Friday, August 30, 2013

Miller Time Friday - Cultural Outings and a Birthday Shout outs!

Hi all!

Thanks for the great advice yesterday!  You won't hear from me today till around supper time as we are going on a day trip.

Lots to talk about!

Yesterday, one of my best buddies, G, and I  decided that we needed a little cultural outing.  G has recently retired herself and while my creative outlet is writing, she is turning out to be quite an accomplished artist!  So neat when people find outlets for their creativity!

Anyway - we did the real ladies who lunch thing - we went out to the local hotel, drank Pinot Grigio with our greek salads and then headed next door to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

If you ever find yourself in Fredericton - this is the place to go.  Dali rubs elbows with Lucien Freud (but check in advance as they are currently on tour - kind of sounds like they are a rock band, doesn't it?), and with Turner and others.

 


The Gallery was a gift to the province by Lord Beaverbrook, New Brunswick's most famous son and a Fleet St. Baron and confidante of Churchill.  He had the gallery built on the banks of the St. John River, then personally set about to acquire pieces that would make it world class.



There was a wonderful exhibition featuring Canadian painter John Ward.  Called Meditation-Transition, it was a visual treat.


 We spent 2 hours knocking about, really enjoying the art and the joy that one can have with a good friend when neither of you are experts but you love what you see!

We took a couple of selfies in the car when I dropped her off!



Can you tell we have fun?  and how pretty is she?  She visits here every day and has yet to comment so you ought to send her a shout out!  Hey G!  Great day yesterday!

We have decided we need to do this kind of cultural thing on a regular basis.  Of course, where we live that is more difficult, but not impossible!  And if we can't find it, we can always make it up!

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Today is Laura's Birthday, she of the wonderful blog Pieces of Love.  Happy Happy Day Laura! 

I am blatantly stealing a picture of Laura from her own blog as I think it is one of the loveliest photos of a bride I have ever seen:




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Laura is not the only person I know having a birthday today - Indy, the Wonder Dog is 13!!!  That can mean only one thing - a bar mitzvah!  I have never been to a bar mitzvah but I think it is THE best religious and cultural approach to entering one's teens.  I am not sure Indy would notice if we had one, alas...



He looks kind of noble, doesn't he????  Happy Birthday to Momma's Boy! (and yes, that is how I talk to him...)

In honour of culture and birthdays we need a lovely cocktail, don't we?  Dani is back so we'll meet on her front porch as the sun begins to set over the yard arm (whenever that is!)

Painter's Delight

 
   
Pour gin, curacao, pernod and lemon juice into a highball glass over ice cubes. Fill with soda water, stir, and serve.

I can just see G, Laura and Indy sharing one now... Bottoms up all and CHEERS!!!

Have a happy Friday and Stay Safe out there!



 

24 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Laura and Indy!
    Great to meet your friend G. She's beautiful! What a fun day you had, I wish I could have tagged along, that's my favourite lunch. And I've always wanted to go to that gallery.
    Okay see you later on the porch, that drink looks pretty strong, you might have to peel me up off the floor!

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    1. Oh me too - have slept lousy all week and am so tired! We are off to Saint JOhn in about 15 minutes and I will be dragged to shops behind 3 professional shoppers!

      when you come I will definitely get you to the gallery!

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  2. Happy birthday, Laura! Indy is adorable. :)The John Ward exhibition looks very interesting - glad you guys had a great time. Happy Friday!

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    1. Thanks MW! Got home a few minutes ago and am sincerely tired!

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  3. For Indy, that's a "Bark Mitzvah"!

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  4. What a lovely day you had, Wendy!

    Happy birthday to Indy, he's a cutie.

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    1. Your tags have been extra hilarious lately!

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  5. Happy Birthday to All! My little corgi will be 13 this year; she's definitely aging.

    Fun outing with your friend G. I have a lunch today with a dear friend I see only once or twice a year when she's here so will be fun to catch up.

    Have a fun and safe weekend!

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    1. hope you had fun Lane! just walked in the door after shopping since 10 am - am exhausted! The old gray mare ain't what she used to be - I've grown soft with the online shopping!

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  6. That sounds like such an amazing day with G! Happy birthday Indy! Thank you SO much for the birthday shoutout - it was such a sweet surprise to wake up to this morning! Lots and lots of love at you!

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  7. What a lovely way to spend a day with a friend, the photo says you had fun! Happy weekend & cheers!

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  8. What a lovely way to spend a day with a friend, the photo says you had fun! Happy weekend & cheers!

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  9. WHat a lovely ladies lunch.. And what wonderful pictures- ok- I tried to write selfies but it kept auto correcting to selfless. As Indy is an youthful 81 in dog years, perhaps a relaxing retirement party would be more appreciated than all the work that apparently goes into a Bar Mitzvah. Enjoy your weekend,WMM.

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    1. KNityarn - sometimes, depending on the angle, selfies can be selfless...

      I have never been to a Bar Mitzvah! I have added it to the list!

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  10. Cheers! Laura looks lovely and and so do you and G. But the dog always wins hands down.

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    1. BB - the dog always wins - you are right!

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  11. oh Wendy you know I love to read your blogs because it brings me back to the times we worked together, when we had these great chats in the morning before others arrived at the office. It's the old you again, and it really makes me smile. We promised to make these dates a regular, it's good for the heart and good for the soul. Lots of love G.

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    1. Yay G - you are in the blogging world! Yup - we definitely must do it regularly!!!

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