Sunday, May 31, 2015

Monday Mural

Posting at Monday Mural hosted by ODP!

March 2015 - Williams AZ

It lies on the route of Historic Route 66, Interstate 40, and the Southwest Chief Amtrak train route. It is also the southern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway, which takes visitors to Grand Canyon Village. There are numerous inns, motels, restaurants and gas stations that cater to the large influx of tourists rather than local residents, especially during the summer and holiday seasons.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

inSPIREd Sunday

May 2015 - Toronto ON

Last week while strolling with my BFF we were astonished to discover that St. Andrew's was open!!

I didn't take any outside photos this time so these  are from previous trips past this lovely church during various seasons.

The congregation was founded in 1830 as the first Church of Scotland congregation in the Town of York. The original church was located at the southwest corner of Church and Adelaide East Streets was built by John Ewart. After the 1843 split of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland, a portion of the congregation supportive of the Free Church Movement left St. Andrew's the following summer and founded Knox Presbyterian along with another group led by Rev. James Harris that had been separate since 1834.

The main congregation moved to the new Romanesque Revival architecture church that became known as New St. Andrew's. This building was designed by noted Toronto architect W. G. Storm and the church was the central Presbyterian church in Toronto, with an addition and renovation in 1906. It and became especially well known under the ministry of renowned orator Rev. D. J. Macdonnell (1870-1896) who pushed the church towards an active social role, and was the centre of a heresy trial in 1876, a minor bump in the recently formed Presbyterian Church in Canada. King and Simcoe became the central intersection of Toronto. The four corners popularly said to represent the four parts of society: Salvation, the church; Legislation the Lieutenant-Governor's Residence;Education, the original home of Upper Canada College; and damnation, a tavern.

Later in the 20th century, the church's downtown location presented a challenge to St. Andrew's, the area had become largely industrial and later one of the poorest in the city. Increasingly, the church patrons were living further north. There were thus many discussions of again moving the church, but each time the congregation voted to remain put.


Eventually the revival of the downtown core in the 1970s and 1980s, began with the opening of the St. Andrew Subway Station at nearby University Avenue in 1963. Further redevelopment of the area, has included the addition of the Roy Thomson Hall on the south west corner of Simcoe and King Streets, and has transformed the neighbourhood, and the church is again prospering. After acquiring air rights from new buildings in the area, there was an extensive rebuilding at the south end, including construction of a new condominium tower in which the congregation retained the first three floors.

NOW to the inside!!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

The rules are simple:
Anyone can participate.
You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. Creativity is also encouraged!
If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots).

TOGETHER - Together these flip flops and their owners have travelled many a mile just in 2015.

BLACK AND WHITE - spotted at the Beer Store this week.

FLOWERS - flowers planted outside our condo

GRASS - new grass replacements waiting for gardeners.

ABSTRACT - Union Station subway station is still under construction but it is slowly getting there. Large glass panels have been installed, called Zones of Immersion designed by Toronto artist Stuart Reid that will eventually separate the two platforms.

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

May 2009 - Beijing China

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Look Up Look Down

Look Up, Look Down challenge hosted by Travel With Intent.

May 2009 - Shanghai China

Photos taken from our hotel room. I was astonished to see these informal settlements on the roofs of high-rise buildings below me. Families share a shack with small kitchen, living room and bedroom.

In some cases they live in a  sheet-metal shack as can be seen on the left below.

Everyone just goes about their daily business.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wordless Wednesday


March 2014 - Tucson AZ

May One Four Challenge - Week 4 and Recap

This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks.We will all process / post edit (our own chosen image) and share a different version each week.

This week I used an overlay of a brick wall to create a mural, my favourite.

Week 3

Week 2

Week 1


Monday, May 25, 2015

Signs Around the World


May 2015 - Toronto ON

This week's song is of our own choosing.

My BFF and I were wandering about and found one of the outdoor Scotiabank CONTACT displays on Friday and this song immediately cam to mind. This is on King St W at John.

Did I Shave My Legs For This - Deana Carter

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Also posting at Sweet Shot Tuesday.