52 Weeks: Week 9
The City of Toronto remains in a wintery state after an overnight snowfall and wind chill values that are expected to reach -30 C later tonight. Temperatures Sunday will reach a high of -8 C. Historically, the average high temperature for March 2 is about 1 C. Environment Canada predicts the weather will then drop to -22 C tonight.
That is today’s real Toronto Star weather forecast. In fact, it’s the 31st day this winter that there has been an Extreme Cold Weather Alert. You know what it means? It means that daily, I think of taking out my credit card to book a flight to fly the eff out of here to somewhere warm. My eyes crave the colour green. My skin craves humidity.
Today’s coping strategy was to find a warm place, and I found one 2 blocks away from where I live at the Trinity Bellwoods HotHouse.
Maintained by volunteer Gene Threndyle, who has been active with Trinity Bellwoods for over 2 decades, Gene has turned the place into a lush oasis where plants, and where the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods can grow seedlings. Weekly, he brings over an espresso machine so that the greenhouse can be a warm gathering place for people to come out and have a coffee, and a venue for different lectures and discussions to occur. Last week’s discussion was about Ursa restaurant’s rooftop garden. The original talk that first got me interested in the greenhouse discussion group was on Urban Beekeeping by Fran and John. For those interested in learning more, here’s the Facebook page.
Today’s discussion was about a new community garden project. The Logie Place Community Garden, a TTC-owned piece of property that Gene has been working on for the last 2 years to get approval in order to get the community garden up.
Sadly, there is only 1 talk left in the HotHouse Discussion group next Sunday. If you’re looking for somewhere warm next week then check it out!