Local Free Little Libraries are unlisted

Are some Little Free Libraries wild and free? I know of at least 3 in our immediate vicinity that don’t appear on the official map. (UPDATE: It’s Google’s fault.)
Anyway, when you see one of these little boxes on a stick, peek in and take a book if there’s one you like. Leave a book you’re finished with, for someone else to read.
Little Free Library example
Designs vary, because the volunteer makers are given lots of plans to choose from. Most of the LFLs I’ve seen are on people’s front yards, but I know of one in Orchard Park that also shelters ping-pong bats for use on the nearby table tennis installation that was installed last summer. Continue reading

This old goat likes the kid

You can see this video lots of places online, but why not here, too? The baby goats at the Riverdale Farm are personal favourites. I love the way they prance like demons, sometimes right on the heads of long-suffering, docile sheep.

Isn’t that prance something?

Beach Hill weather report

20 centimetres. Great day for the snowblower to seize up. Such is life. The lone figure on the hill is Danica, on the way home with her shopping as I head out, up the hill for coffee with a friend. Walks are all shovelled, joints are all aching.

Al Runt's mural on Lee's Palace

I found myself in the Annex on Bloor Street yesterday, meeting Bill Byres for lunch. As we walked by Lee’s Palace, I snapped a picture for those of you who may not know what I was talking about in an earlier post. Al Runt is one of the artists in the Flying Pony Christmas Group Show, where you can buy small originals by Mr Runt for as little as $26.
Al Runt gets my respect for his artistic endurance. He has been tattooing Toronto with his energetic, colourful designs for decades. The style has remained remarkably consistent over the years. It reminds me of a deranged Dr. Seuss mixed with a splash of Matt Groening (in his Life in Hell days) and a bit of Robert Crumb. Runt’s first covering of Lee’s facade faded over the years, so he was commissioned to do a new one, as you see it here.

World's best apple pie

apple-pieYou may look, but you are too late to try. The Best Apple Pie on Earth was discovered in Windsor ON, rushed to Toronto and judged by me. The award goes to Angela Stipic, along with my gratitude. Thanks too, to Danica, for the speedy delivery. Freshness is all-important in these matters.

Floyd Joseph drum design

floyd-joseph-ravenSigned in pencil 164/180 RAVEN CREATING THE GREAT FLOOD Floyd Joseph “94” Tyee. Serigraph on paper
Among the works of her own that Helen Andersen had stored were a few examples of works by other artists she admired. This beautifully crafted and realized Raven design by Floyd Joseph is one of them. See the frog and lobster shapes and the water motif, coming into being? Joseph’s work belongs to the great tradition of West Coast aboriginal art but he extends it, creating original icons, images and colour schemes. Continue reading

Holiday Block Party: Gerrard St. East

Is it a selfie if you ask someone else to take a shot with your camera? I guess. Or maybe it’s an elfie, if you’re with the Jolly Old Elf himself. block-party-santa
Anyway, I am completely upstaged by the performer below (bottom right). She entertained the crowd with flair and confidence using all the moves to really sell her song. The audience gave her a big round of applause.