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About thetorzorean

The musings of a torontonian azorean on identity and belonging. You can find me at https://thetorzorean.com/

Óbidos

A window in Óbidos, looking out into Óbidos It was such a very long time ago when I had the pleasure of staying for several days in Óbidos, one of Portugal’s most charming medieval walled towns. The memory of walking … Continue reading

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PORTUGAL DAY

Nazaré beach is famous for its powerful waves, but I remember a quiet day of walking along the shore when the waves were gentle. June 10th is Portugal Day, Dia de Camões, de Portugal e das Comunidades Portuguesas. I wish … Continue reading

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Rosetta McClain Gardens, After Rain

There is a wonder to the garden that only comes after a rainfall while the mist lingers. I went back to Rosetta McClain Gardens once the rain stopped and took these photos. Some will be similar to the sunny shots … Continue reading

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Rosetta McClain Gardens in Early June

The best time to walk through Rosetta McClain Gardens is early morning. June is here and so are June flowers. The tulips of April and May are gone from Rosetta, replaced by mostly purple and red flowers. On yesterday’s walk … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom Time at the Aga Khan Park

It’s not a cherry blossom competition but just across the street from the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre you can also enjoy visiting the extensive grounds of the Aga Khan Park in Don Mills, Toronto,  where more cherry trees abound. It’s … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom Time at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Visiting gardens and parks that have cherry trees is a popular thing in Toronto and, during cherry blossom time, normally in the month of April, people enjoy their ephemeral beauty. These photographs were taken in April while visiting the grounds … Continue reading

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Dying in this Time of Pandemic Living

The virus finally came to my family after fourteen months of our pandemic living. All the social distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizing, avoidance of gatherings, all of it, turned out to have no power to protect and keep us all … Continue reading

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Slowly, Spring Comes Again to Rosetta McClain Gardens

A welcoming forsythia bush cheers up the walk along the path It’s almost the end of April and we are still waiting for warm weather. However, it’s typical of this month to be cold and wet (with the occasional snow). … Continue reading

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Magnolia Stellata

Royal Star Magnolia, Magnolia Stellata Rosetta McClain Gardens, a place I like to showcase on my blog from time to time is, as far as public gardens go, a modest place. It has no showy or spectacular plants and flowers. … Continue reading

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The Last Snow Visit to My Garden

A little bit of snow lingering on my forsythia Looking now at the photographs I took of my garden the day snow came to visit on April 21, I am reminded again of those wise words of Ecclesiastes. You know, … Continue reading

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