a quiet weekend and twenty-seventh day of noting beautiful stuff

beautiful things found in the process of a quiet, sun-filled weekend:

  • Queen Street East buskers: the one at the LCBO near my house who plays all the best soulful rock songs from the seventies and the nineties (reminds me of a band I once loved back in Windsor); and the gorgeous, gorgeous blues player with the really long black and grey braids and sunglasses and the warm and pleasant "why thank you" down at the other LCBO; (and no, I didn't spend my whole weekend hanging about the local liquor stores); and some seasonal newbies today: the pair of teenage girls singing (pretty badly actually, but they'll grow, I have no doubt) and playing guitar by the library and the young guy cranking out heavy metal solos just down the way in front of the church.
  • Colour.  The forsythia have been blooming all week.  And crocus and scilla are popping up willy nilly in the greening lawns.  And the colour of the trees – not only the busting out buds in shades of soft green, but the branches which seem to be pulsing with deeper, richer hue – more black looking against the early morning or evening light.
  • This movie, and this one, and this one.  All three about the connection between beauty and love – how one enhances the other. 
  • Muted sunlight and cool breezes awakening me in morning instead of the alarm clock.
  • Evening light:







  1. Reply
    Tricia/PENolan April 11, 2010

    Had to pause while reading the post to add movies to my Netflix queue. Thanks!
    Love the evening light photos

  2. Reply
    Jennifer April 11, 2010

    I hope you enjoy them Tricia. Have a good week. xo

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    willow April 12, 2010

    Jane Campion is such an artist. I saw Bright Star last week and so enjoyed it. Must post a review soon. I’m adding Cairo Time to my queue. Thanks!

  4. Reply
    Jennifer April 12, 2010

    Cairo Time is a visual feast – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

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    Selma April 14, 2010

    I love buskers too. There is a guy in the Sydney CBD who plays fantastic jazz sax. I could listen to him for hours. It is one of my dreams to write a non-fiction book about buskers. Some of them have such incredible talent. I would love to know their stories!

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    Susannah April 14, 2010

    Lovely photos. 🙂
    It has been a long while since I saw buskers – shows I don’t visit town very often these days. I once sat on an old stone wall on a glorious sunny afternoon while my man busked – it was lovely just watching the world go by and singing along to the songs.

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    Jennifer April 14, 2010

    One of my former writing students was writing a series of poems and stories about a busker. It was cool, seeing the busker’s world through his eyes.

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    Jennifer April 14, 2010

    What a great image Susannah. I just love to come upon some beautiful playing in the busy subway stations, it creates such a mood in the bustling place. Especially on the weekends when everyone is more relaxed.

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