The man who brought Locale Restaurant and a new level of dining to the four corners in King City, is in the midst of a second endeavour in Aurora. The old Johnathon's Dining Lounge building on the east side of Yonge Street, just north of the Aurora Shopping Centre, is undergoing extensive renovations. Linda and I learned of this while having an early dinner at Locale's patio, after the recent King City Craft Beer event. I don't know when the opening of the Aurora undertaking is, but one wishes great success for this talented chef and entrepreneur.
The renewal of King City continues as the old makes way for new development on King Road in the centre of the village. I recently ran some photos of Hoop Street properties stretching behind the buildings along the north side of King Road, between the King City Market and the old King City (McLeod) Bakery. This past week has seen the demolition of the two small houses between the market and old bakery. One keenly anticipates the development proposal for this large overall site, between Keele Street and the CIBC bank, backing onto the railway/GO line.
King City is destined to have an 'Italian Kitchen'
Once again King City is about to get its chance at having an 'Italian Kitchen' eatery in the middle of the village, next to Rockford's Pub on the King Road. I'm beginning to lose count of the dining spots that have come and gone here. Here's wishing the new venture every success.
Recent heavy rains have taken their toll on the new multi-million dollar Bathurst Street extension over the King Ridge and down into the Holland Marsh. The road has been washed out and closed north of the Green Lane/Miller's Sideroad up to the Morning Sideroad for major repairs. The road had only been open for a short time after more than two years of massive construction. I have no idea how long repairs will take, but it won't happen soon enough those involved with this shocking turn of events.
I've asked this before and I'll ask it again. Am I the only one not driving a Range Rover in King City? I spotted this late-model Vogue (above) outside Hogan's Inn, last Tuesday morning. It's a brilliant-looking vehicle but I'm not sure white is a rough-and-tumble Range Rover colour, is it? Maybe I'm just old-fashioned. A short while later, at the new plaza, this late-model McLaren 650S (below) caught my eye. It's probably around the $300,000 mark. Ahah! So I'm not the only one not driving a Range Rover. And shortly after, as I was gassing up my 15-year-old Jeep Liberty, the immaculate 1957 Chevrolet BelAir (pictured at bottom) pulled up to a nearby gas pump. Definitely not the Range Rover type, I thought...but you never know.
Tuesday was a rainy day, but if you like fishing - so what? The fellow above was enjoying the fishing and also taking the opportunity to advertise and sell his hand-made Balsa-wood floats and fishing rod holders. The fellow below with the multi-coloured beach umbrella also waited patiently (and dry) with a line. Further south, near Ansnorveldt, marsh workers (at bottom) dressed for the weather, get down on their knees to get the job done.
Here's a creature one doesn't normally see along the King Road between King City and Temperanceville, at Bathurst Street. This large, stately, long-necked heron usually breeds colonially in groups of five to thirty-five nests. I'm used to seeing them at Luther Marsh, north-east of Orangeville. Sam, one of the baristas at The Roost Cafe in King City, tells me, she has seem them in Schomberg, at the lagoons. This one caught my eye while foraging in shallow water at the edge of the small pond at Temperanveville, but when I stopped to take a picture, it flew a short way south to a ploughed field and waited for me to leave. The few shots I did get were not that good, but they did mark the occasion.
These two gentlemen were riding their Elliptigo elliptical cycles past Dorio's Bakery in Kettleby recently. I've heard that elliptical cycling combines the best of elliptical training, running and cycling. These fellows were working hard at pumping their Elliptigos up the long hill on the Kettleby Road. I didn't see them come back down the hill, so I have no idea what you do with your feet going downhill. I assume there is a way of coasting, maybe? Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
The old Jimmy Cairns farm on the south side of the 15th Sideroad, west of Keele Street, at King City's north end, and just south of Marylake, is being transformed into a new neighbourhood for the village. Street names in the new development pay particular tribute to former landowners and adjacent neighbours, notably the Jimmy Cairns family and son Elmer, as well as Sir Henry Pellatt and his wife Marie, of Casa Loma and Lake Marie fame. Cairns families were settlers in King long ago and the property being referred to here was last owned by Elmer Cairns, the bachelor son of Jimmy Cairns. In the second half of the last century, Elmer was a well-known fixture in King city for several reasons, one of which was his habit of always driving his farm tractor into the village for groceries, banking, hardware supplies, etc. He never had a driving licence, as far as I knew, and I never saw him drive a car either. The Cairns and the Pellatts couldn't have been more unalike, in many respects, but for decades they were next door neighbours. Sir Henry named his lake after his wife Marie, and it became Marylake when the Augustinian Order bought the huge estate. New road signs once again bring the former farmers and magnate together.
This big bear is to be found on the south side of the King Road, between King City and Temperanceville. There are more and more large-format, wooden bear carvings around and about, these days, but this is one of my favourites. To me it exudes power, presence and personality. Moreover, the craftsmanship and artistry are top-notch.
My friend and neighbour, Ed Millar, emailed these photos to me, which he took in his backyard over the last couple of weeks. The top picture shows a couple of young groundhogs, not much bigger than the Grey Squirrel, in the background. The photos below show a family of Red Foxes (a parent and three pups). Ed related to me that both the foxes and the groundhogs hung around for many days, but now the groundhogs seemed to have moved on to greener pastures. The foxes are still showing now and then, however. Ed also noted that he no longer has a problem with pesky squirrels.
Several times each day, our resident chipmunks scramble on top of this boulder, in the herb garden, to check out the lay of the land. They're particularly wary of our cat, Jamie. But Jamie is always on a leash when he's outdoors and hasn't caught a chipmunk yet, that I know of. I expect things to stay that way. Not surprisingly, the chipmunks seem totally indifferent to the goldfish.