Thursday, August 31, 2017

Laskay Hall sets out on historic journey...

Photos by Barry Wallace
Laskay Hall begins its short but remarkable journey, on Wednesday morning, to its new site in Kinghorn, beside the King Heritage & Cultural Centre.   In the photo below it makes a sweeping turn onto the King Road, heading east.   Its total journey will be less than two miles (almost 3 kms) but will take almost six hours to complete.

The hall makes its appearance at the top of Tannery Hill (above) after passing over Hwy. 400.   Below, the hall starts its descent of Tannery Hill, and below that, it crosses over the East Humber River and stops at Jane Street, where unmovable traffic lights in the east lanes forces a jog onto the west-bound lanes, on the north side of King Road (third photo below). 

Bare and live overhead wires present a time-consuming delay at Jane Street, just short of the final destination.   Added to that were three more close sets of wires that were low and had to be lifted for the Laskay Hall to pass beneath.

Upon reaching its destination, the Laskay Hall was met by many spectators, including some with a very special interest. Pictured above are (centre) Kathleen Fry, Museum Curator, (left) Louise Di Iorio, archives volunteer, and (right) Madison Gane, heritage and cultural centre assistant.

More photos tomorrow...

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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Laskay Hall inches forward

 Photos by Barry Wallace
Laskay Hall has been raised and moved close to the side of Weston Road, south of the King Road, as a prelude to its short but historic journey to Kinghorn and its new permanent site next to the King Heritage and Cultural Centre.

The moving company, from Whitby, has worked in a very tight space, as seen in the photos below.   The second photo below show a view of the back of the Laskay Hall; a view not likely seen by many people before.

  Meanwhile, in Kinghorn...

   ... the new foundation for the Laskay Hall nears completion.
  Moving day is imminent and is to be announced shortly.

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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

More photos of Dog Tales Festival

 Photos by Barry Wallace

Pictured above is one of the photo stations at
which festival attendees could take photos of their dogs.

At left, a dog owner shows devotion to her small dog by transporting it about the grounds, which was a long trip for many of the pooches.

Above and below are photos of two of the many exhibit booths by animal welfare organizations attending the event.

The display, pictured above, shows photo portraits of hundreds of Dog Tales adopted dogs and their happy owners. It drew a lot of attention.   Below are two of the festivals entertainment features: an amazing balloon-bedecked merry-go-round and one of the live-entertainment performers. 

This walkway featured a beautifully decorated pergola of clear balloons, flowers and greenery.

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Barry Wallace 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Dog Tales Festival 2017 ~ huge success

 Photos by Barry Wallace
Thousands of visitors and their dogs
Dog Tales Sanctuary outdid itself again this past Saturday and Sunday in King Township with a free, crowd-pleasing festival that had excellent weather and huge crowds. A voluntary parking fee was the only cost to attendees. Pictured here are several scenes at the event.

Visiting dogs at the festival, that were adopted from Dog Tales over the past few years, wore pink scarves (see photo above) around their collars to identify themselves as members of a group of 1,200 dogs that have been saved by Dog Tales and then adopted.

The two dogs pictured above and below were speedy competitors in a steeplechase pursuit of a mechanical spoor, a very popular event among cheering spectators.

Several dogs, of many different breeds, took part in a retriever water trial...another crowd pleaser.

Small dog ~ small handler

Several photographic stations for taking pictures of dogs were spread throughout the grounds and were used almost non-stop.

The photos above and below show some of the other Dog Tales critters that were on hand to be admired, patted, scratched and photographed. 

More photos in tomorrow's blog
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Barry Wallace

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The grandeur of hibiscus...

Photos by Barry Wallace
These hibiscus photos were taken on the front lawn of my neighbour, George, across the street on Bennet Drive, in King City.   They are catching the eyes of many passersby.   The blooms of the white ones, pictured above and below, are 22.5 cm, or 9.5" wide.   Hibiscus growing in King City are hardy hibiscus, ranging in size from 6 to 12" across.   They are much much bigger than their tropical cousins, but their colour range is more limited.   Dinner-plate sized hibiscus blooms are more prevalent with newer hybrids. 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

In and around Hogan's Inn

                                                                                                                              Photos by Barry Wallace

I often make note of where this horse and young rider are on the Hogan's Inn patio, on Keele Street in King City.   If you and a couple of guests were there on Thursday of this week, the three of you could have enjoyed the equine presence, at this table for four.

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Barry Wallace

Friday, August 25, 2017

Laskay Hall ~ gettin' ready to rock and roll

                                                                                                                                    Photos by Barry Wallace 
Well...ready to least

Meanwhile at the Heritage & Cultural Centre in Kinghorn...

...a big reception is underway
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Barry Wallace

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Some of summer's backyard crop of critters


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Barry Wallace 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Seneca College ~ King Campus

Photo by Barry Wallace
PRO DIVE 1 ... in dry dock
The good ship Pro Dive 1 has been retired from the underwater diving program at King's Seneca College for quite some time, but its end has finally come.   It will be removed from Seneca and scrapped in two weeks.   The diving program carries on however with the good ship Cato II (pictured below)   The 62-year-old CATO II, with a steel catamaran hull, has been totally refitted for the purposes of the Seneca diving program after a colourful past in many previous looks and functions.  

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Barry Wallace