Night Ferry

After a lovely wedding on the Toronto Island that included a ride on the RCYC ferry, the return trip treated me to a view of the city skyline at night from across the water. The dark shape in the foreground is one of the adorable historic ferries owned by the posh sailing club that brings … Continue reading

The Secret Abode of Bert and Kermit

What happened to Ernie and Bert? Who knows if they still co-habitate on television, but in the real world Bert has shacked up with Kermit in this dilapidated old house in Prince Edward County. At least they peer out at trespassers from the innards of this same house together.

A Lot of Indecision

Somewhere out in Etobicoke this is someone’s idea of lawn decoration. Can’t decide on the perfect lawn ornament? Get a whole bunch of unrelated random ones, stick flowers in them, and voila! Complete with offensive lawn jockey and gnome. Plus something that looks like a tapir. With flowers in it.

School’s Out Forever

I went for a walk after lunch the other day with work colleagues and I suggested we try a new route through the neighbourhood. We turned a corner and came across a park within which we discovered an abandoned high school. The property owners have fenced in the building, but not before someone smashed most … Continue reading

Continental Clouds

I walked to dinner this evening along the edge of receding storm clouds. Looking up as the sun broke through I couldn’t believe how much the shape of the clouds mimicked the eastern part of the continent.

Niagara is Falling

Two months ago I said goodbye to my niece for the summer and visited with my brother, my sister-in-law, and my nephew who were in town to help my niece move and accompany her back to B.C. My brother decided his Vancouver-raised kids should see Niagara Falls, something we took for granted growing up in … Continue reading


I was walking down Sherbourne St, on my way to see the band Television playing at the Phoenix, when I noticed a deer standing on the lawn of an old mansion. The deer only caught my eye. It was the upside-down wolf just next to it that caught my attention. And then the huge antlers … Continue reading

Organic Language

I’ve never eaten here but I fell in love with the chalkboard signs in the window. The restaurant’s Royal York Road location led to its name. Classic Chinese and Canadian food (think egg fried rice and hamburgers) served here, like the similar restaurants found in every corner of the country. All day!

Dog Day Driving

One doesn’t often get the chance to witness a dog driving a car. Really, dogs should get behind the wheel more often. This dog seems very focused on what’s going on outside the vehicle, more than I can say for many of the drivers I spy on the road.

Doors Open 2014

Every year at the end of May the City of Toronto pools together a collection of (usually) interesting buildings whose operators are willing to open their doors to the public for a sneak peek behind the scenes. The Doors Open festival (mini versions of which occur all over Ontario) has developed a reputation for being … Continue reading