Seasons

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.

Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.

Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.

Winter passes and one remembers one’s perserverence” – Yoko Ono

  
Innocence

  Exuberance
  
Reverence

  Perserverence 
WPC – Seasons

From Up High to … Underground

Last week I dug myself out of the snowbank that is Nova Scotia, and followed my traveling husband to Toronto for a couple of days.  He was off to work….. I was his sidekick.

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Our “home-away-from-home” was the snazzy new Delta Toronto Downtown.  That’s some pretty high living for a girl from the country.  High indeed!  Our room was on the 46th floor – the top floor.  And we had access to the Signature Lounge – I could get used to this.  The expansive windows of both our room and the lounge opened up to some pretty spectacular views over the city, a still partially frozen Lake Ontario and Toronto Island.  We looked down on the airplanes landing at the small airport there.

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From those heights, we went off to explore the PATH – that underground walkway that covers over 30 kms (19 miles) of Toronto – under Toronto.  It’s pretty crazy:  these tunnels connect 50 building/office towers of the financial district and provide 371,600 square metres (4 million square feet) of retail space.  Thats 1,200 shops and services – looking around, I couldn’t think of a single convenience that was missing.  Except, maybe a public library – but there are book stores!

The idea is that a person can get from a subway stop or the railway terminal to work, or a hotel (there are 8 connected to PATH) or any number of cultural venues and conveniently shop and eat (I can’t say “dine”) along the way.  All without ever stepping out doors.  Which is very sensible – Toronto is a northern city, and the PATH “provides a safe haven” from winter’s cold and snow and summer’s extreme heat and humidity.

I can vouch for the convenience – I made my way through the PATH nearly every day we were there (me, and 200,000 or more other folks).  But, I can’t help but feel there is a little something “sci-fi” about it.  It’s like a whole other city beneath a city – all comfortably climate controlled, but without the benefit of sunlight.

I also had a little trouble orienting myself underground.  Eventually, I recognized “landmarks” and was able to move through pretty efficiently, I think.  But for a while, I know I went round in circles 🙂  For me, the signage wasn’t clear.  Apparently, though, there is a system.  According to the website, each letter in PATH is a different colour, each representing a direction. The P is red and represents south. The orange A directs pedestrians to the west, while the blue T directs them to the north. The H is yellow and points to the east.

Now you tell me!!! Simple – When you know how.  I’ll have to keep that in mind for next time.

More on this trip soon…..

The View From Here – After a Winter Storm

Dust of Snow

The way of a crow – shook down on me

The dust of snow – from a hemlock tree

Has given my heart – a change of mood

And saved some part – of a day I had rued. – Robert Frost

In spite of the (dire) storm warnings, the lethal ice that lurking beneath that “snowy mantle”, the closures and cancellations and being held hostage by my impassable driveway, it really is very beautiful out there…..  IMG_3083  This photo was sensibly taken from the warm side of the glass.  Somewhere under that snow drift is my cold-frame, and in that nicely insulated cold-frame kale, carrots and lettuce are growing…..

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Nope!! We’re not coming out today!  Call again another day….

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I think I’ll stay in too, for a little while anyway…

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It’s not so bad.

Waiting…

Winter is on my head,
But eternal spring is in my heart – Victor Hugo

20150116-110250-39770805.jpg The Victory Gardens in the Back Bay Fens is one of my favorite places to visit any time of year.

20150116-110543-39943512.jpgIn wintertime, it almost feels as though the ghosts of last summer are tending the little garden rooms ……. –

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20150116-110950-40190519.jpg. ……Until busy Spring starts hand out her list of chores.

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