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Summer in contrasts

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Such is summer in the city… a study in contrasts. A quiet, rainy Canada Day at home, making pasta salad and peach pie, followed by a whirlwind of fireworks, house guests, neighbourhood wandering, and the pride parade. What fun. The pie was the first I’ve made this year with summer fruit and it was so good. The peaches were fine in terms of flavour (later peaches will be better, when they’re in season in Niagara), but they were still lovely and juicy. Strawberries are at the very end of their season here, so I’m hoping to make a strawberry rhubarb pie this coming weekend.

I am actually crossing my fingers for more rain this weekend – there’s lots I’d like to do outdoors, but it has been so hot and humid this week. We’ve been averaging around 35-40C with humidity. I don’t often wish for air conditioning, but keeping our apartment cool has proven to be particularly difficult lately. Some cool rain with a breeze would certainly do the trick.

What are your plans for this weekend? Has it been this hot where you are?

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Summertime, slowly.

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A few reminders from the last while that beauty is there, even if you have to look a bit harder for it.

Wishing you a wonderful end to your week!

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Spring blooms at High Park

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Although the cherry blossoms are usually in bloom around this weekend, the weather this winter and spring has been so strange that there isn’t a cherry blossom in sight at high park. Maybe they’ll bloom in the next little while, but it’s possible that they won’t bloom at all this year. That’s a bit disappointing, but there’s lots of other stuff in bloom in the park right now. I headed out for a couple of hours this morning with some friends, and the weather was so lovely – the rain held off until we were at the movies later.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

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Family Day Hike

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We had a long weekend this week with a Monday holiday, so I took the opportunity to go for a short hike with some friends at Crothers Woods. It was actually pretty warm but it did start to snow somewhat heavily while we were walking. Other than making the trails a bit slippery, it was nice and made for some pretty pictures. I’m excited to go back in the spring and try out some of the other trails… it’s hard to believe that in a few months the landscape will be green and completely transformed!

The woods are pretty easy to get to from downtown – there’s a bus that runs from St Clair station, and it’s about a 15 minute ride, followed by a 10 minute walk. The walk to the park isn’t particularly nice (it’s a pretty industrial part of town), but it’s an easy walk nonetheless and worth it. The entrance is tucked away in the back of a Loblaws parking lot, which led to some wandering around confused before figuring out how to access the trail.

I hope you’re all keeping warm in the snowy weather!

Happy Friday, friends!

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Rainy fall walks.

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We had our first snow this morning, which of course signals the time for me to post these very late fall photos. I went on a walk with some friends through a local park in October, and even though it rained, we still had a lovely time. It was a kind of misty rain that left everything a little shiny, which was perfect for photos.

I hope you all had a lovely fall- do you have snow yet? Our has melted already but I’m crossing my fingers for more later in the week.

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Catching up.

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It’s fall! The weather is so much cooler here and I love it- it’s the perfect weather for knitting and wearing handknits. Classes are good, although now that I’ve decided not to apply to grad school this cycle, I’m excited to graduate and maybe have a break from writing papers.

I’m still dyeing yarn, which is so fun, and I’ve done a few fibre festivals in the past few months. They’re my favourite- knitters are the nicest people.

Although I’m sad to see some summer favourites go out of season (peaches, strawberries, and tomatoes, namely), I’m also loving fall foods. Apple and pumpkin flavoured everything, please. And we did manage to can a bunch in August- lots of fruit jams, and some salsa and tomato sauce. The salsa is especially good- I’ll try to post a recipe later this week in case you’ve still got some lovely tomatoes.

Has fall weather arrived full force to where you live? (And please leave me your favourite apple and pumpkin recipes below… I always need more!)

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High Park

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Last weekend, while M was visiting, we took advantage of Toronto’s Doors Open event, where museums and other facilities around the city are free. We visited the Bata Shoe Museum, went for a short hike in High Park, and toured the city greenhouses in the park, which is where the city grows all of the plants for use in city parks. It was really cool to see how seeding and transplanting work on such big scales- they had really neat seeding machines to help out but lots of the work is still done by hand.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Be sure to check back tomorrow for an exciting announcement!

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Lately.

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting // my Aidez cardigan, hoping to finish it before it’s too warm to wear it. (Rav link)

Reading // Suite Francaise by Irène Nemirovsky, for my course on Holocaust literature.

Baking // Scones, check back tomorrow for the recipe!

Loving // Having a kitty around the house to pet and play with. More pictures of her here.

Looking forward to // brunch, rotated between our place and two friends’ places.

Fascinated by // Campbell house, where I helped a friend take some photos for a project.

Working on // my hat and a few extras for Liesl’s Myatery Hat Swap.

What have you been up to lately?

Linking up with Yarn Along.

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Graham hat.

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I’ve finally finished my exams and final papers, so I can start sharing some of my Christmas knitting! First up is this hat I made for my friend L. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for awhile and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I shortened the ribbing by 1″ but added an extra inch of the broken rib pattern to make up the length. It feels a bit early for Christmas gifts but since L is going away with his family for the holidays, I wanted to make sure he got his gift before he left.
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Have you finished your Christmas knitting yet? Or are you like me, frantically knitting until Christmas eve?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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In the backyard.

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This week, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A simple pair of socks for Liesl’s Monthly Sock Challenge. I was going to try to do a pair for the challenge in August, but it ended up being a really busy month, so I’m starting the challenge in September instead. The pattern is my current favourite plain sock pattern, Plain Vanilla Socks by Keri McKiernan.
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Reading :: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’ve heard that both this book and the film adaptation are fascinating and well written, so I’m giving it a try even though the premise isn’t the happiest. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s quite captivating so far, and the narrative voice is really interesting.

Enjoying :: Having a backyard at my apartment this year… such pretty light for pictures and so nice to have some outside space!

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with Yarn-Along and KCCO.

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