Hello November and goodbye October! October was a beautiful month with gorgeous autumn foliage everywhere I looked, an extra-special Thanksgiving, a trip to Sault Ste Marie and Agawa Canyon, and plenty of leisure activities. Let me share my highlights and I invite you to tell me yours.
I viewed many interesting artworks at the Community Film and Art Festival, Nuit Blanche event, and Toronto Biennial of Art event. However, my favourite artwork in October was Mother Nature’s autumn foliage palette, from various shades of green to light yellow, to golden, to orange, red, and stunning crimson.
I wrote five blog posts in October and used my phone to take all the blog photos which turned out better than I expected:
- September Wrap-Up
- Happy 3 Years of Blogging
- A Whale of A Time in Victoria
- On Nature’s Edge in Tofino
- Hiking the Tonquin Trail
I enjoyed reading six books in different genres. I had read The Old Man and the Sea a long time ago and re-read it. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. It’s an impressive novella to me because the writer packed a powerful story with vivid descriptions in under 100 pages.
- The Endless Beach – a romance novel by Jenny Colgan.
- All Things Consoled – a memoir by Elizabeth Hay.
- The Old Man and the Sea – a novella by Ernest Hemingway.
- Elevation – a science fiction novel by Stephen King.
- Happy People Read & Drink Coffee – a romance novel by Agnès Martin Lugand, translated from the French by Sandra Smith.
- Kingdom of the Blind – a crime fiction novel by Louise Penny.
I attended seven amazing classical concerts, some with my friends. The performers are all award winners at international competitions. They played wonderful music composed by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Edgar, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, and more:
- David Potvin, piano.
- The Bedford Trio: Alessia Disimino (violin), Andrew Ascenzo (cello), and Jialiang Zhu (piano).
- Tristan Savella, piano.
- Peter Stoll, bass clarinet, and string quartet.
- Younggun Kim, piano.
- Timothy Ying, violin and Lydia Wong, piano.
- The Ezra Duo: Jacob Clewell, viola and Sasha Bult-Ito, piano.
My family had an extra-special Thanksgiving dinner this year as my uncle and aunt came to visit us from Montreal. Aside from a delicious meal, I enjoyed every bit of the pumpkin pies that we had for dessert. Pumpkins are another sure sign of autumn here.
I met my friends at some of the concerts mentioned above. On a nice autumn day, we went for a walk to check out the newly opened Garrison Crossing bridge. It’s the first stainless steel bridge in Canada.
Spanning over two rail corridors within the core of downtown, the full bridge required two separate installations. The first and north end of the bridge is 52-metres-long. The second and south end of the bridge is 29-metres-long. I like that the bridge is for pedestrians and cyclists only.
I completed twelve strengthening workouts in the gym, four swimming sessions, and nine yoga classes. I also meditated and walked outdoors 5 to 8 km (or 3 to 5 miles) every day. October was the perfect time for outdoor walks as temperatures were cooler and autumn foliage provided gorgeous scenery.
Some of what I learned include my daily French and Spanish lessons on Duolingo, Garrison Crossing bridge construction, the history of Sault Ste Marie Canal, how the locks work at the Canal, and Agawa Canyon.
I watched four movies and liked Red Joan and Toy Story 4 the most:
- Toy Story 4 – surprisingly good for a sequel.
- Red Joan – based on a true story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy.
My family and I travelled to Sault Ste Marie, a city located in northern Ontario. We did a few hikes in Sault Ste Marie, and took the train from Sault Ste Marie to Agawa Canyon where we did more hiking.
When we exited Sault Ste Marie airport, we saw a green Welcome sign on the left and a glimpse of colourful autumn foliage on the right. I’ll share more details in a future post.
Every day in October was amazing. I look forward to enjoying November with my family and friends, continuing my health and leisure activities, and plotting new adventures.
How was your October? What good things happened? I’d love to hear your comments.
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