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Wave Decks

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For Toronto, it's pretty amazing something like this ever got built.

I love the new wave decks are harbourfront. Some kids use them as slides.

I'd be a little worried about splinters...

Some adults get in on the fun too.

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July 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm

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National Parrot

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Maybe the parrot was there to see the tall ships, or is that just a stereotype?

This parrot and it’s owner were out celebrating Canada Day earlier this month.

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July 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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Tall Ships

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How small can a tall ship be and still be called tall?

Karen took us to see the tall ships at harbourfront on Canada day.

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July 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm

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Flower Crackers

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Happy Belated Canada Day!

From the Canada Day fireworks at harbourfront.

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July 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

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The Move

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This is a  timelapse from our move in May of last year. It served me well but was the smallest one bedroom apartment I’ve every come across.

Music: “I love Leonard Cohen” by Robin Grey

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July 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

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Mennonite Doll

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I really want to see an old order Mennonite barn raising some day...

An old order Mennonite doll we came upon in an antique store in Kitchener. The old orders don’t like it when you take their pictures…so I had to settle for a doll.

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July 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm

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Spring Colours

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I love funky paint jobs on houses. You see this more on the east coast. I suppose the best I can hope for in Toronto is a funky door.

This photo was taken on April 11th 2010. (More than 3 months ago.) A good friend gave Tonya and I some good advice for our upcoming wedding. She suggested we should allow ourselves a few moments during the day to stop and take it all in because it will be over in a flash. Good advice for the summer too. I can’t believe we’re half way through July already! It feels like this photo was taken just yesterday…

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July 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

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We were trying to determine how many of the helium filled structures you'd need to become airborne if the teathers were cut...

One of the events at Luminato this year was Rainbow City in Queen’s Park. It was made up of these giant inflatable structures. Some were structures that you could go inside (even adults) and bounce around in. Luminato is one of the things I love about Toronto.

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July 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

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Hardy Boys

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They were astonishingly accomplished for being 17 and 18 years old.

I read a lot of Hardy Boys books when I was young. I was very disappointed to learn that Franklin W. Dixon was only a pseudonym and that many different ghost authors wrote the books.

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July 9, 2010 at 10:06 am

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To get this shot, I had to wait for a couple to finish what looked like their engagement photos in front of this truck...

This truck is one of the many interesting things found in the distillery district which is a great place to wander on a summer Saturday afternoon.

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July 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

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One of my favorite parts is in part 3 when Marty starts saying, "Great Scott!" and Doc says, "I know ... this is heavy".

This wall at the antique store in St. Jacobs reminded Tonya and I of Back to the Future. Perhaps the best trilogy ever made.

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July 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

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Wobbly Building

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What did one earthquake say to the other earthquake?  “It's all your fault!”

I experienced my first earthquake on June 23rd. This picture reminded me of that.

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July 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm

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Ascention of Beauty

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I originally though this looked like a woman jumping out of a cake made of rope and hence entitled it 'rope cake'.

This piece of art called ‘Ascension of Beauty’ was part of Luminato. It was installed in Brookfield Place. Apparently it’s supposed to look like the innards of a giant knitting machine. I think the woman is supposed to look like she’s standing on a bobbin. At least I assume knitting machines have bobbins…

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July 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

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