Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Walk Downtown With My Camera

I went to Montreal for a couple days. November is not the best time to play tourist, but here are some pictures I took during my meanders downtown:

A rocket flies into the sky off the tin roof of a buildingNaked branches frame an old building with a bicycle on its wrought iron balconyPile of glass bowls and cups atop an old suitcase next to a chalk board

Harps, Lattes, and Fur Stoles

On a bench sits a latte, a croissant in a paper bag, and a lemon meringue tart and a pumpkin tart in an open cake box.

Little delights from Bakerbots Bakery on Delaware Ave. at Bloor St. West, Toronto.

Its been quite the week thus far. I worked for Sylvia on Saturday at a retail show at TESL. By the end of my shift I’d bought a ring and earrings from Talis Jewellery, which is the problem with working retail. You’re surrounded by such beautiful things all day, you can’t help but buy something once you get paid!

After work, Caitlin and I went to the Value Village up at Rodgers Road where I found a vintage fox fur scarf! I was very excited. It doesn’t go with my winter coat, but I figured it would come in handy when its really cold out- and it feels so nice against the skin! In the evening we went dancing at the Piston where they were playing 70’s disco music. The music got a bit annoying after awhile though as all the tunes the DJ’s chose sounded the same.

Caitlin and I met up at Bakerbots the next morning for lattes. I bought us a lemon tart to share, and a croissant and pumpkin tart for later. It was beautiful warm, sunny day, so we sat outside basking in the sun, enjoying our lattes on the bench outside of the bakery. Once done our little delights, we hopped on the subway and went to the St. Lawrence antique market. My two favourite vendors weren’t there, but I found myself a Russian-style fur hat, a tea cup with forget-me-nots on it, and a prism for my window, all for close to nothing! I was very pleased with my finds.

In the evening Kitty, Caitlin and I went out for beers at Disgraceland where we ran into my friend Raelynn. It was a nice way to cheers in the coming workweek. I stayed at school all day on Monday, then on Tuesday I went to see a play with my Dad and Judy at Can Stage. Judy bought us tickets to see the Arsonist by Max Frisch. It was a Swedish farce written in the 1950’s about neutrality in WWII. It wasn’t our cup of tea, but it was good to get out!

I did two loads of laundry on Wednesday morning. It’s always one of those chores one hates doing, but one feels so good about afterwards. While my clothes were in the washing, I went for coffee and custard at the Portuguese bakery across from the Laundromat. It was pleasant sitting in the sun in an old fashioned bakery surrounded by people speaking in a language I couldn’t perceive. Felt a bit like Montreal… but Portuguese.

After my laundry was done, I went to school to have a meeting with one of my class groups. Once that was done, I went to Steve’s Music where I bought a beginner’s theory book and blank sheet music for my lessons. They had a Flatsicle on sale, which I got very excited about, but when I called Long & McQuade they gave me an even better price (which happened to be their regular price). I’ve pretty much made up my mind to buy the Fullsicle. (the harp I’ve been renting since the summer is called a Harpsicle, which only plays in minor keys. Next up is the Sharpsicle (addition of sharps), Flatsicle (flats), the Fullsicle (all keys). It is still a lot cheaper and more portable than a regular harp).

I was suppose to go to yoga after class today, but lecture run late so I had to miss it. So, I went to Blacks to order some 8×10 prints and to the LCBO to stock up on beer and wine. I had totally run out of both, and it is a sad thing to see an empty wine rack in my house. So yes, there’s my week as of yet. Its been pretty good- and on Friday I’m off to Montreal!