Candace Couse

Saturday, 29 September 2012

She Who Dies With the Most Fabric Wins.

My mail order of 300 skeins of embroidery floss came in the mail...look at all the colours! 

Here is a little sneak peek at what I'm working on at the moment

France: Notre Dame du Haut

The following photos are from a recent trip to see the Notre Dame du Haut located in the village of Ronchamp, which is in the Franche-Comté region in Eastern France.

Designed by Le Corbusier, "The Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, a shrine for the Catholic Church at Ronchamp was built for a reformist Church looking to continue its relevancy. Warning against decadence, reformers within the Church looked to renew its spirit by embracing modern art and architecture as representative concepts." -

"The chapel is clearly a site-specific response. By Le Corbusier’s own admission, it was the site that provided an irresistible genius loci for the response, with the horizon visible on all four sides of the hill and its historical legacy for centuries as a place of worship." -

Monday, 24 September 2012

Switzerland: Basel City Manor Marathon

Sunday morning I was up at 5:00am to eat some breakfast, drink some coffee, do some yoga and take a trolley into Barfüsserplatz to participate in the Basel City Manor Marathon in the Halbmarathons F 20 category.
Photo courtesy of Run to the Beat Basel

Photo courtesy of Run to the Beat Basel

I felt pretty strong throughout the race, and it ran just like these things usually do for me, and by that I mean that I lost confidence in the first 5km, reined it back for the next 5km and was strong and steady for the rest of the race. I actually think I could have been faster but I kept erring on the side of caution because I've been  close to burning out over such distance before. I felt strong at the finish which means I possibly should have pushed harder. I beat my record by around 6 minutes, though, so that's pretty awesome!

 Huffing and puffing at the finish line.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Germany: Dreiländergarten

Today I went on a failed biking adventure. Before I was derailed, my bike route took me through Dreiländergarten in Weil am Rhein. Dreiländergarten, being one of the few things that I can translate, means three (drei) countries (länder) garden (garten). I assume it's an on the nose reference to the intersecting of Switzerland, Germany and France. It's a pretty bizarre park with a lot of strange points of interest that seem in no way related. I could say that this is maybe done in effort to extend the metaphor of Dreiländergarten, but everything seems too spontaneous to be true.

Anyway, here is a glimpse of two of those spontaneous spectacles. The first is a very old farm that is unmanned in the middle of a large grassy area and surrounded by goats, and the second is a sprawling concreate mosaic dragon tunnel/water feature.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Favourite Things #4

Lazy Sundays 

Germany: Rötteln Castle

Today I biked to Rötteln Castle in Germany. The castle (according to Wikipedia, as my German is not good enough yet to read the historical signs) is in records as existing as far back as 1102, if not earlier. Revolts by peasants, Swiss occupation, an earthquake and deconstruction by french troops scrounging for building materials have all done damage to the structure over the centuries. 

The Castle sits quite high over the town and I had to ditch my bike to make the climb. The view from the tower is spectacular, however, and well worth it. 

I am definitely going to make a point of bringing my lovely sister here when she visits in October. 

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Observations on Awkward Moments with Your Language Learning Software

Picture this: a dark bedroom; a teenage boy dimly lit from some light spilling from a distant room; he is in a bathrobe tied loosely at his middle; he gestures fluidly towards a young girl in the bed to his right; she is completely unaware of the vignette unfolding around her sleeping figure; the boy says to you in whispered German, "This is my sister. Her name is Anna, she is sleeping in a bedroom. She is far away from her parents"

Rosetta Stone, you are the creepiest language learning software I have ever used. I feel like we just may have crossed a line that's going to make it difficult for us to look each other in the eyes tomorrow morning for unit 4.