Casa Loma

Toronto landmarkCanada is the young country this is why it does not have remarkable and worldwide known ancient or medieval architectural attractions with long history. The largest city of the country Toronto is typical North American city with downtown full of modern skyscrapers. However there are few 18th and 19th centuries beautiful buildings around it.

As of the rule in the past cities were developed around the churches and castles. Because of that the most remarkable and beautiful architectural treasure around the world are that kind of buildings.
One of the most gorgeous and famous landmark in Toronto is Casa Loma – “House on the Hill”. The Medieval castle was built on the highest point of the city and visitors have the perfect view from its towers. The owner of his dreamy home Sir Henry Pellatt began construction in 1911 and completed in three years. It is beautiful building with magnificent park and fountains. The palace is not very old and because of that preserved in its original form.

 

Tower

Today Casa Loma is a wonderful monument to its creator.

St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Gentlemen looking like St. Patrick

 

March ends but the spring does not hurry up to come. Although frost and snow retreated, it is still cool, windy (though this is a common condition), and sometimes rainy in Ontario. All around is gray and boring. The only colour which makes environment alive is faded yellow. However when the sun shines everything becomes bright and colourful. In those days heavenly blue dominates around.

In the middle of March there is a holiday that make this month a little bit happier. St. Patrick’s Day is the most picturesque and very cheerful holiday. That is the main annual event in Toronto in the early spring. Huge Irish diaspora in Canada inspires  the whole multinational and multicultural Canadian society with its optimism, fun and irresistible humour, and extraordinary cultural traditions. Everybody is Irish on that day. And even participation of the controversial mayor of Toronto – Rob Ford, in the Parade did not spoil the holiday.

Mayor of Toronto

The celebration took place on March 17. However St. Patrick’s Parade have preceded the holiday. This is perhaps the most respected and esteemed parade of the year for the residents of Toronto and the surrounding area.

Frosty Morning

It was bright, crispy, windy and cold Sunday morning. Quiet time. You can meet by that time only “early birds”. It is time for walking and thinking. Nothing and nobody bothering. The best time of the day!

Frosty Sunrise

Here comes the Sun

Gulls on the Ice

Gulls on the Ice

Loan under the Ice

Ice and Trees

Park on the bank of Ontario

Bench

Sun in the Ice

Reflection

Shade of Photographer

Photographer

Still under the Ice

Grenadier Pond

Bridge above the creek

Wooden Bridge

Cloud in the Sky

Cloud in the Sky

Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird

Grey and green birds

Spring is coming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 1

The first day of Spring is not a real spring. We still have snow and frost. However there are a lot of small things showing that spring is coming.
Have a nice weekend my Friends.

Sunrise from the window

Sunrise

Cold and sunny sky

Spring Sky

Birds are looking for the food

Robin

The last chance

Winter Tea

White Christmas

Christmas is the main and most picturesque holiday of the year. A lot of people are waiting for that dreamy time with anticipation. It is a magic time with beautiful Christmas Trees, Santa Clause Parade, wonderful decorations everywhere, Christmas songs and carols. People are excited with the Christmas shopping to make gifts for their families, kids and loves. Everybody dreams of a White Christmas like in Irving Berlin song. But sometimes unexpected events overshadow that lovely holiday.

Candles of Blackout

On the night of December 22 in Toronto freezing rain broke Christmas plans for many people. In a few hours trees and bushes covered with a thick crust of ice. Electrical lines and wires could not carry so heavy weight and start to brake. Trees fell down. City and Province of Ontario dived into the darkness. In the morning about 350 thousand people did not have power at their houses.

In everyday life we do not realize how we are dependent of electricity. If it happens to lose it there is a terrible sense of discomfort. But when it goes on for long hours and days the sense of feeling discomfort turn into disaster. In the wintertime that situation is getting worse because of lack of heat. And finally short and gloomy winter daylight drives people in state of depression. Such feelings were observed during the Christmas period in many places of Toronto.

Fortunately, not the entire city was in darkness, and people could move to their relatives, friends, and acquaintances.

City and provincial authorities and services actively worked on troubleshooting, but the damages were huge and many people did not have power until December 29. Even today, December 30, the day of publication of that post, about two and a half thousand people remain without electricity.

Ice on the Window

 

Ice crust on the tree

 

Icy bouquet

 

Icicles on the Fence

 

Frozen Tears

 

Christmas tree decoration

 

But the world around looked beautiful. Crystals on the trees and bushes were magic. When a few days later the sun came out everything was shine and sparkling.

Snow whirled and fluttered in the air and laid over the frozen ground.

Ice on Grenadier Pond

 

Winter skating

 

Winter Street in Toronto

 

Christmas tree and Snowmen

Over the past few years White Christmas came to Toronto for the first time.

A little bit of Christmas

Yesterday was frosty day with heavy snow. Blizzard raged full day long. In one day city was covered with white coverlet. Through the window everything looked black and white. Frost decorated windows with beautiful drawing. Unlike that home Christmas decoration is warm and colourful.Frost drwaingSanta Claus BallCeiling Christmas LightFrosty winter windowCarol book Fragment of LightLight star on the windowFrost on the glassDecoration for ChristmasLight reflection in the window