Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Blog Guelph: Entrancing


entrancing, originally uploaded by edeva_art.

Today's series offer some examples of the Guelphites winter hardiness be they human or beast.

You may scoff at this image. But trust me, managing a fire is work - plus an immense amount of pleasure.

Photo Credit: Edeva Art

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Snow Buddy


snow buddy, originally uploaded by downtown_lynn.

Believe it or not, dogs love snow.

Sue Richards

Downtown Lynn snapped Buddy's pic.

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Blog Guelph: Hockey Night In Guelph


, originally uploaded by Denim.

Besides being able to skate on the Speed River, several neighbourhood rinks are now good to go. Click on to find out where they are.

Sue Richards

Photo by: Denim

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Blog Guelph: Speed River Skating


all hail the rink makers, originally uploaded by downtown_lynn.

Here we have more proof that the mighty Speed River has frozen stiff and is now an ice highway!

Great photo taken by Downtown Lynn from the Heffernan Street Pedestrian Bridge.

Sue Richards

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Blog Guelph: Guelph Couples


, originally uploaded by Denim.

Today's series provides Blog Guelph viewers with icy images from around the city. Photographer Denim offers what could be considered a deeply quiet view of winter in Guelph.

'Tis certainly the logical season to be still.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Snow Tables


snow tables, originally uploaded by inkexplodes.

The patio at the University of Guelph is nicely contained by a snow fence. Not sure if it is suppose to keep the snow in or out.

Photo Credit: InkExplodes

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Cold Hotel


Cold Hotel, originally uploaded by RavenGirlStudios.

Raven Girl shows the icy side of Guelph's most famous water hole, The Albion Hotel.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Ice Feathers


Ice feathers, originally uploaded by Sandra Regina.

A few years ago, in January, I was traveling with my mate in Zanzibar, one of the Spice Islands off the coast of Tanzania, East Africa. Daily temperatures always exceeded 45C.

After a couple of weeks where nothing was cold, we ventured into the 'fancy hotel' with our sights set on a cocktail - or more specifically, an ice cube in a cocktail. Seemed you could take the Canadian out of winter but couldn't quite get the winter out of a Canadian.

Photo Credit: Sandra Regina

Sue Richards


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Blog Guelph: Dogwood Ice Sculpture


our dogwood sculpture, originally uploaded by Joseph & Sam's Mom.

The majority of people in the world will never see this type of beauty.

Photo Credit: Joseph and Sam's Mom

Sue Richards

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Blog Guelph: At Guelph Lake


At Guelph Lake 3, originally uploaded by sundog22.

Guelph Lake Conservation Area is still open to the public in the winter and offers some beautiful vistas and terrific walking trails.

The first three photos in today’s series feature a look at the Guelph Lake In Winter joint show by Mother Nature and Jack Frost. Photographer Sundog 22 has additional pics in his Flickr stream. Just click on the photo to see more.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: White Pine with Frozen Drizzle


White Pine with Frozen Drizzle 3, originally uploaded by sundog22.

Iced Pine.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Reeds with Frozen Drizzle


Reeds with Frozen Drizzle 3, originally uploaded by sundog22.

Mother Nature grows and Jack frosts.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Begging Bear


Begging Bear, originally uploaded by Mary Calarco.

More Orangeness Day pics arrived in the Guelph Flickr Pool after I had got out for the day. I'm delighted to see that Guelph's Most Famous Bear got into the spirit.

Sue Richards

Photo Credit: Mary Calarco

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Obey


DSCN6758, originally uploaded by scratchedcornea.

Further evidence of the versatility of Orangeness – this Guelph graffiti is just plain bossy.

Sue Richards

Photo: Scratched Cornea.

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Carts


DSCN6789, originally uploaded by scratchedcornea.

Photographer Scatched Cornea caught sight of Orangeness hard at work.

Sue Richards

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Snowflake


snowflake, originally uploaded by downtown_lynn.

Today is Orangeness Day - orange yah glad!!

And what a day it is in the Guelph Flickr Photo Pool! There's plenty of inspiration and Orangeness in today's series of pics for you to warm up to on this frigid January Day in Guelph Ontario Canada.

Click the pics to see the photographers photo stream. Check back later in the day for more pics......

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - High As a Cat


High as a kite BB, originally uploaded by Denim.

Click the photo to see more work from this photo artist.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Guelph Sunset


Orange Sunset, originally uploaded by gdnarch.

Click the photo to see more photos from this artists stream.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness Day Premise


Orangeness Day, originally uploaded by Sue Richards.

Orange is the colour of creativity. It's zany. Fun. Cheerful. And orange is able to work wonders with the mood that settles on a grey January day.

In 2004 I simply published the date on the calendar that I produce. People who noticed instantly took to the idea. Just because they could. Celebrating orange is very easy.

So there you have it. Orangeness Day got made up because I like orange. And by the look of it, a whack of you like orange too.

Enjoy.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Gazania


Orange Gazania, originally uploaded by Andrew Faires.

Click this pic for more great photography.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Orange


, originally uploaded by Denim.

Click this pic for more great photography.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Literature


orange, originally uploaded by Denim.

Orangeness Day is now celebrated here too.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Makes Me Happy!


Orange Makes Me Happy!, originally uploaded by claygrl.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Remember Orangeness


remember orange, originally uploaded by downtown_lynn.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Salmon


Orangeness Day 6, originally uploaded by corbeau_du_nord.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Study of Black Cat #2


Study of Black Cat #2, originally uploaded by JohnnyBallgame.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Getting Psyched for Orangeness Day

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Touque


Orangeness Day 1, originally uploaded by corbeau_du_nord.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Sliced


Orange Sliced, originally uploaded by stingrayz08.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Lily


my orange lillie, originally uploaded by digitalambitions.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Daisy


Orangeness Day 5, originally uploaded by corbeau_du_nord.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Navel


Orangeness Day 3, originally uploaded by corbeau_du_nord.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Guelph Morning


_MG_6305_1, originally uploaded by randysutherland.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Berries


anscoflex ~ berries, originally uploaded by Denim.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Pumpkins


pink camera ~ pumpkins, originally uploaded by Denim.

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Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Orangeness - Fred's Feet By The Fire

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Sue Richards

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Blog Guelph: Community


community, originally uploaded by randysutherland.

Today I offer up a series of contrasts.

This image was captured during the lazy days of summer at one of Guelph's neighbourhood parties.

I'm thrilled to see that Randy Sutherland has joined the Flickr Guelph photo pool. His photoblog link appears in the right handside bar as grand'Fogger .

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: The View From Here


The View From Here, originally uploaded by claygrl.

January's reality can certainly burst summers bubbles.

Photo by Claygrl.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Milkweed


Milkweed, originally uploaded by catcancook.

Half full.

Sue Richards

Photo by Catcancook

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Blog Guelph: Space Pods


Space Pods, originally uploaded by claygrl.

Half empty.

Sue Richards

Photo by Claygrl.

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Blog Guelph: I'm Late!


I'm Late!, originally uploaded by JohnnyBallgame.

Who yah gonna call? This guy....or.....

Sue Richards

Mr. Johnny Ballgame finds all the best Guelph grafitti.

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Blog Guelph: I'm Here!


Sheriff Chico Rides into Town, originally uploaded by stingrayz08.

...this guy?

Sue Richards

Photographer Stingrayz has been spending time out at Bernardi Precast on Elizabeth Street in Guelph.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Blog Guelph: Matthew Bell - Life Carved in Stone


Churchfront, originally uploaded by cool-baby.

This will be the third set in the three part series about one of Guelph's talented stonemasons, Matthew Bell. My thanks go out to photographer Cool Baby for feeding me this incredible story.

To view part one and two of the Matthew Bell series, please check through the January archives by clicking on the link in the right hand sidebar. Part one appeared on January 15th. Part Two was posted on January 17th.

Matthew Bell carved the front of The Church of Our Lady Immaculate.

In my opinion, this in itself more than sums up Matthew Bells impact on our community.

There is a myth that he died from a fall while working on the church but there is nothing to support that story in the historic archives of the church or the Guelph Mercury.

Sue Richards



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Blog Guelph: St. Boniface Cathedral, Maryhill, Ontario

Gil Stelter, Guelph's go to history guy, claims that St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church was the only church designed by Matthew Bell. Built in 1877, it stands on the highest elevation in the area - a 10 minute drive north west of Guelph.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: St Boniface Main Entrance


st boniface main entrance, originally uploaded by cool-baby.

According to Cool Baby, there are three sets of the carvings like the ones on either side of the door, running all the way up the front steeple.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: The Mysterious Lady, The Burglary and The Lost Love.

This story comes from the brochure put out by the Woodlawn Cemetery.

" The mysterious lady appeared at the cemetery one morning, placed by an unknown benefactor (sometime between 1903 and 1905).

The statue has been attributed to Matthew Bell. It was one of the statues stolen from the grounds of 40 Albert street. The house at one time had belonged to Bell.

The Grundy family, the owners at the time of the theft, spent summers in Kincardine. While they were away several carved figures were stolen from the grounds.

Local lore speculates that an unknown admirer placed the statue at the grave of Clara Snowden (d 1903 aged 36 yrs).

The limestone statue would have probably been carved during the winter months from a block of soft limestone selected from Bell's own quarry on Water Street."

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: The Bell Family Plot


The Bell Family plot, originally uploaded by cool-baby.

Matthew Bell died on June 28th, 1880. He rests, with his family, in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Guelph.

It is believed he carved the stone as the detail and motifs are the same as many of his buildings. Sadly, four of his ten children died during the 1870's.

The cemetery can be accessed off Westmount Road in Guelph.

Sue Richards

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

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