Backstage at the circus

Here I am! February has been a bit of a blur, between a major illness and the many rehearsals for the circus show I am performing in right now. Here are a few behind-the-scenes images from the green room and from the wings.

In terms of sewing, there has been a lot of circus-costume alteration and repair happening, but also three different dress projects! I’m looking forward to getting back to my sewing table, but for now, I am swinging through the air with the greatest of ease.

Nocturne – Art at Night

When was the last time you saw line-ups outside of art galleries instead of bars on a Saturday night? Nocturne was a ton of fun this year and it helped that it wasn’t bitterly cold for once. We trampled all over town, going from one installation to the next, while running into everyone we know (it’s so interesting to see all the different worlds you inhibit collide at a public event). It kind of feels like Halloween for grown-ups. People are giddy and excited and it’s just as much fun to watch the public as the artists!


On the wedding trail

A list of ten things that have happened over the past ten days, in no particular order:

1. Hours on the road. Officially caught up on podcasts.

2. Fox sightings.

3. Two lovely weddings which included sparklers, tap-dancing, mojitos and even a pig on a spit.

4. Homemade blueberry pie.

5. The beach – twice, in two different provinces.

6. So many bug bites that I was unable to wear normal shoes for days. Still scratching.

7. Visit to the cottage in the Land Without Internet.

8. Glorious naps.

9. Houses made from bottles.

7. Laundry, laundry, laundry.

8. Simultaneous tea-drinking and blue-heron-watching.

9. Fabric shopping at a price of $3 dollars a metre.

10. Boggle tournaments.

It was a great way to wrap up the summer! Now onto September, and all those emails in my inbox.

Can’t Wait for Fall

I know, I know, I couldn’t wait for summer. I am not wishing it away, but if there’s one thing I love even more than summer, it’s fall! The weather has been pretty chilly around here and it’s got me wishing for back-to-school. September is the real New Year for me, as I know it is for many people. Here’s my annual list of things I am looking forward to this Autumn:

1. Crisp mornings

2. Film Festival time! I love how seriously my partner and I take going through the program and choosing our films.

3. Word On The Street

4. Book season – awards, festivals, and lists

5. Cozy sweaters, socks, and scarves

6. Hot Chocolate

7.  Visiting my favourite trees in town

8. Pumpkin flavoured everything

9. Writing letters

10. The first smell of wood stove in the neighborhood

11. Tights of all colours and patterns

12. Endless planning of Halloween costumes

13. Apple season

14. Crunchy leaves underfoot

15. Soup! Can we please eat soup again?


Summer Shows – Arcade Fire!

I didn’t take this video and I wasn’t quite that close, but this gives you an idea of what a jumbled, chaotic, and completely awesome time I had last night. The show was actually on the other side of the harbour, so (what seemed like) half the population of my side packed onto the tiny ferry en-masse and headed over. I can’t believe I got to see them in such a small venue.

I loved that by an accident of lighting, there were giant shadow puppets of the performers dancing on the sides of the pavilion. We sang and yelled and came home with ringing ears and happy hearts. My other favourite moment had nothing to do with the music, but with the one gentlemen getting off the ferry (on the concert side) after it was over and his utterly shocked expression at seeing so many people waiting to get on!