Tea & Company

Today was a very fun day. When I finally did manage to drag myself out of bed (at nearly 3 o’clock in the afternoon!—med adjustment making me drowsy again) I got myself a bowl of cereal and sat in front of the computer to read my email, and thank goodness I did, because I had a reminder that I was supposed to meet a friend at 3 on the dot at a café a few blocks away. I don’t think I ever got ready so fast in my life before. Somehow I managed to get there just 5 minutes late. It’s this place called Lili & Oli which is really laid back; they allow dogs and I just love the casual and warm ambiance. I took these photos a few weeks ago when it was uncharacteristically quiet, but gives an idea of the place. I like to go there with Coco after a trip to the library which is practically next door, and sometimes bring my laptop with me too like most people there do as well.

I was meeting a brand new friend, a girl I met at a bookstore a couple of weeks ago. She and her partner had arrived from England a week or two before as he’s gotten recruited for a big job in the aeronautics industry. She was a sociology teacher and is going through the motions of finding a job here. Really lovely girl with a beautiful attitude and very chatty like me, which makes for a pleasant time. We talked about everything but books somehow, though she did tell me she’s getting together with a book group tomorrow. When I met her, she was looking for Let the Great World Spin by Column McCann, which I heard great things of and which is what they’ll be discussing tomorrow. Michelle told me if this group seems interesting she’ll bring me along next time they get together, which is something I might really enjoy.

She currently lives right in front of the farmer’s market, so I suggested to walk back with her toward her place since it’s right by the water and there’s lots of fun park spaces for dogs to run around. As we got to the park just behind her building, I saw there was a small cluster of little dogs running around and playing. Coco, who was off-leash as he often is, jumped right into the fun and games and looked like the happiest dog in the world. Turns out the local small dog owners get together there every day between 5 and 6, so we stayed and chatted with the other humans while Coco played with a gaggle of amazingly adorable critters. I just love seeing him play with other dogs; even when he’s just with me, he’ll often start capering around and doing these air spins, which makes me laugh out loud, but seeing him clown about with others his size is a real blast. I think we’ll be going back there regularly.

That was it, a very simple afternoon really, but lots of fun for both mum and pup.

Lats night, I went to see a Beethoven recital by pianist Anton Kuerti, one of our greatest Canadian musicians, who happens to be recognized internationally for his performances of this very same composer, and was awarded the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. He played magnificently of course. It was held in the new concert hall in the new pavilion at the museum of fine arts, where they’re holding a series of inaugural concerts this week. The acoustics are great, and I imagine this has something to do with the fact that the new wing is partly built into what used to be a church, with the concert hall situated in what used to be the main church area. I went with my new friend, 93 year-old Liselotte, and my ‘old’ friend Kimmy too. Next, L and I are going back there for another event tomorrow—a Balinese traditional and modern dance and music performance. Should definitely be interesting.

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6 thoughts on “Tea & Company

  1. Sounds like you had a great day! I’ve never even heard of Lili & Oli and yet I don’t live that far away… I’m also a bit jealous of your potential new book group! My book club fell apart after only three meetings — we’ve been chatting about possibly getting back together again, but I’m despairing of it actually happening. The concerts sound great too! :)

    • Avis, funnily enough, I’d never seriously considered joining a RL book group before, because for one thing, wouldn’t know how to go about finding one. I guess there are several factors that need to come together for it to hold together, like people agreeing on types of books read for starters and enough participants contributing to the discussions to keep things interesting and whatnot. I’m not holding my breath for this one, but if it seems interesting, then I’ll definitely check it out!

      • Yes, let’s do that sometime when I get back (I’m away all next week). I’d love to meet Coco! Keep me posted about your book group too!

  2. lovely post. Brought back memories of a series of recitals Kuerti did years ago of all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. It was in the old Victoria Hall next to McGill. Enjoy your friends and your outings, illi.

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