December 2019 - Toronto ON
Saturday was a rainy day, so we cocooned and had ham, colcannon and Brussels sprouts for dinner.
We tried some of the cheese we had bought. The brie was delicious, and the cheddar was certainly spicy!
Sunday I met a friend for a long chat.
I made my first perfect prime rib ever using this method. Basically oven pre-heated to 480, season meat, put meat in oven on rack, five minutes per pound then turn off oven for two hours. Perfect.
I checked out meat prices at the Coppa market, not too bad.
Tuesday we spent the afternoon watching The Irishman with popcorn and coke.
An enjoyable, entertaining afternoon.
A week of leftovers as we had prime rib for dinner.
Wednesday was a very cold day but I headed out for a mani-pedi.
Bitterly cold afternoon but the sun came out as I sat in my reading corner.
The leftover ham became quiche with homemade gluten free biscuits.
Cold but we wouldn't be outside for long as we headed to the Royal Ontario Museum ROM.
From leeches and lampreys to birds and moths, there are over 30,000 species that feed on blood, and their bloodsucking behaviour has fascinated humans for millennia.
Bird-feeding black flies
This room simulated a typical Canadian summer evening in cottage country, as you are surrounded by the sound and noise of mosquitoes.
Sea Lampreys are the largest known lamprey species. The biggest on record is 1.2 metres long and weighs 2.5 kilograms. Lampreys attach to other fish with suction cup-like mouth filled with sharp teeth and razor sharp tongue. They feed on their prey’s blood and bodily fluids.
Part of the exhibit showcases how pop culture has vilified perhaps one of the most feared blood suckers - the vampire bat.
The vampire bat is a creature that has long been at the centre of evil tales through the evolution of immortal folklore characters, such as Dracula and other vampires.
The Yara-ma-yha-who is a legendary creature found in Australian Aboriginal mythology. According to legend, the creature resembles a little frog-like man with red skin, a very big head, a large mouth with no teeth and suckers on the ends of its hands and feet.
The Yara-ma-yha-who is said to live in fig trees. Instead of hunting for food, it is described as waiting for an unsuspecting traveller to rest under the tree. The creature then drops down and uses its suckers to drain the victim's blood. After that it swallows the person, drinks some water, and then takes a nap. When the Yara-ma-yha-who awakens, it regurgitates the victim, leaving them shorter than before. The victim's skin also has a reddish tint to it that it didn't have before. It repeats this process several times. At length, the victim is transformed into a Yara-ma-yha-who themselves.
According to legend, the Yara-ma-yha-who is only active during the day and only targets living prey. "Playing dead" until sunset (it is said to only hunt during the day) is offered as a ploy to avoid attack.
We headed up to the No photos allowed National Geographic Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 exhibit so click here to see some of the winners.
One of my favourites, from All in the Wild website of photographer Jason Leo Bantle
Museum subway station.
Museum subway station.
The end of the prime rib became beef with noodles.
Friday and the temperatures rose and the sun came out and I headed out to meet my BFF at Union Station.
We headed to Allan Gardens for their Christmas display.
Then John and I headed to the City Hall Christmas market.
Smoke from the fire pits
Time for some mulled wine! It warms up the hands and and the heart!
Cold fingers and toes, time for pizza at Libretto on King.
What better than a Toronto Christmas card!
Angela Young decided to do a Beastie Boys-themed holiday card with her two kids this year, and she posted an adorable photo of the trio on Instagram two days go.
"Finally getting into the holiday spirit this week and hope you are too!" she wrote. "For this year’s card theme, we channeled the ultimate trio #thebeastieboys and one of my all-time favourite music videos, 'Intergalactic' for inspiration."
December 2019 - ROM Toronto
Finally got to read Origin by Dan Brown and am enjoying it.
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