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Dear Jane: This is a fun and funny blog that is a very enjoyable read! As a non-farming city dweller, I can share the same sentiments.
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Dear Ranald: Thank you. I was getting a little tired of my 3,000 80s playlist and need some new infusion in my music off time. The weather is very sunny and warm right now that I can enjoy some classics while lounging on the patio with a friend.
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Agreed, TLewis, today is no exception. I started my walk this morning at 7:12am and it was pretty warm. I got to work at 8:10am and I felt tuckered out from the heat and the day is only just beginning. Luckily, the library is air conditioned and I have a warm sweater in my locker while staying indoors.
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Dear Marilyn: I really appreciate you highlighting this important historical moment. I did not see a direct image of this but I did find an online article on the June 4, 2016 Hamilton Spectator, "The QEW--Canada's First Super Highway Turns 77," by written Fakiha Baig with an image of the Royal Couple heading to the QEW Dedication Ceremonies, https://www.thespec.com/news-story/6707379-the-qew-canada-s-first-super-highway-turns-77/. Here also: http://www.thekingshighway.ca/PHOTOS/QEWphotos.htm I also found a link to images of the QEW monument, http://publicdomainpics.blogspot.ca/2010/09/qew-monument.html I did not locate a specific picture of the King and Queen opening the QEW though. If I do come across it, I will post it here. Thank you for your feedback.
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Thank you so much Bill for reading my blog and offering your wonderful comments. I have to thank David for streamlining this blog. With the Royal birth of the Queen's third great-grandson, Louis, and Prince Harry's and Megan Markle's upcoming nuptials, the first Royal Visit dovetails nicely with today's news.
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Royal Tour - King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Canada, May 1939). Three months before Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived by ocean liner, The RMS Empress of Australia, to Canada. At Windsor Castle, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose remained behind.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
Great blog on Stratford, Ontario Andrew. Someday I should go pay a visit.
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Thank you, Pam, for this lovely blog. I recall staying over the weekend at the beginning of autumn there as part of my undergraduate course. It was beautiful as we examined the flora and fauna there. I especially enjoyed staying overnight in a research cabin that had a window overlooking a lake. It was a great time examining fresh flora. The weather was warm with a slight tinge of autumn coolness perfect for our hikes.
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It is devastating how fires can consume a city. I recall on a tour of the Old City Hall last summer that the guide spoke of the fire that consumed the Simpson's building (now HBC) since the support structures were initially made of wood because Mr. Simpson did not want to pay the extra amount to fireproof his building. That building met a fiery end months after its completion.
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Dear Muriel: This is a lovely blog on this beautiful work of delicate art. I would be terrified to wear such a piece for any occasion or spill anything on it. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and shared this information with the rest of us here.
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Clogged 1978 Blizzard in Southern Ontario This April arrives not bearing flowers, showers or any indication of warming powers. Blowing winds and snow dance across the sky and tingle our eyes. If this is a dour warning of more coldness to come, we are assured that as Ontarians we have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at North York Central Library Blog
This is a richly detailed blog on the Great War. I have actually met some of those veterans as a young child. As part of a school band, I sang WWI songs to them at nearby community centres and nursing homes. They were a gentle and appreciative group and enjoyed our young voices singing the songs they remembered decades ago.
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Hi Muriel: Thank you for your reply. I hope you're doing well in this cooler rainy weather of 2017. Simcoe Day will be drenched in precipitation but the long weekend is welcome as the last long weekend of the summer. I am glad this blog still holds, ahem, water after 3 years.
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Thank you, Ben, for your wonderful comment on this blog. I enjoyed writing this post and the family pictures were too good to pass up.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2017 on Cool Family Time at North York Central Library Blog
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Thank you, Ben, for visiting this page and adding your suggestion. We do have this as an ebook, http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?Ntt=Nurturing+the+soul+of+your+family, and hopefully, people who come across this title will enjoy reading it.
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Thank you, Katherine, for your generous reply. I had fun creating this post. If you want to see more pictures like the ones shown here, click on each of the pictures--they link to more colourful images of similar style. Enjoy the season!
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Just over two weeks ago, Daylight Savings Time reverted back to Eastern Standard time. It is that time of year again when the skies turn grey and cool. In fact, there is a chill and gloom in the air as most of the leaves have fallen off the trees. To inspire you to embrace the cooler changes in weather and scenery, here are some images taken from Toronto Public Library on Pinterest to illuminate your spirits: Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
Dear Diana: I am glad you enjoyed this post. It was lengthy at first but I cut the blog in half and the daredevil one was the first part. There is so much history to write about that I got carried away--literally as if on the fierce currents as did the bridge and many of the daredevils in the process.
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Dear Diana: Thank you for your comment and I agree. I don't like heights or dangerous stunts but then I did enjoy rolling down a steep hill on rollerblades and on a bike in my younger years. I do miss the Falls and haven't been there in a couple of years.
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Dear Bill V. Great blog with lots of colourful posters from our past. Here is another sister blog to yours that was posted on August 1st to remember Britain going into the First World War: http://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/north-york-central-blog/2016/07/my-entry.html
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Dear Muriel: Thank you again for your positive feedback. It is amazing when I was researching this topic. I was astounded at the amount of history behind this remarkable place.
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Dear Muriel: Thank you so much for your reply. It is sad that poor Annie did not get the notoriety that she needed to fund her retirement. I believe she had her pickle barrel stolen at one point and that did not help matters. But still, at 63 years old, she had a whole lot of courage and luck on her side and she is still remembered today.
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ANNIE EDSON TAYLOR (1838-1921) Over a century ago today on October 24, 1901, a 63 year old teacher climbed into a wooden rowboat accompanied by two men with a half submerged pickle barrel in tow. Annie Edson Taylor decided that in order to procure more funds to ensure a healthy retirement, she had to perform an amazing act to draw attention to herself. The pickle barrel was fully insulated by a rolled-up mattress, a heart-shaped pillow, and possibly her cat for moral support. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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Niagara Falls (1792-1885) Niagara Falls has been visited and depicted by many people and from many different artistic perspectives. The changes in the landscape over time are preserved digitally courtesy of Toronto Public Library Digital Archives. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
Dear Lilian: Thank you for your feedback and suggestion. It looks to be an interesting title on this topic. I will check the link. We have now passed our 2016 Fall Equinox and looking forward to the Winter Solstice. For now, I am celebrating the changing colours of the leaves before the winter temperature drops down below zero. Take care, Ann
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