Saturday, September 20, 2014

What A Lawn

This is one of the smaller lawns around the Manufacturers Life building whichI showed you yesterday. The grass is creeping bentgrass like they use on golf courses and it has been here since 1926 when the first building was constructed. It requires mowing twice a week to maintain this wonderful look! More to come tomorrow.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dome Reflection

This is the entrance to the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company head office on Bloor St E, showing the domed pavilion which joins the original 1926 south building to the 1983 north building with the gold-coloured windows which you see here. It is one of the largest insurance companies in the world and these buildings sit in a large park-like setting with probably the best lawns in the city. I'll show you some more of it over the next few days.
Taking part in Weekend Reflections. Click HERE for more reflections from around the world.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wild In The City

These wild creatures were found in a tiny parkette tucked in between buildings at Bloor & Church St where many office workers eat their lunch. The steel sculptures are by artist John McEwen whose work I have shown you several times (click on the McEwen label below) in particular the wonderful sleeping teddy bear in the Wychwood Park neighbourhood. This installation is titled "Patterns For The Tree Of Life" and was installed in 1989. There is actually one more wolf and some tree cutouts in the park but I couldn't get them all into 1 shot.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Retro Fun

Early on a Sunday morning I was wandering just off Yonge St, which is our main street, when I spotted this row of retro metal chairs. And then I saw the sign! Of course I ran over for a pic but the place wasn't open yet so for a look at the interior I hit their website. Apparently Duke's Bar is an outpost of a bar found in Muskoka (cottage country north of the city) and it has been open since last December serving good pub food and they have 40 beers on tap. It is officially on my list of must visits. And I got quite the reflection including moi.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE for more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For Rent

I was wandering the laneways off Dundas St near Sorauren Ave when I spotted this bright rental house for rent.  Close to public transportation, the Sorauren Farmers Market, and the shops along Roncesvalles Ave, I bet the rent isn't cheep!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ma Petite Fleur

I was wandering down a laneway off Bloor St when I encountered this rather sad looking flower. I have seen these flower pieces before, although not all of them were sad, but I have no idea who the artist is. I quite like it!
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE for more murals.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Playing In The Street

Another shot from the Open Streets TO event when parts of Bloor & Yonge Streets were closed, this one shows an activity area for the wee kiddies. "A Fantastica Bateria" which is a samba percussion group had set up an area with small drums on the road & pails full of drum sticks. Some of the kids really got into it although others were a bit hesitant to leave the shelter of an adult, as you can see!