Tasca Community Park, on Parkheights Trail in northeast Nobleton, has a new claim to fame. The park has already been named the winner of Parks & Recreation Ontario's PRO Award of Excellence, for design for a community under 30,000. Now, a group of playground writers has created a list of the top 150 playgrounds in Canada, to celebrate Canada's 150 birthday. Tasca Park has made that list. The park has lots of wide open spaces plus numerous interactive features, like the splash pad and full-size basketball court, pictured here.
The Laskay Raspberry Social will be held next year in the Laskay Hall after it is transported to its new location in Kinghorn, at the King Historial & Cultural Centre. The hall will be situated between the museum/cultural centre building and the old Baptist church. For the first time, it will have a full basement, plus many other upgrades, including new kitchen and washroom facilities. The move is to take place later this year.
Talk about making the best of what's given to you. These cattle spent at least two hours milling about in this pond at the same time as rain showers were passing over this King farm on Sunday afternoon. It's the full size-cattle that are in the pond, while calves are nestled in the pond-side grass. I passed the scene twice while on the Nobleton/King City Garden Tour and the herd seemed entirely content.
Two bees collect pollen from a pretty pink poppy in the small but amazing, street-front garden of Margaret Langford on Alex Campbell Crescent in King City.
King City's charming and indubitable Blair Day greets a visitor at his Fisher Street garden which featured many new and unusual flowers and other plants.
This quaint and charming potting shed was found in the garden of Hilda Baumgard on Old Church Road Road in Laskay. Hilda's home was once the Laskay United Church where my wife and I were married 50 years ago.
The rain kept us from seeing Helen Lucas's gardens on the 7th of King but that meant we were able to view Helen's painting studio where we saw an incredible assortment of floral paintings, representative of the work that has made her and her art world-famous.
A Weeping Spruce was a fascinating poolside feature in one of the gardens of Pam Brown on the 17th Sideroad of King, near Hwy. 27.
Pictured above is the entrance to the immaculate and inspiring planting presentation that greeted visitors to the Home of Emily Bifolchi, on MacTaggart Drive in Nobleton.
Above is a remarkably inviting feature of the gardens of Theresa Sherwood's Sherwood Farm property. Like several other properties on the tour, the views surrounding Sherwood Farm are soul-enriching.
My brother Bob and his wife Nancy live a few kilometres north of Parry Sound. They sent these photos on Monday saying this is the first white squirrel they have ever had up there. This sweet-looking creature is a 'white morph' of the Eastern Grey Squirrel...not an albino. Albino Grey Squirrels have red eyes. Unofficial statistics seem to show that 'white morphs' out-number albinos by quite a margin. It has been reported that Exeter, Ontario, is one of five hot spots in Canada for white squirrels. White squirrels in the countryside are reportedly preyed upon significantly by raptors, because of their easy-to-spot white colour, while white squirrels in more protected urban areas are less vulnerable. Love these photos.
This will be the last Raspberry Social to be held in Laskay, as the Laskay Hall is to be moved to Kinghorn later this year, where it will join other historic King Township buildings that now make up the King Heritage & Cultural Centre.
Herewith are some of my photos from previous Nobleton/King City Garden Tours in 2012 and 2015. This Sunday's tour is from 10 am. to 4 pm. Tickets are available at Black Forest Garden Centre, King Heritage & Cultural Centre, Nobleton Phamacy, Barb Downey at (416) 347-8482 and at LUCILLEKING149@GMAIL.COM.
Pictured above are four of the many works of art by local artists Eva Folks and Judy Sherman at the King Heritage & Cultural Centre until Saturday, August 19th. The exhibition is called 'A little bit of EVERYTHING'and may be viewed from 10 am. to 4 pm., Tuesdays to Saturdays.
The Northern Cardinal is one of our favourite year-around birds in our backyard on Forde Crescent in King City. But Linda is especially taken with the colouration of the female. The male Cardinal can almost seem garish at times, but the soft and subtle tones of the female are oh so charming.
After being closed for a very long time, the gas bar at Kettleby, on the southwest corner of Jane Street and the Kettleby Road, seems to being nearing completion. I do not know when it is to re-open, but it appears sometime in the near future.
Here's a new sign (above) that caught my eye as I drove through Pottageville last week on my way to get birdseed in Schomberg. The sign is on the northwest corner of the Lloydtown-Aurora Road and the 7th Concession of King. On my return trip to King City, my curiosity got the better of me and I just had to head up the 7th to get a glimpse of a helicopter pad. I did not see or hear a helicopter pad or a helicopter, but the photo below shows that there is a 15-acre property with a 9,000 sq. ft. log home and a helicopter pad. These features should narrow the prospects down to a precious few, I think. Best wishes to the vendor(s).
Dorio's Kettleby Italian Bakery shows its charming face after a makeover which has taken place over the past several months, without closing its doors. The historic building is located on the Kettleby Road, between Keele and Jane Streets. It is one of my favourite places to get a scooped ice cream cone. Best wishes to the folks at Dorio's.
Thismammoth tractor trailer pulled up in front of a home on Bennet Drive, behind the King City High School last Tuesday, and waited to be loaded to the brim with the remains of a bungalow which had been sold to make way for the building of a new house, on the site. To my amazement, the entire house from the ground level up was demolished in two to three hours and the remains, except for the materials making up the foundation, filled the trailer to the brim. The tractor trailer was on its way to a landfill site in the Niagara region, shortly after lunch. After it left, a few regular-size dump trucks hauled away the remains of the basement and miscellaneous detritus. By supper time, everyone was gone and site was basically empty. Amazing...