Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge July 31

This week's challenge at Cee's Fun Foto Challenge.

Pick a Topic from this Photo

For the next five weeks, she will be posting a photo for each week and you can pick a topic from the photo. You can pick colors, or objects from the photo. She will post the photo a week prior to the each challenge.

Reflection, mirror, black and white, camera

Me, security camera, mirror


Monday, July 30, 2018

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

July 2018 - Kitchener-Waterloo ON

Our first stop on our weekend jaunt to Stratford was to check out the new additions to the Prime Ministers' Path in Baden.

We've been here twice before and saw the first three, click here.

The Township of Wilmot is honoured to be the proud home for The Prime Ministers Path by Createscape Waterloo Region. This Path invites you to stroll through Canada's history since Confederation. Twenty-two life sized, bronze sculptures of our Prime Ministers, created by renowned Canadian artists, will flank the walking trail through parkland beside Castle Kilbride in Baden. Subtle symbols and icons cleverly hidden and embedded in each sculpture will encourage you to explore the triumphs, tragedies and tribulations of Canada's Prime Ministers and the eras in which they lived.

As a lead up to Canada's Sesquicentennial, the first statue unveiled in 2016 was The Right Honourable Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister. The statue, entitled 'A Canadian Conversation', was sculpted by Wilmot's own Ruth Abernethy and quickly became a popular feature on the property. Visitors young and old stop at the statue to learn more about this key figure in Canada's history, to sit on the chairs to have their own Canadian conversation or to take a selfie.

Two more have joined The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King, "A Meeting of Minds" by Logy Bay, Newfoundland artist Morgan MacDonald and Lester B. Pearson, "Big Shoes to Fill" by Ruth Abernethy, both of which were unveiled on June 29, 2017.

On June 28, 2018, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell joined the Prime Ministers Path, "Could I have a Moment?" by New Brunswick artists Darren Byers and Fred Harrision.

Kim Campbell inspires... not only as the first female prime minister of Canada, but as an example of a practioner of a leadership style often termed "interactive". Her statue titled, "Could I have a moment" on the Castle Kilbride Prime Ministers Path brings that style to mind. The arms of the life-sized bronze likeness are open as if to welcome one into a conversation. Perhaps it reinacts so many of the discussions key to Campbell passing a record amount of legislation as justice minster.

Avril Phaedra Douglas "Kim" Campbell PC CC OBC QC (born March 10, 1947) is a Canadian politician, diplomat, lawyer and writer who served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada from June 25, 1993 to November 4, 1993. Campbell was the first and, to date, only female Prime Minister of Canada.

Campbell was also the first baby boomer to hold that office, and the only Prime Minister born in British Columbia. She is Canada's third-shortest serving Prime Minister at 132 days in office. She currently is the chairperson for Canada's Supreme Court Advisory Board.

On November 6th, 2017, we were thrilled to welcome the Right Honourable Sir Robert Borden, "The Confident Patriot" by Nathan Scott of Victoria, British Columbia. Borden was Prime Minister through WW1 and this unveiling had special recognition of the Great War on our country and was unveiled prior to Remembrance Day.

This is the Canadian prime minister who led the country during the First World War, introduced income tax in Canada and gave women the right to vote in the 1918 election.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge

Lens Artists -

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Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/ SOFT

July 2018 - Stratford ON

Soft furry head piece in a theatre costume display at the Stratford - Perth Museum

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

June 2018 - Toronto ON

Elton points out that this song has quite the Canadian connection!

Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word - Elton John and k.d.lang

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

 July 2018 - Toronto ON

On Danforth

In Book City on the Danforth.

This was their sign a few years ago.


Wordless Wednesday  Wordless  Be There 2day

July 2018 - Toronto ON

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural

July 2018 - Hamilton ON

Hutch’s on the Beach since 1946, the restaurant has built a reputation for its fabulous fish and chips, hamburgers and hot dogs "with the works", milkshakes and its own delicious brand of French fries. The atmosphere inside is made warm and friendly by the classic diner-style booths, old sports pictures on the walls and 1950s music on the jukebox. Hutch's classic combination of great food, fast service and 1950's-style dining makes it one of the area's most popular eateries.

These murals tell a little of the history of Hamilton, located 68 km from Toronto.

CHCH TV founded 1954.

1816: A parcel of triangular-shaped land owned by city founder George Hamilton was supposed to be merged with a similar-sized piece of land owned by Nathaniel Hughson. But Hughson reneged. The land became known as The Gore because of its shape and over the decades evolved into an eyesore and a dump.

1860: When word was received the Prince of Wales would be visiting Hamilton, civic leaders realized they had some work to do. The Gore went through a major cleanup and a new fountain was built.

For more than a century, Hamilton has proudly borne the title Steeltown. Its life, economy and physical environment were dominated by two giants — Stelco and Dofasco.

Much has changed over the last 100 years. The Stelco name vanished from the local landscape in 2007 when the company was acquired by U.S. Steel. Its head office is now Pittsburgh, not Hamilton. Dofasco has been absorbed into the worldwide ArcelorMittal steel conglomerate. Decisions affecting the future of the company are now made in Belgium, not Hamilton.

The 60th Grey Cup was played on December 3, 1972, before 33,993 fans at the Ivor Wynne Stadium at Hamilton. It was the last Grey Cup to be played in the month of December. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 13-10.

Victor Kennedy "Vic" Copps (March 21, 1919 – October 15, 1988) was a Canadian politician and Mayor of Hamilton.
The city's sports and entertainment arena, FirstOntario Centre, was previously named Copps Coliseum in his honour.

The city of Hamilton is home to more than 100 waterfalls and cascades, most of which are on or near the Bruce Trail as it winds through the Niagara Escarpment. Ontario's internationally recognized Niagara Escarpment provides perfect geological conditions for waterfalls to occur, from Tobermory to Niagara Falls.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

inSPIREd Sunday

inSPIREd Sunday

July 2018 - Toronto ON

In light of the horrific event last Sunday on the Danforth, we visited the Danforth and I snapped a few photos of churches around the impacted area.

These churches joined a vigil last week.

Three churches on the Danforth, Greektown.

Danforth Church

St. Barnabas Anglican Church

Click here for another Danforth inSPIREd Sunday from 2013.


One Word Sunday

July 2018 - Toronto ON

Canada’s Sugar Beach is a whimsical new park that transformed a surface parking lot in a former industrial area into Toronto’s second urban beach at the water’s edge.

Located at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street adjacent to the Redpath Sugar Factory, the 8500 square metre (2 acre) park is the first public space visitors see as they travel along Queens Quay from the central waterfront. The park’s brightly coloured pink beach umbrellas and iconic candy-striped rock outcroppings welcome visitors to the new waterfront neighbourhood of East Bayfront.

Shadow Shot Sunday

Shadow Shot Sunday

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Jambalaya Crawfish Pie and File Gumbo

CAMHANAICH - (n) early morning twilight

2013 - NOLA

July 2018 - Toronto ON


Six Word Saturday #SixWordSaturday 6WS
Pink Saturday
Cee's Which Way Challenge
Lens Artists Photo Challenge TIME TO RELAX

I came across a recipe for a slow cooker jambalaya and realized we had not had jambalaya in forever! Then to discover I never posted my recipe from a cooking class in New Orleans on our first trip. RECTIFIED. Click here for the recipe with updated slow cooker instructions along with adding uncooked rice.

We had lots of blueberries so I made a crustless blueberry pie I spotted on Facebook last week and blueberry ice cream.
Pie is a keeper!

Heavy traffic heading into town.

One Word Sunday
Inspired Sunday
Shadow Shot Sunday

Finally, a rainy day! Good for lounging and baking, reading.
I made three ingredient coconut macaroons and dipped them in chocolate.

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

We went to bed last night watching a senseless shooting in our old beloved neighbourhood on Danforth in Greektown.

Today was replacement day, we replaced our pillows and our microwave.

The pillows - it was time! We got the Miracle Bamboo. UPDATE loving the pillow.

The microwave was here when we moved in and I would guess it is at least 15 years old. The fan didn't work well, the plastic is falling off and the controls don't seem to work correctly.


NEW - we have to wait for the installer to pick it up and arrange a date.

The rest of the day went to John working out, doing laundry, reading and other chores.

We had cabbage rolls for dinner.

Tuesday Treasures - Waterloo Train and Mennonite Tour
Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

We had a couple of outings in mind today but decided to go to the Danforth and have lunch.

Businesses had only reopened in this area today after the Monday police investigation.

It's one thing to watch the news but when you come upon the spot where one of the girls died, and the store front is boarded up, it is a totally different feeling.

The floral tributes have multiplied since we were there early on Tuesday.

We were early, it has grown!

This is now covered in flowers.

The second fatality.

This was our neighbourhood for 22 years so we took a walk.

I popped into KitchenStuff and found the pastry mat I have wanted.

The sky around 5 PM.


John headed out to golf and I had a trip mapped out around the Bloor Church St. area.
This is a long walk so click here for a separate post.

Gorgeous houses and gardens along Gloucester between Church and Yonge.

BMO sponsored murals on Maitland for PRIDE.

I don't normally post about local politics, but after having the reality hit me in the eye when we looked at boarded up store fronts due to bullet holes on Tuesday this week, I am linking to some articles.
CNN reported the Toronto city council vote to ban guns 41-4.

BlogTO take on the vote.
More importantly, our new "premier" voted NO!!

Watch the video and just ignore Ford's appearance.

Before I left I had prepared the filling for a steak and kidney pie.

Since we now cook gluten free, we were missing pastry. I had bought a package so I thought I would try it.

When I got home I prepared the Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pastry Mix, this is time consuming because the pastry needs an hour to chill after you mix it with a lot of butter! Fairly easy to roll out using my new pastry mat!

This pie turned out so well!!

Thursday Doors on vacation until August 9

My our mission was Sugar today, for Sunday's One Word Challenge.

Shuttle to Front St. then we walked down to Yonge and Queen's Quay.

At the bottom of Yonge St are these markers.

We happen to have the Redpath Sugar Museum, so easy right?

Ever have a feeling? We walk in and the security guard says if you're here for the museum, he closed early...really? You couldn't have put that on the website today???

Oh well, had a back-up plan.

Corus Entertainment is a Canadian media and broadcasting company. Formed in 1999 as a spin-off from Shaw Communications, it is headquartered at Corus Quay, and has prominent holdings in the radio, publishing, and television industries. Corus Entertainment's voting majority is held by the company's founder JR Shaw and his family, and a 40% stake of Corus stock is owned by Shaw Communications.

It looked like we might get rained upon so we cut through the building and the storm blew over.

Checked out the George Brown dockside campus.

Had fun taking photo through their rose-tinted entrance.

Back in sunshine, sitting on Sugar Beach.

Redpath Sugar on the right.

Huge mural on the side of Redpath.

Condos on the waterfront.

 John loved the look of this building.

Now walking west along Harbourfront.

The metal and concrete structure is called 'Sundial Folly' and rests in a pool of water. The water feeds a small waterfall that tumbles a few feet into Lake Ontario on the east side of the pier in Harbour Square Park. The 1995 art work is by John Fung and Paul Figueiredo. Coming in from the backside you can take a walk on the platform that leads into the sphere.

The storm is approaching, we took the inside route to the bus and boarded just as the first raindrops fell.

Leftovers for dinner.


Weekend Reflections
Cee's Which Way Challenge
#NoBlankBrains WIP Union Station added

It's been a busy week with several outings so I had plenty to blog about and research. There was also the usual chores of cleaning and laundry and other mundane tasks we all know about so I took today to get caught up.
John played golf late afternoon. 

Plus we are going away for the weekend so needed to get that organized too!

Dinner - wings and fries


Finished and really enjoyed Purple Hibiscus.  Also finished Amy Tan's Where the Past Begins and was a little bored reading it.


Beth hosts Weekend Cooking where you can post anything food related.
Saturday Snapshots is hosted by West Metro Mommy.
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Monday Walks
Monday Morning Blog Club
Through My Lens Monday
Our World Tuesday
Wanderful Wednesday #wanderfulwednesday
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