Friday, December 21, 2007

Blog Guelph: Lights Camera Action

Downtown Guelph, originally uploaded by ARebbs.

At long last we've reached the first full day of winter. But more importantly, the darkening days are behind us hearty Guelphites and for the next six months we can sashay with the returning sun. Please all join hands and swing around!

This is the last Blog Guelph post for 2007. Downtown Lynn and I must rest our bloggy minds and let sugar plums dance in our heads. While we're off dancing and prancing and doing all that jolly stuff, please amuse yourself by checking out our blog roll - situated in the right hand sidebar, or our vast 1896 post archive listed below the roll.

Thanks to the terrificly talented pool of Flickr photographers that see Guelph in so many lights and the 65,000 unique visitors that popped by for a wee look this year. May your halls be decked my friends.

As a public service for the festive fowl eaters among you, the following YouTube video is a vintage gem I've been hording for just such an occasion.

See you January 2nd blog fans.

Until then, Hark!!

Sue Richards

PS: ARebbs captures Mcdonnell Street from the steps of the Church of Our Lady.

Blog Guelph: How to Carve a Turkey

This 4-minute film, produced in 16mm around 1958, was produced by the Department of Public Relations of the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph and the Information Branch of Ontario's Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Blog Guelph: Barrelling Down That Hill

Barrelling Down That Hill, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

I've come to my last post of 2007.

Thanks to the indomitable Sue Richards I've had the great pleasure of cruising through various Guelph Flickr pools, witnessing the wealth of talent, the humour, the colour, the joy, and, sometimes, the bare truth.

Now I know the rain is moving towards us in this neck of the woods but I've chosen some wintry shots today nonetheless.
So get out there and have some fun while the white stuff is still upon us.
Chances are it'll return.
Bank on it.

I wish you all a merry christmas and most of all a very happy, healthy and fortunate New Year.

All my best
-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: Xmas card 2007

Xmas card 2007, originally uploaded by Dave Noyle.

Blog Guelph: S'no play day

S'no play day, originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy.

Blog Guelph: Speedsters

Speedsters, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Blog Guelph: Streetboarding in your Knickers

streetboarding, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Blog Guelph: December Sky

Church of our lady, originally uploaded by 123KJane.

Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday.

Today's 10 pic series is a direct reflection of my wandering mind mixed with a small dollop of local news and gossip.

First off - I've just returned from the Speedvale Liquor Store. According to my LCBO pal Steve, the first hint of frenzy hit the joint today. Happy to be on the edge rather than stuck in the middle of booze buying chaos I thought that a warning to the libation loving Guelph based Blog Guelph reader was in order.

So consider yourself forewarned liquor lovers. It's about to get crazy in them thar Liquor Control Boards of Ontario.

This purdy picture of the Church of Our Lady taken down by the bus station on Mcdonnell Street was shot by Ms. K Jane. See more of her images by clicking the pic or the hyper-linked label below.

Ho Ho.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Great Big Balls of Fun

great big balls, originally uploaded by downtownlynn.

The 2nd Annual Community Solstice Carol Singing in St. George's Square is happening at 7 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 20th in delightful Downtown Guelph.

Carol sheets will be provided as will a conductor - local songwriter James Gordon.

A collection will be taken during the event for Sister Christine and her ongoing efforts to help the homeless.

All ~ including the singing shy ~ are welcome!

The Guelph Community Solstice Carol Sing began two years ago at St. Joseph's Hospital as many Guelphites gathered there to lend vocal support to Guelph Tree God Henry Kock, who passed away at Christmas in 2005.

Blog Guelph: God of Fall

God of Fall - Detail, originally uploaded by JohnnyBallgame.

Given the early arrival of winter, me thinks the God of Fall must have lost half his season in a poker match with Jack Frost and Old Man Winter.

Blog Guelph: Snow Cabbage

Cabbage in snow, originally uploaded by Andrew Faires.

Click on the hyper-linked label below for more Blog Guelph images by Andrew Faires.

Blog Guelph: Snow Leaf

sugar snow, originally uploaded by dje-pix.

Blog Guelph: Snow Fox

Foxy Lady !, originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy.

Click on the hyper-linked label below for more Blog Guelph images by Alan Norsworthy.

Blog Guelph: Snow-blindness

snowblindness, originally uploaded by downtownlynn.

Click on the hyper-linked label below for more Blog Guelph images by Downtown Lynn.

Blog Guelph: Nice Hats

Dancing Ladies, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

I think I'm being naughty.....

Blog Guelph: Jump for Tannis

miss adventure, originally uploaded by downtownlynn.

Yesterday Guelph singer songwriter Tannis Slimmon was awarded an Independent Music Award for best song in the category Song-Folk/Singer-Songwriter for her tune “Ernest, Charlie & Allan”!!

Her new album Lucky Blue is set for a January 19th album release. I'll dish up more details when we're done with this month.

Blog Guelph: Hillside Festival Flashback

Happy Drummer #2, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

And finally.

Feeling down from festive season frenzy? Cast your mind back to the lazy days of Hillside!

Click on the hyper-linked label below for more images by Peter Kelly.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Blog Guelph: Under the colours

under the colours, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Everyone loves a parade.
So they say.
Some parades are more spectacular than others and the Rockwood Farmers Parade of Lights (I made that title up) has got to be one of the best.
First of all, it takes place at night, thus the emphasis on lights.
Secondly, it takes place at a time that is actually closer to Christmas; clearly not influenced by the shopping season alone.
Other municipalities could take a cue from this.
I missed this parade last week and, by the dearth of Flickr photos, so did many of you.
So I'm pulling from the archives on this one.
Enjoy the light fantastic.

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: Sue's Fireworks Setting

Rockwood Farmer's Parade, originally uploaded by Sue Richards.

Blog Guelph: Streak of Lights

Blog Guelph: Reindeer really know how to fly

reindeer really know how to fly, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: Wide and Bright

wide and bright, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Blog Guelph: Dumped!!

still moving, originally uploaded by deathtothehorror.

Jingle bells,
winter fell,
all throughout the night.

So much snow
our city slowed
and the people hid from sight.


Snow plows roamed
the buried streets
and tried to clear the mess.

Our aching backs
from digging out
made Sunday free of rest!

Sliding round the town,
On our useless summer tires,
Gordon hills a rink.
Grange a glacier.

Shopping must get done,
Santa's on his way,
What fun is this untimely storm
Where is global warming today?


Sue Richards

PS. Click the pics for more of the white stuff.

Blog Guelph: This Winter Has Balls

, originally uploaded by Denim.

...and it's still autumn!!!

Blog Guelph: Original Blowin' Snow

Blowin' Your Blues Away, originally uploaded by 1Freek.

Blog Guelph: Rudy Does Frosty

5 minutes later..., originally uploaded by claygrl.

Blog Guelph: Winter's Cover Up

Stormy Morning, originally uploaded by jbcurio.

Guelph digs winter.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Blog Guelph: Fluffy

Fluffy_2893, originally uploaded by Rockin' Ray.

Friday's Gem of the Day

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Blog Guelph: Ice Ice Baby

Blue Diamonds, originally uploaded by RavenGirlPhotography.

Ice ice baby
All right stop collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop yo I don't know
Turn off the lights and I'll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle
Dance go rush to the speaker that booms
I'm killing your brain like a poisonous mushroom....

Um, yah, you are killing my brain Vanilla.
Scratch that noise.

To begin again, today's Blog Guelph is dedicated to the slippy stuff.
A theme decided upon whilst crawling down my icy steps in the last day or two.
So if you see any olds or infirm out there trying to shovel or even just walk for that matter, give them a hand willya?
That's what good samaritans do, and we here at Blog Guelph are nothing if not good samaritans.  Click on these next 6 pics to enter these photographers frigid worlds...

Here's a better piece of a poem than the tripe I subjected you to at the beginning of this blog...

...but it is never over; nothing ends until we want it to.

look, in shattered midnights,

on black ice under silver trees, we are still dancing, dancing.

meet me in an hour at the limits of the city.

Gwendolyn MacEwen

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: Iced

iced, originally uploaded by blairware.

Blog Guelph: Ice on a leaf

Ice on a leaf, originally uploaded by Andrew Faires.

Blog Guelph: Caught

caught, originally uploaded by lio2006.

Blog Guelph: foam & ice

foam & ice, originally uploaded by blairware.

Blog Guelph: Ice Man

Ice Man, originally uploaded by RavenGirlPhotography.

Yes, we've all seen enough of the ice carver but not this beauty by RavenGirl!
And besides, this is to mark the beautiful nutcrackers demise of yesterday, no doubt at the hands of some useless fools.
His head could be found in the Square and little pieces of him strewn here and there.
Still, he lasted longer than I thought he would!
RIP Nutcracker.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Blog Guelph: 2007 Guelph Gift Giver Guide

, originally uploaded by Denim.

Happy Wednesday and welcome to today's series on gift giving.

On Monday I ranted about out of control Christmas consumption and how such consumerism taxes our fragile environment. To witness some of the evidence, check out the post Christmas garbage day in your neighbourhood.

So as not to be confused with Scrooge I must state that I'm all for giving. My preferred style is from the heart and when the spirit moves me, not just because of an arbitrary calendar date. But such a date does exist. So the question is, how can gift giving be meaningful and part of a sustainable tradition?

Lucky for us, the definition of 'gift' provides the perfect fodder for expanded gift giving possibilities..

1. Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation.
2. The act, right, or power of giving.
3. A talent, endowment, aptitude, or inclination.

Please enjoy the following nine, gift idea laden posts. I hope they stimulate your imagination and help to keep you from the madness of the mall.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Give Flickr

zippy, originally uploaded by blairware.

Do you know someone that likes photography?

Then give them a Flickr Pro Account so they can show their work off to the world, get feedback and maybe even get blogged on Blog Guelph. It's fun and a great way to encourage creativity.

Blog Guelph: Give of Yourself

Volunteering for a community group is a gift with legs.

You can formally sign up for a tour of duty at the Guelph Wellington Volunteer Center.

For a more informal approach, next time it snows clear your neighbours walkway. Or scrap off your co-workers car for a month.

Acts of kindness go a long way and last forever.

Blog Guelph: Give Yoga

Wrong Turn, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Guelph is bursting with qualified yoga teachers able to guide anyone toward the mind body health benefits of this ancient practice. So why not sign your best pal up for a workshop, retreat or class?

There are several places that offer yoga in Guelph. Currently the only dedicated studio is Living Yoga and Health ~ which I highly recommend.

Go here for their winter program.

Blog Guelph: Give Lessons

, originally uploaded by Denim.

Do you know a budding artist, singer or musician?

Then sign them up for a class. Guelph offers a plethora of ideas. Or try these specific links.

Guelph School of Art
Creativity Greenhouse-Children's Art Classes - 519-822-6436
Folkway Music
Trina Koster Studio

Blog Guelph: Give To The Food Bank

, originally uploaded by Denim.

Here's a no brainer with a generous impact.

Donate money to the Guelph Food Bank on behalf of your family. Then write the Salvation Army a cheque for their Christmas Food Hampers.

Click here for the Food Bank website.

Go here for the Sally Anne.

Blog Guelph: Give Event Tickets

christmas trees circa 2020, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

We are fortunate to have both the River Run Performing Arts Center and the Sleeman Center in Guelph so why not buy some tickets and give the gift of arts entertainment and spectator sports.

You can save on fossil fuels by ordering your Guelph Storm tickets here.

Then book your performing arts engagement here.

Blog Guelph: Give a Massage

, originally uploaded by Denim.

If there's one thing this town has loads of it's great massage therapists. Help your loved one de-stress and relax. Get them a gift certificate from one of these RMT's.

Blog Guelph: Give A Humane Society Calendar

, originally uploaded by Denim.

The 2008 Guelph Humane Society Calendar is now available. Stuff someones stocking with this charming fund raising effort!

Go here for details.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Blog Guelph: Seeing Clearly?

Rainy_Window_1, originally uploaded by Ithomas29.

I was in the mall yesterday (yes, the mall, sigh) and found myself contemplating Sue's Monday blog.
As I was trapped amidst the shopping crazies -indeed ONE of them - it became glaringly evident that I felt oh so gratefully out of place.
I am too loud, too inappropriate and too happy a person to be caught up in the melee and grump of the season and yet still fell victim to the mad consumerism.
This I must keep in check, review, revise and challenge.

And then I received an email today from an amazing organization called AVAAZ.
Here's just a little piece of what they had to say,

Dear friends,
Right now, a major UN summit in Bali has just a few days left to hammer out an agreement on stopping catastrophic climate change. But instead of helping out, Canada is actually sabotaging the UN talks! On Saturday, experts gave us the global "fossil" award for being the worst country in the world on climate change.

Seriously? THE WORST?
Time for a new government.
Time for a revolution.

Please click on this link to find out more....

So todays series of photos - for a variety of reasons - has Blog Guelph looking out, from within.

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: Blessed are the warm, the well, the happy

Rainy_Window_2, originally uploaded by Ithomas29.

Blog Guelph: Peer-Less

, originally uploaded by sunday chores.

Blog Guelph: Raining on our Parade

December 22, 2006, originally uploaded by JohnnyBallgame.

Blog Guelph: Misty-fied

Misty Window, originally uploaded by AbandonedAccounts.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Blog Guelph: The Monday Edition

Hoody, originally uploaded by Shacklady.

So it's the second week of x-month, 11 days until winter officially starts, Human Rights Day and a grey Monday - all boiled together.

Here's my thought of the day.

I'm wincing at the juxtaposition of the daily warnings of our sickening climate and the crush of mindless, unneeded consumerism that this season stimulates and endorses. We boost the economy while we stick it to our ecology.

Ho, Ho, Ho. Go Shopper Go!

Today is people photo day on Blog Guelph. We are all on the planet together my friends. We have no hope for a better past. But today holds promise for everyone. Our future depends on now. We can't wait for politicians. We CAN lead ourselves.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Greeting The New Day

Greeting The New Day, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Adwoa Badoe performing at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival.

Blog Guelph: Boot Playin'

Boot Playin', originally uploaded by peterkelly.

That 1 Guy performing at Hillside Festival 2007.

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.