Monday, April 30, 2012

P is for Pier

and Promenade
at least the gulls get to enjoy the pier....
The top picture is from 2009, the middle one is 2010 and the bottom one is 2011. 
There is no change for 2012, though work has finally begun again to get it finished. Five years late. And many millions of dollars over budget.
click on the grey text above for a series of updates if you are interested.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Monday Mural

The West Plains Bistro has a courtyard patio with the most amazing mural. This is owned by a friend of mine whose husband did all the artwork. I will get more photos when the sun is not at the wrong angle.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


The White Squirrel might want to beware of those two pigeons on the roof....
(and yes, there really is a white squirrel. 
just because I haven't seen him doesn't mean he doesn't exist. 
the city wouldn't name a street after something that doesn't exist, would it?)

the WQW on the top is for 'West Queen West'
in Toronto

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

O is for Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario
it could be as calm and clear as this
or wild and choppy like this
or just plain angy


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hutt Bridge

A rather plain bridge named for an extraordinary man. William Hutt was a great Canadian thespian who was one of the original Stratford Theatre Company members (he retired in 2005). This bridge on Waterloo St was renamed in his honour in 2000, 7 years before his death at 85. The bridge crosses the Avon River and is close to where he lived for many years.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

village life

the 'village of Waterdown' is constantly fighting to retain its Victorian charm.

N is for Northshore

one of the nice abodes on Northshore Blvd... nominated (by myself) as the prettiest street in Burlington


Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Mural

along the wall of the buildings at Pier 8, which is an end point of the Waterfront Trail, are a collection of murals designed by various school children in Hamilton. This is a small sampling that are dated 2007 and have held up rather well.
I particularly like the addition of the 'tagging' on the lower right.

Don't you love the size of this fish relative to the buildings on land? The play on the Waterfront Trust's motto of 'connecting you to the water's edge' is also a nice touch.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

a view

a disappearing view. it is possible that this summer I may not be able to see the Skyway from my balcony at all. taken with my new tamron lens.


Saturday, April 14, 2012


sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say be more silent ~Rumi


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

City Motor

the old style sign may be a classic, but the motel is a blight on the landscape (and a safety hazard)
city council is meeting today to decide on an appropriate fate

signs, signs

update: the crackhouse and den of thieves motel will be torn down with a new complex of housing and retail and possibly a new transit station built in its place.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

M is for Miah

for no other reason than I have always been attracted to this barn like building that sits among 
the strip malls and new condos on Plains Road. I did go here once. that's it. just the once.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Mural

The NS&T (Niagara, St Catharines & Toronto) trolley
It may seem hard to believe, but in the first half of the last century there was an interurban electric railway empire that covered much of the Niagara Peninsula. Here is a mural commemorating the trolley that brought passengers from Toronto to the Welland County Fair. 
By the 1930s the trolleys were in serious decline, partly due to the Depression, 
but also to the rise of the automobile (which has not abated)
My father used to be a driver on these trolleys before it was discontinued in 1960.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

who was your daddy?

a rather odd looking dog
I think it must be a cross breed
but a cross of what, exactly?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I would be tempted on the strength of this sign alone!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

L is for Lady of the Lake

I am thinking I should have waited until the next round to do this alphabetical Burlington, when the sights were a bit more green and lush looking...

Anyway, Burlington is located on the northern shores of Lake Ontario and below, we have a view of the fountain that sits at the waterfront park. photographed last June, the statue had been recently put back in place after a thorough cleaning.

and for a bonus L, the Lady of the Lake fountain was donated by the Burlington Lions Club

ABC Wednesday

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday Mural

some colourful shades in a back lane in West Queen West in Toronto

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