5 Themes For A Fun Week

Hello and welcome to Weekend Coffee Share #12! I’m glad you’re here. Please come on in, help yourself to a cup of coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate at my coffee station and let’s chat.

The first week of Spring has been fantastic. Daytime high temperatures ranged from 12C to 20C (54F to 68F) with clear blue skies for most of the week. The mild and sunny days made all my outdoor activities enjoyable and me happy.

Here’s my 5 selected themes for a fun week:

1. Architecture

On sunny morning #1, I cycled to Queen Street West to visit several heritage-designated buildings. I’m sharing two of them with Thursday Doors photo challenge this week: Campbell House and Osgoode Hall. Click on my image gallery for more photos and history details.

Campbell House is the oldest remaining house from the original site of the Town of York, and is one of the few surviving examples of Georgian architecture left in Toronto. It was built in 1822 by Chief Justice William Campbell and his wife Hannah. It’s now a heritage house and museum owned by the City of Toronto government.

Exterior  of Campbell House.
Campbell House.

Osgoode Hall is named for William Osgoode, the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada (now the province of Ontario). The original building was constructed between 1829 and 1832. The iron fence around the property dates from 1867. The so-called “cow gates” were based on the design of cattle guards meant to keep out grazing animals.

Osgoode Hall was built over a period of 190 years, so as to accommodate the growing needs of its owners. A National Historic Site of Canada and a Heritage building of Ontario, it currently houses the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Law Society of Ontario.

Osgoode Hall.
Osgoode Hall.

Before COVID-19, I had done tours inside both Campbell House and Osgoode Hall. The impressive interior of Osgoode Hall includes the Rotunda with the original tile floor, heritage courtrooms from the late 1800’s, the Great Library with holdings of 100,000 volumes, Benchers’ Quarters, and Convocation Hall that boasts ten gorgeous stained glass windows covering 4,000 years of law. I highly recommend this tour when Osgoode Hall re-opens to the public.

2. Art

On sunny morning #2, I cycled and walked around to see outdoor public art: Two portraits at the Femme de Fleur exhibit by Apanaki Temitayo M, one Untitled display by Jun Kaneko, and Cracked Wheat by Shary Boyle.

I realized later that coincidentally, all four art items have a human body theme. The Cracked Wheat vase stands on two human legs. Click on the images to see their bigger version.

3. Beaches

On sunny morning #3, I cycled along the shoreline of Lake Ontario and checked out several beaches. It was a glorious day to be by the calm water. By lunch time, I sat down on Sunnyside beach and watched a group of mute swans. They swam, ducked their heads for food, spread their wings, etc. It was an amazing swan show!

Mute swans.

4. Disc Golf

On sunny morning #4, I cycled to the local 9-hole disc golf course and played my first disc golf game of 2021. It was a perfect day to play. Calm wind, pleasant temperature, and soft sunlight. I enjoyed playing while listening to birds, watching the squirrels, and looking at the lake.

5. Nature Trails

On sunny morning #5, I cycled to High Park, a big and beautiful park in the west end of Toronto. I explored nature trails, walked among tall trees, listened to birds, and watched the ducks in Grenadier Pond. Total bliss!

Nature trail in High Park.

Overall, it was a fun-filled week. I’m grateful that I’m able to do what makes me happy.

Linking with #LifeThisWeek, #WeeklySmile.

How did your week go? Which of the 5 themes would you choose? I’d love to hear your comments.

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134 thoughts on “5 Themes For A Fun Week

  1. leannelc March 26, 2021 / 8:14 am

    All those sunny mornings! Spring must be making itself felt in your neck of the woods Natalie. I loved the street art and all the blue skies – I bet you’re revelling in the warmer weather.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 9:04 am

      Leanne, The weather this past week was beautiful and unusual for March. We’ve got spring showers today so more flowers will appear in the next few weeks. I’m glad you like the art items that I shared. Looks like you have nice and sunny weather in Perth for autumn season.

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  2. kirstin troyer March 26, 2021 / 8:20 am

    Hi Natalie, I always enjoy your posts and learning so much about your area. I think I’d choose architecture and nature trails…..those are two favorites of mine.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 9:08 am

      Thank you, Kirstin, for your kind comment. I’m glad to share places that I like in my city with my blog readers. Architecture and nature trails are consistently my favourites, too.

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  3. Ally Bean March 26, 2021 / 8:39 am

    Beaches is the theme I’d choose. I haven’t seen one in person for years now. Your photos are lovely and make me nostalgic to go to the beach.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 9:15 am

      Ally, I don’t know which state you’re in. Are you land locked? Beaches are lovely, especially when they are not crowded. I count my blessings to live near one of the Great Lakes and a string of freshwater beaches.

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      • Ally Bean March 26, 2021 / 9:30 am

        I’m landlocked, but usually travel somewhere near an ocean once a year. Of course not lately, but back in the before times.

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  4. Dan Antion March 26, 2021 / 8:46 am

    I enjoyed this post, very much, Natalie. As for the doors, the Campbell House and Osgoode Hall are both remarkable buildings and I am so happy to see that they’ve been so well preserved. I love that photograph of the massive iron gate. I hope you continue to enjoy spring. It looks like you have lots of wonderful places to pass the time.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 9:22 am

      Dan, I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Thankfully, Campbell House and Osgoode Hall are Heritage buildings and a National Historic Site so they’re here to stay. Some of the iron gates work like revolving doors, and the black iron fence goes all around Osgoode Hall property. I try to visit old and surviving buildings in Toronto before they collapse or get replaced by new developments.

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      • Dan Antion March 26, 2021 / 11:05 am

        I’m trying/hoping yo do that around New England.

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  5. Jill Weatherholt March 26, 2021 / 9:26 am

    I’m glad you’re enjoying some nice weather, Natalie. Over the past week, we’ve had a couple close calls with tornadoes in the area. Thankfully, the one yesterday evening went about 4 miles north of us. I loved your photos today! We have a 9-hole disc golf course close to our home. I love regular golf, but have never tried it with a disc. Being a beach lover, I’d head to the ocean! Have a great weekend.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 10:43 am

      Jill, Tornado 4 miles north of you sounds scary. I’m glad you’re OK. I’m far from an ocean so it’s a treat to go to one when I travel. Have a great weekend!

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  6. rawsonjl March 26, 2021 / 9:29 am

    The weather has been fabulous hasn’t it? We had two swans on our lake this week and I could not get over how large they looked in comparison to the ducks and birds we usually see.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 11:58 am

      Yes, the swans are the largest of the waterfowl. I saw one making its nest yesterday. I’ll be looking out for baby swans.

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  7. Gary A Wilson March 26, 2021 / 9:45 am

    Lots of great stuff to see Natalie. Thanks for another wonderful tour.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 11:59 am

      Thank you, Gary, for your comment. I appreciate it.

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  8. Erica/Erika March 26, 2021 / 9:46 am

    A “fantastic” week already says a great deal, Natalie. You remind me how Toronto does have unique and interesting architecture. Your breathtaking beach photo immediately encourages a deep inhale/exhale. Wow! Always lots around here and counting my blessings. Thank you for sharing your part of our planet.🙂

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 12:09 pm

      Spring has sprung here, Erica/ Erika. I count my blessings to live near one of the Great Lakes and a string of beaches since I’m so far away from either the Pacific ocean or the Atlantic ocean. I hope you and your family are all well. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. Bear March 26, 2021 / 9:50 am

    Gotta love spring! We’re vascillating between rain, storms, and sun here. Definitely spring. Temps yesterday upper 60s F and almost sunny, this morning I’d say 50’s and rainy. Windstorms last night, but really mild ones. I forgot my phone this morning so I’ll have to wait to post my coffee share.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 12:11 pm

      Spring is a beautiful season. I hope the rain will being lots of nice flowers for you in the coming days. Look forward to seeing your post at the link-up.

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  10. Molly Totoro March 26, 2021 / 10:41 am

    I must admit I am slightly jealous of your springtime weather and proximity to daily adventures. But if I were being perfectly honest, I’m sure there are adventures in my city as well. While cycling has never held much interest to me, I do look forward to walking around the neighborhood. I’m always fascinated by how quickly the trees bud and bloom. The scenery seems to change on a daily basis.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 12:16 pm

      Molly, I know what you mean by how quickly the trees bud and bloom. One warm and sunny day and they seem to burst. Have a great week!

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  11. Cheryl March 26, 2021 / 11:14 am

    You take such lovely photos, Natalie! For me the theme I like best here is Architecture. I don’t know a lot about this topic, but I love taking photos of interesting buildings, mostly old ones. Thank for another great linkup! Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 12:21 pm

      Thank you, Cheryl, for your compliment about my photos. Living in Bulgaria, you have opportunities to visit and take photos of many old and interesting buildings. Have you ventured out to nearby towns? Have a nice weekend!

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      • Cheryl March 28, 2021 / 12:29 pm

        Yes, there are a lot of beautiful buildings here in Bulgaria. I haven’t been to the capital yet, Sofia, but we lived in the ‘old capital’, Veliko Tarnovo, when we arrived at the end of July last year and some of the old architecture there is just amazing! We’ve visited some nearby towns and villages so far, and as soon as the weather starts to improve we’ll head further afield to see what other treasures we can find!

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        • Natalie March 28, 2021 / 12:46 pm

          That’s awesome what you’ve been able to do so far, Cheryl. Well-preserved old capitals are usually beautiful and rich in history. I look forward to reading more about your explorations in Bulgaria.

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  12. Jean Reinhardt March 26, 2021 / 11:50 am

    Beautiful photos. Interesting those art objects having body themes.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 12:24 pm

      Thank you, Jean, for your compliment of my photos. I must be subconsciously thinking about humans when I took photos of those art objects because they were at two different and unrelated sites.

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  13. Deborah Drucker March 26, 2021 / 2:26 pm

    Lovely photos again. You did a great job giving us a tour around Toronto. I would choose the nature trail or the lake. One of my great aunts lived in Welland, I do not know if that is anywhere near Toronto.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you, Deborah, for your kind comment about my post. Nature trails and the lake are my favourites, too. Welland is about 1.5 hours drive from Toronto. It’s closer to Niagara Falls and the wineries.

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  14. msomerville2014 March 26, 2021 / 2:32 pm

    I love history and so appreciate the photos of the buildings and the information that you provide, but as a Beach Girl, I have to say the beaches get my vote! One of the many things I appreciate about your posts is that I get to travel, and broaden my horizons, from the comfort of my office. Well, that sounds lazy, but you have introduced me to some wonderful places that are good for the soul. Best and blessings, Michele

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 5:01 pm

      Michele, Beaches are lovely attractions. I count my blessings to live close to one of the Great Lakes and a string of beaches. I’m happy to share some of the local sights with my blog readers. I learn about other places when I read other blogs, too. Blogging is a great way to share and learn.

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  15. Laurie March 26, 2021 / 4:19 pm

    You have been having some wonderful early spring adventures. Riding your bike everywhere! I love how you incorporate fitness, art, and history in your travels. My kids all play disc golf. I think I must learn how to play. It looks really fun!

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 5:25 pm

      Spring is great for cycling because it’s not too hot to be outside. I choose a different theme and destination for every excursion and it’s been great. Disc golf is fun. The discs are light and inexpensive (unlike golf clubs). I think you’ll enjoy playing it.

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  16. Jo March 26, 2021 / 4:53 pm

    What a great week! I had to google disc golf and then realised it’s what we’d call frisbee golf. Have a fabulous weekend.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 6:21 pm

      Here we have frisbee game which doesn’t involve a golf course and disc catchers, and disc golf game which is played at a disc golf course with tee pads and disc catchers. Have a great weekend!

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  17. Susanne March 26, 2021 / 4:56 pm

    What a lovely week you’ve had! Our weather deteriorated a lot, but it’s been ok, until today. It’s been a frustrating week in many ways, but it will get better. It’s supposed to rain all the weekend which means lots of time for music.
    Of your themes, I’d choose nature hikes anytime! I hope you’ll have a good weekend.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 6:25 pm

      I also love nature hikes. We’ve got brief showers today and a sunny forecast for tomorrow. March weather can be unpredictable. I hope you have a lovely weekend with music and a great week ahead.

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  18. sustainabilitea March 26, 2021 / 5:25 pm

    Looks like you have five delightful days. I almost always pick nature, but I enjoyed all of them.

    janet

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 6:27 pm

      Thank you, Janet, for your comment. Nature is wonderful. The other themes give me variety and I enjoy them, too.

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  19. midlifestylist March 26, 2021 / 5:26 pm

    Hi Natalie, I will always choose nature but those beautiful buildings interest me too. You have so much history in your area. The Gold Coast, my home, has very little in the way of historic buildings and nothing as impressive as these. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine, Christina

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 6:46 pm

      Hi Christina, Nature is wonderful and boosts my mood instantly. Thankfully, we’re preserving historic or heritage buildings in Toronto. I try to visit old and surviving structures in the city centre as many as possible. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  20. Debbie March 26, 2021 / 5:59 pm

    Hi Natalie, I loved the synchronised swan dance! Your days are looking lovely and so much fun. My husband plays what we call ‘frisbee gold’ your disc golf and he always enjoys it! We are cooling down here with autumn but still able to go for bike rides. Lovely to read about your fun filled week.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 6:50 pm

      Hi Debbie, The swans are so graceful with their movements. Yesterday I saw one swan building her nest. I’ll be looking out for her baby swans. Autumn is a beautiful season to be outside and go for bike rides. Have a great weekend!

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  21. csuhpat1 March 26, 2021 / 8:09 pm

    So very beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for hosting this lovely party and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you, Patrick, for your comment. I greatly appreciate it.

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  22. Denyse Whelan Blogs March 26, 2021 / 8:10 pm

    Yay for milder weather and all the outdoors you can explore. I have just been outside to put washing on the line, blue sky with nary a cloud and Autumn is in the air. I am going to explore areas locally that were underwater a week ago. Love how much you have been able to get outside again! Thanks for the link up, as always.
    Denyse

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 8:25 pm

      Glad to hear the rain has stopped in NSW. I hope the nice weather continues so you can enjoy autumn and I can enjoy spring.

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      • Denyse Whelan Blogs March 31, 2021 / 3:49 am

        The weather is so lovely again here and on Sunday we “fall back” to no daylight saving and I am not complaining!

        Thank you for linking up for Life This Week, and as we approach the changing month to April, may you have some good weather where it’s enjoyable to be outside. Next week, the optional prompt is the second of the Self Care stories. Are you self caring enough? See you on Monday 5 April for #lifethisweek link up. Denyse.

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        • Natalie March 31, 2021 / 8:04 am

          Glad to hear you have lovely weather again. Thank you for hosting. See you soon.

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  23. Retirement Reflections March 26, 2021 / 8:32 pm

    Hi, Natalie – I love your five themes and the photos that you have shared here. If having to choose just one of these themes for myself it would be a coin toss between Beaches and Nature Trails. I absolutely LOVE both.
    Your energy and optimism continues to inspire!

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 9:30 pm

      Hi Donna, Nature and beaches are my favourites, too. I hope spring has sprung on Vancouver Island and you’re enjoying nature and the beaches there.

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  24. Teresa March 26, 2021 / 8:44 pm

    Such a beautiful place…lucky you! Sunny mornings are great to do all these activities!

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 9:32 pm

      I count my blessings every day. I do all my outdoor activities in the morning to stay cool and avoid people during the pandemic.

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  25. Ju-Lyn March 26, 2021 / 9:11 pm

    Every week I look forward to having this cup of tea with you – I enjoy so much the sights and sounds of Toronto! I am so taken by the lovely architecture, and all that street art … and that weather you are having now …. so perfect for walking, running, and biking (that I have yet to restart – this is in our longer term plans).

    I am particularly captivated by the sculpture “Cracked Wheat” – it must be rather large, yes? An are those legs?

    Had to look up Disc Golf – it looks like it might be similar to Frisbee Golf? Do you play alone or with friends?

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    • Natalie March 26, 2021 / 9:58 pm

      So nice to hear you look forward to having this cup of tea with me. Likewise, Ju-Lyn.

      My guesstimate for the Cracked Wheat sculpture is about 3 meters tall and close to 1 meter wide, and yes, those are two bronze legs with human feet. If you click on my Cracked Wheat image, it should appear larger and easier to see.

      Due to the pandemic, I currently play disc golf by myself so that I’m not with other people and I’m on my own schedule. The discs look like frisbees. To my knowledge, disc golf and frisbee are two different games. Disc golf is played on an actual course with tee pads and baskets called disc catchers. Frisbee you can play anywhere with a disc.

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      • Ju-Lyn March 27, 2021 / 6:47 am

        I did click on your images and they are much larger, thank you!

        When I lived in Texas, I had some friends who played frisbee golf – I am not sure if they actually played on a real golf course all the time, but I think they did set up some sort of course. Maybe they are related but Disc Golf sounds a while lot more organised!

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        • Natalie March 28, 2021 / 12:53 pm

          There is a Professional Disc Golf Association and all kinds of tournaments organized around the world, more in some countries like the USA than others. I play disc golf casually for fun.

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          • Ju-Lyn March 31, 2021 / 10:44 am

            Wow! This is so exciting – a new sport to me!

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            • Natalie March 31, 2021 / 11:41 am

              I’m glad that I mentioned it on my blog. Not many people knew about it.

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              • Ju-Lyn April 1, 2021 / 5:04 am

                The things we learn from our BlogFriends!

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  26. dprastka March 27, 2021 / 2:09 am

    Such lovely photos I love them all! Thank you for the coffee and am enjoying your city through your wonderful posts and shares. I would say the nature walks would be my favorite, and I’ve never played disc golf, sounds fun. I’m enjoying my weekend with my family in AZ, enjoying these grandkids. Have a wonderful weekend too! ❤️❤️❤️

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    • Natalie March 27, 2021 / 10:27 am

      Diana, It’s fantastic that you’re with your family in AZ. I imagine you have lots of laughs, hugs and kisses with your grandkids. Thank you for dropping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  27. trentpmcd March 27, 2021 / 9:53 am

    Sounds like a great week, weather, culture and getting out! Hope your weekend is going well and you have a wonderful week ahead!

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    • Natalie March 27, 2021 / 10:30 am

      The weather has been so nice. We did get overnight showers and it’s cloudy today but temperature is above seasonal. Have a great weekend!

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      • trentpmcd March 27, 2021 / 11:11 am

        We have had a few rain showers this week, but typically at night. Yesterday here was foggy and cool, though very warm and sunny inland. I still enjoyed it, even though it was nicer just a few miles away. Hope your weekend is going well 🙂

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  28. Writing Sparkle March 27, 2021 / 10:25 am

    I always enjoy visiting your coffee share. Your posts are fun and the pictures are great! Thanks for sharing Natalie. I will be back tomorrow to share a Coffee link.

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    • Natalie March 27, 2021 / 10:32 am

      Thank you, Shari, for your kind comment. It made me smile 🙂 I look forward to your coffee share post. Have a great weekend!

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  29. Erica J March 27, 2021 / 10:44 am

    I love all of these destinations and getting to enjoy the sights through the pictures you have shared here. It does sound like you had a fun week! I found myself drawn out to nature and bodies of water a lot this week as well. I’ve never played disc golf, though I think there is a course near where I live. Perhaps I should look into it more…

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    • Natalie March 27, 2021 / 11:55 am

      Nature and bodies of water are wonderful. I’m glad to hear you had time out to enjoy them. Have a great weekend!

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  30. Jackie March 27, 2021 / 10:48 am

    We are so lucky to live in such a great city!!
    I have had lunch in Osgoode Hall, would love to do that again when the restrictions lift. I also want to take the lunchtime tour of Osgoode Hall.
    I will check out that Harbourfront exhibit.

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    • Natalie March 27, 2021 / 11:58 am

      Yes, we are. Osgoode Hall interior is beautiful to see. The Flemme de Fleur exhibit is at Harbourfront. The Cracked Wheat and Untitled art items are outside Gardiner museum. Have a great weekend!

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  31. Astrid March 27, 2021 / 12:02 pm

    These activities all sound fun! I particularly love the beaches and nature trails, although with my mild physical disability, now walking in nature is hard.

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    • Natalie March 27, 2021 / 1:50 pm

      Beaches and nature trails are wonderful. Some trails have uneven surfaces or roots and rocks which require caution and attention.

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    • Natalie March 27, 2021 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I did have a fun week. I hope your weekend is going well.

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  32. Sanch @ Sanch Writes March 27, 2021 / 6:59 pm

    You inspire me to do much more! I need to take a leaf out of your book and explore the city further than beaches and bars!

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    • Natalie March 27, 2021 / 7:25 pm

      Sydney must have a lot more to offer than beaches and bars 🙂 I hope you get to explore more of the city and share your discoveries on your blog.

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  33. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 March 27, 2021 / 8:45 pm

    What a beautiful week Natalie. The weather looks perfect and you have the right combination of nature and man-made creations to enjoy. Thanks for #weekendcoffeeshare and have a beautiful week. x

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    • Natalie March 28, 2021 / 9:43 am

      Sue, It was a fun-filled week. The nice weather was ideal for my outdoor activities.. Thank you for linking up with Weekend Coffee Share. Have a great week ahead!

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  34. Jennifer Jones March 27, 2021 / 9:02 pm

    You must be loving the beautiful sunny spring days Natalie. I love your themes #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • Natalie March 28, 2021 / 9:45 am

      Jennifer, Spring is a beautiful season for outdoor activities. Thank you for linking up with Weekend Coffee Share. Have a great week!

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  35. Regina Martins March 28, 2021 / 8:32 am

    How wonderful that the weather is getting so warm. It sounds like a lovely outdoor week. Have a great week ahead.

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    • Natalie March 28, 2021 / 9:48 am

      Regina, The above seasonal temperatures and sunshine last week were much appreciated. Thank you for linking up with Weekend Coffee Share. Have a great week!

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  36. TammyB March 28, 2021 / 9:00 am

    I love this idea and structure! Thank you for sharing

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    • Natalie March 28, 2021 / 10:09 am

      Thank you, Tammy, for your comment. I’m glad you like my idea and structure. Have a great week ahead!

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  37. Kathleen Howell March 28, 2021 / 10:38 am

    So many places to go explore! I look forward to your posts every week!

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    • Natalie March 28, 2021 / 11:50 am

      Thank you, Kathleen, for your comment. I’m glad to hear you look forward to my posts every week. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  38. Annika Perry March 28, 2021 / 12:04 pm

    Natalie, wow! What a beautiful week and it looks like a film to me! The ocean, venturing into a city (love the statues!), beautiful nature trail and disc golf (what is that?!!) Can I choose the latter as I would then have fun trying a new game whilst still being close to the sea? Love the wonderful Spring weather and enjoyed your post so much!

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    • Natalie March 28, 2021 / 12:39 pm

      Annika, It was a fun week with a mix of urban and nature. What you see as an ocean is Lake Ontario. It’s the second smallest of the 5 Great Lakes and still so big, it looks like an ocean. The disc golf course is right by the lake so you can certainly play a disc golf game while being close to the lake. Win-win 🙂 Have a beautiful week ahead!

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  39. Lydia C. Lee March 28, 2021 / 7:42 pm

    Lovely, lovely! I’d go with disc golf – I played a fair bit over Christmas!

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    • Natalie March 28, 2021 / 8:19 pm

      That’s great! You must have had fun to play a fair bit of disc golf.

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  40. Min Write of the Middle March 28, 2021 / 8:33 pm

    Oh I love old historic architecture and those two places are no exception. Thanks for sharing them Natalie! Also that art (all of it) is gorgeous. I love the colours and detail in Femme De Fleur. I love the simplicity but brilliance of the ‘untitled face’ and I love the quiet elegance of ‘Cracked Wheat’. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead! xo

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    • Natalie March 28, 2021 / 8:42 pm

      Min, I think we’d have fun exploring historic buildings and art exhibits together (and take a lot of photos, LOL). I’m glad you liked the architecture and art that I shared in this post. Thank you for linking with Weekend Coffee Share. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  41. Thistles and Kiwis March 29, 2021 / 12:47 am

    We were away for the weekend, so I was too late for the Weekend Coffee Share this week – next week!

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    • Natalie March 29, 2021 / 8:16 am

      I hope you had a lovely trip. Look forward to your coffee share next week.

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  42. Beaton March 29, 2021 / 10:07 am

    I have never been to a beach so that is top of my wishlist then nature trails and some art for dessert lol
    ~B

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    • Natalie March 29, 2021 / 10:20 am

      B, Are there any lake beaches that you can go to in Zimbabwe? I can go to a lake beach easily (freshwater) but would have to travel far for an ocean beach (salt water).

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      • Beaton March 29, 2021 / 10:33 am

        Yep, there’s lake beaches but they don’t quite have that thing🤣🤣🤣 and since Zimbabwe is land locked, well no ocean beach.
        Oh but the best lake beach I have been at was Lake Malawi well in Malawi 🤣that looks like an ocean even but yeah freshwater lake.
        ~B

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        • Natalie March 29, 2021 / 2:11 pm

          I hear you. I know Zimbabwe is land locked. Lake Malawi in Malawi looks very nice.

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  43. Julie March 29, 2021 / 10:15 am

    I miss the days when I use to be a bike’s distance to the beach, art, and historical buildings. Nowadays I need to make a short drive. Maybe when my kid can sit up properly and I buy the right stuff, we can go biking again.

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    • Natalie March 29, 2021 / 10:25 am

      I think that’s a good plan, Julie. I’ve seen bikes with proper seat for young children and you can take Lana out for cycling excursions.

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  44. Liesbet @ Roaming About March 29, 2021 / 2:09 pm

    What a wonderful start to spring in your entertaining and diverse Toronto, Natalie. I just love those blue skies and you sure made the most of the beautiful days. My favorite themes would be nature and art. Being outside, exploring and walking – and discovering new art work or wildlife “exhibits” – would make me happy as well. Happy spring!!

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    • Natalie March 29, 2021 / 3:16 pm

      Liesbet, Blue skies lift our mood. It’s another sunny day here today. I also like nature and art. It’s a good mix of what’s natural and what’s created by humans. Happy spring to you, too.

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  45. Deborah March 30, 2021 / 2:12 am

    I’m eyeing off all of those blue skies Natalie but mostly I’m wondering what ‘disc’ golf is. I’m going to have to go and google it you realise!

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    • Natalie March 30, 2021 / 8:39 am

      Oh the joy of looking up to find out what something is 🙂 I had a link to disc golf when I mentioned it in a previous post and not in this post. Do you love it or hate it when you have to go and google it?

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  46. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid March 30, 2021 / 4:38 pm

    Spring looks like it’s definitely sprung in Toronto and it’s glorious! I think I would go with the beach theme but might have to add one more theme – cafes – because coffee is life. I love how you always get out and about and see and do so much!

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    • Natalie March 30, 2021 / 6:28 pm

      I also love cafes, Sammie. We’ve been in lockdown since November 2020 which allows coffee to go but no sitting inside a coffee shop so I have coffee at home before I head outside.

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  47. OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com April 1, 2021 / 10:51 pm

    Things still look pretty wintry and brown up there. Although, they do here, too!! And we have had highs in the 80s already with a promise of two days in the 90s already next week. The grass isn’t even green yet. Crazy.

    When you go on these adventures, do you generally do them by yourself? The disc golf, for example. Or do you meet up with friends or join some folks already playing? I am so introverted and socially awkward it would be hard for me to play a game like that with anyone else. Pretty sure you are more outgoing than I.

    Looks like you had a very pleasant week. So glad. Hoping things are opening up for your city.

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    • Natalie April 2, 2021 / 8:52 am

      Leslie, I go on these adventures by myself so I can go at my own pace and stay apart from people during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re now in Wave 3 of the pandemic. My province is going into a 4-week shutdown starting April 3 to slow the spread of the virus. Vaccination rollout is ramping up. I hope we’ll be in a better situation by the end of April.

      I’m also an introvert. When I meet new people, I’m friendly and have no trouble having a conversation. I’m not good at small talk though and feel awkward when people make long small talks.

      Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  48. Dr Sock April 7, 2021 / 1:23 pm

    I’m glad to hear that the weather has been sunny and you’ve been able to do lots of cycling. We have been enjoying skiing this winter on our local hill. Easter Monday was the last day and we were up there enjoying skiing in glorious sunshine. Now it’s time to turn my mind to bike riding and kayaking.

    Jude

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    • Natalie April 7, 2021 / 5:01 pm

      The weather here has been so good since March. It’s ideal for cycling. I remember you’ve got a kayak last year. I hope the weather in your area cooperates so you can go cycling and kayaking.

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