The Roden in the title of this blog post refers to Roden Public School. In their schoolyard they have this colourful mural, a fairly accurate map of the area with the school in the center. The original school on this site was built in 1907-1908 as Ashdale School. In 1910 it was renamed to honour Mr. E.P. Roden a long time school trustee. The present school was built in 1969.
below: The school is just north of Gerrard St., between Coxwell and Greenwood, and south of the railway tracks. I suspect that the 100 in the circle that marks the school has to do with the 100th anniversary of the school although I haven’t been able to find any information about the mural online.
All day Sunday, and well into the early hours of Monday morning, it snowed. It’s been many months since I’ve walked on a snowy day. It was a bit grey and there wasn’t a lot of contrast (as in light and shadow) in the scenery yesterday afternoon when I walked, but the novelty of white snow kept me interested (and warm!). From Roden school I wandered westward.
below: Walking home after school.
below: A cosy brown scarf and red hat, an avocado smile, celery arms are two doggie treat buttons on his tummy – a snowman living the easy life. No standing around in the snow for him!
below: This was my friend who accompanied me for part of my walk, meowing loudly most of the time. I’m not sure what it was trying to tell me. Maybe it was out enjoying the snow? More likely it was looking for a warm place to snuggle.
below: Busy steps, quiet steps.
below: Keeping an eye on the garage. Eye spy!
below: Bikes and deer in the alley. A mother deers keeps watch over her fawn.
below: On one hand, I want to say that for those who want to look, there are many little surprises to be found in the lanes and alleys of this city. But on the other hand, there are an incredible number of old cars parked in city backyards. Some are neglected and clearly not roadworthy while others still have some life left in them.
below: Another car.
below: Clowning around in a window.
below: I think it’s dub monkey, duh?
below: Looking south to Gerrard Street. Snow and slush, very Toronto in the winter. The orange construction sign is also very Toronto, but in all seasons these days.
below: Someone added some colour to the alley when they shouldn’t have.
below: A mural by kairo, on a pink that packs a punch on a grey winter day.
below: More alley colour to brighten the day.
below: Someone loves their bike. I find it a bit creepy that the picture is a skull.
below: Wall art of another kind. Shades of yellow.
below: Little ups and downs in the lane. A large majestic winter tree stands over the lane.
below: A peacock mural. Lahore Halal Meat store on the corner of Gerrard is a reminder that this part of Gerrard was/is referred to as Little India because of the large number of Indian (Southeast Asian) shops and restaurants.
below: This photo is from the entrance to Lahore Halal Meat store in the above photo. The material on the inside features brides and grooms within heart shapes and surrounded by white flowers. Not what you’d expect in a meat shop!
below: Textured concrete, broken bricks, and the remnants of a black stencil.
below: Sunflowers reach for a sunny place.
below: A fork in the alley. A jumble of lines.