Several days ago I went for a walk to Evans to purchase a lottery ticket. I decided I would take the route along William Street, which is one of my favorites. At Ontario Street I stopped to take a few photos of the garage. Which is just an old garage that for some reason I find photogenic. It used to have a vine that covered it entirely, but they kept hacking away at it, and pulled it off. But it refused to die and kept coming back. Eventually they gave up, and let it grow. Little by little it is creeping all over the garage again, as you can see in the photo below.
Just an old garage
When I reached the old Trott Transit yard (where I happily worked for many years) I stopped again. This time to take a photo of some old couches that had been put out to the curb. I also took a photo of the front entrance to the building, but I can’t seem to capture its essence and charm. Or not yet. I then crossed over to the railway tracks and walked along them. Its more difficult today then it used to be to walk the tracks, as the authorities are more vigilante, and willing to to ticket you a fine when they catch you. (As I learned one day a few years back.) I just can’t seem to give them up entirely though. They are so special to me, and important to my quality of life.
Some old couches that had been put out to the curb.
When I reached the place where they load the cars, I roamed about and took more photos. I have often walked there, then continued on further North, usually ending up in Meadowvale. That day I turned back and crossed Queen Street at the Beer Store, then made my way over to the North Plaza, where Evans is located. Next to it is the Portuguese Cultural Centre, which used to be a Dominion Grocery Store when I was growing up. The Cultural Centre is where a mural of Amalia Rodrigues was recently painted on the outside wall. A friend of mine has informed me that the club has also purchased one of her stage outfits, and has it on display somewhere. My friend and I hope to eventually go and pay it homage.
I finally reached Evans.
I finally reached Evans, and went inside to purchase my lottery ticket. Andy and Kirk were both there behind the counter. I greeted them and they offered me their usual pleasant greetings in return. When I left there, I crossed over Brittania Road, and strolled along Arch Road. When I reached the townhouses on Ellen Street, I stopped and took a photo of them. It occurred to me that somewhere I had an old photo I took of the factory that once used to sit in the exact spot where the townhouses do now. So when I got home I searched for it. Eventually I found it. I am not certain when I took it, or with what camera, but I would have been in my teens or possibly early twenties. I was interested to discover that the townhouses paved laneway is where the factories grassy laneway used to be. Anyways, I have included both the old and the new below.