7 Down, 1 Up

17 November 2016 – Sounds like a crossword puzzle command, doesn’t it? But it’s not, it’s what happened today when I went walking with Mary C ( As I Walk Toronto ).

We’re in Leslieville, happy to follow our feet wherever they choose to go, and — no surprise here — they choose to walk a lot of alleys.

Which takes us past a lot of garages.

I become fascinated with ones that are … how shall we put this? … a little down on their luck.

Brilliant, dramatic, but decidedly down on their luck.

Like this one.

peeling door, in a Leslieville alley

And this one. From peeling red, to peeling black & blue.

Leslieville alley garage

Lots of stern instructions here, but they forgot the important one …

Leslieville alley garage

namely, No Tagging.

“Bang” says the garage door, in large letters. Bang?

Aha, check those cute little mousies, in the lower right.

Leslieville alley garage

Mouse (Right) has Mouse (Left) at gunpoint.

A second round of weather!, this time on a field of turquoise …

Leslieville alley garage

then a garage sporting a whole lot of turquoise.

Which is weathered, but not weather!-ed.

Leslieville alley garage

Then a little more turquoise (along with Memories of Insulbrick) …

Leslieville alley garage

and finally, out on a city street, whole great whooping stripes of turquoise.

very harrow, very exuberant Leslieville house

After 7 Down, we have hit our 1 Up.

Up-tempo, up-energy, up-humour, up-up-up.

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  1. I think I’d like that striped house, but I’d never dare! Another great stroll through the beauties of dilapidation.


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