Thursday, April 30, 2020

King City's new sidewalks...


 Photos by Barry Wallace
North side of King Road ~ almost done


South side of King Road - just begun...




In addition to new, wider, decorative sidewalks, the King Road project includes tree planting, a multi-use path, banner and flower poles, street furniture (bicycle paths, benches, garbage cans) and street pedestrian lighting.   In the future, the King Road project will be extended from Keele Street to Jane Street.

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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

On the 8th Concession ~ near Schomberg


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Spring streamlet
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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Getting a jump on things...

 Photos by Barry Wallace
BIG RIG for BIG JOB
King Road and 10th Concession ~ near Nobleton


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Barry Wallace

Monday, April 27, 2020

Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Manse ~ 15th Sideroad

Photo by Barry Wallace
SCILLA
Favourite spring groundcover

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Barry Wallace



Saturday, April 25, 2020

In the Holland Marsh...

Photo by Barry Wallace
Getting ready to plant carrots...
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Barry Wallace

Friday, April 24, 2020

Bison are back...

    Photos by Barry Wallace

Keele Street ~ opposite Cardinal Golf
north of Highway 9


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Thursday, April 23, 2020

ORTA Trail into Seneca closed at Keele Street

 Photos by Barry Wallace

Two reasons not to use trail
The Keele Street entrance to the Oak Ridges Trail at Seneca College has been closed for two reasons.   It was closed firstly because of the Coronavirus crisis and now it is also closed because of forest harvesting activities.   Trails on the King Campus property will be closed to all public access from late April forward.




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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day - April 22

The earth laughs in flowers
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Photos by Barry Wallace
 April 1970


April 2019

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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Figurines tucked under a spruce tree...


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These colourful figurines are to be found surrounding the base of a spruce tree at Cold Creek Conservation Area on the 11th Concession of King.   Their placement suggests they have some meaning or significance for whoever positioned  them here.   Their incongruity is exceeded only by their colourful, charming images.   No doubt, if you are meant to see them, you will find them.



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Barry Wallace   



Monday, April 20, 2020

King 15th Sideroad...

Photo by Barry Wallace

Spring lily pond at Seneca College
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Barry Wallace

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Springtime at Seneca...

 Photos by Barry Wallace

Busy bees at Seneca College


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Barry Wallace

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Old farm gatepost ~ Weston Road and the 15th


                                                                                                       Photo by Barry Wallace                                           
A deft creation of form and function

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Friday, April 17, 2020

All Saints Anglican Church ~ Easter 2020

 Photos by Barry Wallace

Keele Street ~ King City





Stained glass windows, above and at right, are in the old original church, built in 1857, which was originally clad in clear pine boards and was then covered with bricks in 1871.   The new church and parish hall, to the north, was built and adjoined to the old church in 1960.   The old church is now the chapel.   The old church, while not being that large was nevertheless a triumph of design and style, and has drawn admirers for 150 years with its charming appearance.
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Barry Wallace    


Thursday, April 16, 2020

My Hop-hornbeam walking stick...

                                Photo By Barry Wallace
Pictured above is the top end of my walking/hiking stick, which came from a small dead Hop-hornbeam Tree (a.k.a. Ironwood Tree) many years ago, at Cold Creek Conservation Area, west of Nobleton.   That ganglion at the top end of the stick is what was left of the root ball after I whittled it down.   It's a stout walking stick because Ironwood is very dense and hard when dried.  The stick has lasted me for years and I use it a lot more now that I'm a 'long-in-the-tooth' stumble-bum out in the woods.   The photo below shows me and my stick at Pine Farms Orchard, many years ago, being greeted by the old 'Pine Farms' beagle, whose name I think was Daisy. 


Photo by Pieter Thoenes
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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Highway 9 ~ west of Highway 400...

 Photos by Barry Wallace

An addition to local historic landmark 


Pictured above is a roadside plaque on the north side of Highway 9 in the Holland Marsh, erected by the King Township Historical Society many years ago.   It commemorates the establishment of a portage between Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe, used by Huron indigenous people for centuries before European explorers arrived here.  Beside it (seen below) is a latter-day plaque installed that serves a similar purpose but which includes an engraved geographic representation of the route of the historic Carrying Place portage.  This particular plaque is to found at other sites along the historic portage route.



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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

I am so fortunate...

Photo by Barry Wallace
I finished writing a couple of blogs yesterday afternoon and got up and thought about Easter Sunday dinner.   No problem.   It was to be a bowl of Smoky Split Pea Soup from the 'Soup Girl' in Caledon, Ontario.   It was to be my first easter dinner without my dear wife, Linda, who passed away five months ago.   The phone rang and it was my neighbour Rob, from across the street.   He asked if I preferred white or dark turkey meat.   Beggars can't be choosers, so I mumbled: either one...I like them both.   Shortly thereafter, there was a knock at the door and Rob was standing there with two plastic containers. One contained a turkey dinner, including  white and dark turkey slices, mashed potatoes, stuffing, carrots and gravy (see photo above) and the other container held two pieces of peach pie.   There was enough turkey that I was able to set aside big chunks for a hot turkey sandwich for Easter Monday's lunch.   I am so darned lucky, considering the troubling times we live in, to have friends and neighbours like Rob, and his wife Mary.   And then there is Cindy; another neighbour from across the street who has gifted me with soup, baked goods, cookies and treats, regularly.   I am humbled, blessed and so grateful to these wonderful folks.
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Barry Wallace
          

Monday, April 13, 2020

Cold Creek North Trail loop ~ part 2


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Barry Wallace

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Cold Creek Conservation Area...

 Photos by Barry Wallace
North Loop Trail Walk ~ April 5th




...into the woods







Sadly, All-Terrain-Vehicle riders find their way onto the Cold Creek trails and leave ruts (see above) that are messy and hazardous to walk on...even when they are dry.


The north loop trail is in a forest that is mature and some trees are now having to be taken down (see above and below) because they are hazardous.


                          more photos tomorrow...
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Barry Wallace