Roadtrip 2014 – The Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon

I’m playing catchup on our writing about our 2014 Roadtrip around North America. At this point, we had driven from Toronto, through Michigan, taken an extended stop in Chicago, IL, and driven on through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, stopping in Winnipeg, MB and Riding Mountain National Park. Our time in Saskatoon was winding down, and one thing I wanted to show JC was the Mendel Art Gallery – a place I viewed as a refuge from the blahs, and the occasionally rough Saskatoon winter. A place to see new and old art, a good source of regularly good fancy coffee (at Museo), and the lush greenery of the conservatory space. Sadly, as I found out while I was there, the Mendel Art Gallery is closing this year, on June 8th, 2015. I’m glad I go to see it at least one more time, because I do have a lot of great memories of that place. I’m hopeful that the Remai Modern centre will still touch on some of those enjoyable qualities – but that’ll be more apparent when they open up in 2016. Unusually, the gallery isn’t very pro-camera, so I couldn’t take any pictures of the other exhibits – but if you go in the entrance you’d see this bronze sculpture of a Girl With Cat which you can take photos of if you want to. I remember seeing this and delighting in the sculpture every time I went in. I have to share the story of this sculpture, because…

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The Not-Honeymoon. North Bruce Peninsula – Rainy autumn days at the cottage

I hope to have photos from the wedding soon, I might end up sharing the wedding story sans photos, because there are going to be a lot of them in the next few weeks. In the meantime please read Kailey’s blog (Ms. Soul to Bowl sauce herself) about being one of our wedding crashers, It’s so weird (& I mean that in the best possible way) to be blogged about. It also seems kind of like the natural result of inviting semi-strangers to our wedding via this blog. JC and I spent a week in the beautiful North Bruce Peninsula for some much needed rest & relaxation. The funny thing is, that while we’ve talked about cottaging a lot the past couple years of knowing each other, this was the first time we had ever actually gone cottaging together (I had gone a total of two times since moving to Toronto, each time on planning retreats with the TYFPC.) JC rented a car, we stopped in to Through Being Cool and stocked up on some cheese buns, donuts, and other treats, and then we drove several hours to Tobermory. The benefit of driving in the autumn is that the colours in Ontario are beautiful, the trees are green, orange, gold, yellow, and red, and just truly awe inspiring. As someone from Alberta I’m especially aware of the diversity in colours because we normally didn’t get such vivid reds. (Why do leaves change colour? Go read this.) Our time in the…

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