Sunday, 28 September 2008

Some Colourful Friends, and Autumn is Here!



And again, what a week it was!


Workload is piling up nice and round, and I was just moaning good-naturedly "Ah, how glorious, more work!", when my professor overheard me, grinned and said "Ah, enthusiastic, are we?"...Oh well, she has a sense of humour ;)





AIDS walk...See the big guy in a red suit and a papier-mache at the back? Creepy, eh?



Anyway, I volunteered to marshal the AIDS walk in downtown Peterborough last weekend, and oh my, it was a great one! The crowd was small, but they managed to raise around CAN$ 20 000 in total! I was impressed alright...Dogs took part in the show too, so I had a nice time making friends with all of them...





Brother and Sister Cocker-Spaniels waiting at the traffic lights during the walk. One is Sky and one is Arayan. I can't remember which is which though =)




Street musicians are a part of city-life in Canada too...I saw them in Toronto, in Rama, in Niagara, and now in Peterborough. They play good music, you know...





And they pose too...=)




As some of you know, I love animals. I'm dearly missing my Hazel and Sheba doggies back home, and even my terrapins...So I paid a visit to the local store that sells animal products to say hello to their host-cat...See how gorgeous he is! And he's just a mix-breed...





Heavy little kitty...What do these cats eat???



And today, my new 80+ years-old friend took us to her house to have lunch. G.G Maddie (G.G means Great-Grandmother) lives in a quiant little cottage, and I loved it. Her walls were lavendar, and she had light violet-ish curtains, and pretty little butterfly and bird ornaments all around...Even her bathroom and towels were all in the purplish hue...

Being a big fan of all shades of purple, I adored her home...





Me, G.G Maddie, and Nika...



She has a dear little bird called Newbie, and he's a Jardine's Parrot, native to Africa. G.G Maddie told us Jardine's are very rare in this part of the world, and she has one of the first-bred-in-captivity Jardine's in the area.





Lookie! A muffin!



And I had the greatest honour of having almost-2-year-old Newbie on my shoulder. According to G.G., mine is the first shoulder he has ever sat on, besides hers...And he spent a good 15 minutes on it before he accidentally mistook my finger for a muffin...





There goes my lemonade...





Newbie enjoying baby carrot sticks...





And the best thing? Autumn is here!


I'm not thaaat excited about the cold, but oh dear, it's soooooo pretty. My campus, which has one of the most amazing grounds (I heard it has the biggest grounds in North America; a big part is made up of nature trails), is getting so beautiful.


The leaves are turning hues of all kinds of colours, and it's like someone went wild with the paintbrush overnight! Some leaves are falling too already...






One side of the river on campus. The tower in the distance (and surroundings) was a film-location for the movie Urban Legend: Final Cut...




Anyway, I've got to get down to work again. I've got 3 interviews next week for my volunteer-work placements, and I got to go through the forms!


Here's wishing everyone a very Happy Hari Raya, and a safe balik kampung...

By the way, does anybody know if Blue Hyppo made it home this Raya?




16 comments:

Clarisse Teagen said...

Oh DAPHNE!

You just got there and you're already filling out voluntary forms?

:D Good for you

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne..

Glad to know that you have settled down well there and doing all the things that you love!!

All the best to you.. & take care!!

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

D!

OMG, GG Maddie looks younger than her age! are you sure she's 80+?

y'know, i've seen UL-final cut and i gotta tell ya, it scares the hay outta me. in fact, all UL sequals freaks me out.

ok la, not trying to scare ya, the surrounding sure looks nice...hehehe...

eh, no raya-do for Malaysian students meh?

Akmal said...

Daphne,
That is one big cat! I love big cat!

Salt N Turmeric said...

aint autumn just pretty? ;) not too long before ul get full blown cold weather. hehehe.

Zawi said...

Daph,
Even the bird loves you what more we humans.
Let us see more pictures of Canada in Autumn please.

winniethepooh said...

autumn is indeed one of the beautiful season in canada, esp with all those lovely fall colours of the leaves..but cant help thinking winter will follow soon..arrghhh..u enjoy the autumn season, and do keep warm too esp in the evening :)

when me and 'the one' go to the mall, we love to visit the pet shops, just to hv a look at those lovely puppies :)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Clarisse,

Haha! You know, over here, the voluntary process is very different. It takes a very long time before you can become a volunteer.

There's the whole filling-forms (alot of forms!) thingy, and the Police Clearance Checks, followed by the interviews, and the workshops/trainings etc, and depending on the organisation, a whole list of other stuff.

So, I won't be actually doing any volunteer work for a long time ler...

Jo-D said...

SIGH. I wish I was in Canada too. It is so beautiful and you are having so much fun there! I am not surpise birds love you too cos we do!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Uncle Jimmy,

I'm very glad to have settled down here too! I'm beginning to feel like I belong a little bit more, ya know?

Which is cool, seeing that I would be here for so long...=)

You take care, as well...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kerp,

Well, I heard she's 80+. Even if she isn't, she would be at her late-late 70's...But she's full of spirit, vim and vigour...Such a dear, really...

As for UL, I hate horror movies cos I'm a chicken. Never watched it, and don't plan to, otherwise I'm not going for classes in that part of the campus at all! ;)

Re Raya-do, the Muslim Association organised some celebration (they had a dinner), but it's not on a large scale basis. Islam is no longer the majority here, remember?

I was on the bus to Toronto, otherwise I might have gone to have some good food! ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Akmal,

Yeap, that is a big cat...I love big cats too! I love cats of all size actually, but the fat, gebu ones are soooo irresistable! So nice to cuddle to on a cold night...

Hehe...

Sayang I'm not allowed to have pets on residence...=(

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Farina,

Haha...You ni...Nak kacau me lar? I know lar, it will get cold reallll soon...

In fact, it's already very cold...Not soon...It's already here =(

When it's not tooo cold (or if I'm dressed warm enough), I actually like it! So refreshing...

Daphne Ling said...

Hello Pak Zawi,

Haha! The bird loves anybody with food, no? Hehe...Bribe the fella lar, what else?

I will share more pictures of Autumn soon...They're realllly very pretty, ya know? =)

See you round!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Winnie,

Yeah, I know what you mean about having the whole 'Winter is coming after this ' at the back of your mind...

Scary lar...

And they say last year the winter lasted like, forever...

*Shudder*

Oh, you go to PetSmart to oggle the puppies and kitties, too? Hehe...I did! They're adorable and fat!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Jo-D,

Yes it is beautiful in Canada, and yes, I'm having a lot of fun...

But suffer also lar...

Cold, things are expensive (esp if converted), and alot of work! So it's not alll rosy ler...

But worth it alright!