Monday, August 2, 2021

Birdbrain?


I am a big fan of Birdo's murals and recently spotted one he did with Alfalfa on Dundas St W.  Not sure what it means but I like it!

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Horse Chestnut


 There are a few Horse Chestnut trees growing on the grounds of Spadina House. This is one of the loveliest of them.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

A Happy Sight


It is always so good to spot a Monarch Butterfly. I've been seeing a lot of them over the last couple of weeks so maybe their numbers are growing. So many people seem to have planted milkweed for them. 

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 30, 2021

U of Toronto Walkway


I went for a wander around the U of T campus early on a Sunday morning. It was surprising to see so many buildings having maintenance or construction done possibly taking advantage of the lockout during Covid. This walkway between buildings was a peaceful sight to see with all of the birch trees lining it.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Smoky Haze


This was the sun about a week & 1/2 ago at around I hour before sunset. The forest fires out west in Canada and the USA are creating so much smoke that when it hits us the skies are hazy and our air quality is terrible. The moon later that night was also bright orange.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Theatre


The theatre at the Alliance Francaise is probably not open yet but the regulations about what can be open seem so confusing that I'm not sure. I have never been but it is supposed to be a very nice space.

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

A Quiet Morning


I was out a bit earlier than normal when the streets were still quiet and took a wander down Palmerston Blvd. The church building in the background has been lovingly converted into condos but still looks wonderful.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Biking In The City


I spotted this nicely painted utility box along one of the heavily used north/south bike routes in the city. It certainly makes the box look more attractive in the homeowners yard. The artist for this one is Erin McCluskey. 

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Daisies


What a bright spot these Daisies were on a dull day.  They really are such cheerful flowers don't you think?

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Moose In The City


This sculpture by Charles Pachter has been guarding the U of Toronto campus for many years now. It can be found looking down from a grassy knoll at the corner of Harbord & St George. 

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Up On The Roof


We have had a lot of rainy days lately which makes for a wet deck. There has been little sitting out on those colourful chairs. Things do like nice with a bit of water on them.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

A Brook


We have had a lot of rainy days the last few weeks so all the gardens are green and the little brook that is hiding between the rocks and plants in this pic is running nicely. It runs down and feeds into the duck pond at James Gardens.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Lots Of Books!


BMV has books on each floor of the blue building including the lower level. They have a great selection and even buy your old books. It is nice to be able to go into stores again. 

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

One Of My Favourites


I've always liked the notch-back Mustangs from the 60s. This one was in for servicing at the local mechanics so I stopped for a shot. It is a '66 289 with automatic transmission which was a bit of a surprise. It looked to be in perfect condition.

Monday, July 19, 2021

A Flower Box


I spotted this flowery utility box surrounded by a garden with many pink blooms matching those on the box. The artist for this one is Jon McTavish. 

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Had Enough


 The Robin in yesterday's post finally had enough of me following it. He/she stopped under this plant and gave me a stare before finally flying off into the underbrush.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Follow That Bird!


I was walking along a path in the valley along the Humber River when I happened upon this Robin who was also walking the path. Rather than fly away the Robin continued to scurry ahead and would then turn to see if I was still there. This continued for a minute or so. 

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 16, 2021

A Modern Home


This house has the boxy look found on many newly built homes in the city but it also has a hidden feature. Tucked away behind those grasses which are getting taller each day is a lovely seating area with shade and lots of room for relaxing. I rather like it.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

More Patios


Our restaurants are to open for indoor dining tomorrow but most of them will keep their enlarged patios open all summer. This place already had a large patio beside the building but has also expanded onto the road for extra income. They won't be open for full capacity inside so every bit helps. Notice the remains of a Coca Cola ghost sign.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Heart


This wonderful sign is found along College St in the middle of Little Italy. I like all of the multi language words that are all so positive.

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Nice Changes


Since all of our restaurants have been closed for indoor dining for months when they were finally allowed to open for patio service the city gave permits for them to take over a lane of the roadways along many streets in the city. This has resulted in narrower space for cars but a more lively patio scene than we have ever had.  In some areas a whole block has been turned into seating areas. This one I spotted along Dundas St W was just for 2 restaurants. It would be nice if this continued after we return to normal.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Chicken On The Road


 At first glance from down the street this looked like an abstract mural but as I got closer I could see the great chicken. And then it became clear that he was crossing the road in front of one of our streetcars. The artist for this one is Colin Tea who often includes streetcars in his murals.

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Wedding Cards


I was back in Koreatown to see if there were new cards in the window of the card store.  I liked these wedding cards which were perfect for Pride month.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Taking A Break


The Mallards at James Gardens were taking a break from searching and begging for food. There was a lot of grooming going on as they seem to be molting as evidenced by all the feathers you can see on the ground around them. This post of the ducks is for a special follower who loves to see them.

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Lily Season


The Tiger Lilies are blooming all over the city. It feels a bit early but I may be wrong about that. These ones were spotted at James Gardens.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

A Temporary View

This view of Casa Loma from Dupont St appeared a few weeks ago when a 4 storey building was knocked down. One was never able to see the Casa from here for many many years and the view will soon be gone as a condo is going in here. Just what we need in the city - another condo building.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Open Hearts


Our churches have started to open with very limited numbers of people allowed to attend but I thought this sign at Trinity-St Paul's was lovely. It is a congregation known for its caring ways. 

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

How Was It Missed


I have probably walked by this house in the Annex hundreds of times but for some reason never noticed it before. This time the wonderful porch with the hanging baskets of flowers caught my eye. It is different in style from the usual Annex neighbourhood house like those on the right in the pic. This is a perfect time of year to sit out on that porch and read.

Monday, July 5, 2021

A Flowery Garage


The doors on this garage would certainly give you a flowery welcome home each day. I could find no artist signature other than PS.

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

What A Tree!


I have been passing by the shop window in Koreatown with the pop-up cards on a regular basis and they always have new ones on display. I can't believe that this highly intricate tree actually folds up!

Saturday, July 3, 2021

A Pot Of Peanuts


This feeder is meant to disrupt the squirrels as they attempt to eat all of the peanuts. The Downy Woodpecker can simply poke its beak through the spaces and grab a nut. 

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Concentration


I spotted these three gentlemen in a little parkette along Bloor St W in the Annex neighbourhood.  They were so engrossed in their card game that they never noticed me taking their pic at all.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

July Theme: Tools


The City Daily Photo Blog community's July theme is Tools and for this I present this drawer full of screwdrivers.  You can find every size you might need here and styles including Philips, Robertson, and flat heads. I love a drawer full of objects like this.

Taking part in the theme Tools. Click HERE to see more tools from around the world.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Go Fast


This was the rear window of yesterday's MG. I assume they are saying to go fast but be careful at the same time. It looks like there is a bit of damage on the right side but I saw no more rust anywhere.

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Little Red Beauty


 I spotted this red beauty out in front of the local mechanic's shop. It is a 1969 MG MGB GT and looks to be in great shape. Wouldn't it be fun to cruise around a bit in it? And the added bonus is the Land Rover Defender in powder blue sitting in the background.

Monday, June 28, 2021

A Little Bit Antsy


The entry door of a garage has been painted up nicely probably to keep the taggers away. I just hope those aren't carpenter ants! 

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Mother Cat


I spotted another Pop-up card in Koreatown. This one has mother cat trying to keep her kittens in their basket but they are a handful.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Bathtime


Goldfinches always seem to enjoy a good bath possibly more than other birds. This guy came out of this fountain totally soaked to the skin! 

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Along The Humber


The Humber River is one of two rivers that wind their way through Toronto. The Humber is in the west end and there are pathways and parks all along it as it heads down to Lake Ontario. This pic was taken on a beautiful sunny day when lots of people were out enjoying the area.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

An Unusual Addition


Very near the attractive brick building that I showed you on Tuesday I spotted this very unusual addition atop a typical Little Italy home. It probably makes for a nice space inside but it is certainly out of the norm.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

St Lawrence Hall


I showed you the St Lawrence Market building a week ago and today present the St Lawrence Hall which is part of the St Lawrence complex. The hall was built in 1850 as a public meeting place and a venue for concerts and exhibitions. It was restored in 1967 and continues as an event location for meetings, weddings, etc.

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Contrast in Style


I had spotted this building on Google maps when I was looking for something else and then a few days later headed down to see it. What had been a small commercial building in the middle of a residential area in Little Italy was added to and converted into this striking home. I really like the style and all of the nice brickwork that was used. You can see a bit of the house to its right which is the typical Victorian seen in this neighbourhood.

Monday, June 21, 2021

A Rather Graphic Butterfly


I have not seen any Monarch Butterflies yet this year and certainly won't see one whose patterning is as graphic as this one.  The artist for this mural is Andre Kan. I quite like it.

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

A Bouquet


I am totally fascinated by the pop-up cards that a store in Koreatown sells and luckily they change their window often.  The cute bunny is obviously good friends with the squirrel. They are probably plotting to do a raid on someone's veggie patch!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Hawk


 This Red-Tailed Hawk was sitting up where I had spotted the Hawk couple being friendly in the early spring. I have not seen any young ones flying about yet.

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Cute House


 This bungalow is a bit of a rarity in the Little Italy district where most of the homes are tall Victorians. There is something cute about it and the little girl riding into the shot on her yellow scooter is a bonus.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Tired Dogs


It is hard to tell from the pic but this was taken at a dog park and the woman had a dog that was sleeping at her feet and the two guys had a dog who was just sitting there. It isn't even the dog days of summer yet and the pooches are already tired out.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

St Lawrence Market South Building


The St Lawrence Market has been a part of downtown for well over a century. This is the south building which was finished in1902 and contains part of an original 1845 building. It is a public market which houses over 120 food vendors and restaurants as well as a gallery on the second floor. Like everything else it has been affected by covid restrictions but will soon be back to normal I hope. 

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Seasonal Decorations


I go by this home fairly often and they always have decorations of some sort out in their front garden and hanging from the tree. The special holiday decorations are not unusual to see but these people also just celebrate every day. I loved all of these pinwheels blowing in the wind and there were twirly things in the tree too.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Fierce Face


I found this rather fierce face in a laneway just off Bathurst St. It almost has the feeling of guarding the lane. I forgot to check for the artist's name for this one. 

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.