picasso, streetcar, barbeque

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My niece Elaine is staying with me over the weekend and we're doing Toronto stuff.  Elaine's creativity is bursting at the seams these days so we figure it's appropriate to go to the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the Picasso exhibit.  We both agree the exhibit is spectacular.  Sweet moment: we're walking out of the gallery and past the people lined up to get in.  There is a little girl of around seven, wearing a princess dress, who spots Elaine and stares at her, turning around in her spot as we walk by.  She gives her a shy little grin and fingery wave.  Elaine, distracted by the girl's attention, waves back and bumps into a pole.  She laughs at her herself and I suggest the little girl probably likes her even more now.

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It's really hot outside.  We walk down the block so I can show Elaine the Ontario College of Art building.  Maybe this young artist will go there one day.  We have an ice cream cone, and then catch the Dundas streetcar to go to Mia's for a family barbeque.  We're charmed by this rather run-down looking cafe we see at one of the streetcar stops.

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Mia creates an outstanding meal.   Prime rib on the barbeque, skewers of fish and shrimp, pasta with pesto, grilled salad and this ultra-chocolaty berrylicious plate of goodness for dessert.  Later we take the King car back to Spadina and walk slowly back down to my place, thinking that it's been a really great summer day.  


  1. Reply
    Sian July 16, 2012

    sounds like a perfect day out : ) with yummy food!

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    Cathy July 17, 2012

    Love that 2 of my favourite girls got to hang together and have such a great weekend!

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    Jennifer July 17, 2012

    It was a great day Sian!

  4. Reply
    Jennifer July 17, 2012

    We had a great time sis! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Carol July 22, 2012

    I never used to like Picasso till I saw his work in real like and then I was blown away by his work. Funny how tastes change as we get older
    Hehehe, love that she laughed at herself
    C x

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    Jennifer July 23, 2012

    I’m not kidding – seeing him in person was changing. And the sculptures, blew my mind – like Picasso pulsing with life. I am going again before the show is over.
    And that is our Lainey. Love that she can laugh at herself too. xo

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    Louella Charlston July 26, 2012

    Wish I had a relationship like that with all my nieces . . . but alas . . . only one out of six . . . ๐Ÿ™

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    Jennifer July 27, 2012

    PS – that is Cathy’s daughter!

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    Jennifer July 27, 2012

    I am blessed in nieces, no doubt about it. I have five. Quintuply (?) blessed.

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    Selma August 6, 2012

    I want to go to the True Love cafe. How fantastic is that? Your relationship with your family is very special. So glad you have that!

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    Danielle Rocha October 27, 2012

    The kid must have something extra special talent that was triggered when you went to the exhibit of Picasso. I, somehow, felt jealous because it has been my dream to be able to come to the exhibit but seems that the dream will be buried now. I can not see any chance now.

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