A Walk Around Toronto – with Thursday Doors!

After last week’s snow stormy extravaganza, I was lucky enough to escape it all and head to Toronto.  


See you later snow banks!

My husband was working in “the big smoke” all week and number two son was also there, visiting his girl during university spring break.  Sometime you just gotta go where your people are. 


And wow!! It was as if we travelled to another country!  Toronto was all sunshine and warm temperatures! Not a snowflake in sight. 


Glorious!


The boy and I explored s bit of the University of Toronto in search of an exhibit at the university Art Gallery.  




The UofT boasts some pretty spectacular doors.

We found our way to the Toronto Stock Exchange, but we’re not brave enough to try the door. 

Together, all four of us took in the Toronto Light Festival in the Distillery District. 


And yesterday we were treated to record-breaking high temperatures – for February. That was good news for me. Not so great for the skaters, who made their way through about an inch of water over the ice. (Nice reflections, though)


We finished with a stroll along the waterfront. Not bad, eh?

Thursday Doors

A New Year’s Gift

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘It will be happier'” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

As the sky brightened on this New Years Day, we were presented with this fleeting vision. I’m choosing to take this as hint of things to come.

Wishing us all a year of good health, love and compassion.  Here’s to 2017!

Take a Breath, And Make a Wish …

“And about this grass now. I didn’t finish telling.

It grows so close it’s guaranteed to kill off clover and dandelions – 

Great God in Heaven! That means no dandelion wine next year!  That means no bees crossing our lot!  

You’re out of your mind, son.”              – Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine (Green Town, #1)

Because our “lawn” started as a cow pasture, I don’t worry much about the plants that grow in it.  Consequently, I enjoy wild strawberries, Queen Anne’s Lace, vetch, clover and dandelions (to name a few) throughout out the year.  

Like school children, I welcome the cheerful yellow of the dandelion in spring.  And later I marvel at the tiny perfection of their seed heads.  And just when those ungainly stems threaten to spoil the look, a chickadee will land on one to feast on the seeds.  How light must a chickadee be, to stay perched on a dandelion stem?  Or, perhaps the dandelion is stronger than it looks.

Doors of Shelburne Farms 

Even though it was technically closed for the season (no admission charged 😀), we managed a good walk on the grounds of Shelburne Farms yesterday.


This is a charitable education organization, with a campus that is a 1400 acre working farm, forest and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont. 

 
This magnificent farm barn houses, among other things, the cheesemaking facility, offices  … 


And a bakery, which was open! (Yes, we bought one of those warm from the oven loaves) … and … through these doors…


A school!! A kindergarten to Grade 8 school!  


Imagine being a kid who gets to go to school IN A BARN!!  Or his teacher! I think that would be my dream teaching job. 


This farm barn is just magnificent!




Just past the barn, the trail took us through the woods. We went past a sugar shack – the doors shut – all ready and waiting for the late winter maple sugaring season. 



A little further along, we came across the Coach House.



Here, the door was open, inviting us in to view an interesting art exhibition. 

Then it was on to the Inn. It appears that the main house of the original estate is now the Inn and Restsurant. It was closed for the season, but tempting for another time. 



I might have to come back again sometime. In season. 

Linked with Norm’s Thursday Doors