Rainbow tunnel

I visited the rainbow tunnel in Charles Sauriol Park.


It not only has a brilliant exterior, the inside is painted in a procession of rainbow colours as well.



After the ice storm

We didn’t get 2.5 cm of ice but in some places probably 1 cm. Of course, it was pretty.
twigs and branches of a tree coated in ice

Our local pine trees didn’t break, but the ice weighed down their branches.

pine trees with branches frosted by ice and bending down

Ice storm lighting

Our emergency power is candles when it comes to keeping warm. Last night, I lit about twenty of them in safe places, to keep part of the house above freezing. I had one person ask if I still had electricity, because of the lovely glow from our windows.

These are the ones on my nightstand.

two fat white candles glow on a nightstand

This is the array in the living room.

A row of candles on top of a cupboard shine in the darkness

The power came on again after a little more than 24 hours.

Rock-lover’s house

I found a house decorated by someone who looks at rocks the way I do.

You can tell.

House with garden of carefully chosen rocks

It only improves on a closer look

house decorated by rocks and stone sculpture

Look at this beautiful stone.

smooth stone sculpture with swirls of colour

I want to go and shake their hands.

The Rob Ford mess

Angry drunk fires chief of staff. Rob Ford tosses another staffer overboard.

Diverting a downspout

The City of Toronto has ordered us all to disconnect our eavestrough downspouts from their underground connections to storm sewers. That will keep rainstorms from overflowing the storm sewers and washing excess water and sewage into Lake Ontario. It will help to keep the water table, the underground water level, higher and withstand drought.

Divert the flow away from the capped pipe

We are encouraged to add rain barrels as well to conserve rain water for watering lawns or plants. Hmmm, should the barrel be on a stand for gravity-fed watering?

Update on Pottery Road closing

Pottery Road goes under the Don Valley Parkway and connects Broadview Avenue with the Bayview Extension. It’s an old road that climbs down into the valley. A new retaining wall has been installed north of the road. However, engineers weren’t satisfied that the hill slope was stable and have nibbled the hill back further. The road is currently scheduled to re-open November 30th.