Saturday, January 30, 2016

25 Minutes

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A Toronto street scene, by Doug Taylor

That bright, barn red streetcar in the beautiful painting 
above has been my main means of transport for the 
past month. I board it every weekday morning, at
 exactly 8:15 a.m, to take me to my new job, at a
 busy law firm, in bustling, midtown Toronto.

The Cretan countryside, by Poppy
 
On the island, this single cypress tree, just outside the
 village, stands for our one and only bus stop. The descent
 into town, via picturesque patches of vineyards, orange and 
olive groves, was always a relaxing ride and a peaceful 
prelude to tutoring fidgety, Greek teens in English!  

The Toronto Skyline, as seen from Centre Island, by Doug Taylor

 Each trip takes precisely 25 minutes,
 but the second seems like a lifetime ago.  

 xo
Poppy 

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P.S.:
 Hope you can forgive me for not being able to visit
 blogland lately, but after 8 hours of  filing, faxing,
 prepping and printing, I only end up in one place: 
dreamland! Promise to catch up with you soon!

Happy February!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy Twenty SixTEAn!


Recently, on a cold, snow stormy afternoon, my 
aunt and I visited a cozy tea room, located in
 a sleepy, suburban, Toronto neighbourhood.

 

Chicken pot pie and veggie quiche were followed
by a shared piece of decadence, namely, that
colossal, creamy carrot cake, middle, left! 


Organic Earl Grey was our tea of choice,
and every sip was deliciously soothing.

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sooth·ing
/ˈso͞oT͟HiNG/
adjective

1. having a gently calming effect:
"she put on some soothing music"


2. reducing pain or discomfort:
"almond oil is renowned for
 its soothing properties"




And just like that, my word for the new year was
 selected, quite spontaneously, my senses would
 have me believe, but my soul knows otherwise.


Tell me, dear readers, what word will
 define your world this year? 

Thanks for visiting!

xx
Poppy 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Poppy's Paparazzi and Doreen the Biscotti Queen


Hello, my friends!
The holidays are here!
 Warm greetings on cards and
sweet gifts wrapped in tins
travel across the globe
  to bring us good cheer!


After seeing this cozy (but blurry) window display of Santa being pampered by his adoring Mrs., his festive table (from what I gather), topped with richly iced cakes and other delectable treats, can you blame me for craving such seasonal sweets, especially when, 
this year, I don't have time to bake them myself?


Fortunately, an early delivery by St. Nick did the trick!
My sassy gal pal, Doreen, who blogs over at House Honeys,
 sent me a batch of her famous chocolate walnut biscotti
and a few other varieties. My pic does not do them
 justice - they are a sight for hungry eyes and the perfect
  sugar fix for one's taste buds, anytime of the day. 
Thank you my multi talented mon ami!


Now, because Santa's such a sweetheart to have thought of  me, crazy busy as he is, in the midst of his millionth delivery, I wanted to show my appreciation with a Christmas creation, a memento of that potentially pretty store window, he just might enjoy. So, thanks to some photo shop flair, gone was the glare and the intrusive sheen of those two paparazzi, (a certain mother and daughter team!;)). And lastly, by simply pressing a key, the setting was also free of that not so attractive bumper to bumper traffic, amid the cold and congested concrete jungle that so spoiled the scene...whew! 
Know what I mean?


Thanks for visiting!
Wishing you all 
Happy Holidays,
xxx
Poppy

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Charmed


As a little girl growing up in midtown Toronto,
autumn, dressed in all its spectacular, seasonal
splendour, was always my favourite time of year.



I'm sure my passion for colour comes from those
 flaming fireballs that pierce cool, azure blue skies.


What fun we used to have, diving into brittle heaps
 of dry, crispy, crumbly leaves, swimming in hues of
 burnt sienna, hot crimson, and muddy merlots.

 And so, as you all know, this Toronto autumn has
been my first in 16 years, and I have been busy

 

reacquainting myself with its many myriad of moods -


from the bright and bubbly,


to the dark and melancholy.


And guess what?

  

I found them all to be enchantingly intriguing.


Thanks for visiting and
 Happy Thanksgiving to
all my American friends.
xo
Poppy

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Floral Flashbacks

High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Autumn 2015

In Toronto's High Park, autumn flowers and fall foliage
still exist in happy harmony, but very soon, most
leaves and all petals will take their final bow, and the
landscape that is their stage, will have its final curtain call.

Special Delivery

And so, I took a trip down memory lane, and along the
way, gathered a bunch of bouquets to remind me of all
 those times when these dainty, floral darlings delighted
 me with their vast and various cast of characters!

A Mother's Day Bouquet

This bright Mother's Day bouquet I chose for
my mom last year beautifully complements the
crockery behind it, don't you think?

Forever Fall

A close up of one of my favourite decorative
 plates, which has repeatedly presented me with
delicious servings of whimsy when I crave it,
which in my case, as you know, is constant!
 

Pretty petals in paintings are precious, and even
though I cannot breathe in their fragrance, they
 are always a breath of fresh air for the soul.

A Rooftop Refreshment

Fresh fruit and flowers from my  summer garden
on the island whet my appetite for al fresco fun.
 
Scents for the Senses

The sweet scent of narcissus in this early spring
posy
also transports me to the hilly meadows of Crete,
where these wild flowers cheerfully dot the
 countryside for weeks with their happy faces.


A bunch of silk blooms warms up stone and stucco
walls, as its reflection softly glows in the mirror.


Open shelving in the breakfast room back home
makes space for seasonal, fresh flowers, in
  addition to the permanent pretties on plates.
 
A Mother's Day Bouquet
 
Ultimately, having access to flowers, whatever the season, calms me, so, when I came across this flower delivery website, I was pleased
 to discover that local florists can provide stunning bouquets,
 (and bundles of inspiration), to you and yours, all year round.

Thanks for accompanying me on my
floral flashback, in the middle of fall!

xo
Poppy

 
P.S. Clicking on the title of each pic
will take you to its original post.
 
No compensation was received for this post.
 

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Thanksgiving Thought


Technically,
the Canadian calendar
shows that today,
Monday, October 12th,
is Thanksgiving Day.


But many Canadians,
myself, included,
celebrated with family
and friends yesterday.


Ultimately,
giving thanks and being grateful
for all the goodness in our lives,
is an everyday occurrence, isn't it?

 
Still,
 getting together with loved ones,  
and sharing in God's abundance of
bountiful blessings, makes for a special
occasion, indeed, whatever the day.
 
 
For me, I'm especially thankful to be
 spending my first Thanksgiving in over
16 years, in my hometown of Toronto.
To you, thanks for visiting, and
Happy Thanksgiving to all
 my Canadian friends!
 
xo
Poppy
 
P.S.
The pics are all of Liberty's neighbourhood,
and my walking wonderland.

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