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Old December 23rd, 2016, 07:27 PM   #101
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Thank you, Why-Why.
Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season and a most prosperous and healthy New Year.
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Old December 24th, 2016, 04:57 PM   #102
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December Snow V: To Webster’s Falls




Let’s take the indirect, scenic route from the parking lot.




That’s Dundas Peak on the other side of Spencer Gorge.




We follow the narrow trail left by earlier visitors...




...with the Gorge on our left...




...and soon the stone bridge over Spencer Creek comes into view. Zoom out...




...and just downstream of the bridge there's Webster’s Falls, where Spencer Creek plunges over the edge of the Escarpment.
In our part of the world, only Niagara itself outshines this waterfall.




If you like icicles...




...you’re in for a treat.




Quite a dramatic sight on this beautiful winter day, and not another soul around!




And so, as shadows lengthen, back to the parking lot.

Season's greetings to all!

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Old December 24th, 2016, 06:21 PM   #103
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Lovely update

Merry Christmas!
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beautiful winter

Marry Christmas!
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Old December 24th, 2016, 07:20 PM   #105
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Wonderful winter scenery!
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Old December 26th, 2016, 08:29 PM   #106
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Wonderful winter scenery!
And thank you all for your kind comments and support. I really appreciate it. Very best wishes for 2017!
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Old December 26th, 2016, 08:47 PM   #107
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December Snow VI: Downtown

The first white Christmas in three years!
But downtown, artificial forms of decoration take precedence, and only traces of the white stuff remain.



Snow is cleared as quickly as possible to ensure the uninterrupted flow of traffic and shoppers...




...but some people know not to clear it all away.
The brown plaque indicates that this house dates from the 1830s, making it one of the oldest datable buildings in town.




Some leafage remains in front of the Collins Hotel to remind us that just the other week it was Fall.




“Dickens of a Christmas”? A visitation by a ghost in chains?
No, a free horse-and-trolley ride with cider and cookies for shoppers, paid for by downtown merchants.




A truck route right through the middle of the old town? That’s North America for you.




For the hardy, it’s not even cold enough to wear gloves, though a picnic may have to wait...




...but Victorian red brick exudes warmth even under the chilliest conditions.




It’s the snowy Escarpment that doesn’t look quite real, a dream of a Northern winter hanging over the town.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 08:39 PM   #108
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Lovely winter and Christmas pics, Why-Why!
I especially enjoyed your nature impressions - a real winterwonderland...

Best wishes for 2017 to you!
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Old December 27th, 2016, 08:49 PM   #109
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Really great, very nice winter and Christmas photos
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Old December 28th, 2016, 09:59 PM   #110
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Lovely winter and Christmas pics, Why-Why!
I especially enjoyed your nature impressions - a real winterwonderland...

Best wishes for 2017 to you!
Many thanks, yansa. All the best to you too.

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Very best to you for 2017, christos.

Just a few more December snow pix to come, as almost all the snow has gone now. But January and February are winter too, and this is Canada...
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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:30 PM   #111
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December Snow VII: Melville Street, a.k.a. The Bruce Trail




Melville Street runs parallel to King Street, two blocks north.
The northern sidewalk of its western stretch serves as the continuation of the Bruce Trail.
We’ll continue on the Trail close to where we left it at Highway 8 at the foot of the Escarpment.




We’ll begin at the red cross on the map and walk eastward for just over 1 km as far as Sydenham Street.




The walk starts right under Dundas Peak: this is probably the closest point to the Peak in the town.




The Peak has been making local headlines recently as a selfie hotspot.




People like to film themselves with their legs dangling over the 110-metre drop.




Doesn't look as if there’s anyone up on the edge today, though.




A row of similar two-story detached houses is fairly unusual in the older parts of Dundas.
There’s the Bruce Trail diamond and single white oblong (“keep straight ahead”) blaze on the telephone pole in the foreground...




...and there are more Bruce Trail markers on the pole at the edge of Witherspoon Park...




...where not even slide and see-saw...




...and swings and snow and sky can tempt tots and minders outdoors on this beautiful winter's day.

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Old December 30th, 2016, 07:23 AM   #112
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Very nice winterly impressions!
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Old December 31st, 2016, 07:09 PM   #113
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December Snow VII: Melville Street, a.k.a. The Bruce Trail (Concluded)




This house wins the prize for the most Christmassy on the route...




...no prizes here, but nice examples of domestic architecture in local stone...




...and brick.




The roadway is ploughed by the city, while sidewalks are supposed to be cleared within 24 hours of a snowfall by each resident whose property they cross.
Most residents, but by no means all, comply.




St. James Anglican Church is not as old as it looks.
It was founded in 1843 some distance away, then rebuilt here on Melville Street in 1918.
That church was gutted by fire in 1978, and the present one rebuilt using the surviving stonework in 1980.




On the home straight now...




...and though the lefthand sidewalk is the famous Bruce Trail, it’s unevenly cleared and slippery, especially if you are carrying something precious.
Probably safer to walk in the road!




Dundas Forever? No question. (But what on earth is that, hanging on the tree branch?)




Happy new year and best wishes for 2017 to all!

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Old December 31st, 2016, 11:58 PM   #114
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Why-Why, you live in a really lovely neighbourhood!

And it's so good to see snow... I hope we will get some in January or February!
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 05:21 AM   #115
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Many thanks, yansa. Hope you do get some snow, though your Vienna is lovely enough without it.

If you like stone cottages, then watch this space.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 06:50 PM   #116
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Older Buildings in Local Stone I




No building material adds more to the special character of a townscape than local stone...




...and that’s particularly true in Dundas where, thanks to the Escarpment, outcrops of local stone are visible close up to those prepared to do a little climbing...




...and from a distance to everyone, all the time.

This feature on Dundas’s older stone buildings is indebted to Gerard V. Middleton, whose Tour of Dundas Stone Houses (2012) can be found at http://raisethehammer.org/article/15...s_stone_houses and to Darrell A. Norris’s book Beyond Paradise: Building Dundas 1793-1950 (1996).

Two kinds of local stone were used to build most of the thirty or so surviving nineteenth-century stone houses in Dundas.
They are Whirlpool sandstone, quarried from near the base of the Escarpment, and dolomite, a kind of limestone, quarried from near the top.
The stone houses themselves range from humble cottages to fine mansions.




129 York Road is known as Grove Cemetery Cottage, and stands adjacent to the graveyard...




...and as the plaques by the front door indicate, it was built in 1855 and is now a Designated Heritage Property (DHP).




This modest single-storey cottage at 16 Park Street East was built for a pork butcher in 1856.




“Eastridge,” 31 Cross Street in the Cross-Melville Heritage District, was built about 1856, and seems to have had its mansarde-style roof added later.
It’s built of Whirlpool sandstone blocks. In 1895 it was occupied by a druggist, H.W. Ralph.




The William Notman House, 32 Cross Street, was built chiefly of Whirlpool sandstone for a lawyer in 1846.
The Doric columns of the portico are of imported limestone and were added in 1929.




“Wood Dale,” a.k.a. the Thomas H. McKenzie House, 35 Cross Street, is a Regency-style bungalow dating from 1846.
It was built for a storekeeper and wool merchant who served as mayor of Dundas from 1859-61.
The upper part of the house is constructed chiefly of freestone blocks of Whirlpool sandstone while the basement is sandstone rubble.

[To be continued]

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Regional stone is a wonderful material for building a house.
I love The Grove Cemetery Cottage and the William Notmann House best!
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 10:33 PM   #118
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Looks cold, but oh so beautiful! Stunning pictures!
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Old January 4th, 2017, 06:24 PM   #119
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I love The Grove Cemetery Cottage and the William Notmann House best!
Thanks, Silvia, those are definitely my favourites too.

More old stone buildings to come!

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Looks cold, but oh so beautiful! Stunning pictures!
Thanks, Ben. Snow really does enhance the local landscape. It's not guaranteed at Christmas, but we were lucky this year. Almost all of it has melted away, however.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 08:09 PM   #120
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Great new sets, Why-Why!
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