Thursday, October 19, 2017

BEFORE THE FLOOD shown in King



It's been just over a week since the National Geographic film 'BEFORE THE FLOOD' was shown to an almost full house at The Country Day School Performing Arts Centre, on Dufferin Street.  The film presentation was a joint effort by The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, Arts Society King and Country Day School.   Special guest was Chris Ballard, Ontario's Environment Minister, and former King City resident, who made an address and answered many questions from those in attendance, including Country Day students.  Moderator Susan Walmer, ORMLT Executive Director, suggested viewers take a day or two to digest the ominous message of the film before deciding what a single person can or cannot do to mitigate the effects of global warming.  Meanwhile, if you haven't seen it yet, maybe you should.
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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Eaton Hall barn ~ 50 years after the fire


April 18, 1966 ~ destroyed a second time
I happened across this photo in my files recently and thought it must be almost 50 years since the Eaton Hall farm cattle and horse barn, a King Township landmark, was destroyed in a fire, the second in its history.   I did a quick check on the date and learned it was 50 years and six months ago, today, that it burned to the ground.   Kelly Mathews in her 2015 book about Eaton Hall, described the barn as a "...formidable structure".   It was built originally in the 1920s and was destroyed by fire in 1937.   It was rebuilt that same year, but succumbed to a second inferno 30 years later.   The barn is now gone but some of the working farm's ancillary buildings still exist, included the one pictured below.   The second fire caused $250,000 damage, but 100 head of prize cattle survived.   Some of buildings, such as what is now seen in these pictures, survived and today are used as the Farm  and Faculty Offices.   

 Photo by Barry Wallace
Photo by Barry Wallace

Having mentioned Kelly Matthews' Eaton Hall book, I would be remiss if I did not mention her 2nd book: "The Road to Marylake".   Her history book on Marylake is to be launched on November 1st at the Marylake Shrine on Keele Street, just north of King City.   I intend to purchase the book and hopefully have it signed by the author.   I also intend to tell Kelly that a third book should be in the works, by her.   The subject?   Jokers Hill.   That would be an interesting trilogy.
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Barry Wallace  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

King-Vaughan Townline and Dufferin Street

Photo by Barry Wallace
The chickens at Faraway Close Farm
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Barry Wallace

Monday, October 16, 2017

Oak Ridges Trail ~ King Township

Photo by Barry Wallace
...into the fall forest
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Barry Wallace

Sunday, October 15, 2017

At the Roost Cafe ~ Keele St. S., King City


                                                                                                                             Photo by Barry Wallace
Take a book...leave a book...plus other stuff
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Barry Wallace

Saturday, October 14, 2017

At the museum...

 Photos by Barry Wallace
The King Heritage & Cultural Centre is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10 am. to 4 pm. and is located on the King Road, just east of Jane Street.



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Barry Wallace

Friday, October 13, 2017

King-Vaughan Townline...

Photo by Barry Wallace
A bit of fall finery
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Barry Wallace

Thursday, October 12, 2017

At the museum...

Photos by Barry Wallace
Sculpture and paintings by Dorita Peer


Part of a triptych
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Barry Wallace


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New look for Cold Creek wheat barn completed

Photos by Barry Wallace 
It has taken several years, but a substantial restoration of the Adam Cairns family's 160-year-old English Wheat Barn at Cold Creek Conservation Area has finally been completed due to the efforts of many dedicated volunteers and history buffs, plus King Township staff members.   The English Wheat Barn is noteworthy for its huge swing beam which allowed for a greatly expanded barn floor area that permitted much extra space for farmers and horses to separate and hand-winnow seeds from harvested grain crops.   A gathering of project participants will be held on October 21st, at 10.30 a.m. to acknowledge the historical accomplishment.   The event is to unveil a permanent plaque to recognize the generosity of local businesses and service clubs who made donations towards the barn's restoration.   A few Cairns descendants still live in the King area today and there may be one or two in attendance at event. 








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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

At Round The Bend farm market...


Fall is upon us and certain scary things in the garden have stopped growing and have been rooted out.   But each evening thereafter, when darkness rules the night, white pumpkins become ghosts, green gourds become living gargoyles and orange and yellow knobby horns take to rolling and thumping about.   And not until they are subdued and cooked in daylight will the phantom veggies cease to exist.
 Around The Bend is not open on Sundays.

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Barry Wallace

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thanksgiving retrospective

 Photos by Barry Wallace

   Thanksgiving
  at home...

 remains
 of the day...

 and in the   backyard...














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Barry Wallace

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mighty mechanization on King's farmlands

Photo by Barry Wallace
Sidney Thomas, my maternal grandfather, came to mind when I took the King Township picture above, recently.  When I was a kid, Sid had a farm, on Highway 11, between Bradford and Barrie, which he farmed for many, many years, after the Depression.   He used one pair of horses for his farming needs: ploughing, discing, harrowing, seeding, manure spreading, harvesting, etc., etc.   I did a few of those chores myself, under his guidance.   50 acres could keep a man busy 80 years ago, without a tractor.
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Barry Wallace 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Roses at Dog Tales Sanctuary

While dog and horses are the main attraction at Dog Tales, King's world-renowned dog rescue and horse sanctuary, many other aspects of the sanctuary on the 19th Sideroad are greatly admirable; not the least of which are the gardens and plantings.   Below is a sampling of different roses species that were still blooming magnificently as October took hold.

 Photos by Barry Wallace




Dog Tales is open to the public every Sunday, between 11 am. and 5 pm.   There is no charge to visit the sanctuary. 
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Barry Wallace

Friday, October 6, 2017

You know you're in King City when...

Photo by Barry Wallace
...there are three Range Rovers parked
in front of your favourite cafe's front door.
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Barry Wallace

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Powered Lloydtown's mill ~ early 1830s to 1902

Photo by Barry Wallace
Looking north at Schomberg River
from Centre Street Bridge in Lloydtown

I guess my question is was the Schomberg River first called the Lloydtown River in the early 1800s, when the hamlet was larger than Schomberg and before Schomberg had a mill of its own.   Also, when did the Schomberg River become the West Holland River?

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Barry Wallace

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Round The Bend Farm - Kettleby

Photo by Barry Wallace
Scarecrow greeters at Round The Bend
Pictured above are just four of the many costumed scarecrows that are found all over Round The Bend produce farm and market, on Jane Street at Kettleby.
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Barry Wallace

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Model A Fords spotted on Queen Street

Photo by Barry Wallace
Oldtimers in Lloydtown
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Barry Wallace

Monday, October 2, 2017

Beware Dog-strangler Vine


                                                                                                                                            Photo by Barry Wallace
For starters, the vine(s) in the photo above are not Dog-strangler Vines.   I don't know what they are but I now know what Dog-strangler Vine looks like and it doesn't look like the above.   But everywhere I go these days someone is warning of the peril we are all in if the Dog-strangler Vine is not eradicated immediately in King Township, and the rest of the free world, for that matter.   Tours and events are being planned everywhere for citizens to take up arms and remove this demon vine from our land.   For me, it is that time of the year when many vines start to show their autumnal colours and artistic garnishing of any nearby structure: natural or built.   It is an artistic and naturalistic journey to embrace.
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Barry Wallace 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Watering the garden...


Above: creating one's own rainbow (using the garden hose).




At left: refreshing 
the dahlias.




Below: wet firewood 



Right: a splash for the last rose of summer.


Below: a pair of damp lovebirds



Right: green
grapes glisten
before ripening
to red.

Below: birdbath
has to be shared with a
timeless frog.



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Barry Wallace

Saturday, September 30, 2017

On the sideroads...

Photo by Barry Wallace
This dead maple tree is at the end of a long fence line, on a King sideroad.   There are several other maples, of similar size, in the same fence line, but they are all healthy, green and alive.   One can speculate about the demise of this one-in-a-dozen, particular large tree, but in the end we do see that all its branches are still in place and thus a reminder remains of its once grand canopy.
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Barry Wallace