Friday, December 15, 2017


This float from the Santa Claus Parade features Super Mario Odyssey which I guess is a new video game that has just been released. I just liked the way Mario was standing so proud at the front of the float waving his hat!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Always Hoping

This float from the Santa Claus Parade is a tribute to our beloved hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs who haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967 but we keep hoping that this is the year. The float shows the old Maple Leaf Gardens on Carlton St, the mascot  Carlton the Bear, and the wonderful Johnny Bower who was playing goal for us when we last won and is now 93 years old!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Let's Play

This float in the Santa Claus Parade was sponsored by Tim Hortons, the Canadian institution for coffee & donuts with outlets everywhere you turn. On the float we have cups of coffee as well as Timbits playing various games. Timbits are the centres of donuts and are sold by the little box full and are really popular with everyone especially kids!  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mother Goose

I thought I would show you some of the floats from the Santa Claus Parade which took place a few weeks ago. I go down to the set-up area near Christie Pits Park early in the morning before the parade to get up close to the floats but it means that all the kiddies who would be riding on the floats aren't there yet so you will see empty stools like in this pic. This is Mother Goose and she has been the traditional leader of the parade since 1917 although the first parade was in 1913!

Monday, December 11, 2017


This mural was found on a garage along the same laneway that I have been showing you recently and was painted during the same weekend as the others. The artist for this one is Luv Sumone. And you can see the CN Tower managed to get into the background of this one!  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Laneway Steel

A grand old factory building by some railway tracks was recently torn down revealing this steel structure that had been added onto the back and above a row of one storey commercial buildings. It took me two tries to finally find a very narrow laneway which leads down to this place. I love how the rusted steel glows in the sunshine. Wouldn't you like to see the inside of this one?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ready For Winter

This chubby guy looks like he has packed on a lot of weight for the winter ahead and I'm hoping he doesn't have a hint that it is going to be a bad one. He was eating some kind of dried up fruit in a grocery store parking lot and agreed to pose for just a minute. He is one of our black squirrels but looks like he has a lot of the grey showing through too.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.