June 27, 2005
The Joys of Summer
For me there is no better time of year than late spring, early
summer. From about the middle of May to the middle of July I am
totally in my element. It's finally warm, the weather gets better,
the days are really long. The summer solstice for me is a magical
time, you're out until 9:45 pm and there is still light on the horizon.
Well, it's finally warmed up in Toronto. After a long winter (isn't
winter always long here?) and a patch of rain and cool weather in
May, June has brought the "3 H's" to Toronto: hot, hazy
and humid. As a matter of fact, I don't mind at all. I love being
outside at night when it's 25 degrees (above 80 Fahrenheit) and
I don't even need a sweater to protect myself against the nightly
The last few days have been fabulous. Starting on Wednesday, I
took a nice little walk downtown with my sister-in-law and we walked
down Church Street, heart of the Gay Village, where everybody was
getting ready for the big
Pride Parade and the other events associated with Pride Week.
We then crossed over to Yonge Street, past Dundas Square, and we
both commented on how this area is starting to increasingly remind
us of Times Square in New York City. There are so many stores, flashing
neon signs, outdoor musicians on the square, thousands of people
walking and window shopping.
The week kept getting better. Last weekend was our 5th wedding
anniversary and my husband and I had a weekend long of celebrations.
It's amazing, we now know each other for 10 years and we've been
married for 5, and we still get along......;) As a matter of fact,
my husband's solid, rational temperament is the perfect counterpoint
to my mercurial, always curious, easily excited nature. When I get
too up or too down, he safely brings me back to earth.
We started off on Friday, where I came out to watch him play tennis
and then we had a lovely dinner on the outdoor patio at Spacco's,
a place where all the young, chic people congregate before they
hit the club scene. Quite frankly, I felt a little out of place,
I haven't been to a dance club probably for about 10 years. But
the food was great and the people were interesting to watch.
We continued our celebration with a fabulous outdoor picnic in
Burlington on Lake Ontario on Saturday. I love the water and we
had picked a beautiful shady spot right next to the lake in a public
park and spent a few leisurely hours sheltered from the sun before
we headed off for a golf game at Chippawa Creek just outside Hamilton,
Ontario is a real haven for golf enthusiasts, with many hundreds
of golf courses close to Toronto and many of them very affordable.
We played a round for C$38 each including cart and with a score
of 104 on a full-size course, I had one of my better rounds. I am
really more of a hacker in golf, but I do enjoy being outside with
the birds and the bees....
Sunday I had a little spin on my bike, again down to the waterfront,
where I ended up chatting to a fellow who was coaching a group of
rowers in different types of boats, racing kayaks, canoes and similar
vessels. Their club is also preparing for the upcoming dragon boat
races in Toronto, always an exciting event.
After a competitive tennis match in the sweltering afternoon sun
I headed home yesterday for a snooze on the balcony and after my
husband's baseball game we capped off our weekend of celebrations
with a tasty barbeque in the backyard.
As I said a couple of months ago when
I came back from Cuba, I was going to try to reduce my working
hours and spend more meaningful time with my husband, as well as
spending more time with friends and family and doing sports. So
far I've managed to restore a little bit of that balance, and I
have to say it's fabulous. I enjoy and appreciate every moment that
I get to go outside to soak in this fabulous time of the year.
Read my post-Cuba reflections
about finding balance in my life
My earlier ponderings on where
this website is going
A reflection on some of my dilemmas as
Taking stock of the first few months
in the life of this website
Toronto - a pretty
- sights, culture and shopping
- festivals, parks, recreation and sports