Murals at Budapest Park

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Week 2/ 52

I hope you’ve had a good second week in January. Today I’d like to share some beautiful public art with you.

There is a string of nice parks along Toronto’s waterfront. Back in Fall 2021, I discovered colourful murals in some of these parks. The murals were painted on rectangular storage buildings by professional artists. I watched one artist painting over several days to complete her murals.

The storage buildings with locked doors look like utility sheds or tool sheds for Parks employees to store their tools for park maintenance. They vary in size. Each has four sides and the paintings are all different so it’s actually four murals per building.

Here are the murals on three storage buildings in Budapest Park at 1575 Lake Shore Blvd West.

Dinosaur Murals

  • Location: West end of Budapest Park
  • Artist: Morgan Groombridge @ Miss Morgan Illustration
  • These fun murals seem to illustrate a dinosaur life cycle: Birth, Youth, Maturity and Death
Dinosaur eggs on door
West wall – Dinosaur eggs on door.
Young dinosaurs at play
South wall – Young dinosaurs at play.
A T-Rex, a Stegosaurus and a young dinosaur.
North wall – Roar! A T-Rex, a Stegosaurus and a young dinosaur.
Dinosaur skull
East wall – Dinosaur skull in a crystal cave.

Little Dinosaur Murals

  • Location: Budapest Park playground
  • Artist: Kseniya Tsoy @al.fergani
Little Dinosaur mural on door
South wall – Door with a pink dinosaur paddling.
Purple dinosaur on roller blades.
East wall – Purple dinosaur on roller blades.
Blue dinosaur with ball and headset.
North wall – Blue dinosaur with ball and headset.
Purple dinosaur paints and green dinosaur on a scooter.
West wall – Purple dinosaur paints and green dinosaur on a scooter.

Whale/ Deep Blue Murals

  • Location: East end of Budapest Park
  • Artist: Rene (or Ren) Lonechild
East side - Whale on doors
East wall – Whale on doors.
West side
West wall
North side
North wall
South side - Medicine Wheel symbol
South wall with Medicine Wheel symbol

The Medicine Wheel symbol is an emblem of North American Indigenous cultural values, tradition and spirituality. Its four colours symbolize:

  • Yellow: spring, time of renewal
  • Red: summer, time of youth
  • Black: fall, time of maturity
  • White: winter, time of death

Budapest Park is a very nice park with big trees, picnic tables, a playground, and a long boardwalk along the shore of Lake Ontario. These murals add more beauty and visual interests to the park.

Which mural is your favourite?

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Good Books Beautiful Lights

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Weekend Coffee Share Holiday Schedule

As posted last week:

  • December 24: No link-up
  • December 31: No link-up
  • January 7: Weekend Coffee Share resumes with link-up #51

Week 50/ 52 of 2021

1. Mild Weather

It’s been a good week with a few sunny days and above seasonal temperatures every day. Last Saturday and this Thursday the daytime high temperatures reached 16C (61F). I enjoyed cycling and walking, including one walk with my neighbour.

A beautiful morning
A beautiful morning

The sun sets around 4:40 p.m. here at this time of the year. The mild and sunny weather also brought fiery sunsets when I took my evening walks.

A gorgeous sunset.
A gorgeous sunset

2. Good Books

I enjoyed reading six fiction books this past month. I use the Toronto Public Library 2021 Reading Challenge categories to read widely and discover new books, authors, and genres. You can see the full list of books I’ve read and the categories I’ve met so far this year on my Books in 2021 page at the top of my blog.

My recent reads by author’s last name include:

  1. Gone by Midnight – Candice Fox
  2. Hostage – Clare Mackintosh
  3. The Road Trip – Beth O’Leary
  4. Address Unknown – Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
  5. The Dictionary of Lost Words – Pip Williams
  6. Much Ado About You – Samantha Young

Four of the above six authors were new to me: Mackintosh, Taylor, Williams and Young. While I enjoyed reading all six novels, my admiration goes to Address Unknown. The book, written in the form of a series of letters (known as epistolary style), is impactful and thought-provoking.

So far this year, Address Unknown (64 pages) is the shortest book and Barack Obama’s memoir A Promised Land (751 pages) is the longest book that I’ve read. They’re both illuminating reads.

3. Dazzling Lights

After sunset, elaborate light displays and beautiful holiday decorations in downtown Toronto make December feel festive and different from all other months in the year. I have zero holiday shopping to do so my evening walks are pure leisure.

Brookfield Place Allen Lambert Galleria
Dazzling lights in Allen Lambert Galleria
Moose family
Sparkling deer and stars
Trees with white lights
Trees with white lights
Tree at Commerce Court
Tree and ornaments shine under ceiling lights
Blue light tunnels
Glittering light tunnels as part of #CavalcadeOfLights
Lit-up picture frame
A whimsical picture frame and over 100 lit trees glimmer
Light strings
Shimmering light strings
Happy holidays

Happy Holidays

I’d like to thank the Weekend Coffee Share blogging community for your active participation. Whether you posted once, or every week, I appreciate your effort. Together we’ve made the weekly link-up a success. Total 50 link-ups in 2021.

I’d also like to thank my regular blog readers and fellow bloggers for your ongoing support. Your comments enrich my day and make my blogging journey fun. I greatly appreciate our blogging connections.

I look forward to enjoying the holidays and ringing in 2022 with gratitude and optimism.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season!

Linked up with #LifeThisWeek, #PPAC27, #SundayStills, #WhatsOnYourBookshelf.

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Delightful Holiday Displays

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Weekend Coffee Share Holiday Schedule

  • December 17: Weekend Coffee Share link-up #50
  • December 24: No Weekend Coffee Share
  • December 31: No Weekend Coffee Share
  • January 7, 2022: Weekend Coffee Share link-up #51

Week 49/ 52 of 2021

It’s been a social week with family, friends and neighbours.

  • I had a virtual gathering with my siblings
  • I called a niece to wish her a happy birthday
  • I chatted with and sent gifts to my nieces and nephews
  • I wrote holiday letters to my overseas friends
  • I volunteered to run a community food drive until December 31
  • I walked with my neighbour and gave her a surprise gift for her 83rd birthday

Delightful Holiday Treats

I took my ‘traditional’ walks to see delightful holiday displays. I love the festive atmosphere leading to Christmas and New Year’s in Toronto. My festive treats include many calorie-free ‘eye candy’ items. Let me show you in photos.

Candy cane light path.
Candy Cane entrance and light path
Eaton Centre Christmas tree
Eaton Centre 32.92-metre (108-foot) Christmas tree, covering three levels of Toronto’s downtown mall, is Canada’s tallest Christmas tree
Freedom Arches at night in Toronto
Freedom Arches at Nathan Phillips Square skating rink

Everything about the Freedom Arches photo, to me, is symbolic of Toronto during winter. On the left, are the letters TO (short for Toronto) and the red maple leaf (on Canada’s flag). Old City Hall clock tower is in the background.

A Zamboni (an ice resurfacing machine) is at the far end of the rink with its tail lights on. The ice surface shows the fresh part (smooth and shiny) and the used part (matte white). Skaters patiently wait around the rink until they get the call back.

Toronto's official Christmas Tree 2021
Toronto’s official Christmas tree with more than 300,000 energy-efficient lights and 500 ornaments

Toronto’s official 17.67-metre (58-foot) Christmas tree was delivered on a flatbed truck from Baldwin, Ontario and is being lifted into place with cranes. It takes approximately four hours to install the tree. The tree requires three days to settle before it can be decorated. The Christmas tree does not need watering. It will remain on display throughout the holiday season and will then be recycled.

Light Tunnels made from thousands of energy-efficient bulbs #CavalcadeofLights

One fun walk is to visit Hudson’s Bay department store window displays. Santa Secret’s Workshop includes five animated departments and traditional nutcrackers.

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Then there are beautiful reindeer and gorgeous trees in Toronto’s Financial District. Each of the buildings in the district has its signature tree. I love the trees as well as the light reflections on the doors and windows around them.

Shiny reindeer
A beautiful silvery reindeer
Blue and red Christmas tree
Tree with shiny blue and red ornaments
Blue and silver Christmas tree
Tree with metallic blue and silver ornaments
Gold. silver and red Christmas tree
Tree with metallic gold, silver and red ornaments

I’ve been enjoying the magic of the season. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Linked up with #ThursdayDoors, #FestiveBonbon, #PPAC26, #SundayStills, #LifeThisWeek.

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Recent Reads and Bench Art

Autumn leaves.

Hello and welcome to Weekend Coffee Share #46! 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.

This Week

It was a week of cooler weather, with a mix of sun, clouds and rain. Daytime high temperatures ranged from 4C to 13C (39F to 55F).

  • I made all my cycling trips and nature walks without getting rained on.
  • I explored two new-to-me recreational trails and loved both.
  • I did my meditation, language lessons, strength training and yoga at home.
  • My neighbour and I enjoyed another 5K walk together.
  • Four friends called me on different days to chat and catch up on our news.
  • I deleted old photos on my phone and freed up memory space for new photos.
  • A few good e-books ‘traveled’ from the library to my digital bookshelf.

Recent Reads

I’m pleased to contribute to the #WhatsOnYourBookShelf challenge, co-hosted by four lovely bloggers Donna, Sue, Jo and Debbie.

I use the Toronto Public Library 2021 Reading Challenge categories to read widely and discover new books, authors, and genres. You can see the full list of books I’ve read and the categories I’ve met so far this year on my Books in 2021 page at the top of my blog.

My recent reads by author’s last name include:

  1. State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny.
  2. Redemption Point by Candice Fox.
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
  4. The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth.
  5. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.
  6. Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce.

I’m rating this batch of books from very good to excellent. Three of the authors, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lisa Jewell, and A.J. Pearce, were new to me. My top three picks are The Nightingale, The Mother-In-Law and Dear Mrs. Bird.

Coincidentally, both The Nightingale (an epic love story and family drama in France) and Dear Mrs. Bird (a story about friendship and love in London, England) are set at the dawn of World War II. I read Dear Mrs. Bird before The Nightingale and greatly enjoyed both stories. Together they give a broad sense of life in World War II across Europe.

The Mother-In-Law is an excellent family mystery. State of Terror and Redemption Point are good page-turner thrillers. Then She Was Gone is a chilling domestic noir. I look forward to reading more books from these authors.

Bench Art

Thinking of books makes me think of benches to sit and read. Do you like the benches and Fall foliage in my header photo? It’s a lovely spot to read or relax.

Here are a few colorful benches that I’ve photographed on my walks. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Don't Just Talk The Talk parklet.
Don’t Just Talk The Talk
Walk The Walk parklet.
Walk The Walk parklet.
Peace Bench by Gabriel Fain Architects.
Peace Bench by Gabriel Fain Architects is one of the winners of Toronto’s Temporary Parklet Design Build Competition in 2020.
Sun + Moon parklet by WeatherstonBruer Associates.
Sun + Moon parklet by WeatherstonBruer Associates is another winner of Toronto’s Temporary Parklet Design Build Competition in 2020.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Fall Cycling and Hiking

Maple leaves in autumn.

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It was a week of mostly sunny skies and unusually warm temperatures for this time of the year. Daytime highs ranged from 11C to 17C (53F to 63F). Daylight Saving Time ended on November 7. I was outdoors most mornings, cycling and hiking along nature trails.

This Fall I’ve been to at least a dozen beautiful parks in Toronto. Each park has interesting architecture, unique history, and varied terrains. The diversity of trees planted throughout these parks, in various stages of growth from young to mature, provide a brilliant display of Fall colours against the deep green grass.

Here are photos from some of my cycling and hiking trips. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Trinity Bellwoods Park

Trinity Bellwoods Park is a beautiful 14.6 hectare (36 acre) public park with full amenities in downtown Toronto. A mix of bike trails, paved walkways, staircases, and hills attract me to this park for a good bike and hike excursion.

Trinity Bellwoods Park in the Fall.

Trinity Bellwoods Park was once the home of University of Trinity College (Trinity College in 1852). Of the college itself, only the stone and iron gates now remain.

Trinity Gates.
Trinity Gates are at the southern entrance to the park.
Variety of trees in Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Variety of trees in Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Autumn leaves.
Autumn leaves in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park is an urban park in downtown Toronto. The park was named in honour of Queen Victoria and opened in 1860 by Edward, Prince of Wales.

Queen's Park in Fall 2021.

The shape of Queen’s Park is similar to an oval. The north portion of the park includes many big trees, benches along paving stones, pathways, picnic tables, and three bike trails on flat terrain. I like to cycle here then take a walk in the park.

Edward, Prince of Wales statue at Queen's Park.
Edward, Prince of Wales statue at Queen’s Park.
Autumn leaves, pathways and benches at Queen's Park.
Autumn leaves, pathways and benches at Queen’s Park.

The south portion of the park is the site of the Ontario Legislative Building, which houses the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (provincial government). This portion includes the majority of the monuments and memorials in the park, and the Queen Elizabeth II rose gardens.

Ontario Legislative Building.
Ontario Legislative Building opened in 1893.
Queen Victoria statue.
Queen Victoria statue.
Autumn leaves.
Autumn leaves at Queen’s Park.

High Park

High Park is located in the west end of Toronto. The park offers quiet walking with beautiful scenery, gardens, long hills, ravines, steep staircases, and winding trails through woods.

John and Jemima Howard deeded their 165 acre country estate, which they had called High Park, to the City of Toronto in 1873. What a beautiful and generous gift they left for Toronto’s residents.

Colborne Lodge built in 1837.
Colborne Lodge, built in 1837, was John and Jemima Howard’s country home.
Autumn leaves in High Park.
Autumn leaves in High Park.
Trails in High Park.
Happy trails in High Park!
Steep staircase and autumn leaves in High Park.
A steep staircase and autumn leaves in High Park.
Grenadier Pond.
Grenadier Pond, Toronto’s largest pond, is on the west side of High Park and a great area for watching waterfowl, herons, egrets, turtles, and other pond-dwellers.

I can easily spend a full day in High Park to explore nature and watch wildlife. The park’s varied terrains are fantastic for hiking. There are also five bike trails, a Nature centre, Hawk’s Hill (to watch hawks), a zoo, and other attractions in High Park.

Fall Colours

Aside from parks, here’s a gallery of Fall colours that greeted me this past week. I’m thankful for good health, beautiful parks, winding trails, stunning Fall foliage, and gorgeous views everywhere I look.

It will be cooler this weekend and the seasonal decorations have started in the downtown core. I look forward to seeing the holiday displays.

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5 Portals 5 Years of Blogging

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This Week

  • I enjoyed three cycling trips and six walks in nature. One of the walks was with my neighbour. Beautiful Fall colours have been showing up.
  • I chose new music playlists for my strength training and yoga at home. Energetic music for strength training and calm music for yoga.
  • An e-book that I requested arrived – perfect timing for me to stay indoor and read while it was rainy and windy outside on Monday and Tuesday.
  • I read this news article with interest since I’ve been using the app Duolingo to learn French and Spanish daily to keep my brain healthy.
  • I thought about future travel after Canada lifted global advisory on non-essential travel outside the country. The global travel advisory was put in place in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

5 Portals

On a cycling break at College Park, I walked to explore the park’s features and a temporary art installation, titled Portals. The introduction for the art installation states:

Each space we traverse can be traced through our steps and the directions we take. As we pass through each space, we reflect inwards adding a new dimension. With each step we take and reflect – look back, stand still and hopefully see new horizons.”

The five artists invite visitors to walk through this exhibit of self-reflection and ponder on the spaces we traverse. Here are the five colourful Portals, shared with #LifeThisWeek, #PPAC20, and #ThursdayDoors.

Inside by Alberto Cruz.
Inside by Alberto Cruz.
Middle Ground by Caylen Monroe.
Middle Ground by Caylen Monroe.
Portal of Transformation by Erin McCluskey.
Portal of Transformation by Erin McCluskey.
Quilted by Gosia Komorski.
Quilted by Gosia Komorski.
The Right Way by Andre Khan.
The Right Way by Andre Khan.

5 Years of Blogging

The five Portals reminded me that I reached five years of blogging on October 10. I re-read my 4 Years of Blogging post to see what stayed the same and what changed over one year.

What stayed the same

  • I keep my blog name
  • I stay on WordPress and keep my blog ad-free and award-free
  • I post one post per week, with a small number of exceptions
  • My blog is where I share my explorations, discoveries and photos
  • I continue to enjoy blogging as a hobby
  • I greatly appreciate my blog friends, readers, commenters and followers

What changed in 2021

Hosting the weekly Weekend Coffee Share link-up starting in January 2021 was the main change for me. We’re now at the 43rd link-up. I want to say Thank You to all my blog readers, commenters, and active Weekend Coffee Share participants. I greatly appreciate your contribution and support.

I hope all participants enjoy the link-up, and together, by visiting blogs, leaving comments, linking back, and spreading the Weekend Coffee Share word, we keep the weekly Weekend Coffee Share link-up thriving. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Recent Reads and Fall Colours

Black Gum tree in autumn.

Hello and welcome to Weekend Coffee Share #42! 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.

It was a mild week with daytime high temperatures ranged from 14C to 21C (57F-70F). The weather was ideal for long bike rides and long walks so I did that most mornings. Nature gives me a new stunning landscape every day.

It was also a fun and leisure week. I cycled to several parks and beaches. I met a friend in High Park for a nice 5K hike and coffee catch-up. I walked another 5K with my neighbour to visit a beautiful garden. I saw new public art exhibits and finished my book of the week.

Recent Reads

Speaking of books, I’m pleased to contribute to the #WhatsOnYourBookShelf challenge, co-hosted by four lovely bloggers Donna, Sue, Jo and Debbie.

I use the Toronto Public Library 2021 Reading Challenge categories to read widely and discover new books, authors, and genres. You can see the full list of books I’ve read and the categories I’ve met so far this year on my Books in 2021 page at the top of my blog.

My recent reads by author’s last name include:

  1. Beartown – Fredrik Backman
  2. The Dark Lake – Sarah Bailey
  3. The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
  4. Lost – Michael Robotham
  5. The Miseducation of Evie Epworth – Matson Taylor
  6. Second First Impressions – Sally Thorne

Sarah Bailey, Matt Haig, and Matson Taylor were new to me authors. I enjoyed all six novels, especially The Midnight Library and The Miseducation of Evie Epworth. Second First Impressions was a light and fun romance comedy fiction. The other three novels were good although I felt that they were a bit long for the story lines.

Fall Colours

October is a beautiful month here with the vivid Fall colours. I feel fortunate to see them every year. This year the warm weather has delayed the leaves changing colours. The late summer flowers are still looking good while the yellow, orange and red start to show.

Here are some photos of Fall colours. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Oak leaves in autumn.
Leaves started to change colours.
Potted mums and pumpkins on haystacks.
Burgundy potted mums and pumpkins on haystacks are common signs of Fall.
Maple trees changing colours.
Two maple trees with pops of Fall colours greeted me on this path.
Dahlias.
These bright dahlias last well into Fall.
Queen Elizabeth rose.
Roses are still doing well in the gardens, like this gorgeous ‘Queen Elizabeth’ rose.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Linking to #Colour2021: Orange, #FOTD, #LifeThisWeek, #SundayStills: Pink.

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Fleurs de Villes Niagara Falls

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It was a week of lovely autumnal weather, with daytime high temperatures ranged from 20C to 22C (68F-72F). I did my best to be outside in it:

  • I treated one of my nieces to a belated birthday Sunday brunch. Good food, good conversation.
  • I celebrated Thanksgiving Monday on October 11 by going to Toronto Islands with my family in the morning, then met up with my neighbour for a 5K walk in the afternoon, before returning home for a special dinner.
  • I did a lot of cycling and walking on the next three days to see various historic sites and public art exhibits.

Last Friday, I shared the first half of my best trip to Niagara Falls which covered the spectacular waterfalls. Today I’m sharing the second half which covers the Fleurs de Villes Niagara Falls floral trail.

Floral Butterfly.

About Fleurs de Villes

Fleurs de Villes events are organized in various cities around the world. I was thrilled to attend two of them close to home this year: Fleurs de Villes Rosé in Toronto (August 4-8) and in Niagara Falls, Canada (September 24 – October 3). Both events were free.

Fleurs de Villes Niagara Falls

Fleurs de Villes floral installations in Niagara Falls were spread out along a trail with a short uphill hike. My sister and I picked up a brochure that includes a map and listing of the floral exhibits. Most of them were outdoors and some were indoors.

The weather was perfect for our walk: Sunny, high 21C (70F) and calm wind. We had so much fun chatting, following the trail, discovering, viewing the floral displays up close and taking photos. I hope you enjoy the following photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Floral designs with autumnal and orange hues

Swinging Mannequin.
Swinging Mannequin.
Floral Wreath.
Floral Wreath.
Floral Railings and Stairs.
Floral Railings and Stairs outside Niagara Parks Police Station includes beautiful dahlias, berries and yellow leaves.
Queen Victoria Mannequin.
Queen Victoria Mannequin looks regal in a cream dress made up of fresh roses and mums, and burgundy accessories.
Bell Media Phone Booth.
Bell Media Phone Booth wrapped with beautiful autumnal garlands.
Orange Floral Hoop in remembrance of the Residential School Children
Orange Floral Hoop in remembrance of the Residential School Children.
Floral Rainbow at the Falls and a real rainbow.
Ketel One Botanical Floral Rainbow at the Falls and a real rainbow.
Three Sisters Indigenous Mannequin.
Three Sisters Indigenous Mannequin is designed to represent and honour the companion planting of corn, beans and squash, an agricultural practice used by the Indigenous peoples of this region.
Corn, beans and squash - the 'Three Sisters'.
Corn, beans and squash became known to the Haudenosaunee as the ‘Three Sisters’, for how they functioned together to provide a steady source of nutrition and sustenance.
Floral Tomato Truck, a classic Studebaker truck at Zappi’s.
Fallsview Mannequin at the corner #2 in autumnal hues.
Fallsview Mannequin at the corner #2.
Floral Staircase.
Floral Staircase (orange carpet) inside Marriott on the Falls.

Floral designs in other colours

Click on any image to see it in larger size and use the arrows to move through the gallery. Marilyn Monroe starred in the film Niagara in 1953. The mannequin dress was made of red rose petals.

It was my sister’s first visit to Fleurs de Villes. We both loved the floral trail and enjoyed our trip to Niagara Falls. Thank you for following along virtually.

Linking to #Colour2021: Orange, #FOTD, #LifeThisWeek, #PPAC18, #SundayStills: Orange.

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  1. How was your week?
  2. Which of the above floral designs are your favourites?
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Recent Reads and Golden Finds

Sunflower and bees.

Hello and welcome to Weekend Coffee Share #37! 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.

It was a week of mostly sunny days with thunders, lightning and rain on Tuesday night. Daytime high temperatures ranged from 22C to 27C (72F to 81F) although cooler in the morning and evening. The parks are still full of green trees and beautiful flowers like the flowers I feature in this post.

It was also the week before Canada’s Federal Election. Election day is on September 20. I went to cast my vote first thing in the morning on one of the advance poll days. There was no line-up. It felt good to get this important action item done.

One of my neighbours called and asked me to go for a walk with her. At 80+ years of age and living alone, B is active and sharp as a tack. She talked, I listened and we did a 3.2 km (2 miles) walk. She’d like to walk with me again next week.

The rest of the week went well. I cycled most mornings, saw herons at a conservation area, took several walks, played disc golf twice, completed my mind and body exercises, chatted with my family and friends, and did house chores, reading and writing.

Recent Reads

I’m pleased to contribute to the #WhatsOnYourBookShelf challenge, co-hosted by four lovely bloggers Donna, Sue, Jo and Debbie.

I use the Toronto Public Library 2021 Reading Challenge categories to read widely and discover new books, authors, and genres. You can see the full list of books I’ve read and the categories I’ve met so far this year on my Books in 2021 page at the top of my blog.

My recent reads by author’s last name include:

  1. The Outlander – Gil Adamson
  2. Lock & Key – Sarah Dessen
  3. The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes
  4. Lily and the Octopus – Steven Rowley
  5. Peace by Chocolate – Jon Tattrie (non-fiction)
  6. The One We Fell In Love With – Paige Toon

I was pleased to discover Jon Tattrie and Paige Toon who were new to me. If I were to rate this batch of books, on a 5-star scale, I’d give 5 stars to Peace By Chocolate, 4.5 stars to The Giver of Stars and 4 stars to the other books. I linked the book titles to GoodReads.

While both The Giver of Stars and Peace by Chocolate are excellent stories of human resilience, compassion, kindness, love, family, friendship and community, I give an extra 0.5 point to Peace By Chocolate because it’s a true story of a family of Syrian refugees who settled in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The book is an easy read at about 200 pages. Does chocolate play a role in the story? Yes, Peace by Chocolate ships worldwide (this is not an affiliated link).

Golden Finds

Inspired by Cee’s Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC#14) and Terri’s Sunday Stills Colour Challenge – Harvest Gold or Citrine, I took photos of a few golden bronze art objects and flowers that are in the gardens.

Mural by unknown artist.
Mural by unknown artist.
Marlin sculpture by Andrew Posa, 1987.
Marlin sculpture by Andrew Posa, 1987.
U.V. Ceti by Andrew Posa.
U.V. Ceti sculpture by Andrew Posa, “Dedicated to Edward Isaac Richmond, architect, 1908-1982. A kind man who shared his love of beauty.”
'Cherokee Sunset' Back-eyed Susan flowers.
Black-eyed Susan flowers.
Citrine Coreopsis flower.
Marigolds.
Marigolds.
An Autumn Beauty sunflower.
An ‘Autumn Beauty’ Sunflower is a showy mixture of colours including golden yellow, bronze, brown, and burgundy.

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Colourful Laneway Murals #SundayStills

I’m delighted to be hosting the Sunday Stills photography challenge while host Terri Webster Schrandt continues her blogging break.

Thank you to everyone who joined me for the Sunday Stills photography challenge for the last two weeks. I appreciate your beautiful photography and interesting stories related to the photos. I’ve compiled the list of Afloat Bloggers’ Links at the end of this post for easy reference.

This week’s theme: Colourful Murals

Mural by Julii McMillo, 2020.
Mural by Julii McMillo, 2020.

Since 2012, the City of Toronto has organized nine programs under the StreetARToronto umbrella to encourage artists to showcase their talent. One example under this umbrella is the Laneways of Toronto project that transformed the Euclid- Palmerston laneway into a giant canvas of colourful garages and wall spaces.

The Euclid-Palmerston laneway showcases forty garages and wall spaces painted in 2018 and thirty five garages and wall spaces painted in 2019 by seventy five different mural and graffiti artists. I discovered a garage painted in 2020 during my recent visit to the laneway. It’s my header photo.

I’ve posted two batches of Euclid-Palmerston painted garages and wall spaces (links below):

Today, I’m sharing the third batch of twenty four garage images with my blog readers, Monday Murals and PPAC#12. I’ve noted the street number, artist’s name and year based on my look-up. Remember to click on any image in the gallery to see it in full view and use the arrow to move to the next image.

Which door(s) in the gallery do you like?

I’m looking forward to seeing all your entries for this week’s Sunday Stills photography challenge. Joining me are:

How to participate in the Sunday Stills photography challenge

  • Please create a new post for the theme.
  • Title the post a little differently than mine.
  • Enter the link party by clicking on the InLinkz button below and follow the prompt.
  • If you’re on WordPress, remember to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post. I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.
  • Entries for this theme can be shared all week (not just on a Sunday).
  • Use the hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

Next week’s theme: Going Back…

Terri will be back to host Sunday Stills on September 12 with a new theme ‘Going Back’. Here are a few tips to get your creative thinking flowing:

“Going Back…” implies going back to something, whether a place you’ve visited before, going back “in time” as you viewed your photo archives or how about going back “to the future?” Use any preposition to add to going back that suits you…like going back …in, on, to, out, under, over, through, between, by, as far as, across, etc. 

Afloat Bloggers’ Links

Below are the last week’s links from bloggers who shared their beautiful Afloat photos:

Have a great week!

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