Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Happiness is three well-behaved Rottweilers...

Photo by Barry Wallace
I spotted Sho Papazian, owner and founder of 'My Obedient Dog', with her three Rottweilers in the parking lot at the four corners in King City on Saturday and I just had to get a photo of these amazingly well-behaved dogs.   They were unleashed and walked purposefully under control across the busy Keele St. / King Road intersection with Sho.   Sho is seen often around and about King City with dogs she trains and sometimes she is riding her bicycle with the tethered trainees.   This woman's dog sense seems both highly intuitive and knowledgeable.
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Barry Wallace

Monday, March 18, 2019

New art in King City...


Now showing at the Roost Cafe ~ Keele Street


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Barry Wallace

Sunday, March 17, 2019

1st Starling last week ~ 1st Grackle this week

Photo by Barry Wallace
Starling and Grackle are back... 
... what about Red-winged Blackbird?

Our first Starling of the year arrived on March 5th, followed by a Grackle on the 14th.   That leaves the Red-winged Blackbird to complete the blackbird trio.   Based on the warmer weather forecasts, I'm predicting one day next week for the 'Red-wing's' arrival.
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Barry Wallace

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The 'Annie Rooney'...

Photo " Early Settlements of King Township"
The photo above appears on Page 123, of the late King Township historian, Elizabeth McClure Gillham's book, 'Early Settlements of King Township Ontario'   The engine is part of the Aurora and Schomberg Railway, which operated from 1902 to 1927.   The railway was a spur of the Yonge Street Radial line and operated between Schomberg and Oak Ridges.   For a quarter of the century, the train marked a period of prosperity and change.   Mrs Gillham states in her book that "the arrival of the 'Annie Rooney' was named for the comic strip of the same name, in which a trolley car was used which encountered some difficulties similar to those on the Aurora-Schomberg line - such as cattle on the track, and similar hazards".   Transportation, business and livelihoods where transformed for more than two decades.   In 1927 however, the railway ceased to operate because it too had outlived its usefulness.   Cars and trucks were more convenient and cost-effective.   A hundred year later, the old railway bed can be spotted in a number of places across the township.
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Barry Wallace

Friday, March 15, 2019

First Great Blue of the season...

                                                                                                        Photo by Barry Wallace
I saw my first Great Blue Heron of the season flying over my home in King City yesterday.   Some ponds and streams have lost their ice cover, but the heron will be hard-pressed I think to find many fish in the middle of March.  It was heading south however, so perhaps it was returning to open water which it had visited on its way north.   It was nevertheless a most welcome sight. 
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Barry Wallace

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kirby and Betty - dogs on my street

Photos by Barry Wallace
The photo above appeared in this blog space back on January 28, about a month and a half ago.   It shows my neighbour's (Lee-Ann) dog Kirby, in his winter weather gear.   The picture below shows Kirby, on the right, and his female friend, Betty, on the left, in the same spiffy outfit, walking around Forde Crescent.   It turns out that the two dogs know each other well.   LeeAnn owns Kirby, and LeeAnn's mum owns Betty, who happens to be an official service dog.   Betty helps her owner, who has a seeing problem, get around.   If you think Betty's got pink poodle ears, you're correct.   I didn't ask how that came about, But LeeAnn told me the pink has just about disappeared.   It goes without saying that these two turn a few heads as they pass by.



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Barry Wallace


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thawing - freezing - thawing - freezing...

Photo: Barry Wallace
This photo was taken on Tuesday morning on Keele Street, near to Dog Tales Sanctuary.   There are a few other spots like this around the township this week.   A couple of warm days are to happen this week and then temperatures slip back around the freezing mark.   My dear wife slipped on some ice last Sunday and broke a wrist.   Major MacKenzie Hospital Emergency Department was filled on Sunday with   folks who had falls.   I mentioned to one of the 'emerg' receptionists, around 9 a.m. that it was so slippery outside the hospital that there might be people coming in, who had actually fallen between the parking lot and emergency department.   She replied "We've already had two this morning".   At least they were close to help.
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Barry Wallace
      

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Winter's last amaryllis...

                                                                                                             Photo by Barry Wallace
We've had four different and beautiful amaryllises bloom over the winter.  The last one is pictured above and it almost waited until spring to show its colours.  The splendid Amaryllis belladona is a native of South Africa.   The four we had this winter, going back to January, certainly helped to make the winter shorter and more bearable.  Many thanks to my dear green-thumbed wife.
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Barry Wallace

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sun halo ~ James Bay, Quebec

Photo by April Dawn Gull
My neice, April Dawn Gull took this photo of a sun halo on a trip from her Cree village of Wemindji, on James Bay in Quebec, to the airport at Val D'Or for a charter flight to a conference in Toronto, last week.
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Barry Wallace

Sunday, March 10, 2019

They're baaaack...

Photo by Barry Wallace
SPRING IN 2 WEEKS
Starlings disappeared from our backyard feeders back around Christmas, but returned on Wednesday of this week, just two weeks before the 1st day of spring.   What a welcome sight.   I love their breeding plumage colours at this time of year.   Now for some spring weather.
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Barry Wallace

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Visiting Dog Tales Sanctuary ~ Sundays 12 to 4


Main reception area


Pig in a blanket


Where there's a will, there's a way





Friends


Yes, this big boy has a real mustache!

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Barry Wallace

Friday, March 8, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

King-Vaughan Townline


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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Along the sideroads...








                                                  Photos by Barry Wallace
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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Roost Cafe ~ Keele Street South / King City


                                                                                                    Photo by Barry Wallace
Tristen ~ Barista

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Barry Wallace

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Backyard squirrel loses left front foot...

Photo by Barry Wallace
This backyard squirrel has been around for a few weeks chasing away all the other squirrels that try to get at the spilled bird seed under the the feeders.   Its not as fast as the other squirrels and that's because it is missing its front left foot and part of the leg.   Necessity is the mother of invention and this brave critter has adapted and seems to be surviving quite well.
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Barry Wallace

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Lune de neige...

Photo by April Dawn Gull
SNOW MOON
This photo was taken by my neice, April Dawn Gull, who lives in Wemindji, northern Quebec, on the shores of James Bay.   She is the daughter of my youngest sister, Denise Georgekish, a teacher, who lived in King City in her younger days, but has lived in the cold snowy north for many a year.
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Barry Wallace

Friday, March 1, 2019

Jaime the cat hangs on...

Photo by Barry Wallace
Jaime, our family cat, spends half his day sleeping on the back of the sofa cushions.   During the course of his long naps, he slips down towards the seat cushions.  But, he never falls off.   Maybe I should be clipping his nails .
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Barry Wallace 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Up on the King Ridge...

Photo by Barry Wallace
WESTON ROAD
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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Bless the volunteers and staff at Dog Tales...

                                                                                                          Photo by Barry Wallace
This brief encounter at Dog Tales Sanctuary last Sunday afternoon reminded me of the devotion rescued animals at Dog Tales receive.   This charming dog was being taken for a walk with the help of a handler who was holding up a harness attached to the pooch's rear-end.  Its back legs couldn't support the dog but with a little help from a friend, going for a walk is still possible.  Inspiring.
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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Here's a sign worth noting...

Photo by Barry Wallace
The trails at Thornton Bales Conservation Area, on King Township's 19th Sideroad, have been closed due to winter hazards, notably icy surfaces.   I'm wary of the 100 steep steps down the side of the King Ridge, in the summertime, let alone in February.
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Barry Wallace

Monday, February 25, 2019

Steel rises for new King City library...

Photos by Barry Wallace
After a few months of not seeing much of the groundwork and foundation for the new King City library, steel girders started to rise up this week, giving some fresh perspective of what is to come throughout the year.   The picture below shows the King City Public School behind the new emerging library structure, which will also be the new home of the King City Seniors Centre.



The photo above shows the elevator shaft for the new building.

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Barry Wallace

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Princess Margaret Home Lottery Open House...


Photos by Barry Wallace
The first open house of the 'Princess Margaret Home Lottery to Conquer Cancer' Grand Prize took place last weekend, at 81 Cairns Gate, on the southwest corner of Keele Street and the 15th Sideroad, in King City.  The grand prize for the winning ticket, to be drawn in May, is valued at $6.4 million and includes the house pictured here, plus a Muskoka waterfront cottage and $1/2 million in cash.   You can visit the home Tuesdays to Fridays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from noon to 5 p.m.



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Barry Wallace


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Kettleby Road and Keele Street


                                                                                                              Photo: Barry Wallace
KETTLEBY
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Barry Wallace

Friday, February 22, 2019

Strange shapes on 'Marsh' greenhouses...


Photos by Barry Wallace
At first glance it looks like broken glass or tattered plastic in these Holland Marsh greenhouses, but a second glance reveals it is slowly melting snow from the night before, sliding down the curved glass to the ground.


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Barry Wallace

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Intriguing message in Nobleton...


                                                                                            Photo by Barry Wallace
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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Finally, an icicle worth being called an icicle...


                                                                                                       Photo by Barry Wallace
It's past the halfway mark in February, but there's finally what I call an icicle hanging in the backyard. This beauty is over a metre long (45 inches) and as thick as my arm.  Now, this is an icicle ... and it's only 29 days 'til spring.  Yeeaaah!
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Barry Wallace



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Reading 50 of Pierre Berton's books...

         
     

My old high school buddy, Ted Bird (longtime Schomberg resident and businessman), told me last Christmas he was embarking on an odyssey to read 50 of Canadian author Pierre Berton's books.  Berton is pictured at right.

I quickly realized that I had never read a book by Pierre Berton, so decided to read at least one.   Ted (pictured at left) and I have now read about 13 of Berton's books, all non-fiction, and we have both come to know how very little we knew of Canadian history and how incredibly researched and well written are the man's works.

Will we continue to read another 37 of Berton's books? Maybe. I've known Ted for almost 65 years and he has  always been as stubborn as a mule.....and I like a challenge.  We should know how close we get to 50 by next Christmas.  I'll update this blog entry sometime this summer.

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Barry Wallace