Monday, December 31, 2007

Gingerbread House in Guelph

On the way to church each Sunday evening, we pass this "Gingerbread-looking" House! It's on Paisley Street, west of Edinburgh.

Don't you like it? I sure do.

Large House on Waterloo Avenue

This house is now a Real Estate office on Waterloo Avenue but really looked after and kept in its original "look". I showed you a photo of it in the summer and now you can see it at night time with the snow all around it. Here's the photo of it in the summer here.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Hi there!

Two days ago here in Guelph, there was a wonderful display of hoar frost and so on my way down to the old OR (Ontario Reformatory), this bright red ball was hanging on the tree in someone's front lawn on Chesterton Lane and it shows the hoar frost quite clearly surrounding it.

Thought I'd put the "self-portrait" in for you all!

And here's a photo of a wee pond down at the OR showing the frost on all the trees surrounding the pond.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Icy Road on Norfolk Street

After taking the photo of the big house on Kent Street, I walked down to the end of the roadway as I heard some brakes or slipping and sliding in the bad weather. As I stepped into the deep snow (way over the tops of my high boots) and leaned over the edge of the roadway and looked down onto Norfolk Street below me, the icy surface was clearly visible and the cars were just creeping along and sliding down the hill under the main railway line.

I was happy to get home!

This photo is looking sort of south towards McDonalds and then on down toward the University of Guelph away off in the distance. Some U of G photos will be forthcoming later on in the good weather!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Big House on Kent Street

There is a man who lives in Europe who used to live in Guelph when he attended the University of Guelph and he suggested some places in Guelph that he'd enjoy seeing in this blog so today, as the snow was falling, I went to Kent Street just down below the hill where the big Church of Our Lady stands at the top.

This large house stands away up the bank of the hill and I saw some university students going in as I walked along the edge of the road.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Flying Quickly Nowhere

I looked outside during the storm today and saw this little fellow flying so quickly nowhere! I forgot to get him in before winter arrived and so he's stuck in the frozen flower barrel with all the other sticks and twigs.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Colonel John McCrae's Birthplace

Colonel John McCrae

Colonel John McCrae was born in Guelph along Water Street and his childhood home is now a quaint museum of anything to do with this wonderful medical doctor and Colonel in the Armed Forces.

It was this fine man who wrote the poem, "In Flanders Fields".

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD
(1872-1918) Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place;
and in the sky The larks,
still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

See a photo of his house that I posted here.

McCrae House, a c.1850 stone cottage located along the banks of the Speed River, is the birthplace of Lt. Col. John McCrae (1872-1918). McCrae was a doctor, solider and author of the WWI poem "In Flanders Fields", which he wrote after burying a young friend, Alexis Helmer, who was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres.

The poem was first published in Punch magazine in December 1915 and the poppy quickly became the symbol of remembrance throughout the Commonwealth. The museum features exhibitions on the life of McCrae, two period rooms reflecting the 1870s when the McCrae family occupied the house, a programming space, and heritage gardens.

McCrae House has two designations through the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada: one for John McCrae as a person of national significance and one for the house as a place of national significance. A number of special events, afternoon teas, and programs take place throughout the year. In 1983, Guelph Museums was established consisting of McCrae House and Guelph Civic Museum.

(From the Guelph Civic Museum)

Read more of Colonel John McCrae

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Angel's Diner


Last night a friend treated me to supper and we went to Angel's Diner. What a lovely place to go! It's a restaurant all decked out in the 1950's decor and the booths are all a torquoise and bright red in colour!

The weather was rainy which turned into freezing drizzle and the roads were so slippery but the food was delicious at Angel's!!

Not the greatest night photo but it certainly shows that parking space was difficult to find due to the popularity of this great place to eat.

Not only do they have the very best ribs in town as the sign says...

And lovely smiling waitresses...

Stephanie was certainly a lovely gal to serve us with our meal...

...but the Senior's Ham and Cheese Omelet was superb and far too much for me to finish!



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My Apologies!

It's Beginning To Look

A Lot Like Christmas!

This is a lovely old home in Arkell,

just south of the city.

My Apologies For Being Absent

Life just got so busy and hectic for me with lots of surprises and new adventures. Along the journey of life, I've had a big "right turn" and now am waiting for God's will in some major life matters.

My blogs were put on the back burner and now here I am posting once more.

I appreciate so very much the emails I've received from some of you and I just wanted to say how happy I am after hearing from you all.


Monday, August 6, 2007

Morning Glory


Life for me has been hectic this past week. Hopefully it will settle down soon.

This morning glory and hundreds of others are climbing my fence and they are so pretty.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A very well camaflaged dragonfly

(This one really needs to be viewed large as it's on this old rotten log!!)

Camouflaged Dragonfly

As my friend and I hiked in Tottenham, we had lots of fun with this dragonfly! As we approached it, it would flutter off a fair distance and then as we went to where it was, it would always return to this old rotten log and land on the very same spot.

You can't really see it very well until you view it large and how I wish it had maybe chosen another background! HAHAHA!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Tottenham Hike

(If you wish you can see the photo larger by clicking on it)

What a wonderful place my friend and I found not that far from Guelph!

I was hiking with my friend and this is the beginning of it. Just walk past the sloping bridge and follow the creek and damsel flies by the thousands, dragonflies, soldier beetles, all abound!

What an enjoyable time!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Unfolding More

The sunflower is so much taller and my position to take the photograph is very difficult but this is the flower head now.

Friday, July 27, 2007

A Different View of the Mighty Falls

Niagara Falls

From a recent trip with a tourist who wanted to see the falls!

I just thought that this was a different view of the falls! ;)

It's always "raining" at this point at the top of Niagara Falls. I was soaking wet but thought this was a different perspective of the view of the top of the mighty falls.

Monday, July 23, 2007


I watched for a few days at this sunflower beside my front door. I was amazed at how gently it looked to be unfolding before my eyes. What a wonderful Creator we have to make such a beautiful creation!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Floral Train

Each year, one of the communities in Guelph "plants" this train at one of the main intersections. It's certainly lovely to view.


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Ballinafad General Store


This week has been a week of almost constant driving and on one of these drives, just east of Guelph in the little hamlet of Ballinafad, I saw this General Store and Tack Shop which is also the Post office.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Grand River at West Montrose

I've had a very busy few days. A friend is ill and there's been many hospital visits, doctor visits, etc.

I enjoyed a wee drive just about 10 miles up the road to West Montrose where the covered bridge is and the Grand River looked so inviting for a canoe ride--but not today.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

St. Georges Anglican Church

The last time I shared a photo of this lovely building was in the winter.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Mildmay Cemetery

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Oh, life is so busy right now. I thought that when summer would arrive that I'd have the time for all kinds of things.

Well, now with a new puppy, life is just one huge roller coaster! :)

I was up at my daughter's in Formosa, Ontario and just outside Mildmay, the town cemetery is located. I've often walked through this place looking at the inscriptions on the stone, wondering who the person was, who their family is and I always look at the years that are cut into the stones.

At the very back of the cemetery, is a line of very old stone. I'm not sure what to think of this. I wonder how and why they came to exist here at the back. The dates are all late 1800's and early 1900's but were they moved from some other cemetery? Do their family members know?

Do you ever wonder about these things when walking through the cemetery?

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Old Houses on Waterloo St.

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I thought that after showing you that lovely large stone house on this street, that I'd also show you a couple of others that are to the east of the Guelph Museum.

These houses were probably built in the latter part of the 1800's and one is constructed with the stone so prevalent here in this city and the other is probably a wood frame with stucco over top (but I'm not sure about that).

I like the blue trim and especially the trim over the door. To me, it's so neat and tidy. I hope you like it too.

By the way, the little puppy is settling in and for his age, it's wonderful to see the border collie traits already being shown by him. Of course, Geordie, my other border collie, doesn't know about this new addition to our family and right now he's tolerating him but I'm sure that they'll get on just fine in time. Geordie is 12 years old and that's the reason my family thought I should get another so that Geordie could help train it.

If you're interested, here's a couple of photos of Geordie and Gyp.

Friday, June 29, 2007

New Resident of Guelph

I was away all day yesterday to the village of Formosa, Ontario.

I was on a serious mission! This little border collie was chosen by me last week and now he was ready to come home to live in Guelph. Hopefully, he will be a good friend of Geordie. So far, Lauren has totally disowned him but maybe she'll come around as well.


I will probably be calling him Jackie. But this name could change. You just never know!

EDIT: The name did change to "GYP" for Gypsy!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Lovely House on Waterloo Avenue

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As I've mentioned before, many of the older houses and stores and other buildings in this city are all constructed from this stone.

I think that this house is one wonderful example. This house is across the street from the Museum.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Guelph Museum

(No internet last night! Grrrr...
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It's difficult to get a "face 0n" photo of the Guelph Museum now that the trees are all in leaf. There are many older trees in this area of the city which is nice but for photo-taking it's not that great.

The Guelph Museum has lots of interesting programs for all ages and you can see price of admission and programs being offered, here.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Old Mildmay Barn

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Especially the old ones

On my way home last evening from my daughter's home in Mildmay, Ontario, I found this lovely old barn. The sun was setting behind me and I thought it was so nice to see all the board's detail in the sunshine.

When I see an old barn, my mind goes back to the days when it was probably built. I imagine the many hands hammering those boards together and erecting this structure to store their winter provisions.

I find it quite sad to see one falling down.

Do you like barns?

Friday, June 22, 2007

Yellow Flower

I have no idea what the name of this flower is but instead of going out to see what I could take photos of around Guelph, I decided to just have a good look at my window boxes. This little flower is in most of the window boxes and I was happy the way it turned out.

I'm a lover of flowers and this one is so tiny and delicate.

On the pond

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I love swans and this year, I was hoping to see some little cygnets riding on mother's back but alas, I haven't seen this yet here in Guelph.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Old Guelph House

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Old House near Norfolk and Suffolk Streets

What a great example of the stone found in many of the older buildings in this city.

This photo was taken by Ivan Milenovic.

Ivan says, "This photo is my favorite old house in Guelph close to Norfolk and Suffolk Streets."

I thank you very much Ivan for sending this lovely photo. Hopefully we'll see more of your work here in the Guelph Daily Photo blog.

Don't forget to Please click on the photo to see it larger!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Church of Our Lady Immaculate

As I say over on the left side column, I will be happy to post any photos of Guelph for anyone living here. And we've had our first one sent to the blog!

This photo is a wonderful view looking up at the front of the Church of Our Lady Immaculate and the photo was taken by Ivan Milenovic. I thank you very much Ivan for sending this lovely photo in and I'm certain it wasn't taken in the last few days! HAHAHA! Lots of scaffolding right now up those towers!

Please click on the photo to see it larger!

Ivan has sent another photo to post another day for which I send my deepest thanks!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Reeds and Waterlilies on a Northern Lake

I had a lovely time away on the weekend. It was really good to be with family and friends in the far north where the towns are very small and far apart.

This photo was taken at late dusk on a lake near to my sister's home and the bull frogs were so noisey. The waterlilies were lovely and I saw birds I don't often see down here in Southern Ontario.

I haven't looked at all my photos yet as I arrived home after midnight.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Away for the Weekend

I'm heading out early in the morning for North Bay, Ontario (about 5 hours drive) and won't be back till maybe about midnight Sunday night. I need some R&R so I'm going to my sister's to see if I can get some! :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Irish Pub

They say that there are only two types of people in the world! Those that are Irish and those that wish they were! :)

On our main street in Guelph is this Irish Pub. I understand that it's very busy most evenings.

You can see again in this photo the typical stone present in most of the old buildings in our city.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Ohhh, I'm chickened out!


Just a very quick post as I still have company here. Last Wednesday evening I took my granddaughter to this Swiss Chalet for her 19th birthday treat.

Saturday, my daughter and her family came and took me to the Swiss Chalet for my birthday supper.

Today is my birthday and my youngest son and his wife and daughter telephoned and said, "We're on our way over, Mum! We're taking you to the Swiss Chalet for your birthday!"

So, here I sit completely chickened out! I love the Swiss Chalet though. I'm not one bit sad that I went three times in four days!!!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Rolling Corn Fields

Just outside of Guelph, the corn has reached a height of about 8 to 10 inches. I can almost taste it come August!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Want to buy a house?

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On the way home to Guelph yesterday from Bramalea, I spied this house for sale. No one lives in it at the moment.

Do you like it?

Here's a closer look.

I'm going to try to find out how much they are asking for it and I'll let you know. ;)

How much do you think?

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Guelph Daily Photo goes to Bramalea, Ontario

Guelph Daily Photo went for a little side trip today to Bramalea, Ontario.
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Now, who do you think
is the owner of these lovely legs?

And why in the world would I be taking photos of men's legs???

Over in Bramalea on Kennedy Road just north of Steeles Avenue, I stopped in at Tim Horton's to get a much needed coffee for my journey home to Guelph and there were balloons everywhere--both inside and outside!!

Inside? What a special view!

Today was Camp Day at Tim Horton's right across Canada and all the proceeds from coffee sold today went toward helping to send an underprivileged child to camp this summer.

The legs?

It was so special to see three Peel Regional Police constables smiling and asking folks to donate just a $1.00 toward helping underprivileged children to go to summer camp. They had brought T-shirts with them to sell as the sign says but by the time I had arrived, all were sold out.

Each person donating only $1.00 or more received a beautifully decorated cupcake.
It was so lovely to see this gesture.

But who made those cupcakes?

They didn't look like anything from Tim Horton's showcase!

So I asked and the two officers with their caps on pointed at the fellow with no cap and unanimously said, "He did!" Well, that cupcake guys was so tasty. I pulled over in Terra Cotta to admire the river there on the way home to Guelph and decided that I'd eat it there.

And their vehicles?

I know that there's something special about a police cruiser, isn't there? Especially driven by one of these burly young men.

I know that I always enjoyed seeing my husband in his police uniform behind the wheel of his cruiser back many years ago when he was on Vaughan Township Police Department (pre York Regional).


I'm sure that these fellows would look just as good but...

They parked their vehicles outside the Tim Horton's Donut Shop on the sidewalk!!! I parked my car in a proper parking spot!

Imagine that!

And it's because they drove these...

So, let's hear it for the Peel Regional Police Force!!!

Great work guys! Hope you leave a message on here. Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for all your work volunteering today to help underprivileged children go to camp this summer!

You sure make good cupcakes! Hope you didn't miss your calling.

See you on the road and I hope you don't have your lights flashing telling me to pull over cuz I'm speeding or something. Grandmas don't speed!

And oh, the legs? They belong to the tallest fellow--the one with no cap!