My husband Gil and I just returned from our annual pilgrimage to Toronto for TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. We've been going for several years now and I've grown to love the city with its diverse neighborhoods and solid dining scene, represented this weekend with outstanding meals at two of our old favorites — Bent and Lai Wah Heen. I'll be easing back into dining reality and exercise purgatory this week. Gustatory thrills aside, it's always great to see old friends at the show and make new ones each year. On Saturday, Gil recorded interviews with a few TCAF attendees for his Virtual Memories Show podcast while I met up with a till-now virtual friend.
Shannon Nicholson is an accomplished Cambridge, Ontario boudoir photographer who was matched up with me through an online business course we're taking. We're supposed to be accountability partners, but I'm awful at holding myself accountable for things, much less anyone else, so we've just discussed our businesses via email, celebrating our successes and brainstorming areas that still need work. Her knowledgable advice has, in part, led to my redesign of this site, so I was thrilled when she agreed to meet me for a walkabout over the weekend so I could finally meet her, explore a new part of the city (Leslieville) and take some pictures with my new 24mm lens in the process. We had a terrific time despite the sad, sad lunch spot we chose.
I've posted a few of my favorite pictures from our walkabout. The streets were relatively deserted for a Saturday, but there seems to be an ordinance that 30% of all residents must own a dog, so I was happy. We even saw two greyhounds who leapt for joy when they crossed paths. If we hadn't been in the car at the time you'd better believe I would've said hi because I'm one of those crazy greyhound people. Oh, yeah.
All of the color images below are for sale in my Etsy shop — just click on the photo to be directed there. TCAF photos coming in the next blog post!