Monday, June 18, 2018

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

This is one of my favourite Irish songs of all time.

It tells the story about Joseph Plunkett and his sweetheart, Grace Gifford. Joseph was a scholar and poet who was one of the planners of the Easter Rising of 1916 which took place in an attempt to end British Rule in Ireland.

Bunratty - 2007

He had tuberculosis from his childhood and had surgery days prior to the Easter Rising for which he was largely responsible. Joseph was present at the General Post Office during the uprising with other leaders including Michael Collins, Tom Clarke, and Patrick Pearce. The battle was fought over seven long days which ended in their defeat.

After the surrender, Joseph Plunkett along with other leaders were imprisoned and court marshalled. Before his execution by firing squad, Joseph married his sweetheart Grace Gifford, an Irish artist and cartoonist who was active in the Republican movement.

She was a convert to the Catholic religion, and it is interesting to note that her sister was also a convert who married Joseph's best friend. He too was executed for his role in the Easter Rising.

Grace - Rod Stewart

As we gather in the chapel, here in old Kilmainham Gaol,

Kilmainham Gaol - 1991

I think about these past few weeks, or will they say we failed?
From our school days, they have told us we must yearn for liberty
Yet all I want in this dark place is to have you here with me.

Oh Grace, just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger
They'll take me out at dawn and I will die
With all my love, I'll place this wedding ring upon your finger,
There won't be time to share our love, for we must say goodbye

Now I know it's hard for you my love to ever understand
The love I bear for these brave men, my love for this dear land
But when Padraic called me to his side, down in the G.P.O.
I had to leave my own sick bed, to him I had to go.

General Post Office - 2015

Oh Grace, just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger
They'll take me out at dawn and I will die
With all my love, I'll place this wedding ring upon your finger,
There won't be time to share our love, for we must say goodbye

Now as the dawn is breaking, my heart is breaking too
On this May morn as I walk out, my thoughts will be of you
And I'll write some words upon the wall so everyone will know
I loved so much that I could see His Blood Upon The Rose

Oh Grace, just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger
They'll take me out at dawn now I must die
With all my love, I'll place this wedding ring upon your finger,
There won't be time to share our love, for we must say goodbye

Oh there won't be time to share our love, for we must say goodbye


Becky at The Life of B June's theme is Roofs. Tag your post #RoofSquares and link to Becky’s post each day and remember your image must be square.

I'm not sure I will post every day but will try. I plan to only use Toronto roofs.

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural

June 2018 - Toronto ON

As we strolled Mc Caul.


Wordless Wednesday  Wordless  Be There 2day

May 2018 - Toronto ON

Dundas Square

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Shadow Shot Sunday

Shadow Shot Sunday

June 2018 - Toronto ON

Front St.


Becky at The Life of B June's theme is Roofs. Tag your post #RoofSquares and link to Becky’s post each day and remember your image must be square.

I'm not sure I will post every day but will try. I plan to only use Toronto roofs.

The SkyWalk is an approximately 500 metre enclosed walkway connecting Union Station to the CN Tower, Ripley Aquarium and the Rogers Centre (SkyDome).

Part of Toronto's PATH network, the SkyWalk was opened in 1989 as a predominantly indoor connection from Union Station to the SkyDome. The primary purpose of the SkyWalk is to reduce the need for additional parking spaces near the stadium by providing a direct transportation link to the subway and GO Transit regional trains. A post-modern curved metal and glass structure, the SkyWalk was the first major construction project in the former railway lands after the CN Tower.

The Metro Convention Centre is also on the Skywalk.

inSPIREd Sunday

April 2018 - Toronto ON

We often drive by this church. I am always intrigued by the service at 11:11.

Ikea is across the street.

The Church on the Queensway is a bible based church. It certainly has a very progressive website.

The Globe and Mail had this description.
God seldom draws more minivans than Ikea around these parts. But from Palm Sunday through the celebration of the Resurrection, the parking lot of Queensway Cathedral, just west of Kipling, holds more pilgrims than the hopping Swedish-meatball-and-wall-unit joint across the street.

Queensway Cathedral is a Pentecostal ministry (lots of joyful rafter-rattling, thank you Jesuses, singing and clapping). The church has a vibrant congregation of about 1,800 passionate believers, drawn from all over the GTA. The congregation (and thus the cast of the play) is a perfect microcosm of this city, with young and old and many races and interests represented: Caribbean Pentecostals, Filipino Pentecostals, Irish Pentecostals, Chinese Pentecostals, plus a sizable deaf contingent. Talk about your blind casting: This is better than a Benetton ad.

The cross has only been there for

Interesting article about replacing a stripper's pole with a cross.

Past Meets Present

Past Meets Present #PastMeetsPresent

Various - Toronto ON

The Tip Top Tailors Building, now known as the 'Tip Top Lofts' is a former 1920s industrial building converted to condominium lofts. It is located on  Lake Shore Boulevard West just west of Bathurst Street, near the waterfront. It was the former headquarters of Tip Top Tailors Ltd., a Canadian menswear retailer.

Designed by Bishop and Miller architects using Art Deco decoration, the building was completed in 1929 and housed the manufacturing, warehousing, retail and office operations of Tip Top Tailors Ltd., a menswear clothing retailer founded in 1909 by Polish immigrant David Dunkelman. Tip Top Tailors eventually became a part of clothing conglomerate Dylex Limited.

Circa 1930

Click here for a great article about watching a ball game in that stadium. The street beside Tip Top is now named Stadium Road.

In spring 2002, Dylex sold the property to Context Development, which converted it into condominium lofts. The conversion was designed by architects Alliance of Toronto. The conversion included the addition of six stories on the roof. The neon 'Tip Top Tailors' rooftop sign was retained and given a slant.

We have several personal connections with this building. Tip Top were John's client when he worked in MasterCard so he visited this building when it was still offices in the early 1990s.

We also know someone who lives in the building and have been inside the condos.

I also have a friend who told me that one of her first jobs was working in this building probably back in the 1960s.

Tip Top Building in the background with a Joy Gas Station in front, ca. 1980


One Word Sunday

Toronto ON

June is PRIDE month.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

The rules are - no rules.
Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category. We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them. If you have any of those type of photos, this challenge is for you.
Oddball: noun a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming
adjective whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical

June 2018 - Toronto ON

Coffee To Go

June 2018 - Yorkville Toronto

We headed out to Montreal.

Seeing us off.

Checked into our hotel and relaxed before walking over to Scores for dinner. Not bad, but the chicken is better at Swiss Chalet.

Breakfast at Eggspress, also in walking distance.
My apple and cheddar crepe, it was huge but I did find an apple stem. The server just shrugged and said she'd tell them to be more careful. Strange customer service...

We then went to John's granddaughter's dance recital.

Some family members met for dinner at Vivaldi in Pierrefonds. I had delicious lamb chops.


We left Montreal early and stopped for breakfast on our way.

There are many towns along the 401 Trans Canada Highway so we decided to stop at a couple.

Wilton for cheese. Great squeaky curds! And cheddar, salami and marmalade.

Then we tracked down the toonie in Campbellford.

The Canadian two-dollar coin, commonly called the toonie, is the highest monetary value among Canadian coins. It was introduced on February 19, 1996. The toonie is a bi-metallic coin which on the reverse side bears an image of a polar bear by artist Brent Townsend. 

The obverse, like all other current Canadian circulation coins, has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. It has the words "ELIZABETH II / D.G. REGINA" in a different typeface from any other Canadian coin; it is also the only coin to consistently bear its issue date on the obverse.

Finally home after some heavy traffic.

I met John downtown and we went to the Museum Tavern on Bloor for lunch.

Crab cakes for me and mussels for John.

Then we walked over to the Robarts Library at University of Toronto to see an exhibit 
Mixed Messages: Making and Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada will display a tasty arrangement of rare cookbooks, periodicals (magazines), manuscripts and culinary objects from the 1820s to the 1960s.

Check back on Tuesday to see all the neat stuff in the exhibit.

Strolling through the campus.

Down Mc Caul Street.

Had to stop into this Jimmy's location to see which Jimmys' were in the house.
Click on Jimmy's Coffee in the tags below to see more locations.

Queen St. West

Dinner was lamb shepherd's pie with white, sweet potatoes and parsnip mash.


John brought home flowers.

John's weekly golf game and I went shopping.


We stopped for lunch at the Assembly Hall, where we've been often recently.

I finally took a photo of my third lobster roll.

John had tacos from Colibri's.

John had to renew his library card and then he had an appointment so I went to the Textile Museum which was around the corner to wait for him.

Color Improvisations 2 is an exhibition of contemporary quilts curated by Nancy Crow (Baltimore, Ohio), one of North America’s most celebrated and influential quiltmakers and teachers. The exhibition includes 25 spectacular large-format quilts by 25 artists from Canada, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland and the United States – including a piece by Nancy Crow. The project grew out of Crow’s interest in celebrating the “…majesty, strength and energy of large textile works, specifically large quilts.” While the group’s collective use of rich solid colors improvisational piecing, and intricate machine quilting are all at the service of pure abstract design, each artist maintains a strong individual identity.

Might be my favourite.

Momofuku in the Shangri-La Hotel with the sculpure Rising, Zhang Huan's first public art commission in Canada — comprises “peace pigeons” moving up the building’s facade and twisted tree branches that are meant to resemble the body of a dragon.

I had pork chops in the freezer and John asked for this old recipe that is so simple it isn't in my recipe box. 
Salt and pepper the pork chops and then top with sliced onion, a slice of lemon, a tablespoon of brown sugar and a tablespoon of ketchup and bake in the oven until done to your liking.
I served it with potato, parsnip and carrot mash and beans.

Weekend Roundup Letter X
#RoofSquares with links to this week's posts.

John got the Costco run and I headed to Winner's to get him some workout shirts I had seen earlier. Three for him, a skirt and leggings for me.

Some shots as I walked Front St.
Looking east.

Turned around and looked west.


June 2018 - Fisher Rare Books Library

The Weird Sisters pretty much sucked it was so juvenile.

Behind Her Eyes is well written, reads quickly but the ending is totally unbelievable.

My commute flip through book was Gluten-Free Makeovers which had several bread recipes that I thought sounded good enough to search out online.

Set in modern day India The Windfall is a fun quick read. A rags-to-riches cultural story much like Crazy Rich Asians.


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