Monday, December 19, 2011

A Standing Offer

Spent Sunday making a scarf, Orange Flower's Age of Brass and Steam. The yarn is Fleece Artist's Woolie Silk 3-ply in "Raven". I blocked it last night and it's dry this morning.



With winter almost upon us, the skating rink in front of City Hall has opened and I took a few photos of it while out doing a little shopping on Saturday.

See the mother and child on the edge of  the rink? For those of you not into Canadian outdoor skating culture, the child is using a little frame that slides along the ice (the equivalent of a senior's walker) to help with balance as she learns to skate.
The market was open next to the ice, selling apple cider,


and Xmas trees.


I hope these photos (and others on this blog) might entice one of my readers to think about the possibility of doing a house exchange with us next summer. We've done exchanges before, and they're a fantastic way to travel. Not only are they inexpensive (basically, they eliminate the accommodation costs of travel), but you get to step into the shoes of another household. Kingston, ON is at the junction of the St. Lawrence with Lake Ontario, about halfway between Montreal and Toronto and right on the Via Rail line. We live in the historic section of town within walking distance of shops and restaurants, as well as the lake. Here's a link if you'd like more info. If you're interested in pursuing this, just send me an e-mail at emccarten@gmail.com.

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