This evening was really lovely. I went to Ceili Cottage. After I gluttoned myself on the mac and cheese, and then the mushrooms on toast, I travelled to the adjacent winter yurt for some beer.
Wow. What a lovely space they have created. I’m so happy I spent the early evening in this tiny enclave. It was really magical. A little cold yes, but definitely worth some slight discomfort.
My photos don’t do it much justice. All I can say is that if you’re in Toronto go over and check it out. It’s a truly unique experience in one of the greatest cities in the world.
And the beer is top-notch!
1301 Queen St E.
Inside the cottage
Inside the yurt
This morning I ventured over to the antique market at the St. Lawrence north building and saw this lovely dog all decorated for the holidays. Too cute. So here, I’ve shared!
Last night I braved the cold and went to the Christmas Market in the Distillery District. The idea is to celebrate the magic of a traditional European Christmas market, which is inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New.
It’s also a great opportunity to showcase hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products, while drinking malt wine, scotch and beer! There’s family friendly entertainment that includes musicians, carolers, rides, and choirs.
My photos don’t really illuminate how beautiful the set-up is, so it’s best you get out and see it for yourself. I was surprised with how busy it was too, and there are a lot of selfish parents with newborns who believe they should have special privileges not alloted to the childless among us — so be warned.
It’s probably best to get there during the afternoon, because last night was insanely busy.
Friday November 29 to Sunday December 15
Monday to Friday Noon to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 9pm
Maude in a hotel room sleeping with one eye open!
Quinnford + Scout were both commissioned to take photographs of the principal characters on the film Weekend. This movie affected me unexpectedly. The way it was shot, the subtle quality of it, has penetrated my skin somehow.
Like most things I probably won’t determine why that is for some time. Love is a pure emotion unlike anything — and when it proves challenging to acquire, or to keep, it leaves a mark. I wonder then why love is so important to us, when it hurts deeply, the pain is often excruciating.
There is a beautiful supplement of these photographs on the Criterion DVD of this film that’s accompanied by a stunning soundtrack, but I can’t find it online anywhere. When I do though I’ll be sure to share it with all of you. I hope it’s soon.
I thought I’d share some photographs of South American street art. There’s really no other theme for this post, other than to just share some images. Chau.
Yeah, this is what it looks like. Christmas tree season.
Tomorrow is my favourite holiday of the year: HALLOWEEN. This year I’m going as Sophia Petrillo from The Golden Girls. We’ll see how my costume comes along.
Above is a drunk pumpkin that I carved tonight. Maybe it needs a little more work.
Sage words… from Ann Landers
Yesterday afternoon I was conducting some research on Gore Vidal, the cantankerous literary genius who passed away in 2012, when I came across one of many interviews he gave during the Bush years.
Interestingly, he provided a quote that I thought applied to my life. Have you ever had a disagreement with someone who uses all of your arguments, twists them, and then uses them against you? This has happened to me countless times.
Well, apparently it must have happened to Vidal as well. I paraphrase his comments, but here is what he said: “A real coward is a person who lies about their own faults and transgressions and applies them to the person who sees through their fallacies.”
An anvil dropped in my head! “Projection” is a word that would accurately summarize this quote. But I’ve never thought much to define it in the manner that Vidal did.
Well I thought I would share another stream of consciousness with my readers, even if you think I’ve gone totally mad.