Recently, we discovered a park just tucked away in the middle of Westmount. The mountain is all part of Montreal's Mount Royal and the park looked more like an urban forest surrounded by miniature chateau's. Summit Woods, the ideal haven for impromptu no fuss picnics and disconnecting from city life.
We love picnics, everything about them. While Mr. S loves the food and being outdoors, I love planning for a picnic from A to Z. From preparing the finger food, drinks, the basket, blankets and tablewear. One summer, after moving into our tiny apartment I bought a picnic basket. An obvious decision seeing as small space living equals more time in larger spaces outdoors. It's a beautiful basket, and Mr. S just loves lugging it about 😉. Recently, however, we decided to take a different kind of picnic and I loved it just as much. It was impromptu, after a long work day and fueled by a desire to just be outdoors and breathe. There was no picnic basket, no blanket, no cutlery and no picnic tables. We picked up some sushi, headed to Summit Woods, walked until we found the perfect tree trunk and got confortable. Just the two of us, alone in the middle of a tiny urban forest. It was so quite, the air so fresh and just one of those perfect moments that we look forward to recreating.
It is just wonderful the things we discover when we take the time to notice.
I started writing this post on Sunday, a cloudy rainy day. A real change to the last few sunny, warm summer-like days we have been having, but not an unwelcome one. It created a great occasion for us to go out, pick up what we needed to finish our urban garden, and enjoy a slow sip of coffee at a nearby café. The best way, I think, to spend the day when it is raining cats and dogs!
Last weekend we visited the Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual spring Great Gardening Weekend that was held from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29. We try to go every year and this one did not disappoint. It really is worth a visit! We found beautiful fine herbs and a strawberry plant for our little urban garden, and we are happy to report that everything fit nicely in our Smart fortwo ED! Here are a few pictures from our visit:
Mr. S loves plants and gardenning, I on the other hand am learning to love it! I was never much interested in it before, but I think that as my love of cooking grew so did my desire to understand where my food comes from and how it grows. We moved into a small condo almost three years ago. Downsizing and living small has many advantages, and really forces you to think outside of the box. We love nature, plants and being outside, our last apartment had the best balcony...trees, a lawn, garden....it was so lovely! Now that we live closer to downtown we have no choice but to leave home and head to a nearby park or into the country to indulge our need to see green. Our balcony isn't too small, but it isn't big either and the view...well it's cement and more balconies. Cold, uninviting, not surprising that we hardly go out there. But nonetheless balcony space is square footage, and we weren't about to let a lack of it stop us from experimenting with different urban gardens. Also, Mr. S loves to BBQ and it was high time we took our BBQ out of storage and started using it again!
A few tips when setting up a mini garden on your condo balcony, remember to ask yourself these key questions; how do we make our city balcony into a space we actually want to sit on and use and how do we arrange our pots so that the water does not drip onto the balconies below and inadvertently irritate our neighbours? 😳 Living in a small space forces you to think creatively and be bold with your ideas!
So here is a photo of a section of our balcony showcasing the minigarden system. We saw it, imagined the possibilities, bought it and set it up! It's great at organising all my fine herbs in one spot! We were also able to add some cherry tomatoes and basil. We still need to add another decorative piece to complete the look, but that will be for another upcoming post. Can't wait to see if our project is successful, hope everything will grow!