Monday, March 24, 2014

The first time the Emerald Ash-borer was detected in Toronto near

Highway 404 and Sheppard Ave East. 
Since than the City has done very little to protect our trees in Guildwood under Mayor Miller. Last year, I noticed some trees belonging to the City of Toronto, being injected with BioForest's TreeAzin bio insecticide. The success rate treading trees with TreeAzin according to the company BioForest is excellent.
Why did the City of Toronto wait so long to protect our trees?
Now, after the clear cutting has taken place, it will take at least 25 years 
to grow mature trees again. 
In the meantime the impact on our environment 
will be felt for many years to come. Wildlife, especially migrating birds, wildflowers and insects will be compromised. 
The Scarborough Bluffs will be even more destabilized 
by more runoffs from aquifers.
Stormy weather will topple the last standing trees. 

"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, 
every green tree is far more glorious 
than if it were made of gold and silver."-  Martin Luther
Pictures where taken on March 23, 2017 in Guildwood Park by ©Gisela Bach

Monday, March 10, 2014

House for beautiful Guildwood Village - Toronto East

Very well maintained house on very desirable street in 
Guildwood Village - Toronto East
Close to schools - shopping and Go Train 
Outside brick walls 
Newer roof with new insulation 
rain water drainage along the house installed 2013 (City bylaw)
Natural gas - mid range furnace 
water heater (rented)
3 +1 Bedroom - side split 
1 attached garage 
Beautiful entrance door 
European tilt and turn windows 
family room in the basement with gas fireplace
cork flooring, 
backroom includes Miele washing machine 
Samsung dryer 
Home gym 
Foyer with Nanny suite, walk in shower
Ceramic tiles and Grohe fixtures
Walkout out to the garden
Main floor
Large living and dining room area
 - recently painted in neutral colour
Wood burning fireplace
Hard wood floors throughout the house
Updated kitchen, 
1 pantry
1 pullout pantry
1 pullout table
Ceramic floor and backslash,
Corian counter, Blanco sink,
Bosch glass cooking area with self-cleaning European convection oven, 
Bosch glass-ceramic cook top
Miele dishwasher and  Miele range hood
Walkout to deck overlooking beautiful flower garden 
Large European tilt and turn windows 
Upper floor 
3 bed rooms and updated bath with 
tub and shower enclosure, ceramic tiles
Grohe fixtures

Please contact us for more information.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Visiting and enjoying Sandbanks Provincial Park...

Come and walk with me through our beautiful parks in Ontario.
My interests include wildflowers, fungi, lichens, birds 
and the beautiful views along my trails.
In 2013 one of my visits to Provincial and City Parks included:
Sandbanks Provincial Park, Picton, Prince Edward County 
This beautiful park offers  three sandy beaches, Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Beach and Dunes Beach. Two of the finest bay mouth sandbar and coastal sand dune systems in the province can be found here. Sandbanks is also home to an interesting mix of wildflowers and beach grasses as well as many birds and other wildlife. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Spring flowers and ice covered pines...

To cheers me up after the terrible ice storm 
I discovered the first spring flowers in our local grocery store.
Today the sky is grey but the scent of my purple hyacinths 
in our living room let me think of spring.
Zu meiner Freude, nach dem schrecklichen Eissturm, 
entdeckte ich die ersten Frühjahrsblumen in unserem Lebensmittelgeschäft.
Heute ist der Himmel grau, aber bei dem Duft meiner lila Hyzinthen, 
denke ich an das Frühjahr.

2014 - Ice covered pines in our garden.
"Do the best that you can in the place where you are, and be kind."
"Tue das Beste, was Du kannst,  an der Stelle wo Du bist, und sei gefällig."
-  Scott Nearing 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

After the ice storm - snow arrived and Happy New Year!!


"The Old Year has gone.  
Let the dead past bury its own dead.  
The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. 
 All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!" 
-  Edward Payson Powell
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter skies over Lake Ontario...

I am always fascinated how quickly the sky changes from light to dark.
A cold wind was blowing from the north, 
and it made the trees rustle like living things. 
For me always a sign to head home...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Advent, Advent ...three candles burning

Lake Ontario
 - view from East Point Park, Scarborough

Each hope is a light on time,
Each light a hope for the eternity.
Jede Hoffnung ist ein Licht auf Zeit,
Jedes Licht eine Hoffnung für die Ewigkeit.

© Monika Minder
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Friday, December 06, 2013

Bluffers Park... "Take only pictures; leave only footprints."

I had a decision to make -
clean the kitchen or go for a walk...- 

Loved my walk - will do the kitchen today...

 I have been fascinated by the Scarborough Bluffs 
located not far from our Guildwood Village for many years. 
Every time I walk in the park the Bluffs seems to look different.
Spring, summer, fall and winter scenery changes with the season 
and provides a dramatic and beautiful backdrop for a walk along the lake.


Bluffs have been described as a "geological wonder" and a unique feature in North America.

"To find the universal elements enough; 
to find the air and the water exhilarating; 
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; 
to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — 
these are some of the rewards of the simple life."
–   John Burroughs 

How quickly the sky changed 
from blue to dark.
Suddenly, the wind 
from the lake blew stronger.
Time to leave the park 
on an unusual warm day 
in December of 2013.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Visiting Bluffers Park on a cold morning...

"We are here on the planet only once, 
and might as well get a feel for the place."
                                                          -  Annie Dillard 
How true is that? Let's go...  
I had a wonderful time in our Bluffers Park. 
Shared the space with gulls, one ladybug  and nobody else...
Please enjoy my pictures...

More beautiful sky pictures can be found here:

a piece of heaven

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