The skylights at the Harbourfront Center shopping center. The Museum of Inuit Art is located inside this building. It had really nice architecture.
I am hopefully in Berlin by now. Hope you enjoy the blog on autopilot, I'll be checking in when I can! Until then, take a look at Skywatch.
PS: For those of you who don't already know, The City Daily Photo website has been hacked. The developers are working to restore it, but it might not be operable by the time of the April 1 theme day. If the main City Daily Photo website is not ready by April 1, and you are a City Daily Photo blogger who wants to post, please go here on April 1.
Another work from the Museum of Inuit Art. I found this mother and child especially sweet.
Well, the time is here. I'm off to Berlin for ten days. The weather has taken a turn for the worse here in Toronto, so it will be nice to enjoy some springlike temperatures in Germany. I've set up my blog for automatic posting for a few days at least. Hope you enjoy!
Since coming to Canada a year ago, I've dreamed about trying my hand at a real Canadian passtime - curling! It was a lot of fun, but much more difficult than it appears on TV. My husband and I have another lesson scheduled for the end of April. I can't wait!
I found this scene down on the Harbourfront. There are so many things I like about this shot: the red brick, the shadows, the paving stones, the huge windows with their reflections... I don't think there's anything here not to like!
I showed you Saint John's bakery last week, now here's a look at a mural on the side of Dimpfelmeier's. It's my favorite bread shop in town and I'm not alone. Both the parking lot and the shop are always packed each time I go. Unfortunately, they don't allow photos inside, but they've got all kinds of German-style breads: kaiser rolls, hearty buns and of course bretzels! They also make a pretty good baguette, but still not as good as a real French one. The search for the perfect baguette continues, but at least I know where to get a good bretzel.
I've been doing a tour of various Toronto museums the past few weekends. These beautifully carved animals come to you from the Museum of Inuit Art. It's not a big museum, but it's rich in work! I'll be showing some more of the works in the coming days.
I sampled some of the bread from Saint John's over the past weekend. I still have yet to find a baguette in North America that comes close to a good French one, but their pumpernickel loaf was quite tasty!
To see more signs from around the world, take a look at Signs, Signs.
I've shown you the old-style subway cars before, now here's a look at the new ones. It's a totally open train, so you can follow this red line from one end to the other. And believe me, there are still many people who find that an entertaining proposition!
This sculpture is just near the fine foods store and benches I showed you the other day. The work is by Dale Heinzerling and is entitled The Unknown Student. It makes reference to Rochdale, an open-learning type college that once stood on this spot. Unfortunately, like many of the social experiments of the 1960s, it didn't quite work out. But I do like this memorial to the times.
Enjoy Saint Patrick's Day! Drink some green beer and eat some soda bread. I'll always remember five years ago when my husband and I stepped off a plane with our heavy winter coats slung over our shoulders in Jackson, Mississippi. The hot, humid air was a shock after the German winter, but we have enjoyed every minute since.
You'll find these benches on Bloor Street not far from the Bata Shoe Museum. I actually stopped for a snack at GS Fine Foods and it was pretty fine. If the weather had been nicer, I could have enjoyed it on one of the benches. Maybe next time.
Another treat from the Bata shoe museum. They really do a good job curating the exhibits, there are loads of colorful and informative signs everywhere. This sign welcomes visitors into the first room of the exhibit. Enjoy!
The Durand family tomb. I wonder if there are any members of the family still alive and kicking? And I wonder how many people are in there? There were no separate headstones indicating who is in the vault with Charles, perhaps he was not a kind man and the rest of his kin decided not to spend eternity with him?
I was back at the Riverdale Farm recently and caught this beautiful donkey with his lovely winter fur. I've shown some of the other farmyard friends before on this blog. But I can assure you, the piggies look different with their winter coats on, so it was worth another visit in the winter.
I have a key lime tree that I brought with me when I moved here from Jackson. Last year it made a lot of leaves, but no blooms. It looks like my friend is well-acclimated this year and we might even get some limes!
It's back to the Bata where a selection of footwear of the 1920s was on display as one of their changing exhibits. The 20s are one of my favourite eras and the shoe styles were quite glamourous. It was certainly a liberating decade for women.
I met a friend for lunch last week at one of the more upscale shopping areas in Toronto. We nibbled a little and did some window shopping. I love this ornate bench I found outside one of the stores and its doorway with the big windows and bold geometrical lines isn't bad either.
Modern newspapers have almost become a thing of the past, but on a recent tour of the Mackenzie House, I got to see a demonstration of old-timey printing. It was a long and laborious process, but very interesting to see and learn about. For example, this scene with the animals would be used to illustrate stories, but it had to be molded in the negative. You can see the mold right above it. I'm not sure I'd be able to think backwards like that and I'm impressed that those artisans could!
I hope you enjoyed my little side track on bushings and transformers. It's funny, but I sort of miss them! Now we're back to the Bata museum to see the Dalai Lama's shoes. He has apparently visited Toronto a number of times and on one of his visits, he donated this simple pair of Bata brand flip flops to the museum. He really is a man of simplicity, but I'm not sure these are good for his arches!
I promise I won't subject you to any more bushing shots (for awhile) after today. These are some of the bigger models that are produced at my husband's factory. The rods and the oil are inside and you can see the expansion tanks on the top. All these guys need is a run in the test facility and they'll be ready to go!
If you enjoyed yesterday's post, I hope you'll like this one too! Here's a look inside a larger cousin of yesterday's bushing. The liquid you see here is oil and those rods are the conductors. The oil helps to insulate from overheating and once the papers around the conductors are fully permeated, the big tube will be closed into a porcelain housing and ready to work!
I was really excited for this month's theme day, as I finally get a chance to show how wonderful large power transformers can be! My husband works in a factory that produces equipment for these transformers which are essential to utility companies. In fact, I used to sell this stuff when we were back in Jackson and I find a kind of beauty in it.
I won't bore you with more details on what these porcelain friends do, but suffice to say they are important for the proper functioning of a utility's transformer. If you'd like to see more interpretations of electricity from around the world, take a look at the CDP theme day page.