Friday, November 24, 2017

Stylish Utility

This wonderful building is actually a substation for Toronto Hydro and the gentleman driving the van out front told me that it is full of switches and transformers. The windows were replaced a few years ago and the brick work has been well maintained since the buildings completion in 1911. I mentioned to the Hydro guy that it would be nice to tour it during our Doors Open event in the city but apparently it would be too dangerous.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Grey Day

When I headed to James Gardens a week ago the sun was out but the clouds soon rolled in and about ten minutes after this pic was taken it started to rain. The grasses around the park looked fabulous blowing in the wind.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pawtection

I spotted this great sign on the gate of a house in the east end. Now that is what I call friendly protection. And the handle is cool too! 
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Infill Houses

I'm betting that these two houses in the Hillcrest neighbourhood were built on the lot of what had been a single home. I like the one on the left for its windows but like the porch on the right- hand one so it would be a hard choice between them for me.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Flowery Garage

I think it would be a treat to come home to this flowery garage door every day. This door was found along the same laneway as the bird I showed you last week and the artist for this one is Blazeworks aka Blaze Wiradharma. It looks as if the garage itself is still under construction doesn't it? 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Tree House

Wouldn't you have loved to have this in your back garden when you were a kid? It looks like it is built on stilts rather than in the tree but I would still call it a tree house. And it even has a wee balcony!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Keeping Warm

The Eastern Grey Squirrel come in 2 colours - grey and black which I think is the most common colour in Toronto. It is the grey ones which seem to have the big bushy tails like this one. Wrap that around yourself in your nest and you can be warm all winter! 
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Window

I spotted this cute little window in one of the buildings at the U of Toronto a few weeks ago. They sure don't make windows like that anymore! And it even opens.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Eye-popping Colour

This GMC pickup would certainly get everyone's attention anywhere. I think it is a 1955 model and looks like it has never been driven in the winter! I love all of the chrome.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Just A Facade

This condo tower on Bloor St in the Annex neighbourhood was required to keep the facade of an older building that stood on the property and was the studio of architect John Lyle. The facade forms the entrance to yet another coffee shop as you can see from the sign placed subtly in the alcove to the left.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Law Office

This law office in a converted older home in the Annex neighbourhood is surrounded by newer buildings but outshines them with its lovely ivy-covered walls and its gardens. I'd love to see what the inside is like.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Blue Bird

Early this fall I happened upon a laneway which was having many of its garage doors painted with murals and I went back recently to see the final results. This is one of my favourites which was painted by the artist Muisca, a young woman who was there working on this when I first saw it.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Race You To The Top

These are the stairs leading from Davenport Rd up to Casa Loma. It is a steep hill and even the double decker tour buses that operate around town won't drive up the hill - you get on and off at the bottom and then walk. I thought the red bush at the half way mark looked beautiful against all the green around it. 100 steps to the top!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Storing For Winter

Our squirrels are very busy at this time of year burying a multitude of things for the winter ahead. This guy was running back and forth with seed pods digging them into the soil all over this lawn. This is of course one of black squirrels which are really Eastern Grey Squirrels with a black coat.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, November 10, 2017

In The Pink

This Richardson Romanesque building is the Ontario Legislative building and since it is located in Queen's Park it has become known as Queen's Park itself. The park is owned by the U of Toronto and is leased to the province for $1 a year on a 999 year lease so since the building was completed in 1893 there is still a lot of time left on that lease. The pink look of the building comes from the Ontario sandstone used in its construction.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Shortcut

I was taking a shortcut through the U of Toronto campus and used this nice walkway at the back of Hart House to get from point A to point B in style!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Barn Four

I showed you Barn Five at the Wychwood Barns a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd show you another of the converted streetcar barns today. Barn Four has an open air space behind those doors with a brick bread oven and then further along its length it has been converted into a large greenhouse to grow food for local food banks. I'm standing in the children's playground to take this pic and those hoops and nozzles are part of the kid's water feature. You can see some of the open space of Barn Five off to the left. 
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Safe Lamp?

I took this pic because I liked the lighting fixture and didn't notice until I put the pic up on the computer that there was a security camera mounted right above it. Somehow I don't think it is there to protect the light!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Dancer?

I took this pic on College St a few weeks ago when we were still having warm weather. I think the figure on this utility box looks like someone getting ready for a ballet class but I could be wrong.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Oldie but Goodie

There are 2 of these Volvo 544 cars in our neighbourhhood, this one and a red one both in great condition but what I like about this one is the sunroof. These cars were made from 1958 to 66 but I'm not sure what year this one is!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

On The Alert

I have seen few creatures lately at my favourite viewing spot and I think it is because of the presence of a couple of Peregrine Falcons. This brave little chipmunk stayed stationary on this stick for several minutes as he looked around to check for enemies before heading off into the underbrush. The pic was taken through a window so isn't super sharp.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Colour

This pic was taken about a week after yesterday's pic and just a two minute walk away from yesterday's pond. This row of trees always puts on a good show of colour!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Forest In The City

This pic was taken a couple of weeks ago showing the pond in the middle of the Wychwood neighbourhood. As you can see the trees hadn't changed colour at all then and the leaves were still blocking our view of the houses around the pond. It is hard to believe this is in the city!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Theme: Rock 'n' Roll

The November theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is Rock 'n' Roll and for the theme I offer this pic of a great old LP of original Rock hits. There are some great songs on there - if only I had something to play LPs on!
Taking part in the Rock 'n' Roll theme. Click HERE to see more examples from around the world.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Very Grave

The main section of the Halloween display at his Forest Hill home which I have been showing you the last few days is this spooky graveyard. This area has the smoke machine, speakers, strobe lights, and other mechanisms which I think open and close the coffin lids. The kids must love it!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Beware Skeletons

In this scene at the same house as yesterday we have a skeleton riding a skeleton horse with a skeleton foal behind while off to the right 3 dog skeletons have trapped a baby up in a tree. There is also a fire pit and strobe lights in this section. I really must go by this place after dark!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spider & Friends

There seems to be more and more Halloween decorations around this year particularly large inflatable creatures and monsters. The house where I spied this spider and fierce canines is the most decorated I've seen with several different scenes played out along the sidewalk. I watched a guy constructing the whole thing over a span of several days as he installed props, speakers, smoke machines, and lighting. I'll show you more over the next couple of days. That spider is over 4 feet tall and really wide!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Barn 5

This is Barn 5 at the Wychwood Barns which is an old streetcar facility that has been turned into an arts, community, and environment centre. There were 5 barns attached along their length with all of them having different uses now ranging from artists studios to greenhouses and theatres. This one was constructed in 1921 and it has had its roof removed leaving the steel structure along the sides to create a wonderful arcade which is used for a farmers market on Saturdays, open air events, and also has some small community gardens along its length. And the remaining upper structures provide nice spots for pigeons to rest as you can see.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Soldiers' Tower

I liked this view of the Soldiers' Tower at Hart House at the U of Toronto just peeking over the top of the trees with their long autumn shadows. The Gothic style tower was built in 1924 and contains a carillon of 51 cast bronze bells as well as having the names of students and alumni who lost their lives in war engraved in the walls of the ground floor passageway.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Flag

During the ceremony at the Ontario Fire Fighters Memorial the fire services used their ladder trucks to fly this huge Canadian flag on the roadway in front of the memorial. Those are some of the buildings from the U of Toronto in behind the flag.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Drummers

At the ceremony at the Ontario Firefighters Memorial, after the bagpipers came the drummers each from different fire brigades around the province. They were followed by a parade of fire fighters who encircled the memorial during the event.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bagpipes

At the beginning of October there was a ceremony at the Ontario Fire Fighters Memorial at Queens Park to honour firefighters who had sacrificed their lives in service to the people of Ontario. Most of the deaths were due to job related health issues which have become a real problem for firefighters. It was a very moving ceremony with pipers from many of the various forces in the province leading the parade. I'll show you a bit more for the next couple of days.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Letter Box

I spotted this painted utility box on Bathurst St and went back for a good look. It seems that the letters don't spell out any complete words and I'm thinking it may be an exercise in showing various fonts. The artist for this one is Troyboy.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dune Bug

I hadn't seen one of these VW Beetle Dune cars and then saw 2 in one week. Apparently they were inspired by the 1960s Baja Bugs and come with a special suspension and a turbocharged engine. I'd take one in black please!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Critters

I spotted these 3 Furries along Bloor St during the Open Streets event in September. I know very little about this group of people who like to dress up as animals but it was a very hot & humid day and they still seemed to be really enjoying themselves. That is a bone in the mouth of the dog on the right.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more critters from around the world.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Reducing Plastic Bottle Use

I've seen more and more of these water fountains popping up round the city lately. They are used to fill up your own water bottle rather than buying a bottle of water. The best ones have a drinking fountain attached too unlike this one. It is a great movement to help reduce the number of plastic bottles being produced and discarded.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

View From The Casa Stairs

This is the view from the top of the stairs leading up to Casa Loma, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It is a great view and hundreds of pics are taken of it each day. We see the CN Tower towards the left and looking straight down Spadina Rd in the middle of the pic you can see a bit of Lake Ontario peeking through. And of course all of the trees in the Annex neighbourhood as well as the towers of the financial district.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

An Oldie Saved

I first showed  a pic of the Bloor Cinema back in 2012 (HERE) bu the theatre has recently been renamed the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema after a $4million gift from the Ted Rogers Foundation. For the last several years it has been showing wonderful documentary films from around the world and is the site of many doc film festivals as well.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Infill

I can't remember what the building on this spot was before but this nice modern home has sprung up recently. It is quite a contrast to the typical Annex style that you can see beside it but I like it.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Good Eats

This mural is found in the laneway on the side of the Dirty Bird Chicken & Waffles restaurant on Bloor St. I've never been in but apparently they serve northern-fried chicken with maple sugar seasoning on waffles as a speciality. It sounds good. This is another mural by Elicser who seems to be one of the most prominent muralists in the city now.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hidden Modern

On one of the nicest streets in the Annex neighbourhood filled with lovely large heritage homes this modern home has appeared. Interestingly though, it is hardly visible because its small front garden is so well reflected in the windows that it seems barely visible. It is just a few houses away from Margaret Atwood's home.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Red

Male Cardinals always make a fine subject for a pic and we are lucky that they stay here year round as they look so nice in the snow! 
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Charming

I always enjoy seeing this house as I drive through the Chaplin Estates neighbourhood. This is the side entrance which I find so charming with the arch and the greenery. The front is nice but it is this view that I really like.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Cool Ride

Among the vehicles at the vintage car event at the Veterans Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre was this very cool pickup truck. It is a 1949 Mercury and is in pristine condition!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fierce

During an Open Streets event in September when parts of Bloor St & Yonge St (2 major downtown streets) were closed to vehicular traffic for part of the day, this Taekwondo space had these cool blow-up figures out in front of their space. They look like they are ready for anything!
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A '56 Beauty

They sure don't make cars like this anymore. There was a vintage car afternoon at the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre last week and this beauty was one of them. It is a 1956 Buick Special Riviera. Fabulous isn't it?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Laneway Creatures

A couple of weeks ago I happened upon a laneway which was the site of a mass mural painting sponsored by the city. Most of the places were garage doors but this laneway dwelling offered the artist a much larger canvas. I have to go back soon to view the finished pieces.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

View Of Ontario Place

This is a view taken from Exhibition Place near  Scadding Cabin (the old log cabin home) that I showed you a few weeks ago. From this spot we are looking out at part of Ontario Place which is a piece of land sticking out into Lake Ontario. At one time it was very lively with an amusement park, theatre, music amphitheatre and more but its future has been much debated over the last few years. One nice thing has been the recent conversion of a parking lot into a park! That is part of the Martin Goodman walking/cycling trail that you can see in the foreground.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sometimes You Just Have To Rest

This pic was taken a couple of weeks ago when were in the middle of a heatwave. Even the squirrels were finding it a bit too much!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Better Living At The EX

Not all of the buildings on the Exhibition Place grounds are vintage. This is the Better Living Centre which was opened in 1962 and is one of several Modernist buildings found there. It was originally used to showcase cutting edge consumer goods during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) but like most of the other buildings on the grounds it is now used primarily as an event space.