Friday, November 17, 2017

Cropping cold carrots in the Marsh


Photos by Barry Wallace
Davis Road and Highway 400



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Barry Wallace

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Three new stores at King's Ridge Marketplace

Photo by Barry Wallace
Pizzaria ~ Drycleaner ~ Dog Groomer
Steel is up for three new businesses at The King's Ridge Marketplace in King City.   I don't know if the news is official yet, but the info was passed on to me by one of the King's Ridge merchants.  The new structure is between Tim Horton's and the LCBO.
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Barry Wallace 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Forde Crescent ~ King City

Photo by Barry Wallace

WHAT

DID THEY

USE

TO PICK

UP YOUR

GARBAGE

THIS WEEK?

Things are not always as they seem as they seem, are they?   No, and garbage collection in King City has not been taken over by monster lifting cranes.   This rig was delivering heavy cement building forms to a home under construction, next door, and parked itself hovering above our garbage.
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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Long way from home...

 Photos by Barry Wallace
This American licence plate caught my eye, a day or so ago, outside The Roost Cafe on Keele Street in King City, and I noted with interest that, to my knowledge, I had never before seen a Utah licence plate in our village.   King City and Utah are a mere 3,000 kms. apart.   Two phrases on the licence plate reminded me that many Americans do not understate things, when pride of country is on the line.   The phrases were "Greatest Snow On Earth" and "Life Elevated".   I hope your stay in King City was pleasant, folks.   Come again.


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Barry Wallace



Monday, November 13, 2017

If it's good enough for Kim Kardashian...

Photo by Barry Wallace
Vampire facials available in King
I've no idea what a vampire facial is, but I'm told Kim Kardashian is promoting them, so they must be a hot item.  Anyway, they are available in King City.   The advertising reader-board above was spotted in the village, on Doctors Lane, at Keele Street.
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Barry Wallace

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Linda's last rose of summer


                                                                                                                                         Photo by Barry Wallace 
'Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh...
-- Thomas Moore / 1805
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Barry Wallace


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lots of activity ~ not much to see yet

Photo by Barry Wallace
Construction of the new King Township municipal offices is now well underway, at the west side of the village, but there is not much to see yet that resembles a monument to local municipal government.   Completion will take place in 2018.
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Barry Wallace

Friday, November 10, 2017

Tamarack ~ the yellow evergreen

Photo by Barry Wallace
TAMARACK
(Larix laricina)
The Tamarack tree is an evergreen that turns yellow in the fall, like many deciduous trees.   It also loses its needles the way deciduous trees lose their leaves in fall.   It is also know as the Eastern Larch, Black Larch, Red Larch, American Larch and Hackmatack.   Wikipedia says the word tamarack is an Algonquian name for the species and means "wood used for snowshoes".
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Barry Wallace

Thursday, November 9, 2017

King City Cemetery ~ early November

Photos by Barry Wallace


King City Cemetery was started 130 years ago, in 1887.   Elizabeth McClure Gilliam in her 1975 history of King, entitled Early Settlements of King Township Ontario, tells the story of Mr. R. Kirbyson who was one of the first caretakers.   He was paid $1.00 for a ten-hour day.   One year his wages amounted to $33.75, but as he had taken hay off the land and the hay was valued at $24, his pay that year was reduced to $9.75.      
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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Outdoor performance centre at Kinghorn

 Photos by Barry Wallace
Some folks are calling it an amphitheatre and others say it is a bandshell, but whatever it is to be called, it is well under construction and will be a delightful alfresco musical venue in the spring of next year.   When the type of structure is nominally described it will probably be only at matter of time before it is named and dedicated to a well-deserving historical or modern-day personality, or an event, etc.   If I close my eyes and listen carefully, the grounds of the King Heritage & Cultural Centre are already alive with the sound of music.



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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

18th Sideroad of King

                                                                                                                                   Photo by Barry Wallace
PORTAL PAST ITS PRIME
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Barry Wallace

Monday, November 6, 2017

Upon Kingsbridge's long path ~ Jane Street

Photos by Barry Wallace
The pastorality of Kingsbridge Conference Centre


The Sun tries to penetrate the autumn leaf cover 


East Humber River runs over rocky dam


Woodland waypoint


Hiding in the river valley's forest


Remnants of an old river crossing


Steep banks down to the silent river


Sign beside the path

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Barry Wallace

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Family photo from WW1 era


This photo of my wife Linda's Scott ancestors is not a Remembrance Day photo, as such, but I thought I would present it here and now because it has a direct connection to the WW1 era and there is an excellent WW1 exhibit currently on display at the King Heritage & Cultural Centre.   It was taken on Jane Street, south of Kinghorn, at the home Lewis W. James Scott.   I do not know the exact date of the photo, but judging by the three family members in uniform, it was early in the 1900s.   The elderly couple in the centre of the back row are James and Edith Scott and there are four generations of  their family in the photo.   The soldiers are husbands of James and Edith's granddaughters.  This house still stands today on the west side of Jane Street, south of the Kingsbridge Centre.  There are a number of Scott descendants still about in the King area.
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Barry Wallace 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Locale Restaurant to celebrate 5th Anniversary

      Photos by Barry Wallace 
Locale Restaurant, at the four corners in King City, will celebrate five years in business, early in December.  It was a success from its opening day on December 11, in 2012, and is thriving to this day.  Success begets success it seems because the folks at Locale are opening a new restaurant on Yonge Street in the south end of the Town of Aurora.   Opening should be some time in November, but certainly before the end of the year.
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Barry Wallace

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hallowe'en grandkids...


                                                                                                          Photo by their daddy
Please indulge me, dear reader, while I show you a Hallowe'en photo of three of my grandchildren, who live near Ottawa.   Looks like little brother, Malcolm, caught his sisters, Brawley and Emondine, stealing Hallowe'en treats.

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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

7th Concession & 16th Sideroad

Photo by Barry Wallace
Kelly Lake on the King Ridge
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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The ghost of Hallowe'ens past......


                                                                                                                                         Photo by Barry Wallace 
NEAR NOBLETON
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Barry Wallace

Monday, October 30, 2017

Local author to release new book





Kelly Matthews is about to release her second book on King Township lumineries; this time about Sir Henry Pellatt, of Casa Loma and Marylake fame.   The Road to MARYLAKE falls on the heels of her very successful first book: EATON HALL Pride of King Township, published in 2015The new book launch will take place this Wednesday, November 1 at Marylake Shrine, north of King City.   There is great anticipation by the readers of Kelly's first book, which has become a popular and definitive local history publication.
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Barry Wallace


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Winter visitors make first appearance...

Photos by Barry Wallace
JUNCOS ARE BACK
Winter solstice (first day of winter) is still eight weeks away, but four Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis) arrived in our backyard early yesterday morning.   Lind spotted them at breakfast time.  There are two males and two females: the first of many more hopefully.   Such lovely little creatures!
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Barry Wallace

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fall photo by Wilson Markle

Photo: Wilson Markle
King City resident, Wilson Markle, submitted the photo above to the King Weekly Sentinel's photo contest recently and it was among the winners which appeared in last week's newspaper.   The photo, with its interesting and eye-catching perspective, was taken on the King City Trails at sunset, from Manitou Drive.   Nicely done, Wilson.
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Barry Wallace

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Looking back a hundred years...







Photo by Barry Wallace
Many people are familiar with the three old pictures, at top, but they may be new to other viewers.   The railway ran between Schomberg and Yonge Street in Oak Ridges for 29 years in the early 1900s.   The picture at the bottom is a recent picture of the old railway station in Schomberg, now a longtime residence in the village.   A portion of it can be seen in the 2nd picture above, at the right side of the photo.
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Barry Wallace