Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:47:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Update Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:47:03 +0000 So I’ve finally managed to get this blog going again. It was hacked and then the update to the latest WordPress what wrong and then I gave up.

Now my theme has been updated, but some things probably won’t work anymore. I’m not going to fix that, I keep this blog online for archival purposes and probably won’t post anything anymore.

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Snow Sat, 19 Jan 2013 23:57:55 +0000 plume and piaf playing

Piaf and Plume playing in the snow.

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Espagnole Sun, 06 Jan 2013 22:51:24 +0000 photo

This is an ad for Spanish language courses at Montreal’s biggest English university, which says that learning Spanish might yield you 480 million new friends.
However, I don’t think they would dare to make a similar ad with “Make 1500 million friends by learning English”. That wouldn’t go over well.

Piaf Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:45:43 +0000 piaf_door3

We have a new dog, Piaf, and she can do this all day long.

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Keeping warm Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:26:39 +0000 fire

(Just keeping this place warm, until I have something to add.)

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Contest Sat, 14 Aug 2010 14:50:41 +0000 Somebody I follow on Twitter posted a tweet. (You know you should follow me too, don’t you?)

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I checked out the original tweet and the contest details and decided to retweet as well, you’ll never know.

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And then, on Friday the 13th, I got these tweets:

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Yay! I had won!

I never win things but now I did. So on 7 October we’ll be flying in this gigantic plane, the biggest passenger plane in the world, to Paris, making a lot of people jealous. This plane is normally not flying on the Paris-Montreal route, but it’s a special flight celebrating the 60th anniversary of Air France in Canada.

Air France A380 Landing
Air France A380 Landing

Okay, Paris is not my dream destination, that was Thimphu, the capital of the kingdom of Bhutan, who’s former king invented the GNH index, the Gross National Happiness Index. But I’m sure we’re going to have fun.

Now we’re researching a cheap hotel in Paris. If you know one, please leave a comment.

Update: No need for an hotel anymore. A friend offered to loan us her apartment in the centre of Paris for the weekend! Thanks for all the tips, in comments or by email.

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See-through Mon, 19 Jul 2010 01:47:51 +0000 A few weeks ago I had a CT scan made of my tummy.

The software that was included on the CD Rom with the image data was a very crappy Windows application and I didn’t do much with it. But today I found an open source Mac viewer and it produced these stunning revealing images.

Have a peek into my body:

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Hammock Sat, 10 Jul 2010 13:44:22 +0000 hammock

Two days ago I bought Alison a hammock for her birthday. I had no idea how I came up with that gift, she never asked for it. Then I saw this photo, taken 3 years ago, that I used for our calendar. Subconsciously I must have been inspired by it.


Unfortunately it rained and thunder-stormed all day yesterday so Alison couldn’t try it out. (Fortunately it cooled things down a bit, after a week of sweltering heat with temperatures of 30-35 and high humidity)

She likes it. She stole my iPad and just read the whole Internet. And Plume likes it too, just as Poupoune did before. She eats her Kong toy and enjoys the rocking motion of the hammock.

Plume is slowly taking over the special place Poupoune had in our lives. I still love Poupoune, but she’s getting older and isn’t as active anymore. She still goes on walks, but usually not in the morning when she’s too stiff of arthritis. She seems reasonable happy although she’s a bit jealous of all the attention Plume gets. To keep her busy we gave her a Kong for own and that seems to have helped.

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Timber! Sat, 26 Jun 2010 14:14:39 +0000 fallen tree

Alison asked if she could use the ladder: “I want to remove the vine out of that almost leafless tree so maybe it will do a bit better.” I went into the basement to get the ladder, which took some effort since I really should clean up, and put it up against the tree for her. Then I went inside to continue my work on the computer.

A few minutes later Alison came in. “Uhm, I think the tree fell down.” I asked if she was okay and then went outside to see what had happened. The tree had snapped off at its base, just below ground. Apparently the reason it didn’t have much leaves was that it had rotted away, probably because the strangling vine had deprived it of nutrients. Fortunately it didn’t fell all the way to the ground which might have injured Alison, but just fell a metre until it rested against the neighbour’s garage. I hate that garage, since it takes away a lot of sun from our garden, but for a change it proved useful.

I interrupted my work, got my electric saw out of the garage, and went up on the garage’s roof to cut the tree in pieces. That went pretty quick and a few hours later the whole tree was in my car and I was underway to deposit it at the Eco Centre at the end of our street. Usually when I come here to deposit debris of one of my renovations it’s very busy with contractors. But today it was Sunday and there was hardly anyone. So I was relatively quick back to work.

Collar Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:01:33 +0000 plume_regina

We, Plume Regina, declare that our bosses are cruel.

[Long time no post, sorry for that. Twitter ( seems to be easier and faster for quick and dirty updates, and I don’t have much patience/stamina/time for writing longer posts. Excuses, excuses, excuses… I should, there are some things I want to write about, but for some reason I can’t bring myself to writing them.]

Plume is doing well. Not so much today though. She has been sterilized two days ago and was licking her wounds. So Alison thought it was better to put this Elizabethan collar on. Now she’s sitting in her basket —she refuses to lie down— panting at a fast pace. I’m tempting to take the thing off again, she’s right: I am very cruel.

Poupoune and Plume are getting along quite well, the animosity of the first weeks is gone. Poupoune still growls now and then, but they sometimes even touch each other when they’re lying on the bed. Something that never happened with Poupoune and Pepe. Plume’s size makes Poupoune less bossy and I think she secretly likes it. No need for to constantly play the boss.

Plume still tries to play with Poupoune, especially when Poupoune is excited just before we go on a walk —she get much more walks these days—, but Poupoune is still refusing to play. In the dog park Plume sometimes plays with other dogs, but she doesn’t have good social skills. She barks at dogs when she wants to play, but her barking is a bit menacing so the other dogs aren’t sure what to do. She’s much better and quieter with smaller dogs and made some friends with those.

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