Monday, March 31, 2008

Blog Guelph: Catholic Hill

Our Lady Lomo, originally uploaded by Dave Noyle.

Ever since the school board tore down the old Bishop Mac high school to reveal the historic Loretta Convent on Catholic Hill, my entrepreneurial mind has been doing double time. The combination of buildings, location, open space and rich history seems like the perfect combo of raw ingredients for what could be a kick ass international tourist attraction.

As of Friday, this vision finally sprouted some serious roots.

Cultural tourism is a hot commodity in our world today and Guelph is about to step on the bandwagon thanks to a $5 million dollar stash of cash from the province. The coin is earmarked for the formidable task of transforming the Loretto Convent into our new civic museum. Guelph's royal crown is about to get a beautiful new gem.

With this news I'm pleased to start the week off with a 'Imagine Catholic Hill' series of photos shot by a talented slew of our very own cultural creatives.

Best viewed with a challis of medium bodied red wine and bread - say a fresh baguette from Ouderkirk & Taylor at 3 Wyndham Street.

Guelph - it's getting better all the time.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Loretta Convent - Scores!

, originally uploaded by Denim.

Total project price tag: $12.7 million. By my accounting, we're half way there.

Blog Guelph: Church Of Our Lady Details

Church Of Our Lady, originally uploaded by ben benvie photography.

For a fine art print of this photo check Ben Benvie Photography.

Blog Guelph: Location, Location, Location

drab, originally uploaded by downtownlynn.

Arriving into town via Eramosa Road, Our Lady dominates the skyline.

Blog Guelph: If We Build It....

Church Of Our Lady, originally uploaded by ben benvie photography.

...they will come.

Tomorrow - Downtown Lynn reflects on Earth Hour Guelph and beyond....

Friday, March 28, 2008

Blog Guelph: The Tail End of Winter

, originally uploaded by Denim.

It's Double Photo Gem Friday friends AND the last weekend in March. Blessed April showers can't come soon enough but until they do, we're still Marching through the tail end of winter.

Please hold the course winter warriors. The battle is coming to an end.

But before you press on, here's a couple of important notes to report plus the seed of an idea.

1. Our foto gal Denim has a furry pile of kittens - click this pic to see them.
2. Mayor Karen Farbridge is excited about Earth Hour Guelph. Watch this Guelph Mercury video to hear about her vision.
3. Instead of one hour of candle lit darkness on Saturday night, why not unplug for the whole evening. Could be fun. Might be sexy. Will be historic.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Super Sunbeam

, originally uploaded by Mr. Mikey Mike.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Blog Guelph: Lights OUT

lights, originally uploaded by sunday chores.

Gather your candles friends,
Saturday, March 29, 8:00 pm is Earth Hour.
According to Earth Hour Dot Org it was,
"Created to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.

About Earth Hour

On March 31 2007, for one hour, Sydney made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming – coal-fired electricity – by turning off its lights. Over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.

In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby."

So hey, let's you and I jump on board too.
If you're not a joiner, then don't sign up but maybe just try to power down for the hour.

Click on these 4 dim pics to see where they take you today...

See you in the dark,

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: What light through yonder window...?

, originally uploaded by Denim.

Blog Guelph: By the light...

backlit-258-orton, originally uploaded by cinnamon gurl.

Blog Guelph: It's a family effort

Devinity. Self Sacrifice. Life., originally uploaded by ARebbs.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Blog Guelph: Haiku You


Wake up to bright sunny skies, the sound of birds and sight of melting banks of snow - as if nothing happened last night - as if winter didn't unleash yet another drunken temper tantrum upon us.


Experts blame Global Warming, El Nino or natural weather cycles but it all boils down to this.

This winter is a bully.

Juicy snow gobs fall
Look up in disgust wonder
Freezy eye soaker

Sue Richards

PS. Today - five cold Flickr faves - click, click, click.

Blog Guelph: Snow Blind

Snow Day #4, originally uploaded by Monkey Hunter.

Blog Guelph: Bull

bull, originally uploaded by downtownlynn.

Blog Guelph: Dig This - Not

, originally uploaded by Denim.

Blog Guelph: Spring Fishing

Guelph Lake - Ice Fishing, originally uploaded by Dave Noyle.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Blog Guelph: Calling all angels

arkell trail, guelph, originally uploaded by elledee.

calling all angels for no particular reason other than the assumption that you lot out there in Blogosphere could use one - or maybe even two.
Let's face it, we can all use an angel on our side, sitting pretty on our shoulder every now and then. Even if it is just to beckon the spring thaw, know what I mean?

Sorry to be such a drag, but the endless deep freeze is getting me down. Scattered and still sleepy is just no way to be towards the end of March.

But fear not dearhearts, you will see a difference coming at you REAL soon.
For today though, here is a handful of randomness to reflect the mood and perhaps to meditate upon (and click through too!)

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: Ten Little Piggies

Ten Little Piggies, originally uploaded by rdaw.

Blog Guelph: Balance

Balance, originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy.

Blog Guelph: Found Blooms

Rose Cubed, originally uploaded by catomic.

Blog Guelph: Found Wisdom

Discarded Encouragement, originally uploaded by corbeau_du_nord.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Blog Guelph: Good Monday

Smrt, originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.

In celebration of the 'holiday for some', otherwise thought of as Good Monday, it's a simple two post 'sleep and surrender' series for yah today dear visitors.

But before I skip off down the bunny trail, I'd like to welcome and thank some of our regular guests that pop by from places other than Guelph like Des Plaines, Illinois - Viernheim, Germany - Worcester, United Kingdom - Hanoi, Vietnam - Qormi, Malta - Fukuoka, Japan - Kensington, South Australia - Zagreb, Croatia and of course YOU.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by. You help grease the Blog Guelph wheels.

Should you be looking for some flashback fun today - like comparing the amount of our cities snow fall with last year at this time - please have a gander through the Blog Guelph March 2007 archives.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: We Surrender

, originally uploaded by Denim.

Please make winter go away!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Blog Guelph: Spring Colours

colours, originally uploaded by digitalambitions.

It's "not so bad Thursday" today.
One day before the much appreciated statutory holiday, Good Friday - where we witness a mess of chocolate, some wicked fresh colour and the undeniable spirit of spring forcing it's way up and out.
Yes people, it's here!
Spring has (kinda) sprung today.

For proof of this, dig under the piles of snow and you may just spy a tendril or two peeking out from the earth.
Now hush all you naysayers, scroll down and have a look at the indomitable shoots discovered in a particularly warm and sheltered hidey hole in Downtown Guelph just yesterday.
Take that!

Digitalambitions graces us with her colourful capture to start off today's quartet of hope.
Birds singing and children squealing and buds a sprouting...
Bring it on.

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: Proof

proof, originally uploaded by downtownlynn.

See, told you so.

Blog Guelph: Wat' er you waiting for?

Pickin up good vibes, originally uploaded by ~Stingrays~.

There are many things going on this weekend in our fair town.

One of those worthy ventures goes a little like this:

The Water Awareness Rally

Saturday March 22
St. George's Square, Wyndham Street, Guelph
12 noon - 1pm

Join us for this family friendly water awareness rally featuring:

- Local politicians
- Community environmental groups
- Guest speakers

James Gordon and The Funky Mamas performing!

Supported by: Guelph International Resource Centre, Council of
Canadians, Wellington Water Watchers, Making Waves (WLU students),
Guelph Urban Forest Friends, Guelph Students for Environmental Change,
Guelph Civic League, Funky Mamas, James Gordon, International Oil
Working Group, Guelph Peace Community, Waterlooians, Brant Avenue
Public School Environmental Club, Harcourt Memorial United Church and

Wear blue for water!

Blog Guelph: Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring, originally uploaded by [email protected].

This bike is just itching to be sprung.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Blog Guelph: Sheep-ish

Sheep, originally uploaded by Nirai Kanai.

Great Wednesday to you dear Blog Guelphites. Be cautious as you go about your business. It's a wet, slippery one out there.

As you've come to expect, I'm perfectly pleased to offer a 7 post series that's laced with details of some upcoming Guelph events, a couple 'new to our scene' blog links, an important reminder AND four cool images by photographer Nirai Kanai, our newest shutterbug to be featured on Blog Guelph.

But before you press on to the next pretty post, I must ask. Is this sheep smiling the Mona Lisa?

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Rise Up Church of Our Lady

Church of Our Lady, originally uploaded by Nirai Kanai.

Obviously you like photography if you're a frequent flyer with Blog Guelph so me thinks you'll want to attend the opening of Urban Revelations: Photos of Paris by Oxanna Adams on April 4th from 7 - 9 at Flo.

All the details you could ever need are here or found by clicking on Oxanna's stylin' ad in the left sidebar.

Do mark your calendar.

Blog Guelph: Mike Sharp

Mike Sharp, originally uploaded by ben benvie photography.

Perhaps you caught Mike's album release concert at Hillside last July and long to hear the man crank out his handcrafted tunes again. Well happy easter bunny - you're in luck.

This Saturday night Mike and friends (Mike Ostler, Nick Craine, Jeremy Shute) will be lighting up the Carden Street Cafe, logically located on Carden Street, starting around 10pm. There is NO cover - which frees up some coin so you can purchase Mike's inaugural CD 'June'.

Photo by Ben Benvie - click the image to see his amazing Hillside Festival photo set.

Blog Guelph: Something Old, Something New, Something Blue

Roof top, originally uploaded by Nirai Kanai.

Moving right along .... we've got two new bloggers on the roll for you to check out.

Owen Roberts, Guelph's Urban Cowboy has been a communications fixture at the University of Guelph since my frosh days plus a regular columnist for the Guelph Mercury for a good long stretch. Now you can keep up on his Agri-Biz blog - located in the right column under News Blogs.

Cat Can Cook will appeal to anyone that likes collecting recipes, cooking, eating - you know - the foodies among you. Located in 'the roll' under Unique Interests.

Blog Guelph: Guelph Reads

His Nose, originally uploaded by RavenGirlPhotography.

Guelph Reads needs volunteers......

Advertising / Media - Organize advertising and media coverage before, at and after the event. Get people talking and thinking about Guelph Reads!

Chief Elections Officer - Figure out a voting system that's fair, includes live, web-based and other accessible forms of voting. Let democracy prevail!

Programmes - make attractive, cheap and useful programs to hand out at the event. It may be easier to manage if someone writes it and someone else designs and prints it.

Website developer - Keep the website fresh and up to date. Provide some of the web content. Troubleshoot the inevitable problems. Impose order on chaos.

Sound Tech - someone who knows what needs to be done. Get the equipment to and from the venue. Make sure it is properly set up and used. Troubleshoot.

Reception - Help organize refreshments and community tables for the resource reception in the foyer after the debate.

Event volunteers - Show up ready to help on April 26th. Tasks to be announced.

If you can provide your skills to one of these areas or if you want more information about Guelph Reads, please email [email protected] with your phone contact info as soon as possible.

Blog Guelph: Details

Telephone pole, originally uploaded by Nirai Kanai.

And now for a simple reminder.

Please get with the GIG Guelph and complete this survey before March 23rd.


Because "every household in Guelph will be asked to complete the online survey which asks about current conservation behaviours and the obstacles faced when trying to conserve. The challenge will then be to see if we can remove those barriers over time."

Get With the Gig - Green Impact Guelph.

Blog Guelph: Day Brightener

soaking up sun 4, originally uploaded by lio2006.Liz.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Blog Guelph: The Faceoff

The Faceoff #2, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Good Tuesday all,

So many things to Blog Guelph about really...Aries is coming, International Goof Off Day too and of course, vernal equinox.
Yes, that would be spring folks.
But just because the calendar claims, it doesn't make it so - just yet.
The beautiful thing about cold and snow as we inch closer to spring, is that it can't last.
So let's laugh in the face of those big flakes that dropped on our heads this morning, shake our fists at the frigid winds that, try as they might, cannot blow us down. Let us remain resolute in our positivity, in our knowledge that this, too, shall pass.
And hey, since winter is indeed still on the ground, let's celebrate the fact that 116 years ago TODAY, Lord Stanley donated a Silvery Cup and hockey was never, ever the same again.

There are none more surprised than myself that today's Blog Guelph six-pack of pics are in honour of Hockey.

So get out there and shoot some stick (is that even a hockey term?) while you still can.

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: Empty Net

, originally uploaded by Denim.

Blog Guelph: Scramble For The Puck

Scramble For The Puck, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Blog Guelph: it ain't over yet

lone knight, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: I Love Winter

I Love Winter, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Blog Guelph: Wee Player

hockey player, originally uploaded by personality_dialysis.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Blog Guelph: W is for Winter......

W is for Winter, originally uploaded by Denim.

...but not for long. SSSSSSpring is coming.

So then it's top of the mid-day Monday to you on this bright Saint Patrick's Day. It's feeling like a lucky day here at Blog Guelph and to share that vibe, I have 13 diverse, artful, pure Guelph photos for you to soak in while you're sucking on your green beer.

We've endured a record breaking, shovel bending, bruiser of a winter in our stretch of Canada this year. AND yes I know that more snow is inevitable and I'm fully able to see the enormous piles of the white stuff everywhere but - BUT - there is a lovely warmth to the sun as we slide toward this weeks Vernal Equinox.

Spring IS in the air.

On that note - please fully enjoy today's selection of stunning images. Leave comments, click on the photographs, get inspired, check out the ads, tell someone about Blog Guelph and come back tomorrow for more good stuff by the talent that live in and around our town.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: Snow Caps

under a blanket, originally uploaded by dje-graphs.

Blog Guelph: The BIG Storm

Snowy Stroll, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Looking down Mcdonnell Street by the Guelph Mercury - which by the way has a whole new look for spring. Go buy one and have a look/read.

Blog Guelph: After the BIG Snow

After the fall, originally uploaded by personality_dialysis.

Blog Guelph: Wise Guy

grhornedowl, originally uploaded by rdaw.

Great Horned Owl - part of the weekend's College Royal Open House at the University of Guelph.

Blog Guelph: Awareness - Safe Week

props1, originally uploaded by rdaw.

University of Guelph students put large numbers of these windmills up on campus during Safe Week.

Blog Guelph: Optimist

, originally uploaded by Denim.

Blog Guelph: The Attack

The Attack, originally uploaded by timylee.

She skates, she scores!

University of Guelph inter-college hockey.

Blog Guelph: Spring Hackey Sack

spring-hackeysack-032, originally uploaded by cinnamon gurl.

St. George's Square by the mouth of Douglas Street.

Blog Guelph: Bacon

bacon, originally uploaded by rdaw.

Litter of piglets: part of the weekend's College Royal Open House at the University of Guelph.

Blog Guelph: Mystery at the Albion

1, originally uploaded by RavenGirlPhotography.

The Orbax Show @ the Albion Hotel. Check out Raven Girls full set of amazing show pics by clicking on this image.

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.