Coyotes

Check out the fantastic coyote photos at the Friends of Sam Smith Park blog. Our dog walker has seen them twice recently while out with the partners. She noted that one of them had a tracking collar as well.

Morning panorama

So this is March. I took this shot while walking the partners this morning down along the lake by the yacht club. It isn’t as cold as it has been and lots of dogs and their people were out and about. Still there is plenty of ice in the basin, except for one spot around the wrapped yacht where the water is kept moving.

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27th Street Tales

IMG_3147Mr. Grizzly has been sleeping in the Imagination Station. He decided to stretch and walk around the yard before the snow gets too deep.

IMG_3136O’er yonder, Cowboy Bob crosses the planes on his trusty horse, but the trail is getting snowed in and Bob is thinking about setting up camp, starting a warm fire and cooking up a cup o’ mud.

IMG_3144Maybe there’s room to camp in that old imagination station. Better watch out for Mr. Grizzly though. He gets cranky after a long sleep.

IMG_3137Mother Goose surveys the situation and wonders, “why didn’t I fly south this year? I could have been in the Everglades right now.

Long Branch Ontario Feb 15 2015 – looking back 100 years

Charles A. Williams taken 1915 City of Toronto Archives in public domainCharles A. Williams took this photo in Long Branch Ontario when he was 18 years old in 1915.  100 years has passed since these 9 folks posed for the photo.

If anyone knows the exact location of the old site of the Long Branch Theatorium, please share.  (above photo (in public domain) courtesy of  Toronto Public Library files).

 

Good Morning Long Branch 8:39 am

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Snowy weekend on the way for Long Branch! Memphis checks in for some snow-cone fun!

Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto

IMG_2894I took this photo this morning while out walking the Newfs. It’s taken from the spit facing the yacht club docks

A brief thaw

I didn’t even need gloves out walking the Newfs this morning, a big change from last week’s cold. The ice has mostly melted out at the yacht club. I shot this brief video…

I didn’t see the snowy owls (again) but I talked to some enthusiasts. I say if you’re carrying around a lens as long as my arm on your camera, you qualify as an enthusiast.

Seen the owls?
Not today yet, saw them yesterday.
Saw the pair just up here yesterday morning.
They were out on the ice yesterday. A bit hard to see out there.
Just the ones on the docks out here.
There was one up in a tree the other day.

 

 

Shout-out to a #LongBranchTO business

Today we took some things into Silver Lion Framing (3305 Lakeshore on the South side between 27th and 25th). Corey is a pro, and a really good guy too.  His shop is a great addition to the Long Branch business community.

Brice Canyon by Martin Dean Coppinger

We’re reframing this one….

IMG_2843We bought this lovely drawing in a beautiful tramp art frame…

IMG_2845but it came to us poorly matted with sagging plastic vs glass. Corey is going to improve the matte board, replace the plastic with glass and do some minor repairs on the very fragile frame.
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Long Branch has been noticed…

Blog TO has identified LongBranch & New Toronto as among the top 5 neighbourhoods on the rise in 2015. They have noticed what local residents have been seeing for some time. Developers have targeted our area in a significant way – they see gold in them-thar-hills.

It’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, increased density in the form of condos along the Lakeshore thoroughfare (such as the one across from the beer store) is bound to help revitalize a long retail strip which could use a boost. At the same time, there is a lot of development pressure on the South Long Branch neighbourhoods that unchecked will be detrimental to the character of our community.

Consider that within site of our home on lower 27th Street, at least 3 properties have been snapped up by developers. One has already had a severance approved by the Ontario Municipal Board. The owner plans to build two tall, deep and narrow homes where previously there was a single modest bungalow. In spite of the fact that this developer plans to chop down several trees on the property, and erect a pair of buildings that are each 2 stories over a garage, his team managed to convince an OMB adjudicator that this development is in keeping with the character of the neighbourhood.

On the other hand, earlier this month and further up the street, the OMB rejected a proposal to sever a lot and put up a similar development. One thing we are seeing is neighbourhood residents who are increasingly organized and willing to take the time and the trouble to get involved and fight to retain the unique character of this community.

The Committee of Adjustment/Ontario Municipal Board process seems inadequate in a community undergoing significant and rapid change. Some change is inevitable, and thoughtful development can be positive. The question is how to manage it in a way that is good for the community and good for the City. How can we bring some positive planning into the equation?

Stop the car…

DSC07407We were driving south on Royal York Road in Mimico when Tuffy P called out for me to stop the car. “I love that mural – I need a picture.” The mural is on the outside of George’s Barber shop.