Freedom – A week-end without plans

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This week-end was the first week-end in months during which we had NO PLANS. And by that I really mean none. We woke up Saturday morning, the sun shining bright, with a feeling of freedom, a restless energy and nowhere to be except where we wanted to be and that only meant one thing : Family outing.

It is cruise season here in Quebec City : All through September, ships from all over the world come to travel the waters of the St-Lawrence River, looking for the colors of fall only my neck-of-the-woods can offer. So we headed East to board the ferry into town and then spent the morning walking the wharves, docks and ports to admire them all. Taking the ferry is one of Little Miss’ favorite things to do. It was Little Man’s first time and as you can tell, he was pretty excited.

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Exploring Old Quebec is always such a fun thing to do because you could come to town every week for a year and still find something new to discover every time. So many little streets and special moments, festivals, street artists, seasonal changes and views. This time, we took the kiddos (although Little Man was very much asleep in his stroller by now) down rue Sous-Le-Cap (Under The Cape Street) and quietly observed life in one of the smallest streets in the world. It was amazing to see people’s garden set ups on balconies. Containers were stacked and hung, still heavy with flowers and leftover vegetables. Showing my daughter that you can be a gardener even in the middle of the city intrigued and amazed her. How I love watching her “gears” turn and process. Little Miss also had birthday money left and opted for magic and semi precious stones over at the Toy Store. Lunch was kept simple and play was on the menu before we headed home.

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Sunday was all about the orchards and picking apples and pears. It was another beautiful day. We set out early and picked (and nibbled on) over 30 lbs of fruit. Let me say we have a lot of canning and preserving scheduled this week : Pears in light syrup, raw packed apples in juice, apple butter, apple chips… The smell of sweet spices in our home will be a delight as we shut the windows again this week.

Yes, as I write this, the wind is blowing hard and leaves are being blown around in manic seasonal swirls. We should get rain today and then back to our average fall weather and coolness. But that is alright with me. This past week-end has been a gift from above. Short sleeves, knitting outside, warm evening walks to the park, walking barefoot in the grass one last time… Soaking up the last bit of summer this year had to offer. I hope all of your week-ends were equally beautiful and filled with joy.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Enter FALL.



About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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16 Responses to Freedom – A week-end without plans

  1. mountaingmom says:

    What delightful images. Sounds like a great weekend.


  2. sophiezest says:

    Oh, you’ve been harvesting in the sunshine too! Your apple and pear plans sound great!


    • Yanic A. says:

      Oh yes, the last week was amazing! Around 25’C every day but cool nights of bundled up sleep. It’s been wonderful.

      It’s the first year we go pear picking. So excited to can some this year!


  3. What a fun weekend! Looks like you guys had an amazing time.


  4. sally says:

    What a perfect weekend to find yourself with no plans, wonderful photos to remember it by as well.


    • Yanic A. says:

      It was lovely. I think that, considering the weather, if we would have had plans, I would have postponed. We are looking at a few more week-ens in a row without any concrete plans. It will be nice. Hubby and I are even considering a date-day next week-end. How crazy would THAT be??? 🙂


  5. bitsofthepast says:

    Looks like an amazing weekend! Fun, family, out of the house, sunshine. Just beautiful.


    • Yanic A. says:

      We had a blast… We even got to run around, chasing each other with the hose while washing the car. It was such a summer-like week-end. I’m happy we took advantage of all of it.


  6. Looks like a fabulous weekend. Your photos are lovely. I have been west of Ontario, but never been east. I must fix that some day soon, I think I would like it.

    It looks like we got an extra day of beautiful weather today, but I think things are suppose to change tomorrow. We will be back to reality 🙂

    Have a wonderful week.


    • Yanic A. says:

      From what I can tell, all the nasty we are getting is blowing from NE to SW so yeah, I’m afraid it may hit you next. Sorry…

      YES! Please make it East! Our house is small, but we always have room for friends.


  7. alexa says:

    It really sounds like a beautiful weekend, Yanic. I love Old Quebec. Love the old world charm, the cobbled streets (at least in places), the smaller shops and streets and just the flavour. I could walk there happily for days.


    • Yanic A. says:

      Oh, I hear you! It was funny… when I used to work (that is so strange to say still because it hasn’t been that long), I worked right in the center of Historic Downtown. Most people hated coming back to the city on the week-ends because it felt like going to work. I never felt that way. I never get tired of it.

      If you are ever in town, PLEASE let me know!!!! 🙂


  8. Christine says:

    What a perfect weekend! I love when we have no pressures or commitments as well. And your pictures depicting the joy of such a weekend are just beautiful!


    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂
      And yes, I need to get better at saying NO sometimes. We get caught up in wanting to make everyone happy. This is something we will be working on as the season slows down and we move inside. Easier to say no and stay home when it’s minus 1 million outside!


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