Saturday, August 19, 2017


August 2017 - Toronto ON

Canoe Landing Park which I gave you a glimpse of last week.
Davisville Sculptures that we also saw last week.

By now you know that we tend to treat Saturday as a day of rest, meaning we don't typically go out but use it to catch up on things and relax.
I did get some photos though.

Our building has just added some new art displays reflecting the history of the building and the area.

The hallway adjacent to the Shipping and Receiving Department and Loading Dock has fun loving pictures of small dogs to guide our residents’ way to the doggie rest area as well as the ample lawns and walkways for human and canine play and exercise.

The hallway just outside of the Shipping and Receiving Department and Loading Dock area has been graced with pictures that pay tribute to the many dedicated contractors who come to The Palace Pier to help renovate, maintain and overall contribute to increasing the value of our building. Another image recognizes the hard working movers and delivery personnel who carry and load myriad possessions and packages for our residents.

The B-1 entrance hallway from the parking garage leading Visitors up to “The Palace Pier & Environs Historical Retrospective”, now has glimpses of vintage cars, heralding more of the history that we share.

More to come!

Dinner was crispy pork belly with a new recipe for cashew cabbage.

One Word Sunday Decline
inSPIREd Sunday
Six Word Photo
Shadow Shot Sunday from The Milliner's Daughter exhibit

Some more new art in our building.
B-3 parking level evokes our spectacular vistas overlooking the Great Lake Ontario, reminding us that sailing is part of the lifestyle of many who reside in The Palace Pier, enjoyed through 3 of our 4 seasons. These images also beckon our many gifted artist and photographer residents and employees, inviting them to capture each one-of-a-kind water scene.

Lamb chops with Dijon basil butter mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

More of my walk last week
Weekly travel theme - numerals
The Milliner's Daughter lots of photos from the exhibit I saw last week that some of you were curious about
Good Random Fun
Foto Tunes

I headed out to get some photos to finish off some posts.  And found some new stuff as well.

Bank of Montreal which is 200 years old this year had this on display in its branch at FCP. This was for the 40th anniversary of FCP First Canadian Place in 2015.

Lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

I like this one in the Intercontinental Hotel.

Art in the Convention Centre.
This cool skyline is a quilt.

One Horse Town by Sebastien Larochelle going for $17,500.

Another one I really like. My Life is a Dream by Melanie Giguere selling for $5,095.

Dinner was an old staple that we haven't had this year! Asian ground pork and green beans.

Tuesday Treasures also from last week's walk

We headed out to Burlington, about an hour's drive from home depending on traffic. Our first destination was the Royal Botanical Gardens mainly to see the Lego displays.
Click for the fun Lego art
Click here for more garden art.
And click here for lots of flowers and plants

We had lunch in the Tea House in the background.
I had the Tea Sandwiches $8.50 Assortment of delicate sandwiches including cucumber and mint cream cheese, egg salad, and curried chickpea salad.
And it was quite good, they didn't mention that these were open-faced, however.
John had a garden salad.

The water lilies were gorgeous.

And we had fun playing with the reflections.

From there we headed to Milton to Terre Bleu a lavender farm, just in time as they were harvesting.
Lots more lavender photos here.

We should have dressed for the occasion!

Dinner, at John's request, was Asian chicken lettuce wraps. He just loves these.


John's weekly golf.

I went to St. Lawrence Market, with a stop at Winners, always dangerous. Escaped with a pair of leggings, sweater and dishtowels $60 not bad.

A shot of the skyline looking west on my trip.

I wanted to go exploring but there was laundry to do along with other chores.

A nice sunset.

Dinner - au gratin potatoes sauteed cabbage and ham.

Thursday Doors

Our destination today was the Underpass Park.
The park transformed derelict and unused space beneath a series of overpasses into a unique community park.
Just a peek, because we took so many photos of the incredible murals!
Click here for more photos and even more here.
Then check out the next Monday Mural for even more.

We had last night's leftovers for dinner.

After a good breakfast we packed for a weekend wedding in Kitchener, about an hour's drive.

Dinner was hosted by the wedding couple, my cousin and her partner.

John and Laura.

Julie and Anais. Funny, I don't have a photo of the happy couple Julie and Laura! I will rectify this at the wedding on Saturday.

John and I had the delicious steak frites, these fries were amazing! Garlicky with Parmesan cheese.


I finished Her Turn to Cry finally. I found it started to drag but needed to know the ending.

Started I Let You Go, and don't really have a feeling how it will go.

Haven't browsed a cookbook in a while, thumbed through Ovenly this week.
I am excited to try the cheddar mustard scones.


Weekend Cooking hosted by
Beth hosts Weekend Cooking where you can post anything food related.


  1. I like your building's new art, especially the sailboats (I grew up on sailing on the Lakes). I love the quilt and I bet it looks amazing in person. The botanical garden is gorgeous! I love the kitchen tool sculpture, or whatever one would call them.

    You haven't had great luck with books lately, have you tried Beartown? One of my favorites of the year.

  2. I always enjoy your beautiful photos. My favorites are the murals and other public artwork that seem to abound in Toronto. Looks like a great place to live.
    My Saturday Snapshot post features the Elwha dam.

  3. I'm sure all the new art in your building is bringing joy to everyone! Personally, I like the sailboats-
    I checked out that cashew cabbage and it will be a perfect recipe for the head of cabbage I have in the refrigerator -visiting from Weekend Cooking

  4. Wow, another week of delicious food and amazing places! The lavender, sunset, and graffiti are some of my favorite pics :) You seem to really know how to enjoy life & explore the world around you!

    Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend -


    Book By Book

  5. That lavender farm must have come in after I'd left the area. I grew up outside of Milton.

  6. You do seem to eat well. Cooking is a bit of a monotonous chore for me. I need a shake up :) :) Thanks for sharing, Jackie!

  7. Hi, I love the variety of pictures and how Tharp relate to life in and around the building. You can't beat a lazy Saturday, th enfold looks amazing especially given the steak #MMBC

  8. I also really love the My life is a dream! Although I couldn't justify spending that much money on a picture! #MMBC

  9. What a cool week you had. I like that your building have photo exhibits of people and things that mean something to the residents. Way to go!

  10. Love that stormy view with the sailboat! And the metal pie e in one of the hotels. Murals are well done like the ones you showed, can have a great impact! So much art in Toronto - you are spoiled- in a good way:)

  11. Hi Jackie, we all need at least one day a week when we can try and catch up. I do like those doggie pictures in the hallway and a nice bit of crispy belly pork would be up there as one of my favourite meals.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.



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