brickworks in spring: part one

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know of my big love for Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks. And if you’re new to these pages and fancy a little exploration, you’ll find this post and another over here a great way to get your trek started!

Kieran and I spent Saturday checking out spring transformations at the Brickworks. A place where historical foundry buildings have been re-purposed for environmental community initiatives, farmers’ and garden markets, and the surrounding land preserved as wetlands and hiking trails. It’s an oasis of creative happenings tucked away in the city. We were thrilled to run into a friend of ours who was working in the kids’ area. Within minutes, Kieran was offered the chance to do some volunteer work and he leapt at it. A 13-year old who throws himself into anything nature-based? Yeah, that’s my kid. It’s heartening to know that his mad skill and ferocious interest in all things IT is balanced by hands and feet (preferably bare) planted in soil.

So, while he was busy clipping, clearing brush and weaving branches for a small garden fence, I wandered around with coffee and camera, chatting with parents happily surrounded by kids at play in a magical place. The yurt has withstood blankets of snow and the fire pit remains the hub for cooking and congregating. The trees have slowly woken up to spring, their branches adorned with pine cone-and-seed feeders and woven dream catchers. The craft tables are heavily laden with paint and clay and seed packets. Water is running and tender seedlings peek through soft, swollen ground. Earth, Water, Air and Fire: the elements that unite all who come here. You don’t have to be a kid to fall under the Brickwork’s exhilarating spell.

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