Saturday, 29 September 2012
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Former home of the Don Valley Brickworks. The source for bricks that contributed to most of Toronto's emerging skyline in the late 19th Century.
And it almost never came in to being.
Three brothers, John, William and George Taylor, in the pulp and paper business opened up a pulp mill in the Don Valley. They were having trouble digging holes for fence posts - too much clay.
Took the clay to a brickmaker and he said, you've struck gold. Or at least excellent clay.
Nowadays, people would cry to the government for help or to subsidize their pulp mill.
Nope - these guys changed profession and became brickmakers.
Anyway.....that's not what this walk was about, but a good poke a lazy layouts nonetheless. [Ed. note: Takes one to know one.]
Now it has been transformed into a large scale environmental community.
With lots of cool artwork.
The first picture's artwork of a Black Eyed Susan was created using recycled eavestroughing.
Above are ice bergs, uhhh.....floating in air.
[They have built a bunch of other stuff infront of this by now - see below - so had to use a stock photo from them.]
The green marking the river valleys are actual plants growing out of the framework.
Even the lost rivers of Toronto, of which there are many - with many of them still active, but buried - are etched in grey on this mural. As are all major transportation routes.
They determined that they were beaver bones, and that they were ~10,000 years old. And that those busy beavers were the size of black bears back then.
Hence the above artwork; a beaver almost as large as a tree.
Ooooo, that's scary......
Artwork was everywhere!
I said, artwork was everywhere!
And decorate it.
The artists got quite clever with hiding their art as well.
Oh...I remembered what the other picture was....a picture of the original quarry. It was a long way down to the bottom.
A cool little spot, tucked into the Don Valley.
Monday, 24 September 2012
Sunday, 23 September 2012
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Who says you can't drink the water or eat the fish.
Actually, they are very clever. "Ohhh...uhhh....those are 'Wetlands'. Supposed to look like that...."
Okay, this looks a little better.
Gotta give credit to all the guys who live down here, though. And there seems to be a fiar bit of eveidence of them.
Which was another reason I'm glad I went during the day.
Here is is about eight inches deep.
Or however wide tires are. Because that's what's causing those ripples in the background.
Hey, nice beach. Bring the kids.
Man, this is one long river trail.
But this trail is going on forever. I'm getting farther and farther from Kansas, too.
Is the sun starting to go down....?
Actually the real Real Jerk got the boot from this location a while back.
As this once dilapidated area started to trend up (in part because of funky little joints like The Real Jerk), the building owner jerked up the rent.
Too bad - great Jamaican food.
Luckily it's been turned into exactly what Toronto needs - another Irish pub.
That tucked in the middle of Riverdale is the Royal Canadian Curling Club.
And I knew that. I was never really scared during the walk. I told the police I must have pocket dailed 9-1-1. Those GPS locator thingys really work.
Thursday, 20 September 2012
And this is a course our duffer's league plays!
However, as I got out my driver and walked to the tee......
Went back and got my wedge.
No, I didn't, still kept the driver. You haven't seen my game.
Thursday, 6 September 2012
With all the crazy wind we have been having over the last few weeks, this is not surprizing.
Commonly known as the Bloor Street Viaduct.
That is one big Don Valley underneath it.
Cool that is comes above ground just north of some of the biggest buildings in the city.
Then the Bloor line heads east, and rides along on the platform under the Prince Edward Viaduct. Great foresight to build that lower platform, 40 years before the subway was even thought of.
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Sunday, 2 September 2012
But those darn girls in bikinis don't let you get a good view of the beach.
And you meet the most interesting people, when you least expect it.
Who knew he really drank Steamwhistle.
Some pretty fancy joints have sprung up.
Except a discussion with the most interesting man in the world....
Saturday, 1 September 2012
A new study says the rich are getting richer and the poor are, well, not getting poorer, but not getting rich as fast as those darn richies. And something has to be done about it!
The report was done by, wait a second, a group of community activists and unions! Huh?
The article/study goes on to lament the inequality of income distribution in the province.
Well here's a crazy notion; income isn't distributed. It's earned.
The report shows that Ontario ranks last of all provinces in most major categories. And by most major categories they mean, of course, government funding of social programs.
How a province with such a high tax rate can rank last in so many spending categories just shows how much Dolton McGuilty's Liberals have farged our province.
They did say Ontario at least got two things right; highest minimum wage and highest welfare rates. Hmmm.....no chance those could be part of the problem....?
Sorry, it's those darn richies fault, getting all that income distributed right to their door.