Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Blog Guelph: Sunset on Goldie Mill


Goldie Mill (807), originally uploaded by lio2006.

Mill operations ceased in the 1930's and Goldies operated as a warehouse until 1953 when fire once again destroyed the location.

When the ruins were threatened to be flattened into a parking lot - suddenly a Joni Mitchell song is running through my mind - the Grand River Conservation Authority purchased the ruins in 1976. Several groups worked to stabalized the ruins and have the location designated as a public park.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Goldie Mill Today


human-animal bond (806), originally uploaded by lio2006.

And so, the mill continues to add value to our community.

Currently it may be reserved for performances or other events like weddings, film nights, art events and lectures. A projection screen and hydro is available. The main area inside the walls will hold up to 160 persons. There are two other smaller defined spaces as well. Public washrooms are available at 75 Cardigan Street, adjacent to the Mill. Important to note - the mill has no roof.

Sue Richards

Beautiful photo by: Lio2006. Click the pic.

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Blog Guelph: Goldie Mill - Big Idea?


Goldie Mill (801), originally uploaded by lio2006.

Obviously someone had a big idea for Goldie Mill that was somewhat more inspired than 'must build parking lot'. Plus a whack of somebodies had the energy and resources to take a ruins and turn it into a historic gem, public park and nice chunk of cultural capital for the City of Guelph.

Let us say thank you to the visionaries who saw - then moved this project forward.

Sue Richards

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Thanks to both Lio2006 and Dezso for this series of Goldie Mill photos.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Blog Guelph: Why did the Christmas tree cross the street?


, originally uploaded by Denim.

Today's photos are charming and odd.

Just like Guelph.

And I've posted a couple more videos. Enjoy and while you're at it - tell one more person about Blog Guelph.

Merci and thanks to Denim for the pic.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Bob Marley on TV - Literally


Bob Marley on TV, originally uploaded by Denim.

Photographer Denim shows us how we can make our own TV program.

Sue Richards

Please tell your friends about Blog Guelph.

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Blog Guelph: Beware....


DSCN7340, originally uploaded by scratchedcornea.

......of stencils with eye patches?

Photo Credit: Scratched Cornea

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Blog Guelph: Part of our perfect day..

Who doesn't like beer and chips in the snow - eh!

See more of Joseph and Sam's Moms perfect day by clicking on the pic.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: If Steve Purves were Prime Minister...



David Suzuki was in Guelph February 14th as part of a Cross-Canada tour asking people what they would do for the environment if they had the chance. If you missed the event but would like to listen to the entire lecture and question period - courtesy of CFRU 93.3 FM click on this link.

And take 7 seconds to hear what Mr. Steve Purves would do for our environment - just press play.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: If Barb Minnett were Prime Minister...



Barb Minnett is co-owner of Guelph's finest independent bookstore - The Bookshelf on Quebec Street in downtown Guelph. If you have 21 seconds to spare, click the play button to hear what Barb would do for our environment.

Sue Richards

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Blog Guelph: My Big Idea


big ideas - small card, originally uploaded by downtown_lynn.

I'm starting the week off with a series of Big Ideas.

At Saturday's Communities By Design Discussion at the River Run Centre, participants - perhaps 400 plus Guelphites - contributed their Big Ideas for Guelph on these recipe sized blue cards, then displayed them for all to see. This is Downtown Lynn's Big Idea(s).

My blue card simply said www.blogguelph.com.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: River Run Centre


a river runs by it, originally uploaded by downtown_lynn.

Big Ideas are the easy part. Successful implemention is the real meal deal.

Our community had a Big Idea when it decided to create a performing arts centre. The implementation of this idea took a heroic effort over many years.

From the River Run Website: "River Run Centre was built with funding from the City of Guelph, Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, and from more than 1,400 companies, foundations and individuals under the leadership of fundraiser Doug Bridge. The cost to build the centre was close to $15 million. River Run Centre is owned by the City of Guelph and managed under the auspices of the River Run Centre Board of Directors."

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Downtown Guelph


DSCN7338, originally uploaded by scratchedcornea.

Over my year's in Guelph, there has been much talk about the health of our downtown. Millions of ideas have been tossed about by thousands of people.

But so far the implementation of many of these ideas has lagged.

Who will step up to the plate, with the vision and courage required to move the job to the action stage?

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Covered Bridge


Bridge II, originally uploaded by gdnarch.

Another big idea that saw the light of day - our beautiful covered bridge. Someone had the idea - hundreds of people helped implement.

If you're enjoying Blog Guelph and would like to help with the implementation by telling one friend about the site, please pass on our URL. Or add our link to your website, signature or blog.

With a high on-line ranking, Blog Guelph will be better poised to offer help with implementing lots of other Big Ideas.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: If Marva Wisdom were Prime Minister...



This week I'll continue to feature the Big Idea's from "If I Were Prime Minister" clips recorded at David Suzuki's Guelph talk on February 14th.

This video is well worth the 1.5 minutes needed to watch and listen. Marva is currently running for the Liberal Party of Canada nomination for our riding. She's an incredibly dedicated member of our community (go here to see for yourself) and, bless her bloggy heart - a new blogger! (Now listed in the Blog Guelph Roll on the right under News and Politics)

If you're remotely interested in how Guelph gets represented in Ottawa, do visit Marva's website and check the woman out.

Sue Richards

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Blog Guelph: Sign of Snow


snow covered sign, originally uploaded by edeva_art.

Today's series should get you through the weekend quite nicely.

We've got a bit of song, political pontification, smooth dancin' and a photographic essay of Mother Nature's date with Old Man Winter.

Have a jolly weekend.

Sue Richards

PS: Do check out Edeva Art's beautiful blog too.

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Blog Guelph: Winter Wonderland


winter morning, originally uploaded by digitalambitions.

Snow classification: Sticky.

Image by Digitalambition.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Community Rinks


, originally uploaded by Denim.

This could be the last weekend for outdoor rinkdom - weather being like it is. Consider wearing a helmet if you do partake.

Should you be more of a couch skater, why not visit Guelph Mercury writer Tony Saxon's Blog, Saxon on the Storm.

The ubiquitous Denim provides this excellent pic.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: So Guelph!


So Guelph!, originally uploaded by Joseph & Sam's Mom.

I doubt very much if this coating of snow stopped the rider. Guelph bikers are hardcore.

Sue Richards

Thanks to Joseph and Sam's Mom for being quick with the camera.

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Blog Guelph: Shake Your Money Maker in Guelph



Presenting a musical tour of Guelph's dance clubs.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: If Arik Mahler were Prime Minister...



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Blog Guelph: If Heather Hendrie were Prime Minister...



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Blog Guelph: Tannis Slimmon and Lewis Melville



Guelph's own Tannis Slimmon and Lewis Melville perform 'Underground Railroad' at the Fifth Lah Lah Lounge - Manhatten's Pizza.

Sue Richards

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Blog Guelph: Guelph Church Silhouette


Silhouette, originally uploaded by gdnarch.

Perhaps today's series theme is simply "looking up".

Gdnarch offers much fodder for thought with this Guelph church tower image.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Brick and Stone


Brick_Stone, originally uploaded by gdnarch.

There's so much detail in this downtown Guelph roofscape. Do you know where this building is located?

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Goldie Mill


Goldie Mill (817), originally uploaded by lio2006.

Photographer Lio2006 gives us a simple reminder of our heritage with this striking image. To see the full mill, check out this 1881 (ish) post card of Goldie Mill - then known as the People's Mill: Click here.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Amber and The Devil


Amber and the devil, originally uploaded by Attic of Thought.

The faded Amber sign on this building, located near the corner of Waterloo Avenue and Gordon, was once advertising for the long gone Amber Cupola Restaurant. New to Blog Guelph, photographer Attic of Thought zoned in on the pitch fork like pole - giving the image an entirely different message.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Church of Our Lady


COL Blue Sky, originally uploaded by gdnarch.

According to the front page story in yesterday's Mercury, our lady of the hill needs a face lift. In fact both twin towers will be under going at least four months of exterior repairs. I see scaffolding on the horizon.

Thanks to Gdnarch adding to the collection of COOL images.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: If Cindy Regalado were Prime Minister...



More Guelph folk weigh in with ideas about what they would do about the environmental issues we currently face.

Sue Richards

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Blog Guelph: Knights Mill


Knights Mill (2), originally uploaded by gdnarch.

Knights Mill is located off Edinburgh Road, just south of Paisley. To some, it might look like a series of derelict buildings. Others will see texture, tone, history and design.

That's the beauty of perspectives – the challenge, you need to look and listen to see the variety. Please enjoy today’s series.

Photo Credit: Gdnarch

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Blog Guelph: Always Sort Your Garbage


Always sort your garbage, originally uploaded by JohnnyBallgame.

What comes first - your role as a citizen or a consumer? How does your perception of your role impact our environment?

Sue Richards

Photo Credit: Johnny Ballgame

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Blog Guelph: The Trail Witch from Watson Road


The Trail Witch from Watson Rd, originally uploaded by claygrl.

We have a new Guelph Blog on the block!

You may already be enjoying grand'Fogger, the very beautiful photo blog by Mr. Randy Sutherland. Now you can delight in Randy's Guelph Area Trails - you'll find photos, maps and scrumptious details about our exceptional recreational trails.

Thanks to Ms. Claygrl for this trail witch pic. Click here to see other Guelph trail photos by Blog Guelph Photographers.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Acker's Furniture


Acker's Furniture, originally uploaded by gdnarch.

Here's another perspective of this very well established downtown Guelph business. Click here.

Sue Richards

Photo Credit: Gdnarch

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Blog Guelph: Volunteers


project porchlight, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

VW Busman caught these hard working Porchlight volunteers in action. Find out more about this Guelph energy saving project By clicking here.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: If Ben Caesar were Prime Minister...



Here are a couple more video testaments, recorded at the David Suzuki talk, by Guelph people concerned with the state of our environment.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: If James Profit were Prime Minister...



Father James Profit is the Director at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph. Click here to see what this beautiful 600 acre oasis looks like.

Sue Richards

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Blog Guelph: Twisted Forest


Twisted Forrest, originally uploaded by stingrayz08.

Today's series of seven posts has an thin environmental thread running through it.

Photographer Stingrayz found this remarkable tree in Guelph's very beautiful Preservation Park. Last week while on a hike through this forest I saw two deer.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Project Porchlight


Porchlight, originally uploaded by Sue Richards.

I've just finished my short but meaningful stint as Ambassador for Project Porchlight - delivering free compact fluorescent bulbs to homes in my neighbourhood.

Apparently these twisted little gems use 75% less energy than regular bulbs which translates into a $50.00 saving on your hydro bill over the life of the bulb.

Find out more about this project in Guelph by clicking on this link.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Let Me Out


Let me out, originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.

Ryder dreams of .......

Photo Credit: The GiantVermin

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Blog Guelph: Walking the Dog


walking the dog, originally uploaded by Denim.

Ryder dreams of .......going for a walk.

Photo Credit: Denim

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Blog Guelph: If Erin Harkins were Prime Minister...



At the last weeks David Suzuki talk, a number of Guelphites took the opportunity to weigh in on our environmental direction. I'll post a selection of these clips over the next few days.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: If Ieva Mikelsons were Prime Minister...



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Monday, February 19, 2007

Blog Guelph: Guelph Lake


Guelph Lake, originally uploaded by Sue Richards.

Today's series of six posts provides you with the a soup to nuts quality of experiences the average Guelphite can enjoy in February.

Walking, skiing and snow-shoeing on Guelph Lake on a sunny day is a cheap and very cheerful escape.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Dancing at The Diana


the red blur, originally uploaded by Accordion Chick.

For the more 'inside focused person' Guelph's red hot DJ Eccodek twirled some tunes at the Diana Restaurant on Saturday night. Click the pic to see who attended.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: For the Good of the Hood


For the good of the hood, originally uploaded by Denim.

Mark this on your calendar.

On Saturday February 24th, at 1pm, the city is hosting a complimentary event at the River Run Centre called Community By Design.

Here's the skinny according to the Guelph Civic League alert: "Don't miss this opportunity to join city councillors and planning staff for a look at the possibilities and pitfalls of rapid growth. The afternoon will be headlined by the Honourable Mike Harcourt, former premier of British Columbia and recipient of the Canadian Urban Institute's Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award, and John Lorinc, Globe & Mail journalist and author of "The New City," one of the most important books on city trends in years."

Register here - preferably today.Click

To recap this events details:

1. It is complimentary aka free for you.
2. It will be stimulating, [a cure for cabin fever and February blah's]

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Guelph Lake Ice Fishing


Guelph Lake Ice Fishing 2, originally uploaded by sundog22.

I spent much of my youth sitting in my dad's fish hut out on Georgian Bay, trying to be quiet - waiting for a fish to strike.

There's a zen like quality to the dark cave of a fish hut. Should you be interested in having the experience, the huts on Guelph Lake can be rented through the Guelph Lake Conservation Authority. Click here for details.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Good Things Come in Threes

Enjoy catching Mother Nature in full Martha Stewart stride at the University of Guelph Arboretum - albeit a bit off the season with fat robins. Even I know you decorate with cardinals in February.

Click the pic for more winter robin art shots by Corbeau du Nord.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Church of Our Lady


Church of our Lady, originally uploaded by GFG Photos.

For those of you who like to live on-line, click here to see the various ways that Blog Guelph photographers have captured our most lovely Church of Our Lady over the last several months.

To find out how to have your photos featured on Blog Guelph, Click here. To become a voluntary subscriber to blog Guelph, click here.

Kewl photo by GFG Photos.

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.