Almost two months have passed since I started this blog.Our next book club book I just finished reading. It is Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland which, of course, deals with Renoir's painting by the same name. This was slower to pull me in than The Girl with the Pearl Earring, but eventually the fictionalized truth of the painting's composition and subjects created a hypnotic sense of time-traveling backward.I found myself cutting a pattern for a blue dress with Aline, balancing between loss and a new shoot of hope and love with Alphonsine, taking risks with Ellen, mixing paints with impressionistic abandon and control, all of it with sails, boats and skiffs in the background like an armada to the brevity of summer. Each second in the sunlight stretched like a butterfly still fluttering, but pinned. A thing past and present and living fixed in the paint.
In a few days we will have the spring equinox. In the midst of a late brush with wintry weather on the March break Mathew and I went to see the Toronto Home and Garden Show at the Enercare Exhibition Grounds. We walked some 20 kilometres in total that day!
It was as cold as these pictures look!
Matthew got cozy with Glenn Gould.
Inside it was a haven to the wind weary pair of us!
The floral show was in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary this year. We really enjoyed some of the displays.
We met up with a familiar face at the home show.
Two more pictures : one of each of us.
We met up with our friends Andy and Kris and spent a happy evening with them at their lovely home.