Monday, December 24, 2012
A few days ago … I decided it was time to go shopping downtown .. time for a quick coffee visit with a friend and also to visit the Mediterranean shop on Pandora. Hadn’t been there for quite a few years .. how time flies and all that.
On the way there … I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to look up at the beautiful sunny skies and snap some photos. Interesting clouds.
The white fluffy clouds tumbled and twirled .. changing shapes smoothly and quickly. Always beautiful, though.
Lucky to find a parking space not far from the shop … looking forward to visiting it again. My pal J and I used to visit this lovely treasure at lunch-time, years ago. Bought the most delicious middle-eastern foods for lunch. Spices. Tea. All sorts of lovely things. Same proprietor … working from 7 am till 10 at night … rent is high in this district. I understand that he sells the free-range eggs for the same price that he pays for them .. so no profit from them. I bought 2 dozen (delicious) eggs and a supply of foods for the pantry.
Among my purchases was this delicious tea .. .. loose leaf, the best.
Next .. I went to Penelope’s (sorry, no pic) to meet with J for a quick cup of tea. We both have places to go, people to see .. but important to fit in a quick visit. Lovely cafe … we enjoyed large cups of English Breakfast Tea .. and the lovely counter-guy brought us a little pitcher of milk to our table (we’d forgotten that!) …. he was so very thoughtful.
Afterwards, I drove down to the shopping area by the water .. looking forward to visiting some stores there. Spent some time looking at the lovely old brick buildings still intact. Below is one building used for Hydro … I’ll bet the offices there are funky!
Rustic .. and protected by fencing …
Window coverings, serving as security for the building and decorative ironwork .. liking that.
For just a brief moment, as I walked along ….I stopped for a few seconds .. there was no traffic noise, sun warming the street .. I felt transported back to my hometown of my younger days, a little place with lots of brick buildings, no crowds .. it was a nostalgic moment and I savoured it
Always love this mural painted on the back of a building which faces the parking lot of Capital Iron … doesn’t it seem as if the young cub is looking right at you?
Lovely old windows, warm butter-hued paint against the rustic brick …
Stopped to admire the beauty of this delivery bike .. and chatted with the owner. She and her DH worked hard to keep this sprout business going. She bikes from the nearby Fernwood neighbourhood (about 15 minutes away) and delivers the fresh organic product to homes and businesses.
Heading back to my car .. I noticed several pairs of pigeons, nestled on the overhead wires, soaking up the warm rays of the sun.
Oh, and one more thing .. after seeing this tree at Capital Iron .. for over a month now … every time I go shopping there .. and thinking and dreaming about this tree .. I finally broke down and bought it! It is a weeping pussy willow tree. Pendula Salix caprea. And it was half price. How could I possibly resist. After paying for it (and another red flowering currant .. flowers for the hummingbirds in the spring) .. I spent about 10 minutes fitting it into my car. All efforts were worth it though! Here it is in the back yard. I’ll pot it up into a bigger container .. as it will be planted in our next place! Happy am I.
Blue skies .. birdies flying around .. more plants for the garden .. and visiting with friends …treasures indeed! 🙂