Monday, May 23, 2016

"The Twenty-Fourth of May is the Queen's Birthday"

Actually, the Queen was Victoria, not the current Queen, however, in Canada, the long weekend marks the official start of Summer. I think that spending 5 or 6 months in frigid temperatures, with icy walks and snow to shovel makes a long weekend in May even sweeter.

My crab apple trees are in flower, as are most of the neighbours'. You can smell apple blossoms as you walk down the street.

Saturday night, a friend and I indulged in another lovely summer treat.

This is a Killaloe Sunrise Beavertail. You might notice that I had to take a big bite, while it was still hot. It is serious junky street food, a fried piece of sweet dough, topped with butter and cinnamon sugar, and served with a lemon wedge, to squeeze over the top. They sell other flavours, like Nutella and Reeses Pieces, but this is the original flavour, preferred by the locals. In the winter, you have to eat them with your mittens on, but in the summer, you can sit down, on a warm night, watch the people go by, and think "I am sure this can't be good for me."

The ladies at the church have started a new quilt.

Lovely bright spring colours, it will brighten someone's life.

There hasn't been a lot of Arts here at Arts and Socks, but the Socks part is coming nicely.

The Penrose Toes are nearly up to the heel.

The first sock from the "Pairfect" socks is done, and the second one is started.

Time will tell whether the advertised claim of perfect matching socks is true.


  1. Yummy food, I confess a liking to pancakes with maple syrup , the real deal, not some synthetic tasteless liquid coloured to be a look-alike. Love those socks, and as we venture into winter, with huge snowfalls down south, people trapped in their 4WD vehicles overnight after a sudden blizzard, fortunately all 38 rescued safely after tremendous efforts from volunteers, Search and Rescue and others, I can understand your relief at signs of warmer days.

  2. What a gorgeous tree!

    At Easter I indulged in my first beavertail and very nice it was too, one of the food stalls at the National Folk Festival was selling French/Canadian street food. They also sold poutine with proper Canadian gravy, talk about a heart attack on a plate, but I enjoyed it too - we tried it for the first time in Toronto late last year.

    I like your socks, especially the pretty green ones......I'm a sucker for green.

  3. Love those beavertails, had my first one at winterlude on the Rideau Canal skateway!

  4. What a pretty tree!!!! My favorite part of spring is when the trees are pink :)

  5. So much great stuff in this post. Do you know, I've never had a Beavertail!! Sad, but true.

  6. Hi Kate,
    Love your socks, gorgeous. We have a similar food item here sold at fairs, it's called an Elephant Ear. And they are delicious. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!

  7. Gorgeous tree and beautiful socks!

    I really don't know if I've ever had a beavertail. If I did, it's been many, many years. Fried dough with butter, sugar and lemon is right up my alley. I need to get out more. :)

  8. The tree is gorgeous. our trees may have been slow this year, but they sure have caught up this past week. It's a scorcher now.

    Not really wool sock weather, but much better than a having a huge afghan on your lap. Again, you have chosen lovely wool for the newest sock. I am still procrastinating buying wools for the third sock in the Craftsy class. one of these days...

    Thanks for linking up with Needlework Tuesday.