My second favourite month...

...or perhaps my favourite. October is in competition with May for sure. They're individually months of marked late seasonal changes that bring my favourite things--peonies, lilacs, beautiful greenery versus gorgeous fall colours, a feeling of renewal (despite the death of the greenery) due to school reminisces, and Hallowe'en--my favourite holiday.

This May, and for part of June, I get to live in the Annex as I cat-sit, which invites me to explore the beautiful neighbourhood which apparently is full of lilacs!


Spring in Toronto

It's been quite a long time since I've sat down and written anything for this blog. Life has been busy but I feel like now a little more time has opened up so I hope to get back to writing in this thing more.

This weekend I toured Toronto aimlessly (okay, with one see the High Park cherry blossoms). It started with a streetcar ride to the west end to pick up my bike, and then a quick trip to The Annex to meet someone. That turned into a prompt visit to The Gap to buy a lighter shirt (the navy t-shirt and jeans combo wasn't working for me under the strong summer-like sun), and traveling along the Dupont-then-Davenport bike lanes into The Junction. My search for magazines brought me to the Shopper's in the Bloor West Village before finally descending onto High Park. It was great to see so much of the city, especially as I tend to fall into a admittedly nice east end routine of work (Riverdale) with evenings at home (Upper Beach). After meeting John at CBC downtown we took the GO to Danforth station to save me a 40 min bike ride home. I had ridden from 12pm-7pm and loved every minute of it but it was time for rest. Here are some photos from the day:

Vote There

Election fever has Toronto in a bind! With less than a week away until the polls close, who will be city's next mayor?

I voted in the advance poll and took some photos of the nearby Glen Ames school. What a beautiful building, a blending of the eras.

Chow for Mayor! Also I support Mary-Margaret McMahon for Ward 32 councillor.

Icy Branches

What a weekend! Toronto saw a lot of freezing rain over the past two days. Things got slippery and everything became encased in ice, causing branches to snap and thus sweeping power outages. My apartment is surrounded by large, beautiful trees and its limbs became victims to the storm. One snapped and landed right outside my kitchen window. I was lucky to have power throughout the storm though, and with no damage to report. Hope everyone is staying safe and warm as we clean-up and as power continues to be restored to many areas still affected.

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Spring Flowers

Spring is finally here! And of course Hot Docs came and went...when it rains it pours, and I sadly only got to see two films at this year's festival. It's the name of the documentary game, and so I look forward to next year. A plant that didn't do very well last year is back with beautiful purple flowers, to my surprise and delight. Here are some photos with others from the Riverside hood.