One of the special parts of the Christmas holiday period was having a succession of three different amaryllis plants bloom over a period of about six weeks. We had never arranged this before, but the effort was worth it. Maybe four next year?
My neighbour walked her dog Kirby, by the house on Thursday and I couldn't help but notice how nattily attired Kirby was. Not only was Kirby wearing what appeared to be a tuxedo, but he had his own colour-coordinated goggles to wear as he perambulated through King City. The goggles are not an affectation, but protection for his eyes against slush thrown up by passing cars and trucks, which has been bothering him lately. Hopefully, the 'cool shades' help his sore eyes.
I visited the King Heritage and Cultural Centre to see how the next public historical presentation was shaping up and this bass drum (being held by museum curator Kathleen Fry) caught my eye in a storage area. Kathleen believes the drum is about 50 years old, dating back to the 1960s. I don't know if the drum is to be featured in the next museum presentation, but that event should be very interesting for history and antiques buffs. Ed Moran, expert collector, will present and discuss many specially selected artifacts from the museum's collections. The date is Saturday,February 9th, from 2 to 4 p.m. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
This makes it official, I think. The township's new headquarters is called 'KING TOWNSHIP MUNICIPALCENTRE'. Shiny silver lettering (somewhat subdued but spiffy at the same time) was installed this past week, above the main entrance. Bit by bit, piece by piece, every last detail is falling into place. Even the new adjoining police detachment offices will be staffed and fully functional next week, Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One-time King City resident, Zoreh Zand posted this photo last week of a friendly deer that joined her in her backyard in Cleveland, Ohio, to watch the moon eclipse. I feel Zoreh and her antlered friend are perhaps soulmates. Zoreh maintains contact with many of her former King friends. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
The empty belltower in yesterday's blog is located atop the Presbyterian Church, on Keele Street in King City. Prior to becoming a church, the building was a the long-time Eva L. Dennis Public School. But what became of the bell in the roof-top tower?
I think this King Township bell tower dates from 1873 but it is missing a bell. Do you know where I took this photo? Does anyone know what became of the bell? I'll reveal the bell tower's location in tomorrow's blog. Maybe a reader knows what became of the bell?
It doesn't always take a lot of snow to make drifts, but if there's lots of high winds, it helps. These are scenes along the King-Vaughan Townline, between Weston Road and Hwy. 27. The photo below shows the East Humber River at a point where the current is strong enough to keep the water open, despite the -23C temperature.
The temperature early yesterday was -22C at Kinghorn, and the winds were gusting between 25 and 50 kms. Calculating the wind chill factor gave us a reading of between -35C and -38.5C. Monday is supposed to be even colder! Bundle up or stay inside folks.
The old original main classroom at the Kinghorn Public School, which is now part of the King Heritage and Cultural Centre, is slowly but surely being transformed into a very modern heritage gallery. The space immediately below this gallery will be made-over and devoted for historic artifact storage, and access will be supplemented by an elevator. Other parts of the KHCC are also being renovated and refurbished for historical and educational display purposes, plus provide a new working and storage space for use by the King Archives workers. Work will likely continue through much of 2019.
Here are some more artworks that have been hung in the new King Township Administrative Headquarters in King City. These five pieces are located on the second floor of building and I apologize for not including the names of the artists. Gallery labels have not been installed yet but I think maybe I did make out a Helen Lucas signature on one of the colourful, large-format renderings. One of the pieces is located at the top of the stairs on the second floor and the other four are displayed in a small visitor lounge, further down the hallway. Whatever your business on the 2nd floor, your will likely be affected by these mood-altering, joyful artworks. Go back to my December 15th blog to see the previously featured works of art, and hopefully I will in the near future, unite each piece of art with their creator's name.
This beautifully-marked, four-and-a-half-month-old pup (above) was a Dog Tales visitor and impromptu greeter to everyone in the cafe. Another visitor (below) was a wee-bit-of-a-thing, snugly attired in a full-length coat with a turtle-neck collar, warm boots and, if you can believe it ... socks!
This pretty boy, named Damien, was born at Dog Tales last May 24th weekend and has spent the last seven months or so, in a separate paddock with his mother. He willingly lets you pet his nose and then tries to nip you fingers. There are plenty of signs about telling you notto pet the horses, so you can't say you weren't warned.
More and more different kinds of critters are showing up in the Dog Tales pens and paddocks, including pigs (see above), cows, donkeys, ponies, geese and chickens. Among the few exotic chickens, is an Icelandic rooster (seen below). Icelandic chickens are a landrace fowl which is rare outside their native country, where they have evolved since being introduced by Norse settlers in the 9th century.
The final touches have been made to the new York Regional Police substation in the Township of King municipal headquarters building. The outside touches include a York Regional Police flag atop the fourth pole and the colourful YRP emblem on the front of the building.
One day the temperature is 6C and the icy streamlets in the East Humber River are melting away (see above) and then the next morning the temperature is -14C and snow flurries prevail throughout the day. Below are some photos from the frigid Thursday morning in King Township.