Thursday, August 31, 2006

Blog Guelph: Downtown Perspective


Veiw from the top, originally uploaded by Sandra Regina.

Sandra Regina provides us with this cityscape view taken from the tippy top of MacDonnell Street at the foot of the Church of Our Lady. Most Guelphites see the opposite perspective but as you can see, this view provides quite the vista of our downtown and beyond.

Sue Richards


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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Blog Guelph: Communityfests


Neighbourhood group festivals are a fine way of creating a closeknit community. We had our annual Orange Skies Festival on the weekend. Dozens of folks from our street and environs came together to share a seasonal feast, conversation and talent.

Besides being entertained by the delightful "Girls With Chairs" our fancy was tickled by magician Benjamin Caesar. Josh McGee, Aimee Charbonneau and Tannis Slimmon offered their outstanding musical talent in an intimate 'round the picnic table' setting.

Upcoming fests as reported by our darling paper, the Guelph Tribune include: Grange Hill East Summerfest 2006, September 3, O'Connor Lane Park from 3 pm to dusk; Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood hosts the 10th Annual Summer BBQ at Springdale Park, September 4, 11:30 tot 2:30; Kortright Hills Community Country Hoedown, September 9, 11am to 3:30pm at Kortright Hill School and Picnic in Exhibition Park takes place on September 17, from 1 to 5.

Sue Richards

Photo of "Girls With Chairs" by "Gal With Camera".


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Blog Guelph: Sign of Our Future



Upon arriving back in Guelph after a nomadic holiday, I was surprised to see these signs on people's lawns. I had no idea that the Pipe From Lake Erie was anything more than a "pipe dream/nightmare" used as a political tool in our last municipal election.

Silly, silly me.

According to the information on www.stopthepipeline.ca website, public consultation meetings took place during the sleepy month of August and none were held in Guelph.

Sue Richards

Photo by yours truely.

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Blog Guelph: Sign of Our Beliefs



Guess it depends on what you're doing.

Photo from Flickr by saffyre9.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Signs of September


As August ticks to an end, schools around the city are being prepared for the beginning of the academic year. In fact, with thousands of university students making their way to the University of Guelph from across the country and around the world, the entire city is gearing up.

The University of Guelph ranks very high as far as learning institutions in the country. According to the recent Maclean's Magazine survey "Guelph was No. 1 among comprehensive universities in seven of the eight categories that make up the magazine’s new University Graduate Survey."

I wonder if seat 162 is part of the Sudoku of Seating?

This photo was supplied by torontofotobug and is posted on Flickr.

Sue Richards

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Blog Guelph: Inside Blog Guelph

Back in early August, a small group of photo nuts meet at the Albion for a face to face, beer drinking, photo swapping good old time also known as Guelph's First Flickr Meet.

Blogger/photographer VW_Busman cooked up the idea and told Flickr.....the photo hosting site that Blog Guelph relies on. Upon VW's arrival, he laid some nifty Flickr swag stickers and buttons out for the gang. Here we see Blairware’s photo of a Flickr button resting on the head of a beer.

How friggin fun is that?!

If you're keen to contribute to Blog Guelph but have yet to figure out the complex system for having your photos appear, allow me to reveal the process.

Start by setting up an account with Flickr. Upload your digital photos. Tag the Guelph shots 'Guelph'. Then, go to Groups and join the one called 'Guelph'. You can read the various strings, throw your two cents worth into the conversation or just lurk around. After you upload your pictures and tag them, send them to the Guelph group. If the 'blog this' toggle doesn't appear over your images, we'll sort that out directly.

That's the full deal. Me or someone filling in for me will cruise the shots and post one or more a day with a wee commentary. Then we'll link back to you and leave a comment on your site.

Simple like sunshine don't you think?

Of course it would also be spectacular if you told everyone you knew about Blog Guelph. Even more stupendous would be getting a link from your website or blog to us. And triple fun arrives if you are a Guelphite and have a blog.....cause we'll add you to the blogroll on the right hand side.

Our purpose is fairly straightforward. My dear friend Henry Kock used to say if you want to see positive stuff go on in your community, you've got to make the process beautiful. Following this logic along, me thinks the more people engaged in 'making it beautiful' the more beautiful we'll be.

Blog Guelph wants to capture this cities beauty and encourage more of it. Guelph is our home after all.

We're also looking for sponsors and advertisers for the site. Even though this is an arty farty Art Jam project, it does take time and we do like to eat. Contact details are on the right hand side bar.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Tomatoes

Here we have what I believe should be called the August sandwich. Green thumbed folks all over Guelph can wander out into their own back yards and pick the fixings for this culinary delight. But, if gardening is not your forte, local CSA organic farms (community supported agriculture) like the on at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph or Fourfold Farms (fourfold@golden.net) provide weekly produce pickups for members.

Beyond that, fresh produce stands and mini markets like Knapps Country Market out by Guelph Lake have everything you need.

Sue Richards

Thanks to foodie fellow Gregory Clifford Denton for eating so well. Click the Flickr pic.


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Blog Guelph: Corn on the Cob

Is your mouth watering? Can you hear the crunch, imagine the juiciness, taste the yummy sweetness?

Sweet corn stands seem to be liberally sprinkled all over town. I've noticed one at Speedvale and Woolwich plus a couple on the cities skirt line heading out 124 toward Erin.

Do tell. Where are you buying your local corn?

Sue Richards

Thanks to foodie fellow Gregory Clifford Denton, the only, for capturing these kernels. Click the Flickr pic.


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Blog Guelph: Dig This


potatoes, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, four. Five potatoes, six potatoes, seven potatoes more.

August brings forth a bounty of some of the most outstanding fresh produce available in Ontario. A visit to the Guelph Farmer's Market on Saturday morning will leave you dizzy, dizzy I say, with food choice possibilities like these sexy spuds. Add a bit of butter, salt and freshly cracked pepper and your taste buds will be flowering in no time.

Sue Richards

Thanks to photo guy VW-Busman for capturing these taters. Click the Flickr pic.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Blog Guelph: Flying


IMG_3728, originally uploaded by vaneramos.

They're flying into fall.

Sue Richards

See more from vaneramos by clicking the picture.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Blog Guelph: Its a Bell


its a bell, originally uploaded by me.

The Bell Piano and Organ Co. has a rich history and for a lot of people put Guelph (and even Canada) on the map.

Long before Canada was ever Canada — 1864 (it was called West Canada back then) brothers William and Robert Bell, with a staff of three, produced 25 four-legged 'Diploma' melodeons (a traditional English instrument). By 1881 nearly 200 employees produced annually over 1200 melodeons and reed organs, some of which were exported as far as Australia. In 1888 The company was sold to an English firm, at which time the name was changed to the Bell Organ and Piano Co, Ltd, and the manufacture of pianos was begun. The company's production reached 600 reed organs and 200 pianos per month. Bell pianos were exported extensively, and some of the handsomer models were sent to the palaces of Queen Victoria, Queen Frederica, the kings of Italy and Spain, and a Turkish sultan.

When piano sales out-stripped organ sales and seemed likely to continue doing so, the company in 1907 changed its name to the Bell Piano and Organ Co, Ltd. Agencies were established across Canada (one of which, in Toronto, became in 1913 a separate organization - the Bell Music and Piano Co - and also sold records, phonographs, and sheet music). A trade magazine was published in the years before 1913. By 1920 the company had begun to produce player pianos, electric reproducing pianos, phonographs, piano benches, radio tables, and cabinets. Over 170,000 pianos and organs had been built by 1928, when the company was sold to a syndicate headed by John S. Dowling of Brantford, Ont. The manufacture of organs was discontinued and the company renamed Bell Pianos Ltd. In 1934 the company was sold to Lesage Pianos, which perpetuated the Bell design.

The Bell Organ and Piano Co. once occupied most of the block bounded by Wyndham, Carden and Macdonnell Streets. Please visit the City of Guelph Library to learn more about the Bell Organ and Piano Co.

Chris Iwanowski
(some content sourced from the Canadian Encyclopedia)

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Blog Guelph: Macdonnell Street


macdonnell street, originally uploaded by Accordion Chick.

Acker's Furniture spans the width of a city block with two entrances, one on Carden Street and this one on Macdonnell. The business has been operating in this location since before sliced bread. For the more literal among you Ackers opened in 1917.

If you’re looking for something to do, I recommend a trip to the upper floors of this very large Guelph landmark. The vintage red convertible is not part of their marketing campaign but it speaks well to the experience awaiting you inside.

Not Ikea. Photo by Accordion Chick. Click the pic.

Sue Richards

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Blog Guelph: Bean There


beans, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Oh yellow bean how fresh you taste.
You're crunchy sweetness stirs.
A feeling deep inside my mouth
That makes my taste buds blur.

I know that I must eat with haste.
Your season goes too fast.
But bean please know I hold you dear,
When harvest long has past.

Photo by vw-busman. Ode by Sue Richards.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Blog Guelph: Swimming in Guelph Lake


swimming in guelph lake, originally uploaded by Accordion Chick.

This great summer fun photo was taken by Accordion Chick. Click the pic to see her Flickr photo stream.

Sue Richards

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Blog Guelph: Sunflowers


Sunflowers, originally uploaded by Rhenda.

This is a classic summer in Ontario pic. Although I haven't been south on highway six to see this field for myself, I've heard rave reviews.

Depending on the time of day, the flower faces may or may not be seen by passing motorist. As their name suggests, the sunflower follow the course of the suns movement from dawn to dusk.

Click Rhenda's picture to see her Flickr photostream.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Windy Grass


windy grass, originally uploaded by Accordion Chick.

Such are the fields around Guelph during the lazy days of summer.

Thanks to Accordion Chick for this moody shot. Click the picture to see her Flickr photostream.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Clear Skies, Happy Plants


Clear skies, happy plants, originally uploaded by ndh.

Hope this isn't too corny.

Click ndh's photo to see his Flickr photostream.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Hey! Bales!


hay bales, originally uploaded by Accordion Chick.

The fields around Guelph suddenly look like artwork.

Click Accordion Chicks picture to see her Flickr photostream.

Sue Richards

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Blog Guelph: I Spy


packages, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Photographer and blogging guy vw-busman has issued a 'where's this' challenge on his Flickr site. He claims he'll send you some 'stickers' if you get the location of this shot right.

Hint: Stonewall in Guelph won't fly.

Click on the picture to play.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Guelph Lake Sunset


IMG_0835, originally uploaded by personality_dialysis.

Taken on Hillside weekend, this image by photographer 'personality dialysis' offers a glimpse of the perfect solution to sticky summer weather in a very hot city. Despite the fact that the heat wave has moved on and the current temperature possesses that tiny hint of *fall* (GASP!) Guelph Lake Conservation Authority is a lovely destination for communing with nature anytime of year.

Click the picture if you'd like to see this photographer’s photo stream.

Sue Richards

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Blog Guelph: Canadian Midget Girls Fastball Championship

Sixteen top teams meet August 6 - 13 in Guelph for the Candian Midget Girls Fastball Tournament.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Batter Up


Batter Up, originally uploaded by Sue Richards.

Guelph Gators compete in the Midget Girls Canadian Fastpitch Tournament at Hastings Stadium in Exhibition Park.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Hastings Stadium


Batter Out, originally uploaded by Sue Richards.

It was the roar of the crowd that drew me to the top end of Exhibition Park last night. Despite living in Guelph for 25 years and liking baseball, I had never watched a game in the nicely designed Hastings Stadium. Now with the Midget Girls Canadian Fastpitch Tournament in full swing, my inaugural visit was perfectly timed.

What a delightful summer treat for a fine August evening. The mixed age, large crowd was very friendly and most enthusiastic despite the home teams excellent effort to bring in a run.

So go ahead. Take yourself out to a ball game. Tournament details at the link above.

Sue Richards

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Blog Guelph: Tannis Slimmon


Today only, Guelph songstress Tannis Slimmon is being featured on CBC Radio 3 with her stunning tune "There's A Lift".

If you need a wee boost.....and really in these troubled times who doesn't, then click this link. Read what the Kramdens front man superstar and CBC radio personality Craig Norris has to say about the ever lovely Ms. Slimmon then press PLAY.

Just like Craig, and in the interest of full disclosure, I'll let yah know that Tannis is a pal of mine too.

What a lucky, lucky pair of ducks.

Sue Richards

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Blog Guelph: Wading Cow


Wading Cow, originally uploaded by corbeau_du_nord.

Thanks to the prominence of the University of Guelph and its focus on agricultural studies, Guelph is sometimes referred to as Cow town.

Here we have a Guelph area cow skinny-dipping in a stream. As the photographer corbeau du nord points out in their notes on this photos Flickr homepage, cows wading in streams may seem quaint but in fact are nasty polluting machines. When they've 'gotta go, go they do'. Upstream folks do not suffer the consequence. But the downstream crowds get an unfortunate reduction in water quality.

I trust you get the picture.

Click on the pic to visit this photographers Flickr photo stream.

Sue Richards

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Blog Guelph: Slow Speed Speed River


slow speed Speed 7150339, originally uploaded by blairware.

As this photo title demonstrates, I am not the only one to make jabs at the Speed Rivers lazy ways. Blairware offers us this beauty as one of a set of images he calls Guelph's Rivers. If you click on this pic you can check out the full photo essay on his Flickr page.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Paddling At The Confluence

Our Enchanted Garden supplies this lovely example of canoeing in the heart of the city. Here the lazy Speed and Eramosa rivers meet.

The sculpture on the right was commissioned to commemorate the women engineering students who were killed in Montreal a dozen years ago.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Red Canoe


red chain, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Should you be inspired to paddle the cool rivers of hot Guelph, canoe rentals are available at the bottom of the Gordon Street hill by the Boat House Cafe beside the river. No hauling, portaging or wrangling required. Simply hand the nice people some of your money and you're on you way to becoming one with nature and at peace with the world.

This photo comes to us by way of vw-busman (check out his blog in the sidebar) and the friendly folks at Flickr. Click the pic for more.

Sue Richards

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Blog Guelph: All The Happy Hillside People


All The Happy People, originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.

The Giant Vermin offers this shot up on Flickr. Click TGV's pic for more fun photos of Hillside Festival 2006.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Hillside Artists


gewgaws and wicker, originally uploaded by reegmo.

I love Flickr...now boasting over 800 Hillside Festival photos! This pic comes to us via reegmo. Click the picture for more of Hillside 2006.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Closing Ceremony


Closing Ceremony, originally uploaded by claygrl.

Claygrl strikes again!. Click her pic for more of the of Hillside 2006.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Hillside Fire Dancer


Hillside Fire Dancer, originally uploaded by claygrl.

The fire lovin' claygrl offers this shot. Click her pic for more of Hillside 2006.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Hillside Candle Procession


Hillside Candle Procession, originally uploaded by claygrl.

The photos keep on rollin' in on Flickr. This one from the lovely claygrl. Click her pic for more of Hillside 2006.

Sue Richards

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Blog Guelph: Hillside Swimmin'


IMG_3785_edit, originally uploaded by fotograf.416.

Click fotograf.416's photo for more great Hillside shots.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Quiet Hillside Moment


IMG_3699, originally uploaded by fotograf.416.

Click fotograf.416's photo for more great Hillside shots.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Hillside Happies


Lynnie, Lara and Mere, originally uploaded by K Jane.

Click K Jane's photo for more great Hillside shots.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Hillside Food

Click Gregory Clifford Denton's photo for more great Hillside shots.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: People at Hillside

Click pixienicki's photo for more great Hillside shots.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Late Night Hillside


Get some sleep will ya, originally uploaded by Aris P.

Click the pic to see more shots from Aris P.

Sue Richards

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Blog Guelph: Hillside Workshops


Mia and the Microphones, originally uploaded by franknorquay.

Click the pic to see more from franknorquay.

Sue Richards


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Blog Guelph: Flags on a Hillside


flags on a hillside, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Click the pic to see more from vw-busman..

Sue Richards


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Blog Guelph: Lightfoot on Parade


Lightfoot on Parade, originally uploaded by trulysomething.

Click the pic to see more from trulysomething.

Sue Richards


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Blog Guelph: Hillside Art


IMG_3572, originally uploaded by fotograf.416.

Click the pic to see more from fotograf.416.

Sue Richards


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Blog Guelph: Hillside Constantines


constantines, originally uploaded by pixienicki.

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Sue Richards


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Blog Guelph: Hillside Sunday Gospel Hour


I Love Sunday Gospel Hour, originally uploaded by franknorquay.

Click the pic to see more from franknorquay.

Sue Richards


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Blog Guelph: Hillside Sunset


P3070039.JPG, originally uploaded by akwalker.

Click the pic to see more from akwalker.

Sue Richards


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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.