Saturday, March 17, 2007

Canada Blooms, Taranna, and the Potatoes

Last weekend, we went a'travelling. Just down the road a bit to Taranna, also known as Toronto, for those who prefer the correct spelling and not the accented phonetic version.

The delightful husband took me to see The Phantom of the Opera, and we stayed in this really gorgeous hotel, called the Cosmopolitian. We ate in the hotel's restaurant - Doku 15. Careful with that last link, it takes a long time to load and doesn't like all browsers. But it's the best meal I've had in years, and the service was fantastic.

And the next day, we made our annual pilgrimage to Canada Blooms. Sometimes it's disappointing, sometimes it's not, but it's the earliest touch of spring we can get up here in the great white north.

And it's right next to this favourite landmark. You would think after 30 years, I'd get tired of trying to photograph it, but apparently not. This is the world's tallest freestanding structure - the CN Tower.

Another landmark near the convention centre is the Skydome (currently known as the Rogers Centre - I frown at the change of name), which hosts these modern gargoyles - sports fans.

The convention centre itself pretty non-descript, architecturally. It's the things inside that usually get my attention.

Like these pretty flowers....

Or this interesting collection of standing stone waterfalls...

Can you imagine that in your backyard?

The theme of the show this year was "Earth, Air, Fire and Water". It looks like this landscape designer was trying to do something sort of Stonehenge-like, with water. Ambitious, for sure.

On a more personal front... the potatoes fall over over, go boom. Many of the stalks broke in the process. I completely fail to understand.

But ya know, I'm still encouraging them to grow - gotta see what happens next.



Nina said...

re the potatoes.. They aren't getting enough light. Stick a couple of grow lights on them and see what happens!

Diana said...

I'm fascinated with the saga of the potatoes. Keep reporting! We have 1st crocuses, here! They bloomed Saturday! I'm all a-twitter.

cyndy said...

.... modern gargoyles ...heh hee..

and look at "them taters" go!