vicki read from her book, a modern Gothic suspense while the audience ate
pizza and samosas and quaffed G & T’s or your libation of choice.
Books were for sale along with a cheery note from the author. A good time was had by all.
Vicki telling us not to have too many G & T's.
Vicki reading from More than Sorrow.
Vicki and Pam
Michelle Patterson, Pam Blance, Liz Lindsay and
Yes, There was a fire sale on glasses with dark frames!! Only Susan is young enough to go without.
The lovely Linda Simmons
And last but not least is Jamie Tremain
AKA as Pam Blance and Liz Lindsay
Its been another glorious w/e although cooler. This is much to my liking. The trees are slowly turning a lovely golden colour and should be in full autumn glory by the time my friend arrives from Scotland on Oct 2nd for a visit. I will endevour to keep to my writing schedule as we have a deadline of the first week in December for THE BOOK to got to market. Enjoy this beautiful time of year and if you need a good book pick up Vicki Delany's More than Sorrow. I know what I will be reading tonight.
What a beautiful day to spend a few hours slowly cruising up
and down a small section of the Grand River near Caledonia Ontario. We arrived just before 11:00 a.m. and enjoyed
a coffee and muffin, then viewed a video presentation of the history of the
Grand River in Southwestern Ontario - from its humble beginnings in the
highlands of Dufferin County to its entrance into Lake Erie, almost 300
kilometres from start to finish. Then
we were treated to a live performance from The Blazing Fiddles – an energetic
and enthusiastic group, playing violins, cello and piano. My favourite was a medley from The Sound of
Music and when Edelweiss was being played it wasn’t long before a gentle undercurrent
of voices from the two hundred or so folks in the room softly joined the strings’
refrain. Fortunately the group have just
released a new CD, which was later played in the car on the way home. Take a moment to view their website and if
you’re a fan of violins I'm sure you’ll enjoy their music.
Then it was time to board our vessel – The Grand River
Princess. One of a fleet of three boats owned and operated by Grand River Dinner Cruises. The theme song from Gilligan’s Island greeted us. If I remember correctly the boat was
approximately sixty feet in length and about twenty two across. We were served a full roast beef dinner and
could either sit inside or enjoy the view from outside on the promenade
deck. If you’re looking for something a
little different and live in or visit this part of Ontario it’s worth the drive. And I look forward to a return trip next
The only downer to the day was discovering my camera was not
working and most of the photos are useless. I’d really wanted one or two to post with this
blog. Although the trees haven't yet
started showing their fall colours, there were herons and even a pair of egrets
to capture digitally. Beautiful willows
and other trees hanging at the river’s edge, their roots like elongated toes
dipping so daintily into the water. Mostly blue skies with a scattering of small
clouds meant enjoying the warmth of the sun when sitting on the deck. Our captain/tour guide provided commentary
when needed, but mostly it was very peaceful as we drifted slowly along the
river. Now that the height of summer has
passed, water traffic has diminished, but no doubt a few weeks ago it was a
much noisier place. One or two solitary
fishermen dotted the shoreline at times and a Labrador retriever was enjoying a
swim as his master waited on shore.
All in all a lovely start to a week’s vacation and I’ll not
complain that the higher temperatures have moved on – love the cooler nights
and being able to snuggle under covers while enjoying the fresh air.
On a side note, I’m finally enjoying the third instalment in
the Millenium series – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. And as it’s a read I’m finding hard to put
down, that’s where I’m headed now.
Never mind January 1, I still find myself in a New Year
frame of mind when Labour Day rolls around again. Who knew those few years
spent in the school system would leave such a lasting impression? So its more
than appropriate that I find myself ready, and even somewhat anxious, to get
back in the writing mode again. As Pam
mentioned we took a short breather - at my request. So feeling refreshed, and with a new sense of
purpose I feel more in the write
frame of mind than a few weeks ago.
Yesterday found me strolling around the Paris (Ontario)
Fairgrounds. Love watching the horses –
such beautiful noble creatures. Wandered
around a display of poultry for a while.
Wow, I never realized the diversity and size of chickens which
abound. I have to admit not being able
to distinguish a Bantam from a Leghorn, but certainly admired the display of
size and feather colourings. The
clucking and crowing was non-stop – and then the fowl started up as well. Ducks and geese were also on view. And that other mainstay of agricultural fairs
– the crafts and homemade foods and preserves, along with an assortment of
unique vegetables rounded out the displays.
The Fair looked to be well attended, no doubt the beautiful sunny day
My sister and her husband have made the move from downtown
Toronto to Oakville which makes me happy and more inclined to go for
visits. I’ll drive any highway, but
downtown Toronto makes me shudder! Their
new location is an easy stop on the way home from work and not far from where
Pam lives. Pam and I are planning to
take her with us to Vicki Delany’s book launch – More Than Sorrow - later this month in Oakville as well.
This weekend also means the good news learned of an old
friend moving into the neighbourhood. I
was delighted to learn (through Facebook – where else?) that a former co-worker
and friend whom I’d lost touch with several years ago is moving into the
complex where I live. Welcome to the neighbourhood,
Lori! I'm looking forward to hooking up
with her and catch up on what’s been happening with our lives over the past
years. We used to attend a reading group
together as well and share a love of reading.
Earlier this month I consulted with my doctor over concerns
that I’ve had with my sleeping, or lack of.
Tired of being tired, and based on comments from those who’ve heard – or
been subjected to - my sleeping, I decided it was time to see if I’ve got a
sleep disorder. So an evening with the
sleep clinic has been arranged and I’ll give your more details on that after it’s
done. Pam, there’s hope yet that I may
regain energy to pick up the pace on writing J
So that’s what’s been happening with this half of Jamie
Tremain. Did some revising earlier today
and sent to Pam for review – I’ve made a commitment to Pam (and myself) for a
minimum time spent on writing throughout the week. But for now, it’s time to enjoy the remainder
of this Labour Day weekend.