2016 …

31 December 2015 – I went for a short walk this morning, looking for a cheerful, celebratory “Happy New Year” image to share with you.

Instead, in a recessed doorway on Bloor West near Brock, I found this.

doorway panda, Bloor W nr Brock

Mr. Happy Panda is not the message.

The message lies beyond his out-stretched paw & aerosol bomb, on the side wall.

detail, panda doorway Bloor W & Brock

Safe Haven. Sadly, the message could not be more timely.

  • May we who live in a safe haven recognize our great good fortune, and never take it for granted.
  • May those who so desperately seek a safe haven find one, and then have both the opportunity & the resilience to build a new life.

My thanks to the artist …

artist tag, panda doorway, Bloor W nr Brock

for this image, and for what it makes me think about, at this time of year.



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  1. L. Douglas Rae

     /  31 December 2015

    All the best to you in 2016 Penny.

  2. agreed (from another safe haven)

  3. We are indeed so fortunate to be living in the safe havens which are so attractive to all those in less safe and happy places. What a lovely post Penny💕

  4. Compose a beautiful new year and enjoy your walks Penny! Cheers ~ hedy

  5. May we all have a great 2016.


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