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Small Works Again, our annual small works show, opened last night to the tune of a very fun Pie Party.

food, art, herbalism and fun at Fleurbain

food, art, herbalism and fun at Fleurbain

Guests and friends and participating artists enjoyed a potluck Pie fest alongside a wine and cheese. For the first time, we have featured a small craft/card table for participating artists to share some of their smaller small works.

small craft and card table, featuring works from $1-$20

small craft and card table, featuring works from $1-$20

Participating artists are: Anna Grigorian, Donna McGee, Elissa Baltzer, Emily Leong, Nadia Mytnik-Frantova, Natasha Henderson, Sarah Robinson, and Thaneah Krohn. All work may be purchased on the spot, or can be reserved with a 50% deposit. Visit us and the show each Saturday and Sunday until mid-January from 11am-3pm, with extended hours too (TBA). See our Facebook page for updates!

a little taste of the show...

a little taste of the show…

Our in-house herbalist, Tammy Schmidt, presented us with a delicious nutritive tea. She had some of her luscious skin serum available, as well as tasty lip balm, Vanilla Maple seasoning, and her infamous teas. Come by to see what other fresh herbal concoctions are a-brewin’.

An online gallery of the small works is available, works can be viewed and purchased here.

Happy Pieday!

Fleurbain is located in the heart of downtown Montreal, across the street from the picturesque St James United Church. 260 St Catherine Street West, Unit 917. Always ready for appointments, at most any time. Just email us at fleurbain(at)gmail(dot)com and we’ll get the tea on for you!

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

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Our reader Laurie Aaron Dahlquist sent us some pics recently along the theme of Stayin’ Cool in August to our Facebook Page. Your pics of Stayin’ Cool in August can be published here too… just upload them to our Facebook Wall, and we’ll do the rest!

Laurie Aaron Dahlquist's cool photo of a cooling fountain cooling some cool people.

OK, you tell us what you think about Stayin’ Cool with a thousand words. Yes, a picture speaks a thousand words, so send in your photo on the theme of Stayin’ Cool in August to our Facebook Page or email to fleurbain@gmail.com. We’ll post your images here.

 

Our reader Laurie Aaron Dahlquist recently uploaded some beautiful images to our Facebook Page, along the theme of Stayin’ Cool in August. Laurie (like many of us) is a member of a CSA Farm. We wrote one of our first articles on Fleurbain about our own little CSA farm; they hold a dear place in our hearts!

Here are the amazing pics Laurie took of her fruit and veg the other day:

Some of Laurie's CSA delivery this week.

What better way to cool off than with some fresh, organic fruit and veg that helps support local farms and biodiversity? Is there any?

mmmm look so crunchy and delicious and cooling...

OK, you tell us what you think about Stayin’ Cool with a thousand words. Yes, a picture speaks a thousand words, so send in your photo on the theme of Stayin’ Cool in August to our Facebook Page or email to fleurbain@gmail.com. We’ll post your images here.

my personal fave: THE TOMATOES

Photographer Julie Webb offered up this pic of how she’s Stayin’ Cool in August:

copyright Julie Webb

She mentions: “I’m stayin’ cool in August with this frozen banana, blueberry, nectarine, scoop of PB, drizzle of maple syrup, almond milk smoothie. Yum!”

Yum indeed!!! Oh, my stars! Thanks, Julie!

If you’d like to share how you’re stayin’ cool in August, become a fan of our Facebook page and upload your pic to our wall. Or, you can email us at fleurbain@gmail.com.

Fan fan fan! DIY fan design coming soon…

 
 

Photograph by reader Laurie Aaron Dahlquist. According to Laurie, the “Arnold Palmer” is half lemonade, half iced tea, and is what she uses to stay cool in August!

Upload your pics along our photo theme for August: Stayin’ Cool to our Facebook Page, and it will be featured on this website! Or email us at fleurbain@gmail.com. Either way, thank you for sharing what you do to stay cool with us.

 
Ice cream cone with chocolate chip sprinkling ...

ice cream and too many sprinkles

Stayin’ Cool. Ice cream? Shade? What do you do to stay cool in August?

Do you spend your weekends in the heat, volunteering for your favorite cause (that’s cool!) or do you sit poolside with drink in hand? Mojitos, anyone?

Air conditioners, fans, umbrellas, water… greenscapes… let your photography and imagination run wild on the theme of “Stayin’ Cool” and then send us your pics for inclusion in this blog either by emailing fleurbain@gmail.com or by posting your pic directly on our Facebook Page’s wall.

Stay cool everyone!

From “David Suzuki’s Queen of Green“, comes this Youtube video:

I am a fan of hers on Facebook. I love Facebook for the tailored information and priceless international contacts I’ve made.

All that aside, though, I am looking forward to buying an orange and a little rum to make my OWN hairspray!

Oh, yes!!!

 Natasha Henderson, Montreal

Walking from point A to point B... it is amazing that these leaves stuck to the trees over winter! Spring is growing, growing, and will be here soon.

photo by Natasha Henderson, Montreal

Our photo theme for April is The Contrasts of Urban Nature. If you are a fan on our Facebook page, you can upload a photo to our wall. Or, if you prefer, email us at fleurbain@gmail.com with your photo that reflects this theme, your name, and a short description of the pic.

Deer enjoy a little munch in Comox, BC, Canada. Photo by Natasha Henderson

It’s April, and vibrant life is appearing all around us again. Spring has certainly sprung (at least across North America!)

Everywhere there is an urban setting, there is nature too. That little weed pushing its way through the sidewalk crack, the gull resting on top of a lamp-post, sunlight reflecting off buildings… animals, plant-life, and the Elements all co-exist with our Urban presence.

Our photo theme for April is The Contrasts of Urban Nature. If you are a fan on our Facebook page, you can upload a photo to our wall. Or, if you prefer, email us at fleurbain@gmail.com with your photo that reflects this theme, your name, and a short description of the pic.

April… finally, oh finally!

the moon

I watched an episode of Dr. Oz in which he debated with another guy.  As I watched this, I wondered about authority.  Both of these men spoke with intelligence. Each was confident of his authority on the same topic, however, they differed in opinion. A silly question entered my mind as I watch them counter each other: would this debate be different if it were between women?  Would it be the same kind of debate?  Would the audience be able to stand watching two women act like this?  My mind then turned to Oprah Winfrey.  She is one of the most important people on earth and she is cherished by millions of people. But is she considered an authority in anything?  My answer to my initial questions lead to further bleak thoughts.

Later that week, I was chatting with a friend about International Women’s Week.  My friend asserted a frightening, yet sincere question that she was thinking about. She felt like she could nearly give up.  She stated something similar to “we women make up 52% of the world’s population, if we are not leaders of most things, then perhaps we are indeed the weaker sex.”  That comment really threw me off.  Yeah, what if? It reminded me of talks I had with my great grandmother some twenty-odd years ago.  Granny Short would tell me to look around and see for myself: men are the best at everything.  She observed that most women at that time cooked for their families, and yet how is it that it is the men who end up being the best cooks in the world? Why are men the chefs?  I think she said this to me to protect me, since she was never one to limit me.  I understood what she was saying, but I am glad this is not the end of the story.

So, I asked myself, where are women acting as authorities?  Where are these women in my life?  It is funny, because I asked that question to no one but myself. All of a sudden, a host of seriously authoritative women came out of the woodwork.  A friend on Facebook spontaneously reminded me of a singer I used to listen to a lot, Ani Difranco.  Ani is a talented musician and poet that has influenced many, many people over the years in terms of music and politics.  She has caused me to think a great deal about my experience.  She has also inspired a great deal in me, like she has for many other women too.  And she is still involved in her craft, authoritatively.

And then there was a brief blip in thought on the subject when another friend sent me the Rebecca Black song, “Friday”.  My friend sent it to me thinking I would appreciate “this really deep song” (heeheehee).  I did enjoy it, however not the earworm.  But it made me realize that some women end up becoming great, even if they are young and lacking in authority.  This is not the worst thing, I am okay with her being lucky with success.

Then another good example came to life while I watched Sarah Kay’s skilled and authoritative TED talk.  Once again, I was hopeful for women and the future.

And last but not least, I read a story of tragedy and then triumph.  Liz Murray was raised on the streets by drug-addicted parents, sometimes eating chap stick or toothpaste as food, missing a great deal of school and ends up beating all of odds and gets into Harvard.

If I can put aside my need to perceive what is weaker or stronger, and if I look into my own life, I see many examples of women who are authoritative.  It is extremely obvious that women are kick’n it in many different realms.  I am almost embarrassed that I even asked the silly questions in the first place!  But, it was a good exercise for me.  And I am sure I will enjoy exploring this topic further.

Tammy Schmidt, Montreal.

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