Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blog Guelph: Sadie Currie on the set of "The Beast of Wellington County "

Good 'Stormy' Morning!

The voices on the radio are telling us to prepare for another winter 'storm'. Currently, as I look out of the window, it is indeed snowing. It was a slippery walk to school this morning, so watch out if you need to go out and about today.

There is the possibility of freezing rain later, so as Ben Wicks used to say "Be nice, clear your ice".

Today's visual selection includes images of Guelph when we have had our small doses of 'winter'. Don't let the snow and cold prevent you from exercising the creative part of your brain.

Happy snapping!

This weather update has been brought to you by Bunny Safari (who admits to having no control over the weather nor predicting what will actually happen).

Blog Guelph

_MG_4019 by fishwithme55
_MG_4019, a photo by fishwithme55 on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Church of our Lady

Church of our Lady by City of Guelph
Church of our Lady, a photo by City of Guelph on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Snow Day 3

Snow Day 3 by rubberschmuckie
Snow Day 3, a photo by rubberschmuckie on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Down a snowy lane

Down a snowy lane by Alan Norsworthy
Down a snowy lane, a photo by Alan Norsworthy on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Guelph Campus

Guelph Campus by felixtrio
Guelph Campus, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blog Guelph: Marley

Marley , originally uploaded by P.Freeman.

Happy Tuesday all - welcome to the tail end of February.

The diversity of today's collection of photos speaks volumes about the vast number and the talent of the creative beings that inhabit our fair village. Here's another indicator of Guelph's artistic abundance.

 CBC has just launched a killer music website that currently features 217 Guelph bands and musicians. Even though I'm somewhat plugged into the local scene, I was surprised by the number. It would appear that you can't swing a cat for hitting a tunes-smith in this town - not that I would ever swing a cat!

In total the CBC site showcases 28,761 artists - enough to keep even the most hyper active music lover busy for a couple years.

So then, you've got your daily dose of great pics to appreciate and enough tunes to keep your toes tapping. May all this talent fuel your own creative juicer.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: alms for the paw

alms for the paw, originally uploaded by blairware.

Blog Guelph: Dream

Dream, originally uploaded by rubberschmuckie.

Blog Guelph: It's All About The Details

It's All About The Details, originally uploaded by Krista Kruger.

Blog Guelph: Doodle paws

Doodle paws, originally uploaded by Margaret Podmore Photography.

Blog Guelph: Wall of Love

P2250014, originally uploaded by rubberschmuckie.

Blog Guelph: Magnification

Magnification, originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.

Blog Guelph: painted

painted, originally uploaded by digitalambitions/ Valerie Hogg.

Blog Guelph: Blackboard

Blackboard, originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.

Blog Guelph: over-ripe banana graffiti

over-ripe banana graffiti, originally uploaded by kim/ber.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Blog Guelph: Art Is Everywhere

In Violet Light by Krista Kruger
In Violet Light, a photo by Krista Kruger on Flickr.

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

Sue and I have changed blogging days, and I am going to be leading the week off every Monday.

Today, I have decided to focus on the art we see everyday. Most of the time we walk by it, ignore it, and even fail to recognise that it has artistic value.

I spent yesterday morning at McLean's Auto Wreckers, and it was really eye opening for me. There was an insane amount of rust and decay, and otherwise completely useless rotten vehicles.

But, as I walked, and explored and let myself see, everything started to have beauty.

The rusted chains, and the peeling paint, and all the broken glass took on a life of its own. It was amazing to see all the art waiting to found at this big old junkyard.

Today, open your eyes. Slow down. Notice the things around you. There is art everywhere just waiting to be found.

See you next week!


Blog Guelph: Art Is Everywhere

15 by Glooscap
15, a photo by Glooscap on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Art Is Everywhere

Blog Guelph: Art Is Everywhere

_DSC5650 by Glooscap
_DSC5650, a photo by Glooscap on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Art Is Everywhere

Face on the sidewalk by kim/ber
Face on the sidewalk, a photo by kim/ber on Flickr.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Blog Guelph: Sugar-Pie, Honey-Bunch

Merlin, originally uploaded by Julia Busato Photography.

I should come clean.
I have been, and will undoubtedly always be, a nicknamer.

It’s the highest form of flattery, really.
And only in very rare circumstances have I found myself branding people out of scorn. Dear are, Sunshine, Leppy, LaLa, Sioux-sie Q, Dan the Man, Pepito. I'm also fond of initials for the extra specials.

As you can see, not all of my pet names are shorter forms. Does “nick” really have to suggest something diminutive, I ask?

So did we learn this from our parents, cooing angel-face and honey-pie to us in our cribs?

Having worked for the 450+ businesses downtown the past 7+ years, I’ve found myself referring to John Knar, Sarah Coriander, Ann Budd’s, Shelley Red Brick. I like to believe this is just smart business. Killing two birds as it were.

There’s a Purolator man I’ve worked with and see around town daily for 15 years whom I still refer to as Dude.
He, in response, Dudette.
That small familiarity makes the world seem warmer.
Or at very least defined.

To discover the best nicknames, head over to Market Square rink tonight, where the Roller City Roller Girls are trading in their wheels for steel. Spunky Brewster, Kim Carsmashian, and Bangers n' Smash will be there in the flesh, so I'm told. All this in the spirit of the February version of Fourth Fridays , found downtown tonight 7-10 pm.
And please, don't miss out on the many other fantastic Fourth Friday offerings. More info on the Facebook Page.

Adieu, sweetyfaces.

-Downtown Lynn

Blog Guelph: Sugar-Pie, Honey-Bunch

Downtown Guelph after Midnight, originally uploaded by John Q6.

Blog Guelph: Sugar-Pie, Honey-Bunch

dream of a self portrait, originally uploaded by Monkey Hunter.

Blog Guelph: Sugar-Pie, Honey-Bunch

Dancer 02 , originally uploaded by John Q6.

Blog Guelph: Sugar-Pie, Honey-Bunch

Untitled, originally uploaded by Dom Cruz.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Blog Guelph: Life Is A Train of Moods Like A String of Beads

Flower train express... by fishwithme55
Flower train express..., a photo by fishwithme55 on Flickr.

Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own … and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love the symbol of a train.

It’s something that moves fast, glides on thin rails, forges through all manner of landscape, and takes people to their destination.

Trains mark the distances between people and the miles of open track that lay endlessly witnessed by those that travel the train, are like steel and staunch pathways between friends, family, love, and work.

We take so many things for granted in our lives. The people we have near us, the communities in which we laugh, the distances we cross every day to reach out to one another.

As Emerson suggests - like the cars of a train, life is full of many changeable moods and many landscapes with many lenses. But like a string of beads held by the metal of our hearts, those train cars make up the journey of our lives as we travel through the rocky and alternately smooth, barren but more often beautiful, landscapes of time.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware


So, I hope your train stops tomorrow in Guelph for February Fourth Friday.  Check out the amazing activities. And if your bent runs toward photography, please join my Photo Mob! We meet at 7pm at the entrance to Old Quebec Street Mall tomorrow.

Blog Guelph: Life Is A Train of Moods Like A String of Beads

Blog Guelph: Life Is A Train of Moods Like a String of Beads

Lonely Days by ryangerritsen
Lonely Days, a photo by ryangerritsen on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Life Is A Train of Moods Like A String of Beads

Cold Train by Erwin R.
Cold Train, a photo by Erwin R. on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Life Is A Train of Moods Like A String of Beads

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Blog Guelph: The Beast of Wellington County

Today I present a brand new, freshly squeezed local movie, photographed on film. Home grown doesn't get much better than this. The director, cameraman, actor, editor, writer, Mark Stubbs did an amazing job shooting on a plastic movie camera called a Lomokino. I can attest to the fine work involved.

The movie trailer was made for a competition held by the Lomography gang of film shooters. The first prize is a big bag of Euros to be spent on production of a full film. I have been given a peek into that story board and let me tell you, it will be riveting.

Should you be afraid of The Beast of Wellington County? Oh yes, be afraid, very afraid.

Be sure to check out Mark's other mini movies on his site. He captures nostalgic images of Guelph that are timeless.

That's a wrap!
Bunny Safari

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blog Guelph: Pin Up Girls

Pin up model by thomevered
Pin up model, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Happy Monday... Err... I mean Tuesday!!!

The long weekends always mess me up. The work day felt so much like a Monday.

Today I picked and selection of pictures from the fabulous Thom Evered.

On Saturday he took part in a Pin Up Girl Workshop hosted by Guelph PhotographerJulia Busato.

The resulting images are amazing!

See you next week!


Blog Guelph: Pin Up Girls

Pin up model by thomevered
Pin up model, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Pin Up Girls

My first pin up by thomevered
My first pin up, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Pin Up Girls

Pin up portrait by thomevered
Pin up portrait, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Pin Up Girls

Pin up model by thomevered
Pin up model, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Blog Guelph: These Streets are Made for Walking

Red Brick Cafe, originally uploaded by ICT_photo.

Good Friday lovelies,

On my many trips in and around downtown, I'm most struck by simple methods of communicating.
Of the common sense of place, of civility, and ideas-sharing.
Jargon-free zones.

The familiar places.
Unaffected neighbourliness.
The refreshing realness of it all.

I want nothing from you, nor you I.
This is understood.
I don't need to impress you, nor convince you of anything.

I love the pure and gorgeous notion that the passerby on the street is just as important to my greater sense of community as the more "powerful" public figures are.
Quite honestly, perhaps more so.

I am embraced by these streets, and by the people in the shops, waving and being welcomed for who I am.
Offering and receiving respect.
Someone's smile making mine all that much greater.

Maybe you'll get a feel for it at Market Square tomorrow, as City Hall celebrates the newness of it's space.
Join in the fun.

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: These Streets are Made for Walking

Signage of the Co-operators, originally uploaded by Royal_Rivers.

Blog Guelph: These Streets are Made for Walking

Blog Guelph: These Streets are Made for Walking

Guelph, Ackers Sign, originally uploaded by creative2photography.

Blog Guelph: These Streets are Made for Walking

Bookshelf, originally uploaded by felixtrio.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blog Guelph: There Are No Fences Facing

Gazing...  at the cottons in the sky by NaturesEssence

Life is rich with possibility. With choice. With unexpected change, in the shift of winds.

Sometimes our faith is tested, our measures taxed, our love lost, our temper stormed. Our dreams waged and wrecked. Our hope fooled, our spirit pushed and fallen.

And yet, we are resilient. We can prevail against odds and situations that are damning.

Bob Dylan’s verse and but for the sky, there are no fences facing, speaks to this possibility. This spectacular quality we have to overcome, to journey, to learn, to forgive. And to become stronger.

To defy the terms of negativity in our lives.

I hope you’ll find today’s blog inspiring and that you’ll always have the wonderful audacity to choose for yourself when it comes to change.

To see no fences facing. No matter what.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

I would be remiss in not offering some inspiring community events to look forward to:

Tonight at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, we are opening an amazing exhibition of furniture by Thomas Nisbet at 7pm. Please join!

On Family Day Monday at 2pm, MSAC is having the biggest Community Bear Hug ever! Meet at The Bear at 2pm. It will be documented by Dean Palmer who will stay on to take family portraits with The Bear following the group hug.

Blog Guelph: But For The Sky, There Are No Fences Facing

Clouds Over Ignatius by peterkelly
Clouds Over Ignatius, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: But For The Sky, There Are No Fences Facing

Storm clouds by Corbeau du Nord
Storm clouds, a photo by Corbeau du Nord on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: But For The Sky, There Are No Fences Facing

Propped Open by peterkelly
Propped Open, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: But For The Sky, There Are No Fences Facing

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Blog Guelph: Walking With Chums

Long Summer Shadows by BunnySafari
Long Summer Shadows, a photo by BunnySafari on Flickr.

Good Bleary Morning,

Today I have dedicated these posts to the faithful chum, the ball of fur that drags you out in all sorts of weather, commonly known as the dog. I admit to being tired because my two K9s decided to wake me every hour to go outside last night. Even though I resisted their endless pacing to and from the door, I gave in after 15 minutes. Is spring on its way? Are they 'feeling their oats?' as my Mum would say. Was their home cooked meal causing some digestive distress? Or I wondered through the night, are they becoming senile?

Enough questions. By the light of the morning, their wagging tails and happy rumpled faces made me forget my sleepless night. During our morning walk and playtime at the park, all was forgiven. Just as dogs don't hold I grudge, how could I? Seeing dogs romp in the snow together and watching their silly antics warms my heart every time.

Thanks Rudy & Ting!!

Have a grand day.
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: My Chum

5 minutes later... by BunnySafari
5 minutes later..., a photo by BunnySafari on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: My Dog.

My Dog. by cool-baby
My Dog., a photo by cool-baby on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: dog view..., from the fifth floor...

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

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

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