Friday, July 21, 2017

19th Sideroad ~ near Jokers HIll

Photo by Barry Wallace
DRY-STACKED STONEWORK
Simple design ~ masterfully wrought
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Barry Wallace

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Keele Street South - King City


                                                                                                                              Photo by Barry Wallace
BLUE CHAIR
at the Roost Cafe
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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Last Raspberry Social at Laskay location

Tuesday's sellout crowd a perennial feature

Longtime ticketmaster ~ 'Amiable' Al Henderson

Perfect combination: fresh raspberries, raspberry pie, ice cream
The Laskay Raspberry Social will be held next year in the Laskay Hall after it is transported to its new location in Kinghorn, at the King Historial & Cultural Centre.   The hall will be situated between the museum/cultural centre building and the old Baptist church.   For the first time, it will have a full basement, plus many other upgrades, including new kitchen and washroom facilities.   The move is to take place later this year.
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Barry Wallace   


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Staying cool and contented...

Photo by Barry Wallace
7th Concession & 15th Sideroad
Talk about making the best of what's given to you.   These cattle spent at least two hours milling about in this pond at the same time as rain showers were passing over this King farm on Sunday afternoon.   It's the full size-cattle that are in the pond, while calves are nestled in the pond-side grass.   I passed the scene twice while on the Nobleton/King City Garden Tour and the herd seemed entirely content.

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Barry Wallace 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Nobleton & King City 2017 Garden Tour


Photos by Barry Wallace
Two bees collect pollen from a pretty pink poppy in the small but amazing, street-front garden of Margaret Langford on Alex Campbell Crescent in King City.

King City's charming and indubitable Blair Day greets a visitor at his Fisher Street garden which featured many new and unusual flowers and other plants.

This quaint and charming potting shed was found in the garden of Hilda Baumgard on Old Church Road Road in Laskay.   Hilda's home was once the Laskay United Church where my wife and I were married 50 years ago.

The rain kept us from seeing Helen Lucas's gardens on the 7th of King but that meant we were able to view Helen's painting studio where we saw an incredible assortment of floral paintings, representative of the work that has made her and her art world-famous.

A Weeping Spruce was a fascinating poolside feature in one of the gardens of Pam Brown on the 17th Sideroad of King, near Hwy. 27.

Pictured above is the entrance to the immaculate and inspiring planting presentation that greeted visitors to the Home of Emily Bifolchi, on MacTaggart Drive in Nobleton. 


Above is a remarkably inviting feature of the gardens of Theresa Sherwood's Sherwood Farm property.   Like several other properties on the tour, the views surrounding Sherwood Farm are soul-enriching.
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Barry Wallace 




Sunday, July 16, 2017

Part of the buttercup family...

Photos by Barry Wallace
This Clematis vine is
an old and reliable standby in our garden, stretching up from ground-level to just under the eavestroughs.   It makes a charming back-drop for the herb garden below.

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Barry Wallace



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bob and Nancy's first white squirrel

 Photos: Bob & Nancy Wallace
My brother Bob and his wife Nancy live a few kilometres north of Parry Sound.   They sent these photos on Monday saying this is the first white squirrel they have ever had up there.   This sweet-looking creature is a 'white morph' of the Eastern Grey Squirrel...not an albino.   Albino Grey Squirrels have red eyes.   Unofficial statistics seem to show that 'white morphs' out-number albinos by quite a margin.   It has been reported that Exeter, Ontario, is one of five hot spots in Canada for white squirrels.   White squirrels in the countryside are reportedly preyed upon significantly by raptors, because of their easy-to-spot white colour, while white squirrels in more protected urban areas are less vulnerable.   Love these photos.
    

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Barry Wallace