Monthly Archives: July 2011

Summer Cycling

If you’ve never ridden a bicycle in Toronto, you ought to give it a try! It really opens up the city to you in new and exciting ways.

P.S. If you hear a little singsong voice at the intersection, it might be me!

P.P.S. While this is sort of a self-portrait, I actually do wear a helmet.

P.P.P.S. What excellent cycling songs do you know? A personal favourite is one I learned at Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership
Just me and my bike, just me and my red shiny hand-me-down bike, pedaling into the next life, leaving my sorrows behind…

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He Nose How to Pick ‘Em

This euro-chic man could have made The Satorialist if he hadn’t had his finger in his nose. (But then again, if he hadn’t had his finger in his nose, I wouldn’t have noticed him).

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Heat wave

It’s been especially hot in Toronto this past week. Thursday the 21st even got up to 51ºC with humidity.

There’s a constant buzz in the trees.

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Flowers from French Immersion

This spring I attended Université Sainte-Anne’s 5-week French Immersion program in Point-de-l’église, Nova Scotia. It was a wonderful experience and I recommend it to anyone. As we were bound by contract to speak/write/listen/think/dream only in French, a few of my drawings from these weeks will have French notations.

Th university is right on the ocean in the Baie Sainte-Marie. Surrounding the school is a small forest (le P’tit Bois). One day, while exploring some new trails, I came across a large patch of lilies of the valley. They were everywhere and they smelled so good.

And one more image of some observational botanical sketches… this time just on the lawn in front of my residence. Perhaps some kind of buttercup? (maybe someone can help me identify it)

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Mysterious ginko

I haven’t spotted any ginko trees in Toronto’s entertainment district (okay, I haven’t looked that hard), but somehow a leaf had migrated to the sidewalk outside of the TIFF Lightbox cinema.


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From the garden

I was going through my sketchbook and came across these garden illustrations from last year. Nothing is quite as calming as getting one’s hands in the soil and watching the plants progress each day. Is there anything more beautiful than a garlic scape or a snap pea vine or a beet green waving in the rain?


 

 

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