Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fast And Red

If you are going to drive a Ferrari is there any other colour rather than red? I'm a fan of black cars but the red wins for these guys. You can see in this pic how crowded it was along the main viewing aisle and why so many people went to the rear of the display which is where this pic was taken from.

I have some sad news for the photo blog community. Lowell from Ocala Daily Photo has passed away. He will be missed so much.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Exotic Cars On Bloor

On June 9 Bloor St W in the Yorkville neighbourhood was closed off for a show of exotic cars as part of a fundraiser to support research into prostate cancer. The various makes of exotic cars were gathered together in their own corrals and this one full of Aston Martins was an eye popper. The cars were fabulous but the centre row leading along the street was so packed with people that it was hard to get near the cars. The people in this pic are at the back of the displays and are up on the sidewalk. I'll show you a reverse view tomorrow.  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A Conversion Update

I first showed you these old Victorian houses in April of 2015 (HERE) when they were nothing but a facade from the original buildings. When you go back to the link follow the link there to see them as they were originally. Well I was in the neighbourhood to see a car show and dropped by to see the finished product. I must say that I was pleased to see how they rebuilt the skins of the homes and they are now used as entrances to the curvy glass tower behind. A Good Conversion!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Guard Dog

This large dog was painted on the back wall of a building along Feel Good Lane. There is another cute dog off to the right but there were several garbage bins in front of it. The artist for this one is Dr_Roameo.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Billiard Room

This is the billiard room at Spadina House where lots of fun times were had by the family after relaxing in the parlour which I showed on Friday. Renovations were done here several years ago but those murals that you see on the upper parts of the walls were cleaned and restored rather than replaced.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hiding

Hiding in the bushes and waiting for the big Great Gatsby event at Spadina House was this black squirrel. He is sure to pick up some delicious treats during the picnic.   
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 21, 2019

In The Parlour

This is the parlour in Spadina House which is so well decorated in 1920s style. Can't you just see ladies in their fine 20s clothing lounging around in here? Actually this weekend at Spadina House they have the Great Gatsby Garden Party when guests are encouraged to arrive in 1920s finery for a day of music, dancing and picnicking in the extensive gardens surrounding the house.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Spadina House

Spadina House is a historic mansion now operated as a museum by the City of Toronto. It is the next door neighbour of Casa Loma and shows various styles of architecture from the 1860s through to the 1930s as various additions took place. The interior decor shows it as it might have been in the 1920s and 30s. It was open with free admission during Doors Open and I will show you a few interior pics over the next few days.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Be Aware or Beware

I spotted these signs at the entrance down into one of the many treed ravines that run throughout Toronto. There have been a lot of coyote sightings even right downtown and there are stories about people having their small dogs grabbed from backyards or while out walking. I haven't seen any but have seen a fox downtown wandering through a neighbourhood. Nature is adapting to mankind!  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Pink

I spotted these Japanese Tree Peonies in the gardens of the Veterans Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre about a week ago and they looked so luscious. Then we had several days of windy, rainy weather and they became very bedraggled. I'm glad I saw them at their prime!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Otherworldly

This blue lady is another mural from Feel Good Lane. She has a rather otherworldly look about her but that seems to be balanced by the large flower by her ear and the images of dolphins floating in the background. The artist for this one is Anya Mielniczek.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Bata Shoe Museum From The East

This is the last of the posts from the Bata Shoe Museum and I thought I would show it from the east side whereas the pic on Wednesday was from the west. It is one of my favourite new buildings in the city so I thought both views were in order. I'm standing in front of the York Club which I showed you last Sunday to take this pic.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Glamourous Birds

These birds are actually shoes from Myanmar made in the shape of hintha birds. They are made for young boys for the Shinpyu ceremony and are designed to be disposable in order to reenact Buddha's abandonment of his royal privilege and finery. They were part of an exhibit of "Glittering Footwear From Around The Globe" at the Bata Shoe Museum.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Glass Slipper

Part of the permanent collection at the Bata Shoe Museum is a small selection of glass shoes and this glass slipper was one of the loveliest. It is Venetian Murano glass and even Cinderella wouldn't have been tempted to wear this one. Pretty to look at though.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Stairway To Shoes

This is the staircase from inside the Bata Shoe Museum leading to the three floors of exhibit space. This whole area is lit by a wall of glass facing south so it is always bright. You can see the woman in the middle of the pic waving at the camera.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Box Of Shoes?

One of my stops during the Doors Open event was the Bata Shoe Museum on Bloor St which is the only museum in North America dedicated to the history of footwear. The building was designed by architect Raymond Moriyama and he says that he designed it to reference an opening shoe box. It has really interesting displays of the development of shoes through the ages and always has special exhibits as well. The sign saying "Want" is advertising a show of Depression era footwear that is now on and is fabulous.  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Little Red Beauty

This pic was taken through a showroom window at night so there are a lot of little reflections but the car is so wonderful that I thought that I must post it. It is an MG Tf 1500 and these were made in the mid 1950s. Wouldn't it be fun to cruise around in it?

Monday, June 10, 2019

Birds Of Feel Good Lane

This is yet another mural from Feel Good Lane. There didn't seem to be a signature on this one so I have no idea who the artist is and the car is blocking a bit of the art unfortunately. 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals froma around the world.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Elegant Entrance

This is the entrance to the York Club which is a private social club that has been in this location at Bloor St and St George St in the Annex neighbourhood since 1910. The building was built in 1899 as a private residence and remained so until the owner died and it was sold to the club. I love all of the fine carving you can see.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Banded

This little Chipping Sparrow was poking around on the ground below a bird feeder so there is a lot of spilled food around. I noticed that he was banded which really made me wonder where he had been traveling and where he had been caught and released. Cute isn't he?  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Junction Sales

That looks like a wooden floor at the bottom of this pic but it is actually a large wooden table found in the Junction Craft Brewery. The shelves show some of the souvenirs you can buy and then you can sit around the table and have a cold beer. It was nice to see the table-top hockey game - that is something that can be found in many Canadian homes and is great fun to play.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Vats

These are some of the large vats that line the walls of the huge space inside of Junction Craft Brewery. The different sizes enable them to make up smaller batches of seasonal or test brews. Interestingly the large open space in the centre of this room is rented out for events and there had been a wedding reception in here the day before I was there. I'm sure that would be a wedding people would talk about for a long time.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

In The Junction

Junction Craft Brewing has a great taproom where you can sample many of the different beers that they make and also a patio for al fresco drinking and snacking. I was driving and had more places to visit during Doors Open so took some cans to go.  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Decidedly Deco

We had our annual Doors Open event a week ago and my first stop was the Junction Brewery which is located in this wonderful Art Deco building in the Junction neighbourhood. This building was built in 1933 as a garbage incinerator for the city. Trucks would drive right in and dump their load into great pits where the garbage would be burned with the smoke and gases escaping through huge 200 and 150 ft tall chimneys. The chimneys are gone and the building has been totally renovated and renewed and now has heritage protection. Part of it is the brewery and part, including the top floor, is now an event space. Fabulous isn't it?

Monday, June 3, 2019

Lion In The Lane

I still have a few more murals to show you from Feel Good Lane. There wasn't a clear signature on this great colourful mural featuring a graphic lion. I like the style of it.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Another Conversion

This is the entrance way leading down to a condo building in what had been a small industrial space located in a laneway behind some homes. Haven't they done a wonderful job to make this look so inviting?

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June Theme Day: "Pink"

The June theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is Pink and with that in mind I offer this garage door complete with pink landscape and pink cats observing the world from high platforms. I think it is by the artists Insect Cabaret but there was no signature.
Taking part in the theme Pink. Click HERE to see more pink from around the world. 
Also taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Iris

The Iris season is beginning and this one is always an early bloomer. It has a profusion of those lovely purple blooms on short stalks and spreads nicely to cover large areas of garden if you let it.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Spring Garden

I spotted this sweet garden in a local park. I love this variety of tulip with the pointed petals and lovely colours.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Grace Street

I happened upon another of the bookmarks from the Project Bookmark Canada movement (info HERE) when walking up Grace St a few weeks ago. The project places parts of texts at the exact physical location as they appear in the fictional world. This one is #6 in the series and is an excerpt from Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. I'll have to get a good pic of Grace St soon.  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Blooming

A few days ago I went back to Jay Macpherson Green which was the little park that I showed you last Wednesday and Thursday in pics taken in April. What a difference a month makes at this time of year. The sign about Jay Macpherson is just barely visible on that post behind the tulips.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Faces

I'm still showing pics from Feel Good Lane and have a few more weeks to go from there. I like this mural by the artist Muisca with the friendly faces streaming along the wall. She uses such great colours.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Affordable

There is a huge sign at the side of this construction site saying that it is an "affordable housing" project. I assume that means that these will be rental units at a reasonable price. There is a real shortage of rental spaces in the city!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

A Little Snack For Two

I spotted this Goldfinch couple having a snack during a recent soft rain. The rain didn't seem to bother them at all. It is so nice to see the bright yellow feathers back for the summer.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Spring Beauty

When driving past this house in the Chaplin Estates neighbourhood I was forced to pull over by the sight of all of the lovely blooms. The Rhododendrons and the Magnolia tree frame this place so beautifully!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Jay's Park

This is the small park where yesterday's sign was found and you can see the sign towards the right of the pic. That large building in the background was a church which was built in 1899 and which has been a Hare Krishna Temple for years now. I took this pic in mid April and now the leaves are starting to come out on the trees and the grass is growing so I will have to go back for a summery pic in a little while.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Having An Impact

This sign is found in a small parkette along Avenue Rd and pays tribute to a neighbour who had passed away. It is so nice to know that a quiet person can have such an impact and be so appreciated. I'll show you a pic of the parkette tomorrow which I took in mid April.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tulip Time

Our spring flowers are a bit behind schedule this year since it has been cooler and rainier than normal but the tulips are finally opening up. I took this pic in one of the gardens at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on yet another cloudy day!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Just Relaxing

I am still showing you pics of murals from the Feel Good Lane. This one by artist Ted Hamer looks so peaceful to me with the young fox resting in the grass. I'm not sure how the wee rocket to the left relates but I like that touch! 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

In The Pink

This stone house in the Forest Hills neighbourhood was looking so pretty with the flowering trees that I had to pull over for a pic. We have had a cool spring so the flowers and blossoms are a bit late and have been lasting longer than normal which is nice. It looks like that is a cherry blossom tree on the right and a magnolia on the left which hasn't yet totally opened.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ruffled Feathers

Usually Chickadees are perfectly groomed but on a windy day it is hard to keep the feathers in place. This little guy was dealing with wind and chilly temperatures so the feathers are a bit puffed up and out of place. They are such sweet and friendly birds and always a treat to see.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Painted Beauties

This pic was taken just down the block from yesterday's post and here everyone has painted the bricks. They look nice but I prefer the brick as in yesterday's pic. What about you?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Charming Victorians

This row of semi-detached Victorian homes is found on McPherson Ave in what is probably the north part of the Yorkville neighbourhood. This is an area where every old home has been restored and renovated, some painted but most having had the bricks tuckpointed and cleaned to reveal the beautiful craftsmanship. It is interesting to see the one painted beauty in the middle of this group. These places will set you back a few million $$ in our crazy real estate market. I'll show you another pic from further down the block tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Coffee Bar

The Havana Coffee Bar is located right across the road from the Avenue Diner whose sign I showed you last Wednesday. There is something about the Havana sign that I really like and it certainly is hard to miss!  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Grand Columns

I thought I would show you one of the homes found along Palmerston Boulevard. Each of the large houses along the street is different although several of them have large columns like this one does. And here you get a closer view of one of the cast-iron lamps that run along this street.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Happy Birds

This is another of the murals from Feel Good Lane which we have been visiting for the last several Mondays. They certainly look like happy birds but there is no artist signature.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Along The Boulevard

This is the view along the sidewalk of Palmerston Boulevard just north of College St. It is a beautiful street with stately houses which were built in the early 1900s and lovely large trees but the most distinctive thing about this area is the the cast-iron lamps. You can see the round globes as you look along the street. An attempt was made to replace them with aluminum copies but that was rejected by the residents and the lamps are now protected. It will set you back several million $$ to buy a house along here.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Dinnertime

I took this pic through a window so it isn't totally sharp but it was nice to see the 2 birds eating away beside each other. The Cardinal and Downy Woodpecker didn't look at each other though - not a successful dinner party!  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, May 10, 2019

St Clair Ave

Another medium-sized condo building has sprung up along St Clair Ave W. This isn't an overpowering scale and blends well with the streetscape. That is one of our streetcars that is traveling past.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Walkway

This is the walkway that runs between Casa Loma and Spadina House and leads to the stairs going down to Davenport Rd. With the Casa on the right side and Spadina house on the left this walkway sees hundreds of tourists every day and I was surprised to see it empty for a few minutes. I will go back when the leaves are out on the trees for a different view.