Tuesday, 8 August 2006

Little Hero

My youngest niece turned four on 1 August. This is a miracle, as she was diagnosed with leukemia when she was two. She is now officially in remission, and every day is a blessing. She has so much character for a little person.

She was recently chosen for the print-ads for SickKids hospital, which is funded purely by donations.

Here are some photos of her at the hospital, and the print ad that will be published in magazines across Canada in October/ November.

See Caitlin's profile on the Sick Kids website

Monday, 7 August 2006

Town of Markham

We went to visit family out in Markham, which is north of Toronto, and is in fact a separate town. Kindna like Midrand is to Joburg, I guess.
The houses here are relatively new - mainly new developments...
There is no work for architects here - the developers design a few houses, and then mass produce. This pretty much makes for surreal-ville.

This particular neighbourhood is a big circle around a public park, with swings, slides, roundabouts etc, and a baseball diamond. It's very common in the summer time, to see the neighbourhood kids playing until 20h30.

This is the family's backyard. As you can see, the lots are very close and the backyards are pretty small. Guess it's less maintenance with regards mowing, raking and snow-shovelling!

These are the nieces. My brother-in-law's daughters on the right and middle, cousin's daughter on the left.

Friday, 4 August 2006

Toronto Neighbourhoods

So here are some pictures of the neighbourhood that I'm staying in.
Scarborough is east of Toronto, and it takes me about an hour by public transport to get to downtown Toronto.

Scarborough is said to be one of the leafiest parts of Toronto:

This area is one of the older areas, so trees are fully grown, houses are of older design

This road is one of the newer parts of the suburb - as you can see by the small trees!

Houses are pretty close to each other here, and very similar in design. Mostly two storeys and NO FENCES!

Tuesday, 1 August 2006


Argghh.... The temperature on Tuesday afternoon...