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Adventures in Trespassing

House under construction in Leaside

Out for a dog walk one October afternoon, I  came upon this house in the process of being demolished.  We (sadly) pass a multitude of construction sites in our neighbourhood on any given day, but this one was unusual because the bungalow facade still stood.  My sentimental brain began creating a narrative for this place […]

Apple Pickin’ Time

Applewood Farm Winery, Stouffville

There’s something about a change in season that always makes me yearn to get outside with my camera.  As I try to cross things off my “Canadian girl bucket list”, I decided a trip to an apple orchard would kill a few proverbial birds with one stone.  Lucky for me, my intrepid mom was game […]

Gracie Goes to Stratford

Jody and Grace outside Perth County Court House

Gracie came to us from Toronto Animal Services, but her adoption from that shelter is a very small part of her story. Grace is a puppy mill survivor.  She survived thanks to Kimberly Thomas of Kismutt Rescue (www.kismutt.com), a passionate animal rights advocate who continues to pull dogs out of puppy mills, and educate people […]

Lemonade

Beach path and trees at Cherry Beach Dog Park, Toronto, ON

The off-leash dog park at Cherry Beach is a relatively new discovery for us, and it’s been refreshing to take our creatures there at odd hours now that I’m no longer tied to an office job. One of the first things I checked off my to do list was to redesign business cards for both Jody’s […]

What Frost Knew

Path at Cherry Beach, Toronto

The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim […]

Amazing Grace

Sign at Toronto Animal Services (TAS) South

“I don’t believe in the concept of hell, but if I did, I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.” Gary Larson It’s all Facebook’s fault. The sister of a friend (a friend once removed, in Facebook land) shared on her profile a blog post from Toronto Animal Services […]

East Meets Skeptic

Chinese medicine office

The unassuming door is easy to miss, so there is a simple stand to catch your eye from the sidewalk.  The uneven, narrow stairs lead me to an office space above a cheese store, but a strong floral scent is all that lingers in the air.  I needn’t have worried about basking in the old-sock smell of stinky […]

Canadian, eh

Maple sap collection bucket

Growing up in Winnipeg, I have a clear memory of my mother sharing a story of her childhood visit to a maple farm.  She recalled throwing freshly boiled syrup in the snow, salivating at the memory of the resulting delicious taffy.  How is it that her sweet tooth-afflicted daughter has never enjoyed that experience firsthand? This […]

Horses in Winter

Horses in winter

© Allyson Scott

Into the Wild – Part Two

Aloe plants

I needn’t have worried about sleeping in on day two of our safari; I was crawling around in the brush outside our hut with my camera just after dawn.  Heaven.  My heart stopped at least twice when the grasses that brushed my ankle mimicked the tickle of spider legs, or the slither of a snake…but thankfully […]