Thursday, July 7, 2016

Friday Finds

1. Starts with B
2. Week's Favorite
3. Patriotic

The first two will be the same, except we’ll work our way through the alphabet. The second can be a favorite image or activity from the week. The third will be different each time.

July 2016 - Toronto ON

Letter B - Bloor St.

This is one weird looking dude!

Meet Joseph Bloore. Born in 1789, this wild-eyed Englishman operated both an inn near the St. Lawrence Market and a brewery near Bloor and Sherbourne Sts. after arriving in Canada around 1819. Bloore also played a key role in the founding of the village — yes, village — of Yorkville. The road leading from Bloore’s brewery to Yorkville was named after him in 1855. Bloore himself died in 1862. It is not known when the ‘e’ was dropped from the street’s name.

Bloor St. is full of unique neighbourhoods. There is the Bloor West area, BSN Bloor St. Neighbourhood, Bloor Yorkville.

I worked in the Bloor and Yonge area for years and loved the diversity.

Going east along Bloor there are a number of neighbourhoods.

Bloor and Avenue Rd.

Bloor St W at Lippincott.

Bloor at Bathurst (another B)

Bloor and Yonge - with the Bay Building.

On the southeast corner of Yonge and Bloor when I worked here was  the aging three-storey structure that housed City Optical and a Harvey's burger joint, and in its place stands the construction site for one of Toronto's largest new high-rise developments at 75 floors.

There's a bank on every corner.

Bloor St is always busy.

There is the Bloor Danforth subway line which I took almost everyday of my working life in Toronto.

We lived at Greenwood stop for over twenty years. I've worked at the Bay St. stop, Islington stop, St. Andrew stop and then used Mississauga transit from Islington over the years.
Our closest stop now is Old Mill.

Some not uncommon sights on this subway line. Pigeons birds.

Bloor and Islington

Bloor and Yonge - buskers.

Bay St.

Week's Favourite - a couple of hairstyles from the Gay Pride festivities on Sunday. Some blue.

More blue.

Patriotic - we had Canada Day last Friday so there were flags everywhere.

At the grocery store.


  1. It's a very long street. I know that church quite well.

    I have seen that photo of Bloore before... I find myself wondering if it was taken after the old codger was dead.

  2. The photo of the person himself looks odd indeed... maybe William is right?

    The other foto's show very well how its connected to the letter B, so for you a very good choice to use it all for the prompt of this week.

    Have a nice ABC-W-day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (team abc-w)

  3. Looking at your photos has me missing living in a city. I love the diversity. Thank you.

  4. Whoa that look on his face--hope it was not always the same. The street is fascinating with many oddities.

  5. He may be a perfectly fine gentleman, but he does look severe.



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