Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Blog Guelph: 10/31

Sinister, originally uploaded by firda.

The thrift stores are a flurry of activity today as Guelphites clammer to pull off their creepy costumes for the first big, pre daylight savings time 10-31 in my memory. Yes folks, our clocks have yet to fall back meaning it will be light longer than ever tonight.

So here's the question of the day? Will parents buckle to the incessant pleas of their ghostly brood and hit the streets before sunset or try to restrain the eager alter egos until dark of night?

So you know, I've got my money is on the buckle factor.

AND - thanks to the 'it's happening faster than we ever imagined global warming' we will also enjoy unseasonably warm temperatures.

How scary is that. Boo Hoo.

So then, and on a more cheerful, helpful Blog Guelph note, if you happen to be one of the poor misfits that didn't scoop a mullet wig at VAVA Village or mistakenly dumped the Hallowe'en costume bag during spring cleaning, today's series of photographic brilliance will provide you with some easy solutions to your tricky day.

Sue Richards

Click any one of the photos to visit that photographer's Flickr photostream. You'll be treated.

Blog Guelph: Bride of Frankness

No No Not Him!!, originally uploaded by RavenGirlPhotography.

Sometimes an exaggerated look will do the trip. That and a well placed scar.

Blog Guelph: Cross Dressing

boo, originally uploaded by digitalambitions.

Blog Guelph: Big Shot

Aviator Stogie, originally uploaded by ~Stingrays~.

One of the easier costumes to pull together - coat yourself in attitude.

Blog Guelph: Save The Pumpkin

DSC_0033, originally uploaded by Ange Catford.

If carving is not your forte, consider this value added alternative.

Blog Guelph: NOse JOb

Hillside in Disguise, originally uploaded by claygrl.

Works every time.....

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Blog Guelph: Devil's Night

haunted, originally uploaded by digitalambitions.

'Tis a spooky time of year. Tonight is Devil's Night, tomorrow Halloween and the streets of downtown Guelph will no doubt be swarmed by costumed crazies.
But lest you think that's all that's going on in the city centre, think again.
There are a plethora of good times to be had.
Just take a look at the following 5 pics to see some of what the core has in store for you.

Blog Guelph: Edifying Edifice

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, along comes Edifying Edifice. A precursor to the Guelph Festival of Moving Media, this special event sees ten local media artists transform downtown Guelph with site-specific video installations over five nights. Curated by the brilliant Scott McGovern.

Blog Guelph: Frogs on Film

, originally uploaded by Denim.

GIFF - Guelph Festival of Moving Media begins November 2. Now in it's 5th year.

Blog Guelph: Accordian Chick

remember when it was summer?, originally uploaded by downtownlynn.

You can also have the wonderful pleasure of hearing the sultry voice and musical stylings of our very own flickergurl, Accordian Chick, a.k.a. Meredith Grant at The Albion tonight.

Blog Guelph: A forkful

IMG_0963-1, originally uploaded by [eye]focus.

It's your last chance to Dig-In Downtown.
Don't miss this opportunity to feast on a great deal.
Tonight and tomorrow night only!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Blog Guelph: Love Love Love

, originally uploaded by randysutherland.

The Dalai Lama is in Canada this week - apparently meeting with our man Steve and the boys sometime today. It was a nice relief to hear this news broadcast between the regular grim reports of death, destruction and despair that the media feed our bleeding ears.

I especially found pleasure in one short clip that CBC Radio One ran of the chirping voice of the Dalai Lama reporting that he is now an honourary citizen of Canada - followed by the most delightfully love filled giggle that you could ever hope to hear from a person.

The man is full to the brim with love.

And so too is Blog Guelph on this fine last Monday of October.



All we need is love.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Love Is Light

Beam me up Scotty, originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy.

Blog Guelph: Oh Bleeding Heart

1475, originally uploaded by lio2006.

Blog Guelph: Love is Sweet

Graffiti 6, originally uploaded by Andrew Faires.

Blog Guelph: Love Hurts

Puppy broke her toes, originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.

Blog Guelph: Love Is Here

assignment, originally uploaded by imajason.

Blog Guelph: Love For Sale

, originally uploaded by Denim.

Blog Guelph: Love Lasts

wreath, originally uploaded by rdaw.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Blog Guelph: Guelph's Factory District

Guelph's Factory District, originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.

Friday's Gem of the Day

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Blog Guelph: Word Crazy

Asylum, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

No, we haven't gone completely bonkers today, but we do confess to loving words as well as pictures. Pictures and words, that's Blog Guelph in a nutshell.
Our incredibly talented photographer, Peter Kelly, has nicely captured an historically crazy word.
Asylum - late Middle English via Latin from Greek 'asulon' - refuge, from 'asulos' - inviolable.

Each and every day I receive an email shedding light on the origin and usage of a single word.
Whether or not this improves my word power is debatable but it is fascinating in an oh so nerdly way.
Take a look for yourself, A.Word.A.Day.

and while you're at it, click on these Guelph specific pics....just see where they can take you.

Blog Guelph: Moving Pictures

Cinema - shortened from 19th century French 'cinematogaphe', in turn from Greek 'kinema' or 'kinemat' - movement.

Blog Guelph: the ins and the outs

Vinyl - mid 19th century. From Latin, vinum (wine).

Blog Guelph: Home

Alternate route to Guelph, originally uploaded by woodygraphs.

Now here's an odd yet oddly comforting word familiar to us all here at Blog Guelph...
If you say it fast three times you'll sound like a dog barking.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Blog Guelph: Flies in Your Face

this is a cow, originally uploaded by downtownlynn.

Welcome to Wednesday.

Today's series of posts give way to some well photographed animals. Since much of Guelph's history is based in agriculture - what with G-town being the home to The Ontario Veterinary College and all - AND because OVC just happens to be the oldest veterinary college in Canada and the United States, it seemed fitting and fair to let the critters have their day in the blogospotlight.

OVC was originally located in Toronto in 1862, moved to Guelph in 1922 and became a founding college of the University of Guelph in 1964. To review Key Dates in the History of the Ontario Veterinary College, click on the link.

To see other cows, cats and dogs previously posted on Blog Guelph, click on the hyper-linked word.

Moo to you.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Lionel

Lionel, originally uploaded by Ithomas29.

If you want a stable friendship, get a horse. ~ Author Unknown

Blog Guelph: Puppy Love

Puppy Love, originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.

Children are for people who can't have dogs. ~ Author Unknown

Blog Guelph: Boid watchin'

Boid watchin', originally uploaded by Sockeyed.

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Blog Guelph: Moo?

Moo, originally uploaded by ~Stingrays~.

All is not butter that comes from the cow. ~ Proverb

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Blog Guelph: 3

Geese, originally uploaded by Ithomas29.

Today Blog Guelph takes a gander at the magical, mystical, marvelous Number 3.
Everywhere you look, even in our photo pools, the number three seems to rear it's significant head.
trio...triad...triplet... triptych...trilogy...tricycle...triplicate...triumverate...
it goes on and on and on...

So behold (and click!) a smattering of images and reflections on the first odd prime number:

Pythagoras called three the perfect number, basically because it expressed all - beginning, middle, and end.

When something happens three times, there is a pattern.

Earth is the third planet in its local Solar System.

In the constellation Orion, his belt is made up of 3 stars in a row.

Third time's the charm.

A hat-trick in sports is associated with succeeding at anything three times in three consecutive attempts.

Now, on the count of three...

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: Primary Clover

Clovers & Red Bug, originally uploaded by firda.

The 3 Primary Colours our brilliant photobug, Firda, has captured are
Red, Green and Blue.

Blog Guelph: Three feets?

Three, originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.

3 R's: Reading ~ 'Riting ~ 'Rithmetic.

Blog Guelph: Three towers

Three towers, originally uploaded by Rockin' Ray.

Three appears regularly in fairytales and mythology.
Think 3 blind mice, 3 little piggies, mama bear, papa bear and baby bear.
Don't even get me started on Freud....Superego anyone?

Blog Guelph: Three Bikes

Three Bikes, originally uploaded by firda.

Clearly, three's a crowd in this case...

Blog Guelph: 3 wee ghosties

our haunted house, originally uploaded by downtownlynn.

Close encounters of the Third Kind.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Blog Guelph: Sharon Smith

Photo Credit: Ian Thomas ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
Photo taken in Guelph, Ontario Canada.

For the last nine years, my book keeper, Sharon Smith, regularly came to my home office to do my books. Always punctual, I would have her coffee ready to pour, paper work organized and my prehistoric iMac cranked on in anticipation.

Like a tradition, we would start the monthly visit pretty much the same way every time. Sharon would settle in the office chair and gently pat the computers dusty head - I would offer up specific accounting needs that I had identified and we'd both comment on the state of the universe. Then I would leave her to the task of coaxing data into the belly of the beast of 'artificial intelligence'.

When Sharon didn't appear last Thursday morning, I immediately started to worry. It was 9:15 and in the entire time we'd worked together I had never known her to be late.

I called her home and left a message.

When her sister called back a short time later to tell me the sad news of Sharon's sudden death earlier in the week, I was stunned to say the least. Now I'm deeply saddened.

Today's series of several images is dedicated to my friend and wonderful book keeper Sharon Smith. She saw me through some magnificent highs and excruciating lows over our years together - always steady as eddy. Indeed, she helped managed many of Guelph's artists and community group finances and guided even more befuddled people through 'tax madness' each year. Sharon loved dancing, singing and being outdoors by the shore of any body of water.

She is and will continue to be greatly missed. Gilchrist Funeral Home Visitation and Memorial service details are here.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Wild Speed River

Photo Credit: Alan Norsworthy~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
Photo taken in Guelph, Ontario Canada.

Blog Guelph: A Place To Be

Photo Credit: Blairware ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
Photo taken in Guelph, Ontario Canada.

Blog Guelph: Tunnel Vision

Photo Credit: Blairware ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
Photo taken in Guelph, Ontario Canada.

Blog Guelph: Autumn Falls

Photo Credit: cynikalmindset ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
Photo taken in Guelph, Ontario Canada.

Blog Guelph: Time of Reflection

the speed river, originally uploaded by Accordion Chick.

Blog Guelph: The Sun Sets

speed river sunset, originally uploaded by Accordion Chick.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Blog Guelph: Mornin' Sunshine

IMG_2174, originally uploaded by daisyamy.
Friday's Gem of the Day

Blogger appears to be having some hiccups these days, thus the meagre offerings yesterday.
The Randomness theme could have been more aptly titled abandon-ness.
Here's hoping for next week...

-Downtown Lynn-

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Blog Guelph: Running Behind

The Speed of Bella, originally uploaded by fix.inpost.


We here (okay, just me really) at Blog Guelph are running behind today.
Time is clearly not on my side and our poor blog is paying the price.

Please stay tuned for some spectacular photos and inspired commentary
(here's hopin'!) as the day progresses....

See, even Blogstresses can lose their cool!

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: A Detour of the Psychogeographical kind

an odd detour, originally uploaded by Accordion Chick.

Still running behind!

To remedy this, I've chosen to post seemingly haphazard photos.
No evident themes, perhaps even a complete abandonment of the food theme this week. Fear not though, these shots were carefully selected with deep consideration.

But let's face it, we should just call today Randomness Day.
If Flickr can do Interestingness, then surely Blog Guelph can own the theme of randomness, non?

So sit right back and behold the wealth of arbitrary shots taken by a variety of talented photogs.
Click on the pics to peer further into their respective photostreams.

Blog Guelph: Nellie McClung

Nellie McClung, originally uploaded by zaal40.

On this day in 1929 the British Privy Council decided that Canadian women were technically "persons" under the law and therefore able to hold public office. The Famous Five, as they became known (Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Emily Murphy and Louise McKinney) were the petitioners in this landmark case. They now appear on the reverse of the $50 bill.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Blog Guelph: Sign of Meat

Stay Cool, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

As our week of food themed snaps continues to pour forth, I'm delighted to post five finger lickin' photos, from our pool of terrific photographers, for your gastronomic pleasure.

Located on the north side of the 401 between the old highway six exit and the Hanlon Expressway, you can't miss this classic, big ass Schneiders billboard that lights up like Christmas at night. Known in some circles as the 'wiener beacon', the sign has stood its ground - in various forms - since 1961. The 'Famous for Quality' slogan was coined in 1929.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Coffee Coffee Coffee

mine, his, originally uploaded by Denim.

We're a very lucky city to have our own gourmet, fair trade, organic, coffee roasting joint that also happens to be a worker coop.

Locally owned Planet Bean now offers two locations for your bean buying pleasure - on the east side of town at 259 Grange Street #2 and right downtown at 51 Macdonell Street.

They've got some crazy Ethiopian coffee that will kick your caffeine lovin' butt.

Blog Guelph: Tarts of Butter

I love butter tarts.

Imagine my glee when a new location for terrific butter tarts opened in downtown Guelph.

If you love butter tarts, simply go to Quebec Street and visit the Blue Ribbon Deli.

Purchase tart(s). Eat. Die and go to heaven.

But first, tell them Blog Guelph sent you.

Blog Guelph: Elvis is Cooked

elvis, originally uploaded by they are all cylons.

Another Sunday Cake by 'they are all cylons'.

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.