So T.O.

25 March 2017 – As you all know by now, many things in Vancouver make me wriggle with delight. Moss, mountains, ocean, rain, signs about rain, images of rain … you name it, I’m wriggling.

But I have to say: when it comes to wandering down a lane to see what you can see, Toronto is usually more fun.

Starting with the name.

Which of course sends me online, searching. Thanks to number 10 in the list, I learn why this little lane just S/E of Queen E. & Jarvis is called Bootlegger.

At first it looks disappointingly tidy & polite.

But then … aha …

Love the context? Traffic sign & recycling wheelie & fire escapes & all?  Me too.

I also love the flower-power mural.

So I am satisfied.

Bootlegger Lane has rewarded my detour, and I spin on my heel to walk back out.

And laugh.

One more reward!

Oh, oh, oh, I wriggle with delight … this is so T.O.







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  1. Context is a lot of the wriggle- cause isn’t it? The red barricade is perfect in both colour and placement. Light and shadow’s pretty good too. And I like the slight wilt of the yellow flowers.

    • Oh I’m glad you are also a fan of context. I often think of all these elements coming together in a larger art installation, curated by the street itself & life on the street. (I used to zero in tight on the murals; now I like to include context.) How is Potato Point coming along? Are you nicely re-acquainted with each other yet?

      • I’m trying to break myself of the habit of removing context. I’m holidaying soon with a friend who, every year, reminds me briefly of this intention by her lovely broad-sweep photography. And then I descend back into my old ways. Potato Point is gradually becoming my old familiar place, but it took its time. Maybe sulking because of my infidelity. Thanks for asking.

  2. Patricia Davies

     /  25 March 2017

    Are you back in TO?

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Oh dear! Clearly I have a terrible mind, because I looked for the sign in the first photo, the first thing I saw was “P in this lane”. I may have giggled, more than wriggled….


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