Located in the heart of Kensington Market between Spadina and College Street, Le Kensington Bistro & Rotisserie offers traditional French bistro cuisine in a warm and friendly ambiance.
Le Kensington Bistro & Rotisserie has taken classic style French cooking and combined it with local ingredients to offer an affordable bistro menu that is casual with a certain "joie de vivre". House specialties will tempt any pallet whether it is our French style rotisserie chicken, home made charcuterie or traditional creme brulee. It will be our pleasure to enhance your dining experience by pairing your meal with one of our selected French or Canadian wines offered by the glass or bottle.
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There is soul.
Licking the heels of accomplishment with unrefined intelligence,
I crawled around this piece on my hands and knees.I found something interesting; something that
mirrored an absurd peace, dangling from the nodules of nature’s skin.
"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours." - Wayne Dyer
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Mental segues are radio fueled. Today I am musically driven, entertained with
flashbacks of school dances from grade 7.
I am the awkward girl, asking the awkward boy to dance. He laughs and dances with me anyways.
I am a big fan of the Owl. Her presence, her character and her sleeping habits.
In my leisure, I have been reading different accounts from cultural and mythical perspectives of the symbolism and folklore surrounding this mystical messenger.
In Ancient Greek Mythology, the owl is associated with Athena, the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena. As a companion to the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, the owl sits on her shoulder revealing unseen truths to her. Having the ability to light up Athena's blind side, the owl enables her to speak the whole truth, opposed to only half truths. http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/articles/mythology_folklore/owls.asp
The word owl in Scottish-Gaelic is coileach-oidhche and it means "night-cockerel." Yet,
cailleach, means "old woman." This magnificent and powerful bird is most often associated with the Crone aspect of the Goddess because of her precise nighttime vision and her silent and swift hunting habits. Also, as a guide to the Underworld, being an 'all-seeing' guide, she has the ability to unmask those who would deceive or take advantage of you.
Shakespeare wrote of "The owl, night's herald" (Venus and Adonis, 1593, Line 531) and recognized the role that owls have as the "fatal bellmen" (Macbeth, 1605-1606, Act II, Scene ii, Line 4) of that final deepest sleep. In this way, owls have been seen as heralds of eschatology or the ultimate fate of humans.
I had the pleasure of meeting Parmis in Toronto at my art opening two weeks ago. She is charming and unique - this young woman has style. For a seductive gothic spin, keep your claws out for this one - Thank you for the visual wardrobe! ~ a.
In my day to day encounters, I often have a conversation that leaves me wanting more. Inspiration is both received and given in these moments of intertwined curiosity. I am grateful to have met Jonathan & Donna Smith - two artists and life enthusiasts. Jonathan and Donna were in Collingwood, taking in winter activities as they were visiting from Bermuda. Jonathan is a retired Police Officer and Police Chief and has written a book, In the Hour of Victory: http://inthehourofvictory.com, which is the life and death of his Grandfather in World War II. Donna is a retired teacher who is now self-employed expanding her craft in mosaics. http://www.facebook.com/PieceworksMosaicArtStudio?fref=ts In our post-meeting conversations, Jonathan has introduced me to the Bermuda Cedar. As I am inspired by life's paths and creative passion, I am also impressed with Mother Nature's geography and her trees.
I have a new muse, thank you Jonathan & Donna!
Juniperus bermudiana occurs throughout Bermuda so the total area of the island is the equivalent of its extent of occurrence.
Juniperus bermudiana underwent a catastrophic decline of almost 95% between 1946 and 1956. Over the last 30 years, the population has started to recover as a result of natural resistance in part of the remnant population and intensive conservation efforts.
Our internal state determines our experience in our lives; our experiences do not determine our internal state. - Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love, p78.
I have journals dating back to when I was twelve years old. I think I have well over fifty by now; I have lost count. Recently I have unearthed some of them as I piece back the pages of Self. In these pages I read a voice both loving & hating; struggling & surviving. I embrace her paths, her decisions, some more daunting than others, and I find comfort in knowing that I have lived many lives only to find myself in my authentic state as a body and being of love.
Reading through my memoirs is a courageous journey where I have one foot tethered to the ground while the other swings careless in the wind. I must remember this present, otherwise I could get carried away. Sifting through these paper trails and semantic ruins, I am reassured for this path I am so gratefully on.
GIVING Do things for others RELATING Connect with people EXERCISING Take care of your body APPRECIATING Notice the world around TRYING OUT Keep learning new things DIRECTION Have goals to look forward to RESILIENCE Find ways to bounce back EMOTION Take a positive approach ACCEPTANCE Be comfortable with who you are MEANING Be part of something bigger
The thick surface of this panel indicates the prolonged
duration of its making. Monet worked on
this and other paintings over a period of several years, building up layers of
paint as he altered and refined the compositions. This ethereal image features softly
flowing passages of could reflections on a tranquil surface punctuated by pink
lilies. The notably delicate palette of
this painting differentiates it from others and suggests a silvery light
suffusing the ponds surface.
I met Christine Cowley in Collingwood, Ontario, about 8 months
ago. We were introduced through a mutual friend who thought we would get
along and perhaps collaborate on a future project.
Little did I know that this amazing woman would inspire and direct
me in so many ways that I am still in awe of her talent and voice.
As a visual artist, entrepreneur and aspiring novelist, I am open
to receive the guidance provided. Much
like a GPS is programmed onto a destination, though there are different routes
provided, I am always ready with a sense of adventure for what the journey
entails because I know I can’t go this path alone.
Christine has become a good friend, mentor and confidant. Christine’s passions are mixed with her
perceptive and intuitive eye which she shares with us in her book The Gift.
Dear Monday, The events of last week, and the weekend, have left my fridge empty and my apartment bare. All of my drawings are finished and framed; my trees are on walls elsewhere, while my drawing table beckons a new beginning as I start all over again. I would rather be criticized than ignored. I want to improve, I will not settle. Today is a gift, let's begin again, shall we. ~ a.
Lately I have received a few emails regarding current local projects, which have inspired me to connect with all of you. One particular project has made me smile.
A few local volunteers have committed to raising funds for the Nature League of Collingwood's (http://www.natureleague.ca/) Environmental Studies Scholarships to benefit local secondary school students. In the next year, they will produce and sell recycled wallpaper envelopes.
Several businesses have kindly donated wallpaper that would otherwise end up in the landfill, however they still need donations of coloured art paper to use in the insert part of their wallpaper envelopes.
The envelope inserts measure just 3-1/2" by 6-1/2" so small pieces of quality art paper are very valuable for their purposes.
Please send Anne McGouran an email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in supporting this unique project.