Saturday, October 25, 2014

inSPIREd Sunday

May 2012 - Prague Czech Republic

Beautiful St. Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square was completed in 1735. It replaced a parish church, mentioned in records dating back as early as 1273.
St. Nicholas is a Baroque church, decorated with sculptures by Antonín Braun. The interior design was inspired by the chapel of St. Louis-des-invalides in Paris.
In 1781 decorations inside St. Nicholas were removed after emperor Josef II ordered the closure of all monasteries without a social function.
From 1870-1914 St. Nicholas became Russian Orthodox. Then, during the second World War, Czech army units were stationed here and artists were set to work restoring the church.
After the war, St. Nicholas was handed over to the Czech Hussite movement, with whom it remains today. It now serves as both a church and a magnificent venue for classical concerts.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

  • Scavenger Hunt Sunday

    The rules are simple:

    1. Anyone can participate.
    2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. Creativity is also encouraged!
    3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots).
    4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above.
    5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (with so many new participants each week, it’s the only way I know to be inclusive
    6. Have fun

October 2014 - TORONTO ON

  • Paint -  John painted our bathrooms last week after we had the new cabinets installed.

  • Pumpkin - flora display at the condo next door.

  • Family - it was Canadian Thanksgiving last week and we had two family dinners.

  • Looking Cute - my cousin's daughter getting dressed up.

  • Photographer’s Choice - the butterflies are prolific at the moment so I had a lot of photos to choose from.

Sepia Saturday Oct 25

Sepia Saturday

                                        251: Bobbies, bellies, bums, brushes, beards, brass buttons, boys in blue

In looking through old family photos none of the men seem to have much facial hair. One of my grand uncles, Alec, did sport a mustache as long as I knew him.

My husband, John has had facial hair for most of the time I have known him. Mustaches, goatees and beards over the years. 

1979 Cancun Mexico

This photo is from 1986 taken in London England. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Saturday Snapshot

West Metro Mommy Reads

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October 2014 - Toronto ON

I'm paying tribute to some heroes. Thank goodness for heroes as we end a horrible week in history here in Canada.

You can watch the moving video of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo being brought home yesterday.

A touching editorial cartoon from Bruce MacKinnon was published this week in the Chronicle Herald. Rest in peace Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. 

I went to Queen's Park this week and took this photo of the flags at half mast outside the Ontario Legislature.

I went in search of the police and firefighters' memorials.

Weekend Cooking

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October 2014 - Toronto ON

I was wandering down Spadina north of Queen St. W and happened upon this restaurant. I had seen their food truck around town but didn't realize they had a bricks and mortar location.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekend Reflections

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August 2013 - Grand Rapids MI

Friday My Town Shoot Out

I'm posting over here this week.

This week's theme is Pets and Animals - Does your town have a zoo? Do you have a pet? Do you own farm animals or live nearby them? This Friday share with us animal life from your town, city or village.

Toronto has a world famous zoo. 

It is very large - 1.108 sq miles (2.87 km²)

Exhibits: Australasia, Canadian Domain, Africa, Tundra Trek, Americas, Indo-Malaya, Eurasia


I'm linking up at Thursday's Challenge. Today's topic is HOME.

I thought, oh simple, but when I went to my photos I realized I didn't have an updated picture of my kitchen. So first I had to clean up, then I snapped these with my phone.

 I love my kitchen, which is funny since I didn't like it when we were viewing this condo two years ago. I had thought I wanted open concept but now realize I much prefer having it enclosed with two doors.
This means I can watch my own TV shows (HGTV, Food Network and Gusto) while John watches whatever in the living room. I love to cook so I spend many hours in my little sanctuary.

I have great wide counters and love that I can leave my mixer out.
Behind that door is my washer and dryer.
The stove is new - bought in May. I couldn't stand the one that the previous owners had left, it was just grimy and worn out.  The numbers on the knobs had worn off.

The lighting is on our list of TO DO but can wait for a while.

The picture on the laundry room door is new, bought in August in Quebec.

I hate the new water cooler bottles that are now coloured green!! They used to be clear coloured.

We bought this piece of furniture online and it is fantastic. I keep my breadmaker and crockpot in it and simply place them on top when I want to use them.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Look UP Look DOWN

Look Up, Look Down challenge hosted by Travel With Intent.
I'm posting over at The Budget Travelers' Sandbox 

September 2014 - Montreal Quebec

I had scheduled this post last week. But it is now poignant seeing that Canadian maple leaf in light of yesterday's horrifying events in our capital.
We will never be the same as a nation.