|Music Garden, weird animals by me (beats another selfie)|
This year, we disembarked from Union Station, headed due South, and hiked the waterfront trail westwards (and I do mean to use the word hike). It was a fantastic day.
We had our first lunch stop at the Music Garden, where the brilliant aqua colours of the Muskoka Chairs invited us to park our bottoms for awhile; so there we sat, munched homemade pumpernickle bread, topped with gouda and brie cheeses, and, between bites, bloviated on the state of the world while watching the world go by. It was warm enough to comfortably eat lunch, and cool enough to want to get moving again when we finished.
As usual, I ogled everybody's dogs. Lots of frenchies, yorkies, and little dogs (appropriate, to the location), along with, surprisingly, the occassional lab or huskie accompanied by an camo-clad boot-footed human loaded up with fishing gear. Once or twice, I saw a suspected cousin to Sonic (island dog, carribean street dog--they have a certain 'look'). Sonic's Blog for the canine curious
But we also spent a lot of time ogling the yachts, the schooners, the riverboats, the ships, and the general marine environment of the docks.
|Harbour Front Toronto|
The Music Garden was all shape and structure, barren lawn, snaking branches, rustling golden grasses, we'd all but given up on flowers, until down in the mud I saw a spot of bright blue. It was not a candy wrapper, it was Russian Squill or Scilla, tiny brilliant little blue bell like flowers. Now, our eyes primed, I found a handful of snowdrops, creamy white with lime dots, and then a patch of moon pale hellebores, a little tattered but luminous beneath a barren tree, spring has begun.
We ambled onwards and into Trillium Place, the newly landscaped and beautifully reclaimed Ontario Place parking lot. It now sports grassy rolling hills, native trees & shrubs, paved pathways, a curved iron firepit, a rock wall with caves. We ate the remainder of lunch, bosc pears, seated on the rock wall. The view of the skyline and lake was fabulous. The water was blue and flat, punctuated by a lone kayak, banana yellow.
|Trillium Park and Toronto Skyline|
And then we wandered into the abandoned zone of Ontario Place, not looking it's best, especially in the dead end of winter, but at it's heart, a little inlet, and a pond, with an artificial islet, and on that islet a pair of swans, building their nest.
I hope most of Ontario Place gets refurbished. Expo-67 was a time of great hope; the structures built then and still standing now reflect that.
|Photo collage of Ontario Place structure (yes, the sticker was up there) & Toronto waterfront|
you just can't get away from American Politics.
After Ontario Place, we continued west, a little less gracefully than before. The sky continued gray. We watched pintail ducks diving, we sat on a bench within sight of Sunnyside Beach and the sugar white Palais Royale, the Mississauga skyline, Burlington, and even the stacks of Hamilton in far blue horizon.
Shivering in chill of the off-shore breezes, we ended our break and shambled-stiffly-northwards in search of food and seating. An hour later, we were in the rough-hewn walls of The Dogs Bollocks,where had a delicious and HUGE meal of fish and chips and escaped just as a rather young rowdy testosterone (and soon to be beer) fueled crowd flooded in.
We rode the rocket (yep, that the's cute word for Toronto Subway) to brothers home at the end of the line, and then onwards to my own place outside of the city.
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