Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Comfort

This house found in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood says comfort to me. I think it is full of big couches for lounging and has a great back garden for summertime relaxing. I wonder if I'm right?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Baldwin Steps

This is a pic of the public walkway that leads up the steep hill to Casa Loma at the top. The hill itself was part of the shoreline of an ancient lake and the name Baldwin refers to the family who owned this property before it became public. The big steps on the left are for sitting while the 110 steps to the right lead you to the top. In the 1960s this area was to be taken over by a 6 lane highway which would have run through the centre of the Annex neighbourhood but was cancelled in 1971 after probably the largest resistance our city has ever seen with protests everywhere!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Night Prowler

I'm back to the same laneway as the last few weeks to show another of the decorated garage doors. This one features one of our raccoons which are famous for wandering the streets at night invading garbage containers and causing chaos as they prowl our neighbourhoods. There are huge numbers of them all over the city.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Infill In The Annex

I have shown you many pics of the wonderful large Victorian homes found in the Annex neighbourhood over the years and today I present one in a totally different style. This is an infill house built on a small lot that had previously held a garage and had a few parking spaces. The house occupies almost the whole lot - that garage peeking in on the left is a different lot as are the trees on the right. I think there is a lovely airy deck out back and lots of skylights so it is probably quite bright inside despite this imposing facade.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Camouflaged

This cute little Song Sparrow was hard to spot in the seed husks below a bird feeder. They have to have one of the most beautiful bird songs!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Great Porches

A recent walk through the Annex neighbourhood had me admiring the wonderful porches found on so many of these large older homes. This one in particular has porches so large that there is space for a hammock on that 2nd floor porch. These houses were all built as single family homes in the late 1800s but most are now divided into flats although the trend is to buy and reconvert to single family dwellings.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Side Entrance

This is the side entrance to one of the large homes in the Annex neighbourhood, not the main entrance! It is quite wonderful isn't it?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Celebration

On Canada Day which is July 1, we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada which the government has been promoting as Canada 150. Everyone seems to be getting in on the celebration - even the cat on this package of toilet tissue! 
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Iris Season

It is too bad that the Iris season is so short since they are so beautiful to see in all of their different colours. This purple one is a traditional favourite.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Squirrely Garage

This is yet another garage door from the same laneway I have been showing for the last few weeks - there are a lot of murals along this laneway. Our squirrels are all grey or black so there has been a bit of artistic license used here but I quite like this one. The dandelion not so much but the pansies are cute.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Music In The Neighbourhood

Last weekend on Saturday, the Seaton Village neighbourhood had a wonderful free musical event going on for the whole day. There were live performances by over 130 acts at just over 30 locations which included front porches such as this one, garages, laneways and a stage in the local park. Hundreds of people were out to enjoy the beautiful day and the great sounds and many brought their own chairs which they set up right on the street!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Hunter

I took this pic earlier in the year on a cold day before we had any leaves out so this Peregrine Falcon has all of its feathers puffed out. The lack of leaves also made hunting a bit easier for it too as it seemed to be very successful at catching its prey.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Pink Door

With a door this colour there is no way that you will head to the wrong house when heading home. I quite like this vibrant pink!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Green House Revisited

I showed you this house a few weeks ago before we had leaves and green grass (HERE) so I went back for an update. It looks so different now with all the greenery around reflecting off the house. Pretty don't you think?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Weston

This is one side of the pedestrian bridge that crosses the train tracks in the Weston neighbourhood. As you can see from the crane another condo tower is going up in town this one on the site of what had been the Weston Farmers Market. The market is supposed to relocate to the ground floor of the new building.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Parking For Bikes

This pic was taken early on a Sunday morning by an office building so no bikes were around but there sure are a lot of spaces. I'm not sure how secure these posts would be since it seems that just the front tire slips into the space but I suppose you could put the bike beside the post and lock your frame to it.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blue Jay

This is another mural from the same laneway where I found the tulips on the garage last week. It is always nice to catch the flash of blue of a Blue Jay in the trees so I imagine it must be the same to pull up to your garage and see this mural. No artist name on this one.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bigger But Better?

This is yet another of the large homes built after a nice Ranch style home has been torn down. The location is wonderful looking down into the ravines along the Humber River but I can't help but miss the sleekness of the old Ranch style.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Take Out Diner

If you look carefully on the right side of this bird feeder you will see a wee chipmunk who I watched for a long time one day. He would climb up onto the feeder fill up his cheeks and then take off to return about 5 minutes later and fill up again. Somewhere there must be at least a month's supply of food stashed away!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fountain

This pretty fountain is found in St James Park which is a park right downtown beside St James Cathedral and the park is actually co-owned by the church and the city and maintained by the Garden Club of Toronto. This pic is from my archives taken in summer past and shows part of the gardens which are Victorian inspired. Look carefully to see who is getting a drink at the top of the fountain.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tracks To Somewhere

There is something about train tracks that makes me wish I was on a train going somewhere. Heading for an adventure!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Benches?

I've driven by this installation many times and could never figure it out. I actually thought that it must be a fountain of some sort but that it wasn't working. So I finally stopped to check it out and it definitely isn't a fountain and I'm thinking that these are three identical benches since there is a flat area perfect for sitting on one side of each one. Strange! I could find no info about this at all.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ringed

More bike rings and since the shot was taken on an early Sunday morning none are being used. I like how they line up.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Springtime In The Laneway

I thought the mural on this garage was quite nice in its simplicity and it is perfect for this time of year!
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Turrets

So many of the homes in the Annex neighbourhood have these wonderful turrets. Can you imagine how magical it must be in those rooms with the little round corner?

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Table for Three!

The Cardinal had joined the House Finch couple for a meal when I spotted them on this feeder a while ago. Good looking group!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Room With A View

This pic was taken from the 12th floor of a building in the northern part of the city probably about 10 miles from the CN Tower which you can see in the distance where it sits by Lake Ontario. It was a clear day so you can actually see a bit of the lake peeking out.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Theme Day: "Nature"

The June theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is Nature. This view taken in James Gardens is manipulated by humans but it is nature that makes it so beautiful to see. Such a scene really lifts the spirits!  
Taking part in the theme Nature. To see more examples from around the world click HERE.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A School For Girls

This is Bishop Strachan School for girls which is the oldest private school for girls in Canada having been established 150 years ago. The school moved to this Gothic building in the Forest Hill neighbourhood in 1915 and continues to expand and modernize its facilities. There are many events taking place this year to celebrate the 150th anniversary.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Another Bike Ring

This is another of the bike rings found on Bloor St W that were designed by the students at Bloor Collegiate. I'm not sure what this is meant to be an image of but the clean lines will certainly work well for locking bikes.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Butterfly & Strawberries

I spotted yet another decorated utility box, this one by St Cecilia's school in the High Park neighbourhood. The chair that is locked to the fence belongs to the school crossing guard who I guess takes a break in between groups of kids who need the traffic stopped. The artist for this one is Andrea Mancina and she did a fine job making a cheerful addition to this corner. 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Drifting On The River

I spotted these two swans just drifting along in the current of the Humber River and thought how refreshing it must be! And such scenery to admire as you drift.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Goose Family

Mom & dad goose were keeping a close eye on me as I attempted to get a pic of their family so I was afraid to get any closer and as a result 2 of the babies got left out of the pic. There were 7 of them in total and they seemed to vary in size a bit which was interesting. 
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Band

This band was playing for the vets at the Vets Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. There is a lot of grey hair visible but the average age of the vets themselves is 93 so these guys look very young in comparison!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Towers In the Trees

This shot really gives you a good idea of the huge number of trees in Toronto. Those apartment towers are on a busy main street in the north west part of town but from this angle look like they are in a forest. I've always liked them - they were designed by Uno Prii and built in 1969. I am a great fan of the quirky towers he designed here. Check out my label below to see more of them.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Being Nice

I spotted this poster for Roots (the clothing store) and had a good chuckle about it. This year is the 150th year since the Confederation of Canada and there will be parties and events all year and I like Roots idea of celebrating the fact of our reputation for being nice. Only when I saw the pic on my computer did I read the ad for No Frills grocery store which is also a good one!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Not Extinct Yet!

I spotted this payphone a week ago and it looks relatively new so they are not totally extinct yet. I wonder how much use it gets though.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Drive By

I caught this pic of the mural as I was stopped at a red light and quickly pulled out my camera. I think it is one of my favourite decorated utility boxes with that cute bird and all the nice trees behind it. 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Looking At UP

This train is one of the UP Express trains that run from Union Station in downtown Toronto to Toronto Pearson International Airport. They claim a total time of 25 minutes for the ride and you don't have to worry about traffic jams. The trains have been running since 2015 but I have yet to try one.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lazing In The Sun

You know the weather is finally warming up when you spot the turtles at Wychwood Park out on their log catching some warm rays. They are getting to be a good size!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, May 19, 2017

After The Storm

We had some bad rain storms a couple of weeks ago and I caught this sky just after the rain had stopped and before the next band of clouds that you can see in the distance moved in. The planes were taking advantage of the break to finally land at the airport. You can see raindrops still on the window when I took this one.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Greenish House

I took this pic on a dull day a few weeks ago and despite the drab look on that day I think in summer that this house probably looks quite nice so plan on heading back for a comparison when all the leaves are out and the grass is green.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Crane

There are a lot of cranes around Toronto being used for condo construction but this one in the Casa Loma neighbourhood is being used to build a single residential home. Looks like it is going to be a big house!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Window

I've always liked these windows which I think are called Witch's Eyes but I've never been inside a room with one and wonder if they are rather dark. This is a particularly nice one which I spotted in the Forest Hill neighbourhood.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Double Views

I spotted these murals on the side of a building on Jane St in the west end and was surprised to see them one above the other like this until I looked around the front of the building and saw that it is a skate exchange in winter and a bicycle exchange in summer so the 2 views make sense. I could find no artist name.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tudor?

This another of the small apartments on Lawrence Ave E that all seem to have the same configuration but different decorations. Tudor seems to be the influence for this one.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Water Dogs

A couple of weeks ago before we had really heavy rains that filled our rivers, I spotted these 2 older dogs wading in the Humber River with their owner watching from afar. I was a bit nervous that they may lose their footing and be swept away but they both managed to get out. They probably go in every day for all I know!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Branches

The Sycamore tree is one of my favourites and this is a fine one. It's nice to see the patterns that the bare branches make against a blue sky!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Stone House

This fine old stone house is found in the Casa Loma neighbourhood. I got the pic a few weeks ago before the leaves on the trees come out and cover half of it.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Finally Flowered

I've had this Amaryliss for several years and it has finally flowered. I always worry that it isn't going to put on a display but it comes through!