Monday, June 27, 2016

"Our Community At Sunset"

This is the mural on the west side of Royal York Rd opposite to the one I have been showing the last few weeks. It was done by the same artist, Emilia Jajus, in 2015 and shows some of the historically significant landmarks in the neighborhood. This first section of the 80 ft long mural shows James Gardens as it might have looked in 1908 when it was the garden of "Red Gables", the summer house of Frederick and Margaret James. I have shown you a lot of pics of James gardens which you can see by clicking the label below but this pic (HERE) from last year shows you a view looking up from the pond along the feeder stream that you can see in the mural. The gardens have been a public park since 1955 and are very popular for photo sessions. 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


I love lupines but have never had any luck growing them. I spotted these in the gardens at Spadina House.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Red Squirrel

This is a creature you don't see in the city very often. It is a North American Red Squirrel and isn't it sweet? They are tiny ones, bigger than a chipmunk but a lot smaller than our grey and black squirrels. This wee guy was spotted near a well-treed ravine so not too far from their preferred forest habitat.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Little Buildings

There is a short street just north of Casa Loma that is lined with small apartment buildings - probably four units in each one. Each building has a unique style and all the entrances are different. I particularly like this one with all the plants and even someone's barbecue. I don't know if they are all condos or rentals but they all look so nice!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Grand Entrance

I first showed you this church conversion in March of 2012 (HERE) and have shown a few detail shots since then. Last week I was passing by the entrance of the front unit and thought how beautiful it looked. This is the largest of the 4 units in the church at 10,000 sq ft! And this has to be one of the best restoration projects I have seen in the city.
Taking part in Good Fences. Click HERE to see more fences from around the world.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Coat Of Arms

I found this 3-dimensional version of the Canadian Coat Of Arms to be quite striking in the sunshine. This had been the official coat of arms since 1921 and references many aspects of our country's history.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


I showed you a winter shot of this whole Yorkville house in 2014 (HERE) but it is one of my favorites especially the sun room and the round structures that I think are additions. It looks like such a welcoming space with all the trees around.