BeaverTails and Red Roses

Hello and welcome to Weekend Coffee Share #6! I’m glad you’re here. Please come on in, help yourself to a cup of coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate at my coffee station and let’s chat.

This is a long weekend of celebrations here: Lunar New Year’s Day, the year of the Ox, on February 12, Valentine’s Day on February 14, and Family Day on February 15. I have a sweet treat and rosy or red images to share.

1. BeaverTails

Have you ever had a beavertail? I ate my first delicious beavertail in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, a long time ago. No, not the tail of a beaver. I’m talking about Canadian pastries, called Beavertails or Queues de Castor in French. They are fried dough pastries, individually hand stretched to resemble beaver’s tails, topped with either sweet or savoury ingredients.

One of the BeaverTails stores is located in Pier 6 building, the oldest building in Toronto’s Harbourfront area. I think its red exterior and doors are suitable entry to the Thursday Doors and Sunday Stills photography challenges this week.

Pier 6 building entrance.

The glass panes of the front door are half covered with BeaverTails menu, notices of store opening hours, and covid-19 protocols. The plaque on the right of Pier 6 building explains its architecture and history since 1907.

Pier 6 plaque.

I like how an ordinary storage shed, on the left side of Pier 6 building, is transformed into something eye-catching with a coat of red paint and a few Canadian symbols: Moose antlers, beavers, a heart, oars, rolling pins, apples, evergreen trees, and leaves.

The back of Pier 6 building is mostly glass doors and windows. They are open in nice weather and are glass for a good reason.

Pier 6 back doors and windows.

The reason is this view of the Toronto Harbour and the boats that dock along the pier. In a few weeks, boat crews will start cleaning up and getting their boats ready for boat tour customers.

The boats will be in pristine conditions, especially their doors and windows, so passengers can have a good view of Toronto from the water. Rentals of bigger boats are also available for special events.

Views from Pier 6.

If you haven’t had a BeaverTails pastry, I recommend to try it at least once. I have no affiliation with the company. Currently, there are eleven BeaverTails choices. They’re big and inexpensive treats, perfect for sharing with your Valentine.

Plus for about US$5, you can claim that you’ve had a Canadian BeaverTails pastry, like this fun fact about President Obama’s visit, and tick off this item on your bucket list.

2. Red Roses

Terri’s Sunday Stills Rosy Red prompt also reminded me of my visit to a rose plantation in Ecuador before the pandemic. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation and is one of the world’s major producers. Here’s a small sample of about 500 rose varieties in Ecuador:

Roses ready for shipment from Ecuador.

Ecuadorian roses have long stems with perfect petals. They come in so many colours and names that it would be hard to choose which to buy. Take a look at this exquisite arrangement of real red roses or a single rosy red rose. Both say Happy Valentine’s Day loud and clear.

Red Ecuadorian roses.
Pink Ecuadorian rose.

All flowers are shared on Cee’s Flower of The Day.

3. Finding Calm

My guest post 21 Quick Ideas To Find Calm went live on Min’s Write of the Middle blog in Australia on Monday February 8. Give yourself the gift of health by finding calm and taking care of yourself everyday. I hope you find at least one of my 21 quick ideas useful. Have a great weekend!

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140 thoughts on “BeaverTails and Red Roses

  1. Dan Antion February 12, 2021 / 8:04 am

    Pier 6 has had an interesting life. I’m glad it seems to have found a permanent home.

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 10:28 am

      Dan, There has been so many new building developments along Toronto’s Waterfront. I’m glad to see Pier 6 stays where it is for now.

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  2. Ally Bean February 12, 2021 / 8:31 am

    The ordinary storage shed is no longer ordinary. It’s pretty and meaningful now. The photos of the roses bring a sense of calm to the world, don’t they? Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 10:35 am

      Ally, I was impressed with how BeaverTails made that shed an extension of their brand and trademark red colour. I agree the photos of the roses bring a sense of calm. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too!

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  3. Molly Totoro February 12, 2021 / 8:39 am

    I adore the bright red exterior of this quaint little building. Such a cheery sight in the depths of winter. And thank you for introducing me to “beaver tails” … I have never heard of this delicacy before, but now my mouth is watering for some fried pastry with a sprinkle of something sweet 🙂

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 10:43 am

      Molly, I’m glad to share a cheery red sight and introduce the Canadian beaver tail pastry to you. The Classic beaver tail has sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar 🙂

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  4. Jill Weatherholt February 12, 2021 / 8:59 am

    The building is gorgeous! Of course, it’s because of your stunning photos, Natalie. I had no idea about beavertails, but you’ve sparked my interest. Thanks for sharing today. Happy Valentine’s Day! xo

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 10:49 am

      Jill, Pier 6 red exterior is great for a Valentine’s post. I’m glad to introduce BeaverTails pastries to you. Something uniquely Canadian. Happy Valentine’s day! xo

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  5. leannelc February 12, 2021 / 9:07 am

    Beaver tails sound delicious Natalie – if I ever win Lotto and make it to Canada to see you and the other Canadian bloggers, I’ll definitely make sure I sample one.

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    • Retirement Reflections February 12, 2021 / 9:49 am

      I do hope that you win that Lotto. Don’t forget Vancouver Island when you are here! 😀

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 10:53 am

      Leanne, I hope you win that Lotto so you come to visit me and other bloggers in Canada. The BeaverTails pastries go well with tea or coffee.

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  6. Alice DeForest February 12, 2021 / 9:36 am

    Good story about the beavertail. I spend a good bit of time during my teens traveling from Buffalo to Toronto. Hope to go again soon, maybe this summer

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 10:56 am

      Alice, I hope you get to visit Toronto this summer. If you go and our schedules work out, feel free to let me know if you want to meet up, perhaps at this BeaverTails store 🙂

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  7. Retirement Reflections February 12, 2021 / 9:51 am

    Hi, Natalie – Your photos here are simply beautiful. I love how you worked in #SundayStills (which is a great reminder to me to finish that post). Thank you for sharing this with us. Happy Valentine’s Day.
    PS – I highly recommend Beaver Tails as well! 😀

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 11:02 am

      Thank you, Donna, for your compliments. I’m glad you like BeaverTails, too 🙂 I think they have some stores in Vancouver and Victoria. Happy Valentine’s Day! I look forward to reading your upcoming Sunday Stills post.

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  8. dinah February 12, 2021 / 10:04 am

    Happy Friday! Now that I know it’s a pastry….I wonder if they’d ship beaver tails? Yum!
    Gorgeous flowers! Thanks for the eye candy!
    Have a great weekend 💜

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 11:08 am

      Happy Friday, Dinah! These beaver tails are best eaten fresh. It looks like BeaverTails don’t ship their pastries. I’m glad you like the roses. Have a beautiful weekend!

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  9. dawnkinster February 12, 2021 / 10:18 am

    Beaver tails are HUGE! I was picturing in my mind something like a jelly donut!! I have been to Toronto a couple times, once when I was in college in the 70s and once on my honeymoon in 1990, don’t recall even hearing about beaver tails!

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 11:13 am

      Dawn, Yes, BeaverTails pastries are big enough to share with another person. The store started in Quebec and later opened up in Ontario and other locations. It’s a sweet Canadian secret that I’m glad to let you know.

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  10. Laurie February 12, 2021 / 12:02 pm

    I have never heard of a beaver tail before, but now I want one. I guess it would have to be a savory one, since I am on a no-sugar diet. but that’s OK! I never knew Equador was a rose producer. What a wonderful excursion – a rose plantation! Thanks for sharing your experience. Perfect for this week before Valentine’s Day!

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 1:05 pm

      Laurie, Whenever you visit Canada, especially Ontario or Quebec, I recommend to try a BeaverTails pastry.

      It was an interesting and informative tour at the rose plantation in Ecuador. They grew so many beautiful rose varieties there and gave visitors roses for free.

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  11. Debbie February 12, 2021 / 4:18 pm

    I’m so glad you explained it wasn’t an actual beaver tail Natalie, but a pastry!! No I haven’t had one 🙂
    The roses look beautiful but I wonder if they have a scent, I like my roses to smell nice!

    Thanks for the weekend coffee share, I’ve joined you and mentioned you in my #shoutoutSaturday post.

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 4:59 pm

      Debbie, I recommend you try a beaver tail pastry when you visit Canada 🙂 The roses that I shared in my post don’t have a scent but there are other rose varieties that smell nice. Thank you for the mention in your Shout Out Saturday post. I’ll be over to your blog soon.

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  12. rawsonjl February 12, 2021 / 5:02 pm

    Those roses are amazing! A Beavertail sounds delicious… but I’ve never had one.

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 5:24 pm

      Joanne, The roses in Ecuador are amazing. The beavertails are yummy treats. Most BeaverTails stores are in Canada, and only a few are in the USA and international.

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  13. Jennifer Jones February 12, 2021 / 5:14 pm

    I have no doubt Natalie that I would love a Beavertails if I was lucky enough to to try one. I love your red photos. And those roses! Valentines Day has been cancelled here as Victoria was put in to unexpected lockdown yesterday for 5 days. Cafes and florists are not happy. #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 5:29 pm

      Jennifer, Unexpected lockdown right on Valentine’s weekend must affect the cafes and florists’ revenues a lot. I’m glad you love my red photos and virtual roses. I thought they’d be suitable for Valentine’s weekend 🙂

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  14. PurplePumpernickel February 12, 2021 / 6:08 pm

    Happy Lunar New Year, Natalie! Hope you & your family have a wonderful celebration.

    I don’t think I’ve ever had beaver tails … but pastry, fried, sweet …. I’m pretty sure I would love them!

    Enjoy this busy busy weekend!

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 6:41 pm

      Happy Lunar New Year, Ju-Lyn! I hope you and your family have a wonderful celebration, too. We’re still under lockdown here so celebrations are just with people who live in the same household or via virtual gatherings. Have a great weekend!

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      • PurplePumpernickel February 14, 2021 / 9:29 pm

        And to you, too, Natalie!
        We only celebrated with our little family unit as well. Although we are allowed some degree of socialising in Singapore, our family of 4 have decided to play it cautious. No visiting friends & relatives this year.

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  15. Teresa February 12, 2021 / 6:47 pm

    The Beaver Tails doors are pretty. And those those boxed roses in Ecuador…gorgeous shot!

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  16. Denyse Whelan Blogs February 12, 2021 / 7:42 pm

    This was a lovely warm post..red is a favourite! The roses look amazing. I reckon I could get through 1/4 of a beaver tail!

    Thanks for your link up.

    My link with you today is one from this week’s Sunday Stills. Fallen.

    See you Monday.
    Denyse

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 8:02 pm

      Denyse, I’m glad you like my post and the roses. It’s Valentine’s weekend so I chose to share something red and sweet 🙂

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  17. midlifestylist February 12, 2021 / 8:03 pm

    Hi Natalie, what a beautiful place! I love the views of the water from the building. Beaver tails sound delicious. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for hosting the Linkup. Regards, Christina

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 8:13 pm

      Hi Christina, It’s a treat to pick up a beavertail pastry, tea or coffee, and sit outside in nice weather to enjoy that lake view. Have a great weekend!

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  18. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com February 12, 2021 / 8:06 pm

    Nice combo of challenge responses and Coffee Share! I wish I had known about BeaverTails when I was in Toronto! They look yummy… and I love that red building (how did I miss that???).

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    • Natalie February 12, 2021 / 8:17 pm

      Janis, I’ve probably broken all the link-up rules to combine the two challenges and my Coffee Share in one post 🙂 You just have to return to Toronto when it’s safe to travel again, and let me know when so we can book time for BeaverTails!

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  19. Liesbet @ Roaming About February 12, 2021 / 11:01 pm

    I love that building on Pier 6. It always amazes and delights me when people are creative with their building (and garden) decorations. Especially during these chaotic and sad times, it’s the positive people with bright, creative ideas that cheer us up. Like you, Natalie! 🙂

    I never had a beavertail. Maybe you can post a photo of one of them in the future? Or, I could Google it, of course. Interesting, all those varieties and collections of roses in Ecuador. I had no idea they were cultivated there. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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    • Natalie February 13, 2021 / 9:09 am

      Haha, Valentine’s Day gave me the inspiration to post something red and sweet. I’m glad my post delighted you, Liesbet.

      Under my photo of the boats, if you click on the link “eleven BeaverTails choices”, it will take you to the official BeaverTails web site where they have photos of the pastries. Their photos are better than my food photos 🙂

      Ecuador has a lot of volcanoes which provide excellent soil conditions and with their climate, it’s perfect to grow roses. Many people are surprised to learn about this but I knew about Ecuadorian roses before I visited the country because Ecuadorian roses are available in Toronto’s florist shops and they always look much stronger and better than roses from somewhere else. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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  20. Moumita De Sarkar February 13, 2021 / 4:40 am

    With BeaverTails pastries and a bouquet of red roses from Ecuador, the lovebirds are going to have a gala time this Valentine’s Day. Credit goes to you Natalie 🙂

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    • Natalie February 13, 2021 / 9:12 am

      Thank you, Moumita. Something fun, red, and sweet for the weekend. Make it a great one 🙂

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  21. Patricia Furstenberg February 13, 2021 / 6:25 am

    Oh, Natalie, thank you for this treat 🙂
    I had to google beavertail. They should be illegal, since they are not available in other countries. Just kidding 🙂 South Africa has “pig ears”, Romania has “palm trees” – but without the lovely additions. Yum!

    The red barn door is exquisite. So much said, done with so little. An Inspiration. And it was my fav till I spotted the little boat. Something about it, facing the waters…

    Have a blessed weekend, filled with love 🙂
    Pat

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    • Natalie February 13, 2021 / 9:20 am

      Haha, Pat, the beaver tail pastries are addictive so it may be a good thing that they are not available everywhere.

      I’m glad you like that red door. Paint is an inexpensive way to transform an ordinary shed into something attractive and reflective of the store. You have good eye for details to spot the little boat. The boat captains position the boats for quick access. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  22. trentpmcd February 13, 2021 / 8:25 am

    I’m so used to living on the east coast that 1907 seems young 😉 I just looked at Cleveland, were I grew up (well, I was on Lake Erie west of the city). I did see one riverside bar in continuous operation since the 1890s, so only ten years older. Anyway, I think it is funny that one of the beavers on the shed has a bite taken out of its tail! Loved the photos. I hope you are having a good weekend and have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

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    • Natalie February 13, 2021 / 9:26 am

      Trent, Yes, anything in the 1900s or later seems young. Toronto is a younger city than many other cities around the world.

      You have good eye for the details on that beaver on the left of the shed with bites taken out of its tail. That’s what the beaver tail pastry looks like after you take a couple of bites 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. Kathleen Howell February 13, 2021 / 11:23 am

    I so love the pics you share and the adventures you take us on.. And I was so glad to read they were not real beaver tails! You never know..

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    • Natalie February 13, 2021 / 11:35 am

      Kathleen, I’m glad you like my photos. I knew I had to clarify these BeaverTails are pastries 🙂 The company name is one word.

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  24. Gary A Wilson February 13, 2021 / 11:33 am

    Another great virtual tour Natalie. Many thanks also for hosting our weekend meet up.

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    • Natalie February 13, 2021 / 11:49 am

      Thank you, Gary, for your comment. I greatly appreciate it.

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  25. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 February 13, 2021 / 5:27 pm

    Hi Natalie the roses are just gorgeous – don’t fresh flowers make you feel good? I’ve never heard of Beaver Tails but if they are pastries they have to be good! Thanks for the opportunity to link up at #WeekendCoffeeShare have a great week.

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    • Natalie February 13, 2021 / 6:24 pm

      Hi Sue, Fresh flowers are lovely. The BeaverTails pastries are good. Thanks for linking up this week. Happy Valentine’s day!

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  26. Thistles and Kiwis February 13, 2021 / 7:35 pm

    Like many others, I haven’t heard of Beaver Tails pastries but now long to try one.

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    • Natalie February 13, 2021 / 7:59 pm

      Barbara, I’m glad to introduce these Canadian pastries to you and my blog readers.

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  27. Sanch @ Sanch Writes February 13, 2021 / 10:23 pm

    Haha my first thought when you said Beavertails was exactly that – tail of a beaver! That looks great though! Loved the photos of roses! Hope you’ve had a lovely week and looking forward to seeing what parts of Toronto you’ll take us to next week!

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 7:38 am

      Sanch, Haha, my attempt at offering something red and sweet for Valentine’s weekend. Have a great week!

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  28. csuhpat1 February 13, 2021 / 11:43 pm

    Such a cool place. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 7:39 am

      Thank you, Patrick, for your comment. I greatly appreciate it.

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  29. Lizl Bennefeld February 14, 2021 / 12:58 am

    I very much enjoyed your guest post. So many of your suggestions resonate with me! I also appreciated the visit to the harbor and pier. Living in N.D. with little travel, I have not seen much of lakes and shorelines in recent years. Loved my two-day visit to Duluth-Superior in the 70s, though. Quite breathtaking! I will pass on the pastries, however, in favor of fresh fish or seafood.

    Have you done any canoeing or kayaking, being in Toronto? For some reason now lost, I connect that activity with the Toronto area. As a child at summer camp, I enjoyed canoeing and wished that I could do more of that as I got older.

    Thanks so much for the pictures, the new sights! Happy that I have had a chance to visit your world.

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 7:44 am

      Thank you, Lizl, for reading my guest post. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I did frequent kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddling last summer. If you do a search on my blog with those key words, you’ll find my posts about my paddling excursions on Toronto Islands. Canoeing is a wonderful activity. I hope to do some canoeing this coming summer. Have a great week ahead!

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  30. endardoo February 14, 2021 / 8:25 am

    Beaverstails, eh? Sounds good, and love the roses!

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 10:53 am

      Enda, The beaver tail pastries are good, you got to try it once 🙂

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      • endardoo February 14, 2021 / 11:42 am

        Long way to go for ine right now, Nathalie!!

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  31. Annika Perry February 14, 2021 / 9:19 am

    Natalie, a wonderful eclectic post! I LOVE the roses, so beautifully presented and rich warm colours! It must have been amazing to visit the plantation. As for Beavertails – I wasn’t sure I dared read on but phew, a pastry and looking at the website they all look so scrummy. Is it too far to deliver to the UK?! 😀 Darn, I’ll just have to pop by when visiting Toronto and the lovely renovated Pier 6! Wishing you a very special Sunday! ❤️

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 10:56 am

      Annika, The rose plantation was incredible and the whole town had roses everywhere. They gave them to visitors for free. I’d love to have you visit Toronto when it’s safe to travel. We can arrange to meet up at Pier 6 for the pastries 🙂 Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and the week ahead!

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  32. Erica/Erika February 14, 2021 / 9:36 am

    Again, a welcoming, beautiful post, Natalie. I like how you switch up your heading photo. Confession: I have never had a Beavertail. The architect’s great thinking about the windows, when an amazing view. I recall your visit to the rose plantation in Ecuador. Exquisite photos of the roses! I loved everything about the ‘finding calm’ especially how you broke it down to time segments.Thank you for sharing a great post!

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 11:00 am

      Erica/ Erika, I think there is a BeaverTails store in Victoria. That could be our future place for a coffee date, either in Victoria or in Toronto, perhaps the day after an ice cream date 🙂

      The roses in Ecuador were incredible, so many varieties and every single one of them was gorgeous. Thank you for reading my guest post on Min’s blog. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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      • Erica/Erika February 14, 2021 / 6:20 pm

        I will have to try a BeaverTail in your honour, Natalie. Ice Cream always a priority. Take care and thank you for sharing you.❤️

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        • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 6:30 pm

          Sounds good, Erica/ Erika. Have a nice evening and a great week ahead!

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 11:01 am

      Thank you, Regina. The Ecuadorian roses that I saw were gorgeous.

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  33. Terri Webster Schrandt February 14, 2021 / 10:25 am

    Hi Natalie, I love it when bloggers combine several challenges in one post! When you opened with “beaver tails are delicious” I raised both eyebrows…then, oh a pastry! I hope to try one some day. And what a storefront in red! Thanks for sharing about the Ecuadorian roses, wow, I’ve never seen so many kinds. And I forgot the Lunar New Year began, too! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 11:04 am

      Haha, Terri, this is my attempt to post something red and sweet for Valentine’s. The rose varieties in Ecuador were incredible and they all looked gorgeous. Thank you for hosting Sunday Stills.

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      • Terri Webster Schrandt February 14, 2021 / 11:56 am

        I adjusted my post to be able to link up today with WCS, Natalie! I visited a few links and met a new blogger! Even with my SS images, I manage to share something about the home update, which seems appropriate for sharing coffee over!

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        • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 12:09 pm

          That’s great, Terri. I just started hosting this weekly link-up in January. The Weekend Coffee Share blogging community is friendly and international with bloggers from 5 continents. Lots of common interests. There are several blogs with beautiful photos like yours, too.

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  34. Terri Webster Schrandt February 14, 2021 / 10:36 am

    Duh, I forgot you are hosting the weekend coffee share. I’ll start linking to that as well. Thanks for hosting!

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 11:05 am

      Terri, Yes, please join any and every week. I’d love to have you at my Weekend Coffee Share link up. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 11:56 am

      Thank you, Kirstin, for your comment. I’ll visit your blog shortly.

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  35. kirstin troyer February 14, 2021 / 11:23 am

    I also like the idea of your coffee share….hmmm…I’m snowed in this weekend, maybe I”ll try and get another post up and link to that 🙂 I’ve been trying to get back into blogging and finding other hobby bloggers to connect with. It’s so funny, I VA for some bloggers but can’t seem to find time for my own…lol.

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 11:58 am

      Kirstin, Everyone is welcome to join my link-up any and every week. Check the Blog Links page at the top of my blog for the guidelines. Today’s link up is opened until midnight tonight Toronto time. Hope to see you there either today or next week.

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  36. Wandering Dawgs February 14, 2021 / 11:54 am

    Love that red building! What a beautiful collection of roses!

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you, Beth, for your comment. I started hosting the weekly Weekend Coffee Share link -up this year. Everyone is welcome to join any and every week. I hope you consider joining.

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  37. Sagittarius Viking February 14, 2021 / 12:26 pm

    Such pretty roses! I do think roses are so pretty, unfortunately I am too sensitive towards their (and most smelling flowers) sweet scent, I do adore them and love seeing photos of them. I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Valentine’s Day! Thank you for the coffee, I apologise for being a little late this weekend.

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 1:06 pm

      Maria, No apologies needed as the link-up is open until midnight Sunday night Toronto time. I’m glad you joined with plenty of time left. The Ecuadorian roses that I showed in my post are scent-free. Happy Valentine’s day to you and your family!

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  38. Corina February 14, 2021 / 1:33 pm

    I didn’t know about the rose industry in Ecuador. What a treat to visit. I see yellow roses in your photo. They are my favorite flower.

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 2:37 pm

      Corina, The rose plantation that I visited had roses in many colours, including yellow. I’m glad to see you at the link up today.

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  39. kirstin troyer February 14, 2021 / 1:56 pm

    Joined in to the weekend coffee share. What fun. Can’t wait to visit some of the others.

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 2:38 pm

      That’s great, Kirstin. Lots of blogs to visit and introduce yourself.

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  40. Suzanne@PictureRetirement February 14, 2021 / 4:32 pm

    Hi Natalie, thanks for the introduction to BeaverTails. Who knew? It definitely sounds like something I would like. I am not a fan of red roses, but with all of those beautiful colors, why be ordinary. I am looking forward to reading all the Coffee Share entries this week. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 5:57 pm

      Suzanne, The freshly-baked beavertails are very good and each is big enough that you and Malcolm can share. The rose plantation in Ecuador has many rose varieties and colours. I’m sure there is a rose for everyone’s preference. Ive read about half of the Coffee Share entries this weekend and will continue to the last one. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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      • Suzanne@PictureRetirement February 14, 2021 / 5:59 pm

        Natalie, I am slowly working my way through them. I like to give myself something to look forward to for a couple of days. 🙂

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        • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 6:06 pm

          Suzanne, I started on Friday 🙂 I like the diverse contents in the link-up.

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  41. Jo February 14, 2021 / 5:01 pm

    Phew re the beaver tail, but I would love a pic of one (hint hint). I adore that painted red door… Happy Valentine’s Day.

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 6:01 pm

      Haha, Jo, maybe I should have had a different post title but then where’s the fun in that? If you click on the “eleven Beavertails choices” link below the boat photo in my post, it will take you to the BeaverTails store and menu with photos of their pastries. Their photos are better than my food photos. I thought the store was very creative to paint that door in their trademark red with the simple designs on it. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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      • Jo February 15, 2021 / 6:02 pm

        Indeed, where is the fu in that?

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  42. Deborah Drucker February 14, 2021 / 5:37 pm

    I am glad you explained the beaver tail is a pastry. 😉 Weekend Coffee sounds good.

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 6:03 pm

      Thank you, Deborah, for your visit and comment. May I ask how you found my blog? I host the weekly Weekend Coffee Share link-up. Please feel free to check the Blog Links tab at the top of my blog for the guidelines. Everyone’s welcome to join any and every week. I hope you consider joining.

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      • Deborah Drucker February 14, 2021 / 11:13 pm

        Hi Natalie. I read one of your other participants, Yinglan. I like her Weekend Coffee posts and noted a link to you. I will definitely consider posting.

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        • Natalie February 15, 2021 / 8:13 am

          That’s great, Deborah. Thank you for letting me know.

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  43. Min Write of the Middle February 14, 2021 / 7:55 pm

    Hi Natalie, I’m glad you cleared up what a beavertail was because I was thinking … “what, they eat Beaver Tails?!!”. Your pastry beavertails sound delicious and I am a pastry lover so I know I’d love them! BTW – those Ecuador roses are so beautiful – wow! Lovely to see you mention your guest post over on my blog again here. It’s been getting a lot of attention and is being helpful to so many. Thanks Natalie! xo

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    • Natalie February 14, 2021 / 8:21 pm

      Haha, Min, I knew readers would first think “eww, she eats beaver tails?”. The pastries are good. They would be great to share with your Valentine’s. The Ecuadorian roses were incredible. I’m glad my guest post is getting a lot of attention and being helpful to readers. Thanks for linking with #WeekendCoffeeShare. Have a great week ahead!

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  44. msomerville2014 February 15, 2021 / 10:10 am

    Hi Natalie, I couldn’t participate this weekend, but came back to do some reading and was well rewarded. I too was a little worried about Beavertails. Although my husband is a hunter, I do not have adventurous tastes. But I was intrigued, because I love Beavers. When I was in college I wrote a goofy poem titled ‘Castor Canadensis” Anyway, those beaver tails would not be on my current diet, but they look like they would be good and fun to make. The roses were beautiful. Trusting the Coffee Share was good. Will do a little more reading. I was going to wish you a good holiday, when I recovered myself and realized it’s a holiday here in the US because it is Presidents’ Day. Good for you for going without television, I am not that mature yet, but who knows? Maybe one day. Blessings, Michele

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    • Natalie February 15, 2021 / 10:45 am

      Hi Michele, I can see how you love beavers. They are smart and hard working animals. They build beaver dams! This week’s Coffee Share is good. We have new participants and some returned from a long absence. I’m reading every participant’s blog. Today (Monday) is a holiday here, too although it’s Family Day. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day and great week ahead!

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      • msomerville2014 February 15, 2021 / 6:14 pm

        That is exciting Natalie to see how it is growing. I have certainly met some new people and enjoyed reading. Going to try to read a little more yet. For a while we lived very close to the Susquehanna River and would go to a park there to fish. I loved watching the beavers. Also, fishing in small pond s in the area where there was clear evidence of the beavers’ work. Next week! Michele

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    • Natalie February 16, 2021 / 12:26 pm

      Thank you, Valheru, for your visit and comment. A sweet or savoury snack and fresh flowers are good for the soul.

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  45. Chicken Librarian February 16, 2021 / 8:28 am

    The roses! Oh my! I had no idea that there were so many varieties nor that they were grown in Ecuador. They’re so stunning! And perfectly packed.

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    • Natalie February 16, 2021 / 9:51 am

      Thank you for your visit and comment. Yes, the roses in Ecuador were incredible. Do you have a blog? I went to the site attached to your profile and got a message that the blog has been deleted.

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      • Kristin February 18, 2021 / 7:30 pm

        Hi Natalie! I saw your comment on my blog. I don’t know why it says it’s been deleted. I think it might be because I’m logged in under WordPress.com. Or I typed my web address in wrong! I’ll check into it. Thanks for asking! You are so sweet to visit my blog. I look forward to joining in on the weekend coffee share. It sounds fun!

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        • Natalie February 18, 2021 / 9:15 pm

          Hi Kristin, Glad your blog was not deleted. I look forward to seeing you at my Weekend Coffee Share link-up.

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  46. Cathy W February 16, 2021 / 11:22 am

    Beavertails!! Those sound yummy. (Thank you for explaining, too, LOL!) That’s a great plaque for the history of the building. I love running across info like that. And those roses? Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing – they made me smile.

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    • Natalie February 16, 2021 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you, Cathy, for your visit and comment. I’m glad my post and photos made you smile. I host the weekly Weekend Coffee Share. Details are on the Blog Links tab at the top of my blog. I hope you consider joining. Have a great week!

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  47. Julie February 17, 2021 / 12:56 am

    Those are gorgeous long stemmed roses!

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    • Natalie February 17, 2021 / 8:39 am

      Julie, Yes, they are. Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s weekend!

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  48. Deborah February 17, 2021 / 12:59 am

    Okay so when you said beavertail I was like, “No, no, no and no!” so relieved to find out it wasn’t actually a beaver’s tail!

    And such beautiful roses. Tulips are my favourite flower but they’re not available all year round and of course I rarely buy myself flowers anyway. Though I should do so more often.

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    • Natalie February 17, 2021 / 8:52 am

      Deb, Haha, where’s the fun if I say “pastry” instead of “beavertail”? I like tulips a lot, too. In May, we have a Tulip Festival in Ottawa with about 300 thousands tulips on display. The tulip bulbs are Royal gift from the Dutch to Canadians.

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  49. Denyse Whelan Blogs February 17, 2021 / 3:00 am

    Thank you so much for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week, the optional prompt is
    8/51 Explore. 22 Feb. I hope to see you there and I wish you well for the week ahead. Denyse.

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  50. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid February 22, 2021 / 6:18 pm

    Loved your post on Min’s blog – so many practical and helpful tips! I was obsessed with beaver tails when I was in Toronto and the store was dangerously close to where we were staying. I have very fond memories of my first beaver tail, it was everything I imagined it to be!

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    • Natalie February 22, 2021 / 6:26 pm

      Sammie, I think you’re the only non-Canadian blogger who had BeaverTails pastries, hooray! I’m glad you loved my guest post on Min’s blog. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week!

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