No, this isn't a picture of our house during the brief
thaw that we had a week ago. I wish! I took
this picture and the one below during a day trip
into Toronto a few years ago ... June 2011 to be exact.
I took a ferry from the pier in downtown Toronto
to Toronto Island for a day of hiking, picture taking
and to escape a stinking hot day on the mainland.
A picture of the ferry terminal taken last summer.
It had just been renamed the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal
the previous day in honour of a local politician who
had passed away from cancer a year earlier.
From the island you have beautiful views of downtown
Toronto ... as long as either the smog or the weather is
being co-operative. Parts of the islands (there's
actually three islands linked together .. or is it four?)
have cottages on them, large parts are parkland,
there's a children's amusement park, an airport
and beaches ... including a nudist beach.
Why am I posting these pictures today? Well,
I don't have much else to show you from the
previous week and a blog post without
pictures is pretty bland and boring IMHOP.
We did have a brief thaw at the beginning of
last week which allowed the thick ice that
had been coating everything outside to melt.
It cleared off of tree branches, power lines
and eaves troughing but not off of all of
the sidewalks ... alas.
Then a couple of days of frigid temperatures
hit on Thursday and Friday which had
everyone huddled indoors. With the wind
chill it dropped to -35 Celsius which made
being outside something to be avoided at all costs
if possible. I walked home in it on Thursday
night. Train station to home took 40
minutes. I was dressed for it but even so
I was a human icicle when I walked in our
front door. Should-a called for a ride.
I've been drawing/doodling again. A
couple of pages of this and that.
My neighbour and her daughter came over
one afternoon and we sat at the kitchen
table drawing, drinking mugs of tea
and munching on Christmas treats.
That's when I started the above tangle.
New Years was quiet but enjoyable.
We had some friends join us for
dinner and visiting though our
numbers were fewer then normal
because of those dreaded "bugs"
that are going around. Just about everyone
is affected it seems. Either getting
sick .... being sick ... getting
over being sick .... or married to sick!
So there were seven of us to dine
on my usual go-to dishes of home
made lasagne, mac n cheese, asian
salad and other yummy party
fare. Then we sat around yakking
and laughing and drinking
lots of tea and eating lots of
And the last guest left before
midnight!!! Yes, we are
a rowdy bunch of New Years
revellers aren't we? Oh well.
My current read. I stumbled on this
at the bookstore just after Christmas
and as soon as I read the description
of the story on the cover I knew it
was my kind of book. I've been
reading it ever since and loving it.
This is the author's first novel and
I believe that this is the start of a
series. If you've read and loved
Deborah Harkness's All Souls trilogy
then you'll enjoy this book too!
I can't believe the holidays are
over already. We haven't
taken the tree and other
decorations down yet because
frankly I don't want to. I love
my tree and hate taking it
down even though it's been
up since Nov 16th. I am
giving myself one more week
to enjoy it before we pack it
up until next November.
That's it from me. Sorry for the
uneventful post. We're expecting
a snow storm tomorrow evening
that is predicted to deliver about
15 to 20 cm of the white stuff.
Hope the weather isn't being too
harsh where you are but it does
seem that nasty weather is happening
everywhere ... and Winter is only
three weeks old! Yeesh!!!
You know ... I can't remember if
I've posted those pictures of
Toronto Island before on a blog
post or not. It's bugging me.