Monday, April 19, 2021

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.
Timeless Thursdays is hosted by Stevenson Que

Toronto ON

Click here for a history of Toronto lane naming and a list of other lanes. That post is a work in progress, and gets updated frequently.

Oddly I cannot find any information about this lane name in Yorkville.

Macy DuBois 
Gazell Macy DuBois M. Arch, P. Eng, PP-FRAIC, PP-RCA, FAIA (hon) (20 December 1929 – 9 November 2007) was an American-born Canadian architect who designed several landmark Toronto buildings.
Uncertain about a career in engineering, DuBois attended an American Institute of Architects (AIA) conference in Boston, and was inspired to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Design, graduating in 1958. In his final year, he entered the Toronto City Hall design competition with three other student collaborators. Selected as one of 8 semi-finalists from a field of 510 entrants, he moved to Toronto to work on the second round and, although his design was not ultimately selected, soon relocated permanently.
His first major project, begun in 1959, was the combined residence and teaching facility of New College, University of Toronto, with a curved interior courtyard inside a rectilinear facade. It was well received, winning a local architectural design award after completion of phase II, and is considered one of the finest buildings on the campus.

Deborah Brown Lane
In recognition of one of the first residents of Seaton Village, " 691 Markham Street where 'Mammy' Brown lived. This cottage is the oldest house in Seaton village, and Mrs. Brooks says: 'Mother lived in it over 50 years. She was 111 when she died, and she's dead 11 years. Mother came from Maryland. She and my father were slaves, and ran away because father was going to be sold."

During the mid-19th century, Seaton Village was home to the largest number of African-Canadian and African-American families in York County. Deborah and Perry Brown lived on what is now Markham Street and the Rev. William Mitchell, his wife Elizabeth, and their five children lived nearby.

A land grant dated July 9th,1886, as granted by the then Provincial Lieutenant Governor, John Beverly Robinson, includes the following information; Perry Brown died intestate about 15 years prior (c.1871) leaving his widow Deborah Brown and seized of Lot 133 on the east side of Markham Street, valued at $400. They were formerly slaves in the State of Maryland, came to Canada about 30 years ago (c.1856), settled on the lot and Perry had purchased and obtained a deed for the property in 1870. As Deborah Brown was old and feeble and unable to work or provide for herself, and was in poor circumstances she was granted possession of the property. This gives some credence to the belief that their home was among the first within Seaton village, later numbered 691 Markham Street. Her Death Record and Obituaries titled "Toronto's Oldest Resident", show that she died at the age of 111 on April 24th 1898, but at her death she was residing at "the rear of 108 Chestnut" street, the home of her daughter Mrs. Sarah Brooks. She had lived in her home on Markham up to one month before. The funeral was held at the Seaton Village Methodist Church the next day.

Signs 2

Toronto ON

Monday Mural

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February 2021 - Hamilton ON

Found on our February Hamilton visit.

Another Coloma - to see more of his work click on the tag/label Coloma underneath this post. 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Jet Fuel

April 2021 - Toronto ON

Jet Fuel Coffee Shop during lockdown in summer 2020.

2020 - Church St. Toronto ON


This is the building's take on the "new" rules.

How do I feel?

One of the GTA's largest property developers says it was "extremely inappropriate and entirely unacceptable" that workers associated with one of its dry wall contractors had a stripper at a job site last week in the middle of the pandemic.
Mattamy Homes are major donors to Doug Ford and they bankroll Ontario/Canada Proud. One reason we are not in a full lockdown in this province is because Doug is catering to their interests.

Enough of my rant!
Saturday was a fine sunny day but we are not going out on weekends, and there isn't really anywhere to go anyway! I did bring out the sketchbook that I hadn't used lately.

Sunday we awoke to a foggy rainy morning, that's fine by me as we aren't going anywhere.

The fog wore off mid-afternoon as I watched Marie Kondo and worked on my embroidery as John worked on the jigsaw puzzle.

The week was quiet, with the lockdown (before the April 16 announcement) our cleaning lady cancelled as she was uncomfortable breaking the stay at home rule.
John did a Costco run on Wednesday, we had planned on going out for a take out lunch but decided to abide by the rules.

Biggest excitement was out our window as dump truck drivers protested, blocking traffic on our 400 series of highways. They are protesting changes to trucking industry standards.

John golfed on Friday and came home to the golf restriction for four weeks. SIGH!

I organized a closet and added items to the charity bag. Some t-shirts went into the bag.

This baby has a baby and needs repotting!! I need to get potting soil and get all my plants repotted, they've all outgrown their current homes and need upgrading.

It's a good thing we can entertain ourselves! 


The Perfect Storm was "perfect" to use up a small rum (from Christmas cocktail package) and a ginger beer I had found in the shop downstairs. The Dillon's ginger bitters were in John's birthday gift.
Based on the latest news these glasses with be used a lot more!

2 ounces spiced rum
1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 dashes Angostura bitters Dillon's ginger
Ginger beer, to top Fever-Tree
Garnish: lime wedge


Mai Tai with orgeat which is new to us
Tequila Sunrise
Rob Roy required bitters which we had never bought
New York Sours 
Gin Fizz
Rusty Nail
Vodka Sidecar
Vodka Cosmopolitan

John received his second scotch of his six month birthday subscription.


Saturday I had a hankering for curry chicken and foccacia.

Sunday top sirloin roast with roast potatoes, mashed turnips and carrots, Brussel sprouts and mushroom gravy.

Monday hot roast beef (leftovers) sandwiches and peas.

Tuesday turkey pork meatballs, homemade tzatziki, focaccia and salad.

Wednesday more leftover roast beef, bourbon gravy, mashed turnips and Brussel sprouts.

Thursday air-fried pork chops, mashed potatoes and beans. First time for pork chops in the air fryer.

Friday steak night (my night off mostly) and fries.

I made this 1 ONE UNO (almost) ingredient ice cream with raspberries. So good!!! I had made it last summer and kinda forgot about it. I will be making it again.

I printed off these seven stir fry recipes to have at hand.


Why did I not know about this piece of history and more importantly about these women and what they became?
2020 Misbehaviour is based on the true story of the Miss World 1970 competition and a feminist protest which made world headlines. 

Jennifer Hosten, crowned Miss World 1970 then worked with Air Canada in customer relations, and married David Craig, an IT Manager with IBM. They lived in Bermuda until 1973, when they moved to Canada. Hosten earned a Masters of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Carleton University, Ottawa.
Jennifer Hosten Craig was High Commissioner to Canada from Grenada from 1978 to 1981.

Tuesday Movies on Monday
Hard Kill - meh
Reclaim 2014 - a stereotypical child trafficking and kidnapping movie based on an adoption scam of Haitian children after the 2010 hurricane. Lots of action, lots of shaking of heads by us at weak story lines.

Margin Call takes place over a 24-hour period at a large Wall Street investment bank during the initial stages of the financial crisis of 2007–2008.

John is really enjoying the series Shetland, I am too, although I found the books to be really tedious.


On my phone Monogamy, I always like a good domestic drama although this is dragging a little. A LOT! 

I tried to read This Darkness Mine a 7 day loan, but I couldn't make it past the first chapter!

I borrowed Nomadland instead.

Not a reading week.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Weekend Reflections

 Posting at Weekend Reflections

The challenge has been expanded to include street photography as well so I shall start including street scenes.

Going into a further lockdown I am drawing on previous trips.

2019 - Barcelona Spain

Weekend Roundup

 Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveller

Starts with "P"  
2. A Favorite
3. PURPLE chosen by Tom

Starts with "P"
We'll take a road trip this round.

I think we all know what this town is famous for!

Punxsutawney Pennsylvania is known for its Groundhog Day celebration each February 2, during which thousands of attendees and international media outlets visit the town for an annual weather prediction by the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.


Singapore Asia 

Kensington Market Toronto ON

Déjà Brew
A catchall for leftover beer, coffee and whatever catches my fancy!
Myrtle Beach SC

Monday, April 12, 2021


 Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

Red Rock NV

Boca Raton FL

Mazatlan Mexico

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.
Timeless Thursdays is hosted by Stevenson Que

Toronto ON

Click here for a history of Toronto lane naming and a list of other lanes. That post is a work in progress, and gets updated frequently.

We often visit the Distillery District, but that hasn't been possible in the last year due to the pandemic.

You can click on "Distillery District" in the tags/labels below this post for many more photos of the festivals they put on throughout the year. Even without a special event it is a fun place to visit.
With more than 40 boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops, The Distillery District is a well-known tourist destination.
These photos were taken on various outings.

Toronto’s Distillery District was designated as a national historic site because the “complex is an outstanding example of Victorian industrial design in terms of integrity, historical association and aesthetic qualities.” Founded in 1832, Gooderham & Worts began as a windmill in the wilderness and grew to become the largest distillery in the world and the largest corporate taxpayer in Canada.

I featured the flatiron building last week and mentioned William Gooderham.
This is where Gooderham originally made his money.

The story of the Distillery District starts in 1832 with the idea for a grist mill on the east end of York (Toronto) harbour. James Worts had been a miller in Suffolk, England before moving to York. He built a 70-foot tall windmill that was a prominent feature on the York skyline and started a milling business with his brother-in-law William Gooderham. Together they started a business that led to the largest distilling operation in Canada. However, disaster struck in 1834 when James Worts lost his wife in childbirth. Distraught, he jumped in the well at the mill and drowned himself just two weeks later. Gooderham adopted his children and raised them along with his own thirteen. Among the adopted was James Gooderham Worts who would become his partner in the business.

But we are here to look at the lanes.

Case Goods Lane houses the Case Goods Warehouse, which is the youngest of the existing buildings (erected in 1927). Its age shows as it looks different than the earlier structures. It came when Harry Hatch, a Bridlewood horsebreeder and industrialist, bought the distillery in the 1920s and merged it with Hiram-Walker.

Building was used to store pure spirits and industrial alcohol in tin and copper tanks.

Along what is now Tank House Lane is a complex of Tank Houses, built to house and age liquor for two years by law.

A rack house once aged Canadian whisky in barrels stacked two dozen high.

Monday Mural

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March 2021 - Hamilton ON

King St. East - no info found

On the other side of this parking lot.

A block away The Black Forest Inn has been around since 1967.

On the side of the Inn.