With the heavy rain and winds of tropical storm Sandy expected to reach us over the next few days, I’m so glad I captured some images of the beautiful fall leaves in our area. They’re already on their last legs and I don’t think they have the fortitude to hang on through a storm.
So it’s official, with a dip in the mercury and sunsets beginning earlier and earlier, Autumn has truly arrived around here. It’s time to start thinking about bundling up and hunkering down, planning and preparing for the dark, cold months ahead. It’s time to nest.
Interestingly, I just found this empty birds’ nest in the backyard, its former inhabitants long departed for trees in warmer, sunnier locales. Isn’t it funny that just as the birds are done with their nests, it’s time for us to curl up inside and feather our own?
As we get busy making our interiors more cosy, our exterior surroundings are preparing to undergo some dramatic changes.
Recently, a mid-town Toronto firm requested my help with their design dilemma. They had just moved into a new office space in a contemporary Yonge Street tower and quickly set up their desks and equipment in an arrangement which was highly functional and well-suited to their needs. Being a corner space, most of their walls are floor to ceiling windows which allow for plenty of light and decent views, however they were perplexed as to where to go with their narrow fifteen foot corridor which leads from the front entrance of their office into the main work space.
Woofstock 2012 is taking place in Toronto this weekend. It’s an outdoor festival for dogs and their owners complete with vendors and exhibitors, a dog fashion show, a Mr. and Ms. K9 Canada Pageant and other doggie events. If you’re interested in attending, it’s being held downtown by the the St. Lawrence Market where the surrounding streets are closed to traffic in order to accomodate thousands of human and canine attendees.
For the past couple of days the weather has been overcast and on the chilly side. Today, even though we’re in the last week of April, the clouds are threatening to sprinkle some snow! Nevertheless, around our neighborhood the Spring flowers, like these pansies in such beautiful shades of violet, are putting on their best show.
Although I’m not much of a gardener, as the temperatures have been warming up and the “April showers” have started, I’ve been thinking about the beautiful flowers that will be blooming in May. Right now there are some little buds popping out and the grass is a bit greener, but for the most part my backyard looks brown and dead.