Thursday, June 29, 2006

Blog Guelph: Push Me

Push Me
Originally uploaded by Our Enchanted Garden.
Depending on where you live in town, you may enjoy the old fashioned habit of walking. Generally speaking, we have reasonable sidewalks, good trails and a plethora of crosswalks.

But not every part of town is walking friendly. The note that photographer Our Enchanted Garden includes with this pic on Flickr goes into more detail about the perils.

Then there's walking at night...a different story all together if you're female.

Sue Richards

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Blog Guelph: Food

The Albion Hotel serves a fine selection of simple food faves that go great with a pint of beer. You can dine in on one of two patios or stay inside the premise enjoying the basic old hotel decor in any one of four rooms.

I've recently been told that the Alb makes the best burgers in town. I'm waiting for photo-food-ographer Greggie Cliffie to confirm this rumour before I venture forth.

Click the pic to see what else GC is eating this year.

Sue Richards

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Blog Guelph: Canoes

Originally uploaded by stingrayz08.
Canoeheads are plentiful in Guelph. Depending on the time of year (which dictates how much water flows through the rivers), canoeing into Guelph from the village Rockwood, or out of the city to the town of Hespeler is relatively easy. Tooling around on the stretch east of Gordon Street is pretty much possible all year long.

Of course there's always paddling possibilities at Guelph Lake provided you keep out of the way of rowing teams and crazy sailors.

Photo by stingrayz08 posted on Flickr. But you knew that.

Sue Richards

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Blog Guelph: Comic Artists

Perhaps there's something in our water but it's my impression that comic artists and illustrators are thick in Guelph. (Not thick like dense, thick like plentiful.)

Take Nick Crane for example. His clever illustrations are making their way into fine magazines like Dogs in Canada.

Or consider Scott Moody and Gareth Lind, both prolific talents that are getting serious recognition for their work.

Heck Seth and his cats call G-town home. And wouldn't you know, the Canadian Comic Art Centre claims Guelph at it's headquarters.

Sue Richards

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Blog Guelph: Stone Faced

Stone faced
Originally uploaded by aisha c..
I was picking my way through the MacStew Sculpture Park on my way to the Stephen Fearing concert last week when I found this sculpture. Instantly I thought of photos I'd seen posted on Flickr.

The heads are all similar, each facing slightly different directions, sitting on various levels in big rings. My first thought was "do people try to steal these?" Now I'm looking at the sculpture as an example of the various veiwpoints one person can have.

Click on the pic to find more shots by aisha c.

Sue Richards

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Blog Guelph: Multicultural Festival

Guelph photo blogger Randy Sutherland has a series of wonderful photos from the Guelph Multicultural Festival held this past weekend at Riverside Park.

Some reports estimate 30,000 attendees but with no gate or tickets I'm not sure how they arrived at that number. Still Guelphites took part in droves.

Dance and music provided the majority of entertainment. Check Randy's Blog for more examples like this beauty.

Sue Richards

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Blog Guelph: People

anyone lived 242
Originally uploaded by Greggie Cliffie D.
Artist Greg Denton is the master of depicting similar things over a period of time. His show of 400 portraits of Guelphites titled Anyone Lived is a fine example.

The 400 consecutive portraits painted from February 29, 2000 to December 14, 2000 currently sit as a complete set is in the collection of the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre.

Other interesting Gregism also rest on Flickr. View the photo essay of his daily meals for the last 2 years. Then check out Greg's own mug, painted daily, over a full year time span.

Go see. Click the pic.

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Blog Guelph: GCVI

Concluding our week of 'seeing red in Guelph' I present this shot.

Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute or GCVI as the locals call it sits within view of my home and yet I have never appreciated the architectural design of the buildings sprawling edition until Accordion Chick posted this photo on Flickr.

According to Wikipedia, The Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute is the third oldest continuously operating high school in the province of Ontario. In 2004, the institute celebrated their 150th anniversary.

That my friends is a lot of teenage angst!

Sue Richards

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Blog Guelph: Reasonable Art

Last night I joined my pal Jeff for a thrilling night of NHL Hockey playoffs, viewed on the BIG screen at the famous Albion Hotel.

Over the last few years playoff watching has become an annual treat that we share. Neither of us follows the sport until the minute that we settle into our annual bar of choice. Then we're hollering along with the diehards.

When Edmonton sunk the overtime goal in the do or die game, we threw our arms in the air and joined the roar of Albion patrons marking the red-letter Canadian moment.

On the right hand side of this blog you will see a link to Reasonable Art and the artist behind this fabulous image.

Sue Richards

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Blog Guelph: In Flanders Fields

Poppy bum
Originally uploaded by Sue Richards.
In Flanders Fields the poppies grow beneath the crosses row on row that mark our place....

This is the opening of the world famous poem In Flanders Fields written by famous Guelphite Colonel John McCrae. John's birthplace, McCrae House, is a National Historic Site located on Water Street. Exhibitions interpret the life of John McCrae, a world-renowned doctor and soldier.

This poppy grew in my garden.

Posted on Flickr.

Sue Richards

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Blog Guelph: Strawberries

Originally uploaded by Our Enchanted Garden.
For close to three weeks each year, starting in mid June, the fruit goddess looks down on the fine people of Guelph and deems it strawberry season.

Pick your own fields open. Strawberry Daiquiri parties erupt spontaneously in backyards throughout the city. Berries get captured and preserved as jam and local church ladies host strawberry shortcake teas for the community.

Our Enchanted Garden posted this photo on Flickr to remind us all that the season is upon us. Don't snooze or sadly you will loose.

Sue Richards

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Friday, June 09, 2006

Blog Guelph: Mustang Drive-In

mustang drive-in
Originally uploaded by wild_sheep_chase.
If you drive east on Highway 7 towards Rockwood and think to look off to your right after you break the city limits, you may catch a glimpse of our still in operation Drive-In Theatre.

A few summers ago, two friends and I loaded up my 1966 Chevy II and headed out to the Mustang for a thrilling night of The Perfect Storm. Kids played on swings, people sat in the back of pickups, popcorn popped and folks peed in the bushes.

A perfect throwback experience for the entire family.

Click the pic to see more of wild sheep chase photos on Flickr.

Sue Richards

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Blog Guelph: A Sign

Originally uploaded by Naseemo.
Me thinks this sign is showing a former population size for our fair city. Seems to me we topped the 100,000 mark some time ago. Not that this matters. After all, we are always told that size does not count.

I believe this marker greets westbound travelers on the 401 that 'whines' out of Toronto. The photograph is from Flickr. Click the pic.

Sue Richards

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Blog Guelph: Municipal Election

resist the quarrie
Originally uploaded by chrisiwanowski.
Our municipal elections are slated for this November. Unlike yesterday's post urging us to vote for nobody, this little diddy suggests we resist voting for the incumbent mayor.

Photo by chrisiwanowski. For more of his work, check out the_busman_chronicals listed in the right sidebar.

Sue Richards

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Blog Guelph: Vote for Nobody

Originally uploaded by wild_sheep_chase.
This small mural arrived on a downtown parking lot wall many year's ago. The wall spans the distance of a city block and could be home to something quite large. In fact, when these mural attempts first arrived I thought that they would lead to a more complex effort. Apparently I thought wrong.

I have no idea who is responsible for this work or what motivated the effort besides good old cynicism.

Posted on Flickr by wild sheep chase. Click the pic to see.

Sue Richards

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Blog Guelph: Iron Tits

Iron Tits
Originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.
"The Family" as this statue is called sits atop a fountain in the square of downtown Guelph.

Yes, shit hit fans as you might imagine when the effort was first unveiled. To this day, some fans still shower the odd lump. But mostly Guelph has resigned itself to being the birthplace of topfree Ontario. In fact there are some of us that celebrate that fact.

TheGiantVermin posted this pic on Flickr. Click it for more.

Sue Richards
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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Blog Guelph: Face within a face

Face within a face
Originally uploaded by vfilby.
You will find this sculpture at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in the adjacent Donald Forster Sculpture Park. It's an outstanding venue for permanent sculpture by Canadian artists ranking among the best and most diverse sculpture parks in Canada.

The whole shebang can be found on the University of Guelph campus.

Vfilby posted this shot on Flickr. See more great Guelph shots by clicking on the photo.

Sue Richards

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