Welcome | Two in One

Welcome to Weekend Coffee Share 2021.

Welcome

Hello and welcome to the new location for Weekend Coffee Share! I’m glad you are here. Please help yourself with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at my “coffee station”.

Alli at Eclectic Alli used to host the party for years until last weekend. I’m your host with the following guidelines for this weekly Coffee Share blog feature:

  • Everyone is welcome to join in the Weekend Coffee Share in any and every week.
  • Topics are open – e.g. What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
  • Use the Inlinkz link provided to join the party or leave the link to your Weekend Coffee Share post in a comment below my Coffee Share post.
  • You can link to your post any time between 8 a.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday (both Toronto time).
  • I will be flexible in the way I title my Weekend Coffee Share posts.
  • I’d ask that participants be social, visit at least two other blogs in the link up, and leave a comment.

I’m trying to build a fun, positive, social, and supportive blogging community here. So, as the owner of the blog and the host of the link-up, posts that I deem to be unsuitable for my audience will be deleted without notice. These may include ads, “drop and run” links, promotions, and any that are offensive in nature, overly political or religious.

Two in One excursion

This past week, the weather was typical for winter here with the average temperatures slightly above freezing point. I went cycling a few times on the Waterfront Trail which is reserved for cyclists, joggers, and pedestrians and is cleared of ice and snow.

I made a stop at a building complex that would be a fabulous place for us to virtually celebrate our first Weekend Coffee Share in 2021. It has a grand entrance, red carpet, and total floor area 9,300 square meters (100,000 square feet).

The Ontario Government Building and Liberty Grand entrance.
The Ontario Government and Liberty Grand main entrance.

I call this excursion a Two in One because the building has two names (Ontario Government and Liberty Grand) and my trip serves me two purposes (Health and Leisure). By visiting the building complex, I get my exercise from cycling outdoors and have fun examining the building architecture and taking photos.

Main entrance with two names.
Close up look of the main entrance with two names.

Name #1 Above the arch – The Ontario Government Building, in Beaux-Arts style, is a heritage building, designed by the architectural firm of Chapman and Oxley in 1926. It was built to display Government of Ontario exhibits during the Canadian National Exhibition.

Name #2 Below the arch – Since 2001, the Liberty Entertainment Group has a long term lease to use the building for private events. The Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex has several areas for banquets and balls, including three grand ballrooms, and one contemporary open-concept room.

Side view of the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex.
Side view of the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex.
Door to the Centennial, one of the grand ballrooms.
Door to the Centennial, one of the grand ballrooms.

There you have it. A Two in One highlight from my first week of 2021. The rest of my week went very well.

Weekend Coffee Share is now underway from Natalie the Explorer blog. I hope that together we make this a fun social event for every weekend in 2021. I’d love to hear your comments.

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121 thoughts on “Welcome | Two in One

  1. rawsonjl January 8, 2021 / 8:13 am

    That building sure looks big enough for a socially distanced gathering! Lol. Love the red carpet entrance.

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 8:32 am

      Safe socially distanced gathering was on my mind when I chose the venue 🙂 Thanks, Joanne, for joining Weekend Coffee Share.

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  2. Dan Antion January 8, 2021 / 8:56 am

    What a magnificent building. I love the doors and the architecture and the fact that it serves multiple purposes.

    I also like the meta-nature of posting to a challenge within a challenge. That’s pretty cool.

    Good luck with your challenge, and thanks for supporting Thursday Doors.

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 9:14 am

      Dan, Two challenges in one post, lol. When I volunteered to host the Weekend Coffee Share, I didn’t think of it as a challenge. That’s a sign that I’m a newbie blogger 🙂 Thanks for hosting Thursday Doors.

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      • Dan Antion January 8, 2021 / 10:04 am

        It doesn’t have to be challenging. If you haven’t already done it, register the challenge at Cee’s place. She has a list of all the challenges currently running.

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  3. Ally Bean January 8, 2021 / 9:01 am

    A beautiful building that is such good shape. I’m always smitten with Beaux-Arts style. And blue skies.

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 9:18 am

      Ally. I’m glad you like the building. There are some nice Beaux-Arts buildings in Toronto, and fortunately many sunny days with blue skies in the winter.

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  4. Jill Weatherholt January 8, 2021 / 9:05 am

    Wow! What a spectacular building. Of course, your photographs are wonderful, Natalie. Thanks so much for the tour. Happy New Year!

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 9:21 am

      Happy New Year, Jill! I passed by this building so many times and finally got some photos up close to share with you. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 10:40 am

      Happy New Year, Alice. Thank you for stopping by. You’re welcome to join the Weekend Coffee Share blog link any week.

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  5. Gary A Wilson January 8, 2021 / 10:30 am

    Hi Natalie.

    Thanks again for taking over the host role for our coffee share. I thought you were going to have us drop links in as comments to the weekly invitation, but the details above mention the inlinkz link like Alli used to provide.

    Did you change your mind and was the link for this weekend supposed to be in this post? Did I misunderstand somehow?

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 10:43 am

      Hi Gary, Yes, I added the Inlinkz link at the end of my post. So there are two options to join the party: Inlinkz or leave link in my Comments section. Thank you for your patience.

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  6. dprastka January 8, 2021 / 10:44 am

    Thanks so much for hosting the weekend coffee share! What a wonderful post, two in one! I love the architecture of the beautiful building and it seems like a grand place to visit and share what’s been happening over coffee. Cheers to you for a wonderful weekend! ❤️🤠

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 10:54 am

      Thanks, Diana. I added the Inlinkz at the end of my post. Feel free to link your post any time. See you at the party. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Sagittarius Viking January 8, 2021 / 2:41 pm

    That is some interesting architecture! I would enjoy cycling around there as well 🙂 No snow on the ground? Or ice? Most people here have winter tires on their bikes now. Thank you for hosting the coffee share.

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 3:37 pm

      No snow or ice accumulation in downtown Toronto atm. Today is cold and sunny with clear blue sky. Thank you for stopping by, Maria. Hope to see your post at the blog party.

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  8. lorraine January 8, 2021 / 3:26 pm

    Hi Natalie, what a great way to start my morning. Reading your weekend coffee share and drinking my cup of tea. Your photos are fabulous and your post really brightened my day.
    This afternoon I am off to play social tennis on a sunny day with a top of 34′. (Victoria, Australia)
    thanks for posts.

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 3:47 pm

      Hi Lorraine, Thank you for your visit and comment. I’m glad my post brightened your day. How wonderful that you’ll be playing social tennis and the day is sunny and warm! It’s sunny with clear blue sky here today, except the high temperature is about minus 2 Celsius and feels like minus 5 Celsius…A nice wintry day 🙂

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  9. OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com January 8, 2021 / 3:48 pm

    Majestic architecture. Love the red carpet!! What a grand welcome it offers.

    I am curious, do you take your bicycle to these locations via car or bus, and then pedal about? Or do you start out on bike from home? I just cannot imagine leaving my home here and bicycling to the part of town where we would have anything somewhat comparable to view and enjoy. It would be 10-12+ miles and the roads would be heavily trafficked.

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 3:55 pm

      Hi Leslie, I start out on bike from home. I don’t own a car so I bike or walk everywhere. The Waterfront Trail is fantastic for my bike rides. It’s connected to the Great Trail that goes across Canada so I can ride for days if I choose to do that. Thank you for the ping back. You’re welcome to join the Weekend Coffee Share any week.

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  10. dinah January 8, 2021 / 4:05 pm

    Thanks for hosting the coffee share! I just started blogging in October so I’m grateful for the networking opportunity.
    As someone with a physical disability, that building looks beautiful AND POTENTIALLY handicapped accessible. That’s a very big deal. Most old buildings aren’t. Would love to see the inside! It looks gorgeous!
    Happy weekend 💜

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 6:03 pm

      Thank you, Dinah, for your comment. I’m hosting the Coffee Share but it’s the participants that make the blog party fun. Feel free to add your post to the link party and make new friends.

      The Province of Ontario where I reside has Accessibility laws so the building that I share here is handicapped accessible. The inside of the grand ballrooms changes with the event (e.g. wedding or corporate event) but in general it’s beautifully decorated with chandeliers, flowers, etc.

      Have a great weekend!

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  11. Jennifer Jones January 8, 2021 / 5:05 pm

    Hi Natalie, what a beautiful Historic building. Good to hear the week has been good to you. Congratulations on your first coffee share linkup.

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 6:07 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer, for joining in the blog party. I’m glad you liked the building. Have a great weekend!

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  12. Denyse Whelan Blogs January 8, 2021 / 5:51 pm

    Thank you for the invitation to join in your first coffee share link up. I have added my post. The buildings look amazing. I love the history of our buildings here in Australia too but we have such a relatively young white settlement which brought style of architecture from other countries. Of course our Aboriginal peoples were here (and still are!) thousands of years earlier.

    It is cool, rainy and sometimes a bit sunny here on the east coast of Australia now. We are doing OK covid wise but still lots of restrictions.

    Stay safe and warm and take care
    Denyse

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 6:13 pm

      Thank you, Denyse, for joining the Weekend Coffee Share link up. There are some Heritage buildings and historic sites that are well-maintained in Toronto. Not as many old buildings as those in Europe or South America or Asia because Canada is also a relatively young country.

      We’re still in lockdown until at least Jan. 23. Today it’s sunny and cold here. I had layers on before I went outside. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 January 8, 2021 / 6:21 pm

    Hi Natalie, love the concept of Weekend Coffee Share and I’ll be joining you. Thanks for the opportunity to link up and share our thoughts x

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 7:39 pm

      Hi Sue, Thank you for joining me at my debut Weekend Coffee Share party. I hope you enjoy it and meet new friends.

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  14. Retirement Reflections January 8, 2021 / 9:25 pm

    Hi, Natalie – That’s such a majestic building. I love how you completed two challenges with one post. Well done!!

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you, Donna. I’m glad you liked the building. Some efficiency to be had with a two-in-one post 🙂

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  15. Patricia Furstenberg January 8, 2021 / 9:28 pm

    A majestic building! Like an elephant 🙂 I love how the grey stone is outline by the bright blue sky.
    You are very lucky to be able to go out and cycle, Natalie 🙂

    Yeah, it looked cold by how clear and bright the sky was 🙂

    Best wishes, Pat

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    • Natalie January 8, 2021 / 9:45 pm

      Pat, I’m grateful to be able to go out and cycle during the pandemic. Otherwise I think I’d be very cranky. On some cold days here, it’s sunny with clear blue sky. I can do cold and sunny 🙂 Enjoy the weekend!

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      • Patricia Furstenberg January 9, 2021 / 2:18 am

        Some of my best memories are of cycling in the woods near Nuremberg 🙂
        Cold and sunny, joining any day!

        Have a lovely weekend too.

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  16. robertawrites235681907 January 9, 2021 / 3:28 am

    This building is spectacular, Natalie. I love the statues. Thanks for sharing these interesting pictures and a little bit of the story.

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  17. Moumita De Sarkar January 9, 2021 / 4:25 am

    Perfect place to have the first coffee share of 2021.Thanks for hosting the party, Natalie 🙂

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    • Natalie January 9, 2021 / 8:45 am

      Thanks, Moumita, for joining my debut Weekend Coffee Share party. I’m glad you liked the building I chose 🙂 I hope you enjoy meeting new blogger friends.

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  18. leannelc January 9, 2021 / 5:11 am

    Hi Natalie – an interesting building and a new blog share party – a great way to get into the weekend.

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    • Natalie January 9, 2021 / 8:46 am

      Yes, and to cultivate existing and new friendships in a new year. Thank you, Leanne, for joining me at my debut Weekend Coffee Share party. I hope you enjoy meeting new blogger friends.

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  19. SadiRose January 9, 2021 / 6:09 am

    That was lovely. Thank you for taking over the hosting of the coffee share. I really needed it today!!

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    • Natalie January 9, 2021 / 8:48 am

      Thank you, Sadirose, for participating in my debut Weekend Coffee Share party. I hope you have fun meeting new blogger friends.

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  20. Wheat Salt Wine Oil January 9, 2021 / 6:27 am

    thanks for sharing some great door finds. nice to meet another biker who braves the cold for fresh air and adventure.

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    • Natalie January 9, 2021 / 8:50 am

      Fresh air and adventure are irresistible 🙂 Have a nice weekend!

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  21. trentpmcd January 9, 2021 / 10:20 am

    It does look like a Grand building! You seem to have had a great start to your new year. Glad you were able to get out cycling! And stopping to smell the roses, or at least look at the architecture, makes it all the better. Thank you so much for taking over the Coffee Share! Have a wonderful week!

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    • Natalie January 9, 2021 / 11:12 am

      Thank you, Trent, for joining in my debut Weekend Coffee Share party. January is good so far. It’s typical winter temperature but no ice or snow storm yet so I’m able to go cycling most days. I hope you enjoy the blog party. Have a nice weekend!

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      • trentpmcd January 9, 2021 / 1:17 pm

        I agree that it is the ice and snow that limits winter activity – I went running this morning even though it was below freezing. The same run can be awful for days after even a small snowfall. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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        • trentpmcd January 11, 2021 / 9:31 am

          And tanks again! It was a great success and a great smile 🙂

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  22. marianallen January 9, 2021 / 10:43 am

    What a fabulous building! I do love fancy architecture, especially if there are statues involved.

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    • Natalie January 9, 2021 / 11:15 am

      Marian, I’m glad you like the building. The statues are nicely done all around it.

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  23. Writing Sparkle January 9, 2021 / 1:11 pm

    Natalie, thank you for taking over the hosting of our beloved Weekend Coffee Share. I have been part of the group since 2015 and I would be sad to see it disappear. So, big thanks and I look forward to linking up. I will be a once a month coffee sharer for the next little while but I hope to still get a chance to pop in and see how you are all doing.

    As for Ontario, I use to live there. One of the things I miss is how many wonderful things there are to see and do.

    Thanks for the virtual cup!

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    • Natalie January 9, 2021 / 3:50 pm

      Thank you, Shari, for your visit and comment. So great that you’ve been with the Coffee Share group since 2015. I joined last year I think. You’re welcome to join any week when you can. Have a nice weekend!

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    • Natalie January 9, 2021 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you, Antoinette, for your vote of confidence and for joining us today. I blog weekly so taking on the Coffee Share host duty is a small addition at this time, mostly the InLinkz set up. I’m glad you’re enjoying your stay on Hilton Head Island. Have a nice weekend!

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  24. Susanne January 9, 2021 / 2:28 pm

    Beautiful buildings! I miss being able to walk around in cities. I love this type of old architecture.

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    • Natalie January 9, 2021 / 3:58 pm

      Yes, it’s a pleasure to walk around and examine old and new architecture. Thank you, Susanne, for joining in this Weekend Coffee Share. I hope you enjoy meeting new blogger friends.

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  25. Regina Martins January 10, 2021 / 8:13 am

    I’ve enjoyed having coffee with you. It’s a beautiful grand looking-building. The name is apt.

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    • Natalie January 10, 2021 / 8:31 am

      Thank you, Regina, for stopping by. I’m glad you like the building I chose. Do you have a blog post that you’d like to add to the InLinkz party? That would make our party global with bloggers from five continents.

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      • Regina Martins January 10, 2021 / 9:02 am

        I’ve just added my link to the InLinkz party! Five continents – that’s amazing 🙂

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    • Natalie January 10, 2021 / 5:20 pm

      Glad you’re here, Bear. If you click on the blue Follow Natalie the Explorer button at the top right of this page, below my photo, you’ll receive notification for my posts. Thanks for joining my debut Weekend Coffee Share party.

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      • bearmkwa January 10, 2021 / 5:51 pm

        Took me a second spin through to find the slinky. I was looking near the top, not the very bottom. I’ll look lower next week. 😊

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  26. Katherine January 10, 2021 / 5:54 pm

    I love that they clear the snow from cycle/walking paths, that must make it a little bit easier to get outside and exercise during the colder months. Although, from my very comfortable spot in California, I have to say that I can’t imagine getting on a bike in the snow. I can hardly stay upright!

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    • Natalie January 10, 2021 / 6:33 pm

      We’ve had no snow this week and no snow in the forecast for next 4-5 days for downtown Toronto. On snow days, I just wait until the snow is cleared then go outside or if it’s a snowstorm, then stay inside with a good book.

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  27. Min Write of the Middle January 10, 2021 / 6:55 pm

    That is a beautiful building Natalie! Now that I know about your new link up I will keep it in mind to link up to! I hope you’re keeping well over there. xo

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    • Natalie January 10, 2021 / 8:05 pm

      Thank you, Min. I’m well. I look forward to having you at the link up any week. Next link up starts on January 15 at 8 a.m. Toronto time.

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  28. Jo January 10, 2021 / 7:46 pm

    What a beautiful building. I must get in the habit of switching my Monday post to a Friday one.

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    • Natalie January 10, 2021 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you, Jo. My next blog party starts on Friday January 15 at 8 a.m. and closes on Sunday January 17 at 5 p.m. Toronto time. I look forward to having you at the link up any week.

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  29. midlifestylist January 10, 2021 / 10:10 pm

    I would love to join in with your linkup. It’s a great way to keep in touch with other bloggers and read what they are up to. I’ll keep an eye out for it on Friday
    Regards, Christina

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    • Natalie January 11, 2021 / 7:57 am

      That’s great, Christina. See you at my upcoming Weekend Coffee Share party.

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  30. Julie January 10, 2021 / 11:21 pm

    Thank you for hosting WCS. And also, thank you for the tour!

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    • Natalie January 11, 2021 / 7:58 am

      Thank you, Julie, for participating in my debut Weekend Coffee Share party.

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    • Natalie January 11, 2021 / 12:35 pm

      Hi Rowena, No worries. I host the Weekend Coffee Share every week, from Friday to Sunday. Sydney time is 16 hours ahead Toronto. I hope to see you at the next link up.

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      • Rowena January 16, 2021 / 11:04 am

        I think I’m actually having a zoom call with my school friend in Toronto in the morning and will be posting here tomorrow night. What a coincidence.

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        • Natalie January 16, 2021 / 11:42 am

          Sounds good, Rowena. See you at the blog link up. Have a nice weekend!

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  31. Laurie January 11, 2021 / 1:56 pm

    What a beautiful building! Thank you for the Coffee Share announcement. I will join next week.

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    • Natalie January 11, 2021 / 2:33 pm

      That’s great, Laurie. See you at my upcoming blog party.

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  32. The Tea Chest Blog January 11, 2021 / 7:21 pm

    I’m a tea drinker (no surprises really!) and thoroughly enjoyed this read with a pot of tea. What a majestic looking building indeed.

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    • Natalie January 11, 2021 / 9:37 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed my post while sipping tea. Tea drinkers are also welcome to join in my blog party any week. Thank you for stopping by.

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  33. Catherine Sokolowski January 11, 2021 / 8:25 pm

    What a gorgeous building. There’s so many details to take in. I bet you notice something different every time you visit.

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    • Natalie January 11, 2021 / 9:40 pm

      That’s true, Catherine. I see some new details every time I visit this building. I find the statues, their outfits and expressions amazing.

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  34. Liesbet @ Roaming About January 11, 2021 / 8:46 pm

    Thanks for explaining the double-naming of this majestic building, Natalie. We passed by it – and took photos – during our brief visit to your city during that hot summer a year and a half ago. I believe the park around (or near) it was closed back then.

    You’re off to a fabulous start of hosting the Weekend Coffee Share and of 2021! As you can see, I’m late to comment, after a crazy busy (and sick) week. I’ll try and join in (and maybe I’ll do better) this Friday? 🙂

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    • Natalie January 11, 2021 / 9:45 pm

      Liesbet, Sorry to hear you had a crazy busy and sick week. They tend to go hand in hand as in stress weakens our immune system and so we tend to get sick when we’re under stress. I hope you’re feeling better.

      The first Coffee Share party went well. You’re welcome to join in any week. See you soon!

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