Skywatch Friday ~ October Vibes

Site of the new subway station at Broadway & Main

Hello friends and fellow bloggers,

We've had record setting temperatures over the fall season but on Friday we are finally expecting some rain.  The other day the meteorologist reported that since July to the present time we have only had 16 mm of rain when the norm would be just over 160 mm of rain. No wonder the tree on my patio died. It had been looking sickly for a few seasons and it has finally succumbed. I'm a bit sad but it's not going to matter much. 

Within the year or so the strata will be uprooting all the patios and is contemplating not having any gardens at all. The weight and growth of them (dirt, plants, roots, water) has the potential to become problematic for the structure of the building. No decisions have been  made yet and there will be a special meeting to discuss all the results and options going forward once a report is ready. I think I would rather confine my gardening to containers on the patio and have a bit more footage to arrange furniture.

In the meantime here are some photos I took of the sky when I was out and about running errands earlier in the week.  I took these photos just as thd light was fading. I thought the ones with the trolley lines set against the sky were quite interesting.  A lot of those lines will be likely be eliminated once the new subway system on the Broadway corridor is running (target is late 2025) but I don't know that for sure.











 

In my reading stack this week I found a wonderful little book called The Birds of East Africa. It is short read of approximately 200 pages and is a sweet little tale set in Nairobi, Kenya. The style is along the lines of Alexander McCall Smith's #1 Ladies Detective Agency books.

I'm now reading the best seller The Distant Hours by Australian writer, Kate Morton. It's an interesting book about family secrets connected to 3 elderly sisters living in an imposing and decaying castle. 

I picked up both of these books at the thrift store on a whim and wasn't expecting much from them but they are both turning out to be satisfying reads.

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I also picked up a set of sheets and pillowcases at the thrift store. I wouldn't have purchased them but they were a good price, minimally used and I like blue and white. This set is by Tommy Hilfiger but strangely they look quite wrinkled even though they are not 100% cotton. I don't iron most things including sheets. By the time they are pulled flat onto the mattress most of the wrinkles will disappear.

Each piece of the 4 piece set was sold individually.  I didn't notice that the two exact same pillowcases had different prices until I got them home.  I'm guessing two different clerks priced them.  I paid about $26 dollars in total for the set. I think the price is okay given what new sheets cost and these appear to be little used.

Have you found any good thrifting deals lately or read any good books?

I'm joining in with Skywatch Friday this week. Thank you for stopping by!



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  1. Wedon't have the overhead wires here but they do fit in with your sky photos.

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  2. Wish we had thrift shops here ! Great set of photos so nice to see different places.
    Keep well Penny, Cheers Diane

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the new scenery Diane. Keep well!

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  3. I love your urban skies. The sheets are interesting. I don't do much thrifting. The mode I am in right now, I am giving a lot of stuff to the thrifts.

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    1. Hi Yogi, I understand about not doing much thrifting. I'm not a big thrifter either. Mostly I give stuff away but now and then I buy something. Good for you for decluttering.

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  4. Beautiful skies! Glad to see the changing of seasons over at your place! Wow, so does that mean you may not be able to have your patio garden? I hope they will come up with the decision that allows you to keep it. Your photo captures the moment before changing from trolley to subway, reminds us of the preciousness of each moment. I also find the lines interesting! Blessings and Shalom! Love from Japan❤️

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    1. Thanks so much for your visit. Yes, it means I may not be able to have a patio garden as it looks today. I'm okay with that as long as they will allow container gardening. We'll have to wait and see. I also have the community garden but it's nice to look outside and see growth on my own patio. I do find the trolley interesting too!

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  5. Lovey sky photographs.
    We have several charity shops in town where you can get second-hand books, I enjoy visiting them and recycling some of the books I read.

    All the best Jan
    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Jan, I love to buy books at the 2nd hand store. That is mainly where I buy books these days. I try not to buy any but sometimes the library doesn't have something and I see it at the thrift. Thrift stores are getting very expensive these days and sometimes their prices are more than buying the item brand new. It's a good idea to recycle books once read. I have a lot of books still. I need to get rid of some as I downsize more. Take care.

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  6. Lovely twilight skies. Its always a wonderful time of day. I like how the pink settles into the blue. The bird guide book looks great. I'd be interested in that one for sure.

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    1. I love early mornings and twilight.
      I think you would enjoy the book Annie. Thanks for visiting.

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  7. I love the pastel colours in the sky. I think it will look nicer when the wires are removed. Sad about your tree. It is usually us with the dry weather but we are having lots of rain this year.

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