Friday Was Squirrel Appreciation Day

….sorry that I’m a day late

It’s no secret that my husband is not a fan of squirrels but he isn’t completely heartless. Back in October of last year he heard this strange noise coming from the outside of the house. It was heart wrenching to hear because it was clearly an animal in distress. He quickly ascertained that the noise was coming from the downspout. Somehow a squirrel had managed to get stuck.

Kevin quickly removed the bend in the spout and lo and behold a tail popped out. There was no doubt that it was a squirrel but even after removing the extra bit of downspout the little fellow was still stuck. I suggested that he get some gloves on and gently pull on the tail. Unfortunately in doing so the tip of the tail came off. We knew that we couldn’t leave him like that so Kevin grabbed the tail higher up and pulled again. This time he was able to free the squirrel. You never saw a squirrel move so fast.

Over the next few months we’ve kept our eyes out for Stubby (Kevin even named this squirrel) and we knew he was okay when we saw him around the bird feeder. I’m glad to report that the tip of the tail is growing back.

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In honour of Squirrel Appreciation Day, Kevin has painted a picture of Stubby.

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Thursday Doors – Colborne Lodge

thanks to Dan from No Facilities for continuing the challenge Thursday Doors https://nofacilities.com/2021/01/21/cedar-hill-cemetery-thursday-doors/

I’m not a regular contributor to Thursday Doors but I’ve always loved photographing doors when I travel. Like most people in the world travel has been out of the question for close to a year now but in Toronto we have a plethora of interesting doors. Unfortunately we’re in a pretty strict lockdown at the moment. We are however, allowed to go for walks to get exercise so last week when I was walking through High Park I came across Colborne Lodge.

Colborne Lodge is one of many heritage museums on can find in the city of Toronto. Here is a short history of the this cottage that I copied from the Toronto History Museums site.

Creativity and innovation inspired the original owners of Colborne Lodge, John and Jemima Howard, to leave High Park as a legacy that all Torontonians benefit from today.

Built by John Howard and Jemima, two painters, one also an architect and engineer, this Regency-era lakeside summer cottage still holds original collections of their art, architectural drawings, and inventions as well as stories of their eccentric lives. From 19th century science, technology, and medicine, to illness, adultery, and reported hauntings, Colborne Lodge truly has a story to engage all visitors. Colborne Lodge engages in the inclusion of Indigenous narratives and stories through a partnership with First Story Toronto where Indigenous guides embark on a truth-telling journey through their own lens.

Nearly 200 years later, Colborne Lodge is an active hub for community events in High Park, with cottage and garden tours, special events, workshops, and more. Locals and visitors alike are welcomed to see the place where the vision for High Park was born.

Currently the building is undergoing some major restoration and is not open to the public. Parts of the building are draped with tarps and the grey skies and the browns of winter don’t make for the nicest of photos.

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Covered Up – Day 21

thanks to Becky B for hosting January Squares https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/01/21/square-up-21/

For Day 21 of Becky’s SquareUp challenge I found one of my favourite historical museums in Toronto all covered up for restoration work. This is Colborne Lodge located on the edge of High Park.

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