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posted 13 July 2002 01:31 AM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Very well, the summer in Toronto hasn't been particularily "glorious", but what of the rest of the country (and I may as well include our AMERICAN cousins)?

Thursday and Friday nights and Saturday mornings are spent visiting the parks with my dog, Sam, stopping in on the various soccer fields and baseball diamonds where my cities' youth stretch their legs and fill their lungs. Our cricket field is busy on most weeknights and I visit to watch the eternal struggle between Colonists and Colonies...always a treat to see the British arguing with the wogs over disputed calls!

Ohhhh, to witness the vitality of our youth is to witness the lie to the myth of a generation of video game playing, slack jawed, vacant gazed sloths.

Our youth is full of vigour and our ever-so-short summer nights are proof!

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posted 13 July 2002 10:31 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My summer is becoming glorious. The day before yesterday, I took my son on the shortest, cheapest cruise around the 1000 Islands, and we had SUCH a nice time! The Buskers Festival is also going on in Kingston this weekend, and for the last two days we've been wandering downtown watching buskers, eating outside on park benches from little food stands by the water, and just having a really nice time.

We've also gone swimming in the lake (which has mostly consisted of us sitting in the shallowest part of the water and getting washed ashore by the waves!) and taken bike rides around the neighbourhood and long walks around the city.

About a week ago, we went on the Tour Trolley (a little bus that is shaped like an old-fashioned, red streetcar), and it was so much fun because Amir was so thrilled with it. That same day, there was a hay ride with big Clydesdale horses going from City Hall to a park about 10 blocks away, and it was free because there was a festival happening in the park. So Amir and I took a couple of round trip hay rides and he was thrilled with it.

I think we'll probably go downtown and see some more buskers today.

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posted 13 July 2002 11:00 AM      Profile for Slick Willy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That sounds nice Michelle. Something I miss from Victoria is the "tourist in your own home town" deals that you could pick up for next to nothing in the off season. I don't think there is such a thing in Toronto as there are always plenty of people here to gouge all year round.

They have a short cruise from downtown on a tall ship for about $10 that I think my daughter and I should have a go at.

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posted 13 July 2002 11:19 AM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's been a beautiful summer so far...

The hot weather has been just right for sprinklers and paddling pools, and it's even more fun since Ms T is only 18 mos old and it's all brand new to her. Ms B has learned to catch bugs, and wants to know all the names of the plants. When she goes out in the morning, she says "Hello, clematis, hello, peony, hello, basil, hello, oregano, hello, gazania..."

We walk downtown to the farmer's market, buy fresh veggies and homemade jam on Saturdays, watch the buskers and then my sweetie and I get a latte from Roca Jack's and sit on a park bench while the kids play in the park.

We take expeditions into the park with our bikes and bike trailer and a picnic. There's a new spray park that's like the most fanastic sprinkler, and the girls love it. We take a picnic and a blanket and towels, and it's so much fun.

Soon the saskatoon berries will be ripe for the picking, and we'll go out to the valley with our buckets and hats and fill them with the sweetest wild berries on the face of the earth. Our fingers will be stained red, and so will the children's faces. There will be pie.

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posted 13 July 2002 12:03 PM      Profile for Trisha     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I miss the summer days with kids and the sidetrip adventures. I'm not getting out much yet, still recovering and way too hot but I have lots of memories of wonderful summers, taking visitors to the Old Fort and other places. Maybe next year.
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posted 13 July 2002 12:24 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, I wish there were "tourist in your own hometown" deals here, but there aren't. The only deal I've gotten is the student rate on the Tour Trolley.
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posted 13 July 2002 12:47 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nice here too. The blackflies and mosquitoes are less voracious. The deer flies are horrible as they take out chunks. Fortunately they weigh a fair amount so I usually can get them before they get me.
The lake is lovely and warm. The garden is growing in leaps and bounds. I do love summer.

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posted 13 July 2002 01:23 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wouldn't it be great if Toronto were near a lake? I've been saying that to myself the whole thirty years I've been here: Such a shame we don't have a lake, I've said, almost daily ...

The gardening joys and just walking about our neighbourhood (without having to pull layers on and off at the door) are my favourites too. An accessible, clean, if modest body of water is the one thing we're missing that all you guys seem to have.

A couple of weeks ago we made a quirky discovery in a most unexpected place. Many people will know hospital row on University Ave in downtown Toronto. It is non-stop asphalt and concrete, under perpetual construction, monumental, a great place in its terrifying way but no one's candidate for welcoming, restful refuge on a summer's day.

We were stuck wandering about there for an hour or so, and discovered a sunken outdoor bistro hidden away just under the chilling Hydro tower. On a stinking hot day, and just yards away from the traffic on University, there sits a wonderfully cool two-level sunken patio with fountain -- somehow it is quiet and cool, and someone has put some imagination into sculpting super planters and great round stone (concrete, really, but they look stone) tables.

We were so amazed to find ourselves comfortable, our spirits lifted in a setting we normally find forbidding, that we've gone back a couple of times just to enjoy. Serendipity. Good bistro food, too.

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