Toronto in August

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1471999383257Apologies to my readers for this long silence. I have been back in Toronto since the beginning of August. The weather here is warm and sunny without being too hot and I have been enjoying seeing my family and friends. So much has happened that I can’t write about each thing individually so here are a few snapshots of things I’ve been doing.

First of all, I’m so happy to be back on my bike again. I bike everywhere but some of the best rides have been along the lake which has a bike path stretching for miles.

1472000505535The countryside in parts of Ontario is beautiful. There aren’t as many mosquitos and flies this year so walking in the woods has been a pleasure rather than a torture as it can be sometimes.

1472001503283I felt the need of some concentrated quiet time so I went on a meditation retreat at Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre put on by a group called the Consciousness Explorer’s Club, a group whose philosophy is ‘Meditate, Celebrate, Activate’. In short: meditate; enjoy/celebrate life; and do good in the world. A good way to live, I feel and something I think about more and more. Today, August 24th is exactly 6 months since Loris died, also on a Wednesday. The retreat made me consolidate my thoughts that there’s no point in dwelling on the past nor worrying about the future. Life brings us things beyond our control and all we can do is try and maintain our equilibrium and live as best as we can in the present.

1472001630696One of the things I’ve really enjoyed is spending time with children in the family. There is nothing more joyful than seeing a child laugh with delight or watch them seeing something for the first time.

1472001860728Summer in Toronto is a time when everybody spends time outdoors. Watching people playing baseball, soccer, and other games which only take place in the summer is fun.

1472002119975I love the fact that Toronto is on the lake. Catching sight of sailing regattas on the lake in the setting sun or seeing the moon rise over the lake is truly a pleasure. I was lucky to see a rainbow over the lake so I’m sharing that rare and beautiful sight above.

1472002309559We are lucky to have various events taking place in the public parks like ‘Dances at Dusk’ and ‘Shakespeare in the Park’. You pay a suggested minimal donation, or what you can, or nothing at all thanks to the hard work of dozens of volunteers.

1472002589602My only regret is that it is nearly the end of August. The evenings are getting cooler and those lazy, hazy days of summer will soon be at an end. It’s not finished yet though and I will continue to enjoy whatever comes my way and I hope you all will too.

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2 Responses to Toronto in August

  1. Sallie says:

    Always enjoy your blogs. We missed one another? I was lucky to spend some time at our cottage and take my uncle from Calgary to Tadoussac Quebec to see the whales-(a 2600 km. drive!) in August.
    I know the conciousness explorers – they meet at the Octopus Gardens studio where I practice.
    Be well?
    Sallie

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