Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas with Reta

When John and I arrived at my mother's home in St.Catharines last Monday for our traditional Christmas visit we found the dining room table festively arranged for three.
Our Christmas visit with Reta is always a highpoint of the Season for John and I. When John tucked his red napkin into his blue shirt and Reta remarked how well the combo worked, I suggest that they pose together. Definitely my two all-time favourite people.
Reta always has a lovely, light lunch ready for our arrival. We started with a toast to the Season and to the New Year.
Lunch started with minestrone soup and was followed by grilled cheese sandwiches and a dessert of blueberries, raspberries and bananas on frozen yogurt. Perfect!
After lunch we settled into exchanging gifts. Reta had a great time unwrapping her bag of little Christmas treats.
Afterwards we relaxed with wine and snacks while we watched Mike Mills' delightful movie, Beginners. It perfectly suited our mood. That's Mélanie Laurent, Ewan McGregor's romantic interest on the screen.
Later we took Reta out for our Christmas dinner at our favourite, local, Italian restaurant. John caught this snap of a small but ardent guard-dog on Rodman Street when we walked Reta back to her home.
To top off our great visit with the divine Reta, John caught this delightful Seasonal display on George Street as we walked to the bus station to return to Toronto.


  1. I haven't seen Beginners, but I immediately recognized Melanie Laurent in your picture from the spectacular Inglorious Basterds.

  2. That's her, Anonymous. She shines in Beginners as does the whole cast.