Recently a co-worker went to Korea on business and brought back a package of chocolates to share with her friends. The collection included chocolates with chestnut, cactus, red pepper, sweet potato and mandarin orange fillings. Orange filled chocolate is one of my favourites but I’d never tasted (or even heard of) the other varieties and I got to try two of them. The cactus filling tasted somewhat like raspberry. The chestnut filling tasted like, well, chestnut.
Monthly Archives: May 2010
Monday is Victoria Day in Canada. This weekend is traditionally the start of the gardening season, now that all threat of frost has passed. It’s also the time when people fill their swimming pools and set up their outdoor furniture or head north to open their summer cottage for the season. And, of course, on Monday there will be fireworks.
This duck was having a swim when I looked out, but by the time I grabbed my camera, all I could catch was a quick shot through the window of him on the side of the pool.
and the nurseries have lovely selections of annuals to choose from.
Shopping carts work hard. They carry heavy loads through all kinds of weather at all hours of the day and night. Carts generally receive little respect either, with youngsters climbing on them and shoppers of all ages ramming them into walls and deserting them in parking lots in inclement weather. It’s nice, then, to see someone looking out for their welfare. I’m happy to wait for a few seconds while a shopping cart rolls quickly across the parking lot.
Slow pedestrians are another matter. Not the ones, of course, who acknowledge that a motorist is waiting and do their best to hurry out of the way. No, I mean the walkers who know you’re there waiting, who look you right in the eye and then proceed to mosey across the road in slow motion, drinking coffee, talking on the phone, stopping to chat with friends, gaze aimlessly at the sky or write themselves a note. Those pedestrians refuse to acknowledge that you have better things to do with your time than wait for them and just get out of the way. They’re incredibly rude and selfish. It’s good, therefore, to have advance warning of where the slow pedestrians will be crossing so you can take another route. I dare say that it ruins their fun; another bonus for motorists.
“Today? Do you think she’ll plant us today?”
“I don’t know, the ground’s pretty wet.”
“Tomorrow then? She’s already put the others in a planter, why not us?”
“Seriously dude, I don’t think you should take it personally. She’ll plant us when she has time. Meanwhile, she gave us all the water we could drink this morning and it’s turned into a gorgeous day. Just relax and keep your head up.”
“I guess, it’s just that I’ve heard it’s fantastic to have somewhere to spread your roots out and settle in. I can hardly wait . . . tomorrow? Do you think she’ll plant us tomorrow?”