Finally!

IMG_0579.JPGAfter owning this super-deluxe KitchenAid mixer master for the past couple of years, I finally used it for the first time today. I never had enough room in the old place on Maplewood Avenue to use it. It really does make life easier when you’re baking, although I’d have to say that stopping it to scrape up all the bits was a bit more difficult. But I’ll get used to it.

AGO & Porchetta

My brother invited me to the AGO to view an Alex Colville exhibit.

It is quite the exhibit, with many of his paintings on display, from the early 40’s through to his final painting, a couple years ago. There were also studies on display for a number of his paintings. I didn’t realize just how exacting a painter needs to be to get the scene right. He was very exacting in his studies, measuring to the ½-inch!

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It is the first time I have been to the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) since the renovations were completed. The view above is the front of the museum along Dundas Street West. It is massive, and looks amazing.

Inside is this twisting staircase, that extends outside (enclosed) of the museum.

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On departing the AGO, we headed west to Ossington and a private gallery “Angell Gallery.” Here they had a few pieces of art by Kim Dorland on display. His very liberal use of oils adds a 3-dimensional look to the paintings. Very interesting style, I liked “After The Party” and “Fireworks.” But I’m afraid I’d have to sell the car for a down payment on either!

We left there and stopped at Porchetta on Dundas West. Absolutely amazing slow-roasted pork sandwiches are on their menu. With crackle! We each had the House Special, with extra meat & extra mustard. We didn’t get the soup, but it was butternut squash & prosciutto! When I head in to Toronto again, I’ll definitely eat there again!

Saturday

As if that wasn’t enough, Gary wound his way over to Queen Street East, to Ed’s Real Scoop. Real ice cream. Velvety smooth and delicious! I had cup of strawberry & butter pecan and Gary had strawberry & milk chocolate. It was almost too much. I really don’t need to eat anything else today!

I’ll have to head in to Toronto a little more often!

Brighton Photo Club Trek to Cobourg

The Brighton Photo Club organized a trek to Cobourg last Tuesday for a photo shoot at City Hall, the marina and ecological garden. It was a perfect day, with some cloud to add interest to the sky.

We met at City Hall at 0945, and toured through its 3 floors. Quite nice architecture from long ago. After that, we headed over to the Cat & the Fiddle Old English Pub where we had a very nice lunch. Here I thought it was so nice of the club to buy us lunch, but no… we had to pay for that ourselves. It was excellent never-the-less. After lunch, a few of us headed over to a park, marina and eco-garden. 

For the first time ever, I filled the small SD card I had in my Canon DSLR in no time & had to buy another card to carry on. Of all the photo’s I took, only a couple turned out OK. The exterior windows of city hall intrigued me, as well as the bannister inside. Outside, I managed to snap a pic of a large butterfly fluttering around a fountain. The rest were ho-hum, and destined for the bit bucket!

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Flowerbox Window

Staircase

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I am not much of an architectural photographer, but it was a great way to spend the day.

Proctor Park Hike

It’s been a while since I hiked the trails of Proctor Park. It is quite lush in there, what with the kind of summer we had. The trails were quite damp & earthy. I didn’t spot any puffballs, but if there were any, I’m sure they would have been harvested by someone.
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I’ll have to go back to keep track of all the changes through the seasons.

Picture perfect day at Presqu’ile

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Location for photo to be printed…

IMG_1895Above is a photo of where my favourite photo will be placed. I took it to Rhonda’s Framing in Colborne to be printed on her giclée printer. She gave me a foam board to see how it would look at the approximate size it will be. It will be printed on canvas & should look spectacular.

 

Bette’s Homestead, Brighton

20140716-124833-46113292.jpgIn the west end of Brighton stood a carriage house built by the Bette’s family back in the mid 1800’s. All that is left now is a park, as the house burned to the ground a few years ago.20140716-125005-46205535.jpgThe park that was put in its place was dedicated to a town counsellor.