Wednesday, June 20, 2018

3rd summer without bridge at Humber Trails....

Photos by Barry Wallace
The wooden bridge over the East Humber River, at Humber Trails Conservation Area, west of Mill Road, in southern King Township, was partially washed out during the late-winter/early-spring of 2016.   Visitors are warned not to use the hazardous, unsafe bridge to cross the river.   Signs have been posted on site by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority absolving itself of any responsibility for mishaps involving the damaged bridge by members of the public. Sadly, this is the best public access to the historic 'Humber' in King Township. 








The photo (left) show at trail counter that records traffic At Humber Trails with the intention of better trail planning and property management decisions.  Surely, Humber Trails is a essential component of TRCA's raison d'etre, but it seems to have been completely forgotten.   Good intentions do not necessarily make good trails.
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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

S.S. No. 2 Springhill Public School...


I happened across this photo (above) on the internet a few days ago and knew that I had not seen it before.   Originally, this was S.S. No.2 Springhill Public School, on the west side of Keele Street, at the north end of today's King City village.  It dates from 1873.   In 1951, the addition to the east facade (below) was added, long after the name had become King City Public School.   I attended my Grade 8 year here in the mid-fifties.   The name was changed to Doris M. Public School a few years later and in the late 1960s the School became the Presbyterian Church of King City.   The original schoolhouse and now church is 145 years old and would appear to be heading for the 200-year-mark in another 55 years.



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Barry Wallace

Monday, June 18, 2018

Swallowtail amid early daylilies...

Photo by Barry Wallace
EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL
(Papilio glaucus glaucus)


Looking at the flower at the swallowtail
At stillness and motion
At wing and leaf
Tree and forest
Shadow and light
The flower closing the sun setting
Swallowtail and flower
Petal and wing
Time and eternity
At these that eclipse the sun
And fold night
Into the fabric of aligning moons
                                                       Salvatore Ala ~ 2016

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Barry Wallace

Sunday, June 17, 2018

King City Secondary School Reunion

 Photos by Barry Wallace
Ted Bird ~ Head Boy
Class of 1960-1961
About 300 students and teachers from the first decade of King City Secondary School's history were re-united on Saturday, June 16th at the picnic grounds of Black Forest Garden Centre, on Keele Street, south of Kettleby.   Early arrivals were greeted by KCSS's first-ever Head Boy, Ted Bird (pictured above).  Pictured below are four recollective reunion revellers: (left to right) Lynn (Scott) Anderson, Linda (Cairns) Wallace, Jane (Abrahams) Ebbs, and Lee (Scott) Peters...twin sister of Lynn Scott Anderson (a.k.a. the Scott twins).   The perfect event had perfect weather. 



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Barry Wallace

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pure White Golden Retriever?

Photo by Barry Wallace
I stopped in at the Kingsdale Animal Hospital last Friday to get a bag of cat food for my puss and was greeted at the door by the 10-week-old pure white Golden Retriever, pictured above.  His name is Lord Junior, or LJ for short.   He was a sweetheart and had everybody in the place absolutely charmed.   I was told by his mistress that all-white Golden Retrievers are rare.   Apparently that's the case and according to Google they are much more common in the UK.
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Barry Wallace

Friday, June 15, 2018

Bit of a different spring...

 Photos by Barry Wallace
Roses bloom before peonies
The peonies in the garden seemed to have got a late start this spring.   Warm days finally came along but the nights have seemed be cooler than normal.   Our white peony had only one single blossom in June, followed by a profusion of later-than-normal blossoming pink peonies.   The red peonies are still mostly in bud.  Nature prevails nevertheless and we are enjoying the colours immensely.





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Barry Wallace

Thursday, June 14, 2018

King City ~ spring of 2018

Photo by Barry Wallace
Out with the old ~ in with the new
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Barry Wallace