Friday, November 29, 2013


if your birthday
and thanksgiving
and hanukkah
are all the same day
i guess it's ok
to travel to toronto
to spend thanksgiving break away,
avoid buy nothing day
and come home on saturday
visited with two of the most amazing women in the world
aimee and wendy,
eaten a meal with paper people*
visited the ontario college of art and design
met amos kennedy (read his name with gusto and delight)
visited the japanese paper place
and wonderful nancy
eaten delicious soups and pesto
with dandelion and beet greens
walked in a city that's friendly and beautiful
visited soma (read with a sigh)
and looked at inuit art.
that's what i did.
visiting the wendy/velma book
currently holding holy water! 
the prints
(i made one like this) 
amos hard at play 
aimee looking at prints that amos brought
for the ocad book arts fair.
we were a little disappointed that the textile museum
was between exhibitions, 
but we did find a quiet hidey-hole
to strip off some extra winter layers
so aimee could breathe.
and i found some friendly bones.


Sophie Munns said...

this looks like a brilliant weekend away.
It all sounded delicious, cosy, stimulating and very, very pleasant.
Just looked at your Grampians workshop on their website.
Really wonderful part of the world and with any luck it wont be blazingly hot when you are there.
Sounds smart to go north during Thanksgiving weekend... especially with all those good people to spend time with!
best to you, S x

therese said...

ahhhh....what a happy, happy birthday you had,Velma ! ...and wishing you more good wishes as i am hoping you are still celebrating in your heart.

Anonymous said...

sounds like a truly wonder-filled birthday. hugs

Velma Bolyard said...

sophie, it's grand, a train ride and a car and a big bridge and a north country evening awaits.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, yes, i've had a great trip
therese, thank you, fellow sag (i believe?!) so good wishes to you, too.

Valerianna said...

Ooooo... what fun.... !

jude said...

Just right

aimee said...

it was SO WONDERFUL for you to make the trip! i only wish we had more time together. xxxooo

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, it WAS fun
jude, indeed. your name was mentioned…
aimee, me too. of course, me too.

ronnie said...

tee hee hee 'holy water' ---- seems the right sort of water for this occasion xx

Velma Bolyard said...

ronnie, we backslidden functionally unchurched wonder in awe at holy water. isn't all water holy?

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Happy Birthday to you! I just had a fabulous two days with Aimee and the Group. Thanks so much for mentioning that she would be in town for this workshop. I owe you one and I made paper!! Oh yes I did!!! I'll blog about it when I get a chance.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

BTW, I'm glad that you had such a wonderful time in my city.

Velma Bolyard said...

anne marie, toronto has been a long-time fav of mine… been there a handful or two times. it just gets better! and SO glad you were in aimee's class.

neki desu said...

how wonderful! even the snow looks good.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, it's skiable say katrina.

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