Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Baldwin Steps

This is a pic of the public walkway that leads up the steep hill to Casa Loma at the top. The hill itself was part of the shoreline of an ancient lake and the name Baldwin refers to the family who owned this property before it became public. The big steps on the left are for sitting while the 110 steps to the right lead you to the top. In the 1960s this area was to be taken over by a 6 lane highway which would have run through the centre of the Annex neighbourhood but was cancelled in 1971 after probably the largest resistance our city has ever seen with protests everywhere!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Night Prowler

I'm back to the same laneway as the last few weeks to show another of the decorated garage doors. This one features one of our raccoons which are famous for wandering the streets at night invading garbage containers and causing chaos as they prowl our neighbourhoods. There are huge numbers of them all over the city.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Infill In The Annex

I have shown you many pics of the wonderful large Victorian homes found in the Annex neighbourhood over the years and today I present one in a totally different style. This is an infill house built on a small lot that had previously held a garage and had a few parking spaces. The house occupies almost the whole lot - that garage peeking in on the left is a different lot as are the trees on the right. I think there is a lovely airy deck out back and lots of skylights so it is probably quite bright inside despite this imposing facade.

Saturday, June 24, 2017


This cute little Song Sparrow was hard to spot in the seed husks below a bird feeder. They have to have one of the most beautiful bird songs!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Great Porches

A recent walk through the Annex neighbourhood had me admiring the wonderful porches found on so many of these large older homes. This one in particular has porches so large that there is space for a hammock on that 2nd floor porch. These houses were all built as single family homes in the late 1800s but most are now divided into flats although the trend is to buy and reconvert to single family dwellings.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Side Entrance

This is the side entrance to one of the large homes in the Annex neighbourhood, not the main entrance! It is quite wonderful isn't it?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


On Canada Day which is July 1, we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada which the government has been promoting as Canada 150. Everyone seems to be getting in on the celebration - even the cat on this package of toilet tissue! 
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.