We are reminiscing on some of our favourite things and moments from the first real month of spring and our birthday month: April!
Local & Travel
April was a busy month at work for me, but thankfully many of the events I worked at were community events. So I got to be at the starting and finishing lines for the Around the Bay Road Race and the Paris to Ancaster: A Ride for Research, both of which support St. Joe’s in Hamilton. This month I also checked out many other community events, (see music and food!), one of which was the craft fair Makeology. Dana and I wrote a review on this last week. Also, Mike and I are now proud owners of a Hamilton Conservation Authority membership! So we took the opportunity to hit the trails last weekend with all the sun to hike in the Dundas Valley. We look forward to using our membership to hike and bike more trails, visit waterfalls and more this summer.
It was a busy month for April and if you read my Spring events post, you’ll notice I checked off anumber of the events on the list. This included getting two inpromptu tickets to see Tchaikovsky’s Fourth at Hamilton Place performed by the Hamilton Philoharmonic Orchestra. It was my first time seeing the HPO and Mike and I were so impressed. The performance was spectacular! Of course Tchaikovsky is most known for Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, but his Symphony No. 4 performed live was very moving. I highly recommend the HPO as an affordable night out and a great way to get exposed to classical music, both classic and contemporary. We are looking forward ot going again during the 2016/2017 season!
This past month got me itching to paint for the first time in two years… finally! I had been wanting to devote time to this, but either had thigns holding me back (planning a wedding, chaning jobs) and also just needed some motivation. After reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert I thought to myself “OK, Danielle, if you’re feeling inpsired, then do it before that inspiration leaves you!” I’ve also started dabbling in water colour painting, trying to learn some techniques I will apply in my card making going forward.
Food & Drink
With spring whether, there is no excuse to not get out and try new things! My constant discovery of coffee places in Hamilton continued with a trip to The Brew off of Barton Street. Enjoyed the cappucino and the server was very firendly. Also tried the pulled chicken sandwhich off their lunch menu and it hit the spot. For my birthday, Mike took me to the Hamilton Farmers’ Market to pick up some goodies including some peanut butter and chocolate popcorm from Hamilton Popcorn Company. Such a treat! Then near the end of the month we checked out the Hamilton Food and Drink Fest with Dana and Ryan as well! That is one way to try lots of food and drink in one go!
I’m not even going to write on this subject because coming up in May I’ll be sharing a weekly post on some DIY projects I’ve done and will be doing around our apartment so stay tuned!
Local & Travel
Ryan and I attended our first Blue Jays game of the season this month! We met up at the GO station after work and took the train into Toronto, and enjoyed a couple hot dogs outside the Roger’s Centre before the game. The game was exciting with lots of foul balls flying our way, keeping the crowd on their toes ready to catch a ball. And the Jays won! Our new Sunday ritual also continues on!
Back in March we saw The Zolas at The Casbah here in Hamilton, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at The Mod Club in Toronto. I think The Casbah is one of my favourite venues to see a show – so intimate and the crowd is never overwhelming. The Mod Club was so packed – the amount of people was overwhelming and my body couldn’t handle it. That being said, the staff were amazing and very accommodating, which I’m very thankful for. Both, The Zolas and Edward Sharpe, put on amazing shows! And have you heard the new Lumineers album?! SO good!
April was a slower month since I was recovering, but I was able to start a new knitting project – check out my Spring Knitting Plans post here – and I also took two classes at Needlework, the Darling Ranges dress class and the Flowering Snowball cushion. I’ve already made a second darling ranges dress, preparing for Me Made May starting on Sunday! Taking classes at Needlework is a great way to try a new pattern and learn something new, as you have the instructor helping and guiding you, and you also get to hang out and chat with so many awesome people. I’ve already signed up for a few more classes in May and June.
Food & Drink
April was the month of trying new things: Saltlick Smokehouse’s new late night menu, visiting Shawn & Ed Brewing Company for their grand opening, indulging in spaghetti carbonara at The Aberdeen Tavern for my birthday dinner, and finally, Food & Drink Fest! With Farmers’ Market season almost here, I’m getting excited for fresh, local produce, BBQ weather and trying new recipes.
I’m so excited to share Ryan and I added another furry babe to our family this month. We adopted a kitten from the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, and she has adjusted so well. Her name is Frankie and she is six months old now, so she’s very playful, adventures and loves to cuddle. And I’m happy to say Frankie and Abby have become the greatest of friends!
What were some of your favourite moments in April?