7 May 2013

Toronto times

Some more photos from Claude, scanning back to four captured moments in time:

The view from Front Street in Spring 1997


The lady herself, in flowery 1996


A Tall Ship in the harbour in 1994


And time for a bite to eat in 1993


At each moment it was everything
and now it is gone
We should remember this as we remember
and as we live on

(Photos copyright of Claude Prévost, doggerel copyright of 'The Don')

23 comments:

CalumCarr said...

Thanks Don but especially thanks, Claude for these photos of the life and times of a Canadian madame.

I do hope I haven't described you as being a Canadian brothel-keeper. :)

Blessings , Claude.

Craig said...

How very retro and trendy. The CN tower looks positively regal!

Don QuiScottie said...

Claude spent a lot of time nursing with Inuit people (if I remember correctly) in the Arctic, and I am hoping she will go further back into her time machine to send us some pics from those days.

Claude said...

Thank you for a great presentation, dear Don.

And thank you to all who will spend a moment looking at my past still very vivid in my heart.

CherryPie said...

Thank you Claude for sharing moments from your past :-)

And thanks DQ for hosting those past memories :-)

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you both so much, for a window into another(s) world.

Claude said...

I shared this on my Facebook page. And the first thing people read is Calum's comment calling me a Canadian Madame. Great reputation I will have on FB. My phone will start ringing any minute now! :-)

Don QuiScottie said...

Ha ha. You may need to get out to the street and recruit some employees pretty damn quick Madame.

Knatolee said...

Ah, the city where I was born, and spent my wasted youth. I wonder what day that 1993 photo was taken? I was getting married in Toronto on this day in that year!

Don QuiScottie said...

.. and through Don QuiScottie's silly blog the two Toronto ladies (or to follow Calum... Madames) remember a year... Interesting

Mesdames?

I keep thinking of enticing book titles, without having to bother writing the books, so now I must add "Les Mesdames du Toronto" to my library. Maybe I'll have to write that one... Old(ish) Claude and young(ish) :) Knatolee plying the (claimed) oldest trade in the world on the (claimed) longest street in the world... Ah... the creative juices are rising...

Claude said...

Keep writing, Don QuickScottie. Knat and I can take it....If not, we know a very good lawyer to defend us. If you go and look at Knatolee last post, you'll see he even wear a skirt, when needed!

Claude said...

I was at The Coffee Mill (Bloor St. and Avenue Road) every week for Hungarian Goulash in 1993. Also, often, at the Royal Conservatory of Music for concerts with my students. Wish we had crossed paths, Knatolee!

Don QuiScottie said...

Madame Knatolee in a skirt? Good God! I have waited years for this. I am heading over to her place right now!

Don QuiScottie said...

Ach Claude... That is no skirt. Beautiful though Knatolee is, Gordon is the one wearing the skirt in these photos. Nice legs Gordon, but...

Happy Anniversary Knatolee & Gordon.

Claude said...

Scottish men are strange!

Don QuiScottie said...

The most valid four words you may ever assemble

Don QuiScottie said...

And actually I misread your comment... "he even wear a skirt..." or rather assumed it was a typo and you meant she was wearing a skirt. when it was a dress. So yes... to clear up all that confusion... Gordon was wearing a skirt, Knatolee a dress, but who "wears the trousers" in that duo eh? (Assuming the term "wears the trousers" is international and not just another Scottish quirk)

Don QuiScottie said...

And I repeat, I, the Don of QuiScottie have never worn a kilt, but I have worn a skirt, and a dress... Sadly no photographs available.

Priyank said...

Aha all we now need is an interview with Lady Claude sharing her wonderful stories so she can rightly be the celebrity she deserves to be.

Priyank said...

Pardon me! How careless and inappropriate of me, Madame Claude, to refer you by a dishonouring bourgeois title like that! However you could always be a ladylike madame. :)

Don QuiScottie said...

Hello Priyank. Claude's tales would be welcome guests here.

Don QuiScottie said...

... although we should be understanding if La Madame is too busy running her business...

Claude said...

Now Don Andrew, you can't invent any story about me now because friend Priyank knows me well. He is from Toronto, and I had the pleasure of welcoming him in my home last year.