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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Memorials at CityHall


The City of Calgary Staff Memorial Garden ... I thought this is such an awesome idea .. there is even music playing while you are  wondering, or sitting in the garden.

Actually city hall is surrounded by flowers, it can a very enjoyable place to sit and have lunch!!








There is a better view of the Calgary tower from this garden there other spots in Calgary because the skyline has changed and grown so much you have a hard time finding the tower now.


Wonder if the garden here would like to come to my yard and garden and see if she could fix things, haha :)

There are some really wonderful ideas that go on here in Calgary, one being Community Vegetable Gardens.  


MUNICIPAL BUILDING - community food garden

The Municipal Building Community food garden is a City of Calgary employee project.  Volunteers construct, plant, maintain and harvest the garden and donate the fresh produce back to the community.  The children of The City’s daycare also take part - using the garden as an outdoor classroom and for planting their own snacks.

Community gardens like this one are an excellent example of how small actions can have big environment social and economic impact.  

Growing our own food - no matter how simple - reduces the distance our food travels.  This saves energy and reduces our ecological footprint.  Community gardens also provide an opportunity for people to work together, to build neighbourhoods and give back to the community.



I just about snitched some peas but decided not too, hahah :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Stanley Park

Went out to check out a place I haven't been since I was a kid!!  I need to go again in the fall, I think Stanley Park along the Elbow River would be quite pretty with all the autumn colours.









Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Lougheed House ~ Calgary

Needed out yesterday and have wanted to check out The Lougheed House for almost forever!!  So yesterday was the day. What a great old place, didn't go inside but checked out the gardens and what a beautiful spot among all the buildings and traffic.  Made for a very peaceful spot to hang out and enjoy a good book.

BEAULIEU


One of the earliest surviving mansions on the Canadian prairies, this 1891 home brought a new elegance to its frontier town.  Designed by Ottawa architect James R. Bowes for Senator James Lougheed and his wife Isabelle (nee Hardisty), it hosted visiting royalty, traveling dignitaries and local society gatherings.  An early domestic example of Calgary sandstone contraction, the house combines historical style in a robust Victorian Eclectic design.  At one time, porches, carriageways and a terraced formal garden were edged  by balustrades.  Despite later uses, the grand interior is largely intact.




Changes Over Time

When the house was built in1891 this area was still an expanse of prairie southwest of the growing town of Calgary.


Built of local sandstone from the Butlin quarry, the three storey home with its red metal roof and colourful window trim was a striking landmark on the horizon.  When the house was enlarged and redecorated in1907, the trim was sand-painted a labour-intensive technique whereby sand is thrown against wet paint to create the look of stone.  During the restoration of Lougheed House, 2000-2004, sand-painting was re-introduced.  Only the row of tower windows facing this exhibit was painted to interpret the original house trim colours.  Over the years the front portico and west porch were rebuilt a number of times.  The sandstone carriage house was demolished in 1951.


The Gardens

By the early 1900s the 2.8 acre estate included the 1891 residence, carriage house and stable, as well as a formal garden with swan sculpture fountain.

Backyard and kitchen gardens, floral beds, tree-lined carriageway and boulevards, and pasture transformed the prairie setting.  Garden parties at Lougheed house were grand occasions, particularly the 1919 event for Edward, Prince of Wales.

After WWII, the formal garden and pasture were sold and three apartment blocks constructed.  Following their removal c. 1978, large towers were designed but never built.  In 1993, the City re-purchased that part of the estate for parkland. 


In the 1970s,  the Canadian Red Cross, then owner of the house, needed more space and suggested demolition. Already provincially protected, the historic house was saved by an agreement that moved the Red Cross and gave title to the Province of Alberta.  A Lougheed House Conservation Society proposal in the 1990’s resulted in today’s Public Heritage Centre, ensuring a vibrant future for the house and gardens.

Just a few flowers from this beautiful garden.  I wish I could have seen it in its glory days, I am sure it would have been beautiful!!











Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Storms

Calgary has been quite lucky this week that many of the wick summer thunder storms have blown around the city and not through.  But the thunder clouds display has been awesome!!!






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

World was a Little Smoky!!!

Smoke from the many forest fires in Albert and BC blew in to the City last week making for some awesome sunrises and sets.  This was taken last Wednesday morning,





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Love Reader's Rock Garden

Went out last week to Reader's Rock for the first time this year.  I love going up there, it is such a beautiful spot and some great views of DT Calgary.  Flowers are all in bloom and the birds there sing so sweetly.