Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blog Guelph: What are you doing for May Health?

Shoe fitting at The Running Works
Shoe fitting at the Running Works, a photo by Dr. Mark Kubert on Flickr.

What's May Health?

It's an annual month-long challenge initiated by local chiropractors Dr. Mark Kubert and Dr. Julie Gill. Their goal is to make great health a priority in our community. 

Mark and Julie believe that "Small changes in health habits can make a big difference, and when people come together to encourage and support one another, both in real life and online, the sense of camaraderie that forms is a powerful and positive motivator." 

To that end they'll support your efforts throughout the challenge. 

Free to participate, open to anyone.

Refer to mayhealth.ca for information on how to get involved and suggestions for personal challenges.

I'm challenging myself to:
  1. get more exercise (signing up for Zumba classes and walking an additional 6K each week). and 
  2. read two books.
All the cool kids are doing it.

Be cool. Be healthy.

- Kim

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Blog Guelph: Focus on Nature

Fly Away Home
Fly Away Home, a photo by Krista Kruger on Flickr.

I realize it might seem early to be planning for summer but if you know someone aged 8 to 16, who might enjoy a week of exploring the natural beauty of Guelph's Arboretum with their camera, you may want to plan this.

Focus on Nature is offering two one-week camps, July 21-25 and August 11-15, based at the Arboretum's Taylor Nature Centre.

According to executive director, Simon Bell, it will be a great opportunity to learn photography skills while spending time outdoors exploring all that the Arboretum has to offer. A naturalist from the Arboretum will join in each day to deepen participants' understanding of nature and there will be lots of time for other fun activities as well.

The fee for the week is $250 and the camps are limited to 16 young nature photographers each. I've heard their programs are wonderful, and fill quickly.

To learn more about these summer camps, visit Focus on Nature's website.

- Kim

Monday, April 07, 2014

Blog Guelph: What Do You See in The Eye?

(I've written the photographer for permission to use this close up of a pony eye for today's blog post).

Did you hear the Paul MacLeod track on hoofbeats today? We only had time for one enjoyable tune near the end of the horse talk radio show, where we'd been discussing (among other things), sizing up a horse's potential with just a quick look at their eye.

The Pure Guelphishness Playlist
A Clear Thought, Bright Eyes Fade, Busted Flat, 4:25, 2007

"I can't remember the last time I had a clear thought that didn't involve you."  Nice guitar playing right? Nice vocals too... I enjoyed hearing even such a small sample of a studio recording I'd never heard before, in fact, I'd never even really heard about the album.  Did you know it exists? It got a good review from exclaim in 2007, as I've just learned today.

You know he plays Monday nights at the Jimmy Jazz in our town right?

Sometime soon, for sure I will tell you more about this local artist, and personally, I can't wait to hear more of his music on hoofbeats radio, cfru 93.3fm, on Monday mornings at 9am.

- Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Blog Guelph: Signs of spring

Sign of spring
sign of spring, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

It's finally starting to feel like spring isn't it? Yes, we still have some snow, but it's melting... finally! 

Here are 10 signs of spring I've seen recently.
  1. Snowdrops blooming in my yard.
  2. The Skating Closed sign in Market Square.  
  3. A runner wearing shorts and a t-shirt juggling 3 red balls. She stopped juggling to cross the street and resumed once across. Impressive! 
  4. People wearing shoes instead of boots, and lighter coats.
  5. A pair of geese on City Hall's green roof.
  6. Icy patches on trails and sidewalks each morning are puddles by the afternoon.
  7. The Boathouse Tea Room is open (as of today). The sign out front says "hibernation over".
  8. A photo of people sitting on the patio at OX posted on twitter.
  9. Gardening events listed on the City of Guelph's website, and 
  10. Dog poop... everywhere. To the responsible people who cleaned up after their dogs over the winter - thank you!
   - Kim

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blog Guelph: Catchy colours

sinking like a sunset   you shall not pass!   no planting yet, nice sunset though   just chill'n - hdr   snowdrift face looks angry!

As an escape from the winter whites that we've faced for so many days now I'm featuring some colourful photos by Joe Swanson. Hopefully we'll soon be enjoying a more spring-like spring.

- Kim

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blog Guelph: Newsflash Newsflash!

screech-1 by Kent Ferguson Photography
screech-1, a photo by Kent Ferguson Photography on Flickr.
Who heard the news announced on hoofbeats radio this morning?

In just six more sleeps, the first ever Family Show in the Blue Heron series takes place at Magnolia Cafe. The event is pay what you can, and starts about 10:30am.

Want to make a button? Hear an ocean drum or concertina? Sing along or dance? The all ages FAMILY SHOW will star Alicia Miecznikowski, and some special guests!

Mark your calendar for SUNDAY MARCH 30TH, 10:30- 11:30 AM @ MAGNOLIA CAFE !
Don't miss it!

It's A Spring Thing.

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.