Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Blog Guelph: Some things to do in Guelph this weekend

Drinkable Earrings.  Photo by Chris Earley
Drinkable Earrings, a photo by Chris Early on Flickr.  

1. Get out and walk. 

It's Jane's Walk weekend and there are 21 guided walks to choose from! It's a great opportunity to explore, learn and be inspired. Learn about Guelph's cinema history, tour the University of Guelph's Arboretum, discover our future eco-park - the Yorklands Green Hub, check out a street that is "living in community", or stroll through The Wonderful Waterworld of Ward 3. Walks take place at various times and locations throughout the weekend.

2. Step inside some of Guelph's finest heritage buildings and unique spaces

Owners and managers of a variety of buildings - many of which are not normally open to the public - have agreed to open their doors for guided tours of the buildings and spaces that make Guelph unique. Doors Open Guelph runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

3. Purchase poppies or perennials for your garden

The annual Poppy Push Plant Sale and fundraiser for McCrae House features several varieties of poppies for sale as well as perennials from the historic gardens. This event takes place, rain or shine, at McCrae House on Saturday, May 3 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Poppy varieties available at the sale include Oriental and Allegro perennials and, of course, the “Flanders” corn poppy.

4. Check out the Native Tree Sale 

Attend the Native Tree Sale and discover how trees can help you save money on energy costs and increase the value of your home. Experts from the City of Guelph’s Healthy Landscapes program and Brock Road Nursery will be on-hand to provide advice on tree selection and the value of planting the right tree in the right spot. A large selection of native trees will be available, plus there’ll be giveaways, draws and lots of great landscaping tips and tricks! Your tree purchase includes a watering bag, a mulch mat, free tree delivery and a rebate on planting of your tree, and a chance to win the cost of your tree.

5. Shop at the Guelph Farmers' Market

Shop for quality produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, preserves, and delicious foods prepared by Market vendors. Some arts and craft items are also available. Open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.

- Kim

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blog Guelph: Let's celebrate Earth Day beyond today

Among trees II
Among trees II, a photo by Tess Axelsson on Flickr.  

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. 

Here are a few ways you can celebrate beyond today.
  • Attend the Vegan Bake Sale this Saturday, April 26 or the screening of Speciesism: the Movie on Sunday April 27. And this has what do with Earth Day, you say?! Well, according to many, many sources, meat production is a huge contributor to global warming. Reducing - or eliminating - meat consumption will reduce your carbon footprint, minimize water usage, and help reduce fossil fuel dependence. These two events are fundraisers for the inaugural VegFest Guelph - "a festival to celebrate the benefits of embracing a plant-based lifestyle and promote compassionate, sustainable and healthy living for all."  
  • Sign up for David Suzuki's Canada-wide 30x30 Nature Challenge. Spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days in May. Potential benefits include better sleeps, reduced stress and a greater appreciation of our natural environment. I participated last year and have signed up for this year's challenge as well. One aspect that interests me in addition to spending more time outside is the National Photo Challenge. 
  • Attend one (or all) of the City of Guelph's Healthy Landscapes events. Topics include Vertical Veggies, transitioning from grass to garden and more. And why not sign up for a free Healthy Landscape Visit? At the end of the visit, you’ll be provided with a free report that outlines recommendations on how to create a beautiful, low-maintenance lawn and garden. Some potential benefits of this program include reducing water consumption, attracting pollinators, improving soil quality, and increasing our tree canopy.
- Kim

Monday, April 21, 2014

Blog Guelph: O you with flowers

The Pure Guelphishness playlist today on hoofbeats radio, featured Royal City

O you with flowers
At rush hour the cars
I'm taking the train
You strutted and fretted across
I am a row youth
The sound of street cars

Royal City is Evan Gordon, Jim Guthrie, Nathan Lawr, Simon Osbourne & Aaron Riches; with Liz Forsberg, Lewis Melville,  James Ogilvie and Rebecca Simpson. What sparse but rich music eh? I love the melodies.  And I found the traffic and streetcar imagery odd for a cfru local library music find, but what a delightful glimpse of another nifty neighbour.  Just the right music for an Easter Monday morning.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blog Guelph: What are you doing for May Health?

Shoe fitting at The Running Works
Shoe fitting at the Running Works, a photo by Dr. Mark Kubert on Flickr.

What's May Health?

It's an annual month-long challenge initiated by local chiropractors Dr. Mark Kubert and Dr. Julie Gill. Their goal is to make great health a priority in our community. 

Mark and Julie believe that "Small changes in health habits can make a big difference, and when people come together to encourage and support one another, both in real life and online, the sense of camaraderie that forms is a powerful and positive motivator." 

To that end they'll support your efforts throughout the challenge. 

Free to participate, open to anyone.

Refer to mayhealth.ca for information on how to get involved and suggestions for personal challenges.

I'm challenging myself to:
  1. get more exercise (signing up for Zumba classes and walking an additional 6K each week). and 
  2. read two books.
All the cool kids are doing it.

Be cool. Be healthy.

- Kim

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Blog Guelph: Focus on Nature

Fly Away Home
Fly Away Home, a photo by Krista Kruger on Flickr.

I realize it might seem early to be planning for summer but if you know someone aged 8 to 16, who might enjoy a week of exploring the natural beauty of Guelph's Arboretum with their camera, you may want to plan this.

Focus on Nature is offering two one-week camps, July 21-25 and August 11-15, based at the Arboretum's Taylor Nature Centre.

According to executive director, Simon Bell, it will be a great opportunity to learn photography skills while spending time outdoors exploring all that the Arboretum has to offer. A naturalist from the Arboretum will join in each day to deepen participants' understanding of nature and there will be lots of time for other fun activities as well.

The fee for the week is $250 and the camps are limited to 16 young nature photographers each. I've heard their programs are wonderful, and fill quickly.

To learn more about these summer camps, visit Focus on Nature's website.

- Kim

Monday, April 07, 2014

Blog Guelph: What Do You See in The Eye?

(I've written the photographer for permission to use this close up of a pony eye for today's blog post).

Did you hear the Paul MacLeod track on hoofbeats today? We only had time for one enjoyable tune near the end of the horse talk radio show, where we'd been discussing (among other things), sizing up a horse's potential with just a quick look at their eye.

The Pure Guelphishness Playlist
A Clear Thought, Bright Eyes Fade, Busted Flat, 4:25, 2007

"I can't remember the last time I had a clear thought that didn't involve you."  Nice guitar playing right? Nice vocals too... I enjoyed hearing even such a small sample of a studio recording I'd never heard before, in fact, I'd never even really heard about the album.  Did you know it exists? It got a good review from exclaim in 2007, as I've just learned today.

You know he plays Monday nights at the Jimmy Jazz in our town right?

Sometime soon, for sure I will tell you more about this local artist, and personally, I can't wait to hear more of his music on hoofbeats radio, cfru 93.3fm, on Monday mornings at 9am.

- Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Blog Guelph: Signs of spring

Sign of spring
sign of spring, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

It's finally starting to feel like spring isn't it? Yes, we still have some snow, but it's melting... finally! 

Here are 10 signs of spring I've seen recently.
  1. Snowdrops blooming in my yard.
  2. The Skating Closed sign in Market Square.  
  3. A runner wearing shorts and a t-shirt juggling 3 red balls. She stopped juggling to cross the street and resumed once across. Impressive! 
  4. People wearing shoes instead of boots, and lighter coats.
  5. A pair of geese on City Hall's green roof.
  6. Icy patches on trails and sidewalks each morning are puddles by the afternoon.
  7. The Boathouse Tea Room is open (as of today). The sign out front says "hibernation over".
  8. A photo of people sitting on the patio at OX posted on twitter.
  9. Gardening events listed on the City of Guelph's website, and 
  10. Dog poop... everywhere. To the responsible people who cleaned up after their dogs over the winter - thank you!
   - Kim

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.