Friday, December 31, 2010


look out below!!!

We grow ‘em big here.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

frozen fog

When conditions are just right, the mist in the air freezes into crystals on the trees.  It’s a delight to walk around in.  And lots of fun to take pictures of, too!

One year ago: A Squirrel Among the Branches

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Congratulations Lisa

It's a girl!!!!

Spotted while running errands this morning. 

We actually have no idea who Lisa is, but that kind of excitement is contagious.  So, all the best to Lisa and your brand new baby girl!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

A Very Happy Snowman

Merry Christmas!!!!

While running errands, we came across this little guy looking completely overjoyed by life.

Our wish is that you will experience moments of that, too.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Beauty and Danger


Icicles are truly one of the joys of winter.  But you have to be a little careful around them.  Beauty up above means watch your step down below.  Because icicles only form when things start to melt, which can make for some very slippery patches on the ground.

Summer is much less complicated, at least round here…

Wednesday, December 22, 2010



We were just about to sit down for dinner last night when there was a knock at the door. 

Our upstairs neighbour made us a gingerbread house!  With gummies and bubblegums on the roof!

Two years ago: Ludicrous Amounts of Snow

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pretty Christmas Lights

Christmas lights

The invention of LED Christmas lights has reinvigorated  the yearly display, a tradition that seemed to be dying out due to high energy costs and concerns about the planet.

Some displays are almost a traffic hazard, they’re so crazy bright, but these?  These are kinda pretty, actually.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

It’s a Kind of Magic

Let the magic begin

When the weather settles down between furies and the sun is at just the right angle, your backyard can look like a stage set.  And if you’re lucky enough to grab your camera at just the right moment…

Two years ago: Sirkel Foods

Thursday, December 16, 2010



Heading into the SUFE Meet and Greet the other night, we noticed that the street was blocked off and wondered why.

When we came out, there was a choir practising and shepherds wandering about.

They were practising for A Small Miracle – an outdoor theatre experience occurring over several evenings.

Two years ago: Stratford Public Library

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SUFE Meet and Greet

Stratford Urban Farming Experiment

The Stratford Urban Farming Experiment had another Meet and Greet at Revel Caffe last night.  Great ideas are spilling forth, enthusiasm is building.  This movement is growing!

And new members are always welcome…

Two years ago: I’m Being Ignored By A Squirrel

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Icy Cold


When the snow falls down in fat, slushy flakes and then freezes and then the plough goes by, you end up with the end of your driveway filled with big, heavy chunks of ice and the only real way to get them off is to pick them up by hand and heave them onto the middle of your lawn.

Which, thankfully, is unusual, even for Stratford.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Weekly Breakfast–Working at the Market Edition

The Weekly Breakfast

Barb’s working at the market in the run-up to Christmas.  Today’s breakfast was extra delicious because it was earned!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Freezing Our Bells Off

Nothin' But Net

After posting yesterday’s picture (and a few warming cups of tea) it was time to head back and see how the bell installation was going.  In the middle of a howling blizzard.  There’s a lot of planning and work and time that goes into hoisting a very heavy bell up to the top of a very tall tower.

But then it happened and it was really, really exciting!  So smooth and precise, just up and in, with no backing up and trying again.  Brilliant!

Then numbness set in and it was off home for a hot bath and more cups of tea…

Two years ago: The Neighbours Are Ready, Too

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

St. James’ Church Bells Are Back!

Awaiting installation

In May the bells were removed from St. James’ Church tower for restoration and tuning.  Today they’re being re-installed.  It’s a precision operation requiring a very large crane.  The biggest bell only has 3/4 inch clearance on either side of the opening.

Here they are awaiting installation.  We’ll head back this afternoon to see the rest of the process.  Stay tuned!

Two years ago: Bradshaws is Ready

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Stratford Lawn Bowling Club

Stratford Lawn Bowling Club

Love the awnings, love the colours, love the grid of lights hanging above.

It may look a little lonely under a blanket of snow, but even a lawn bowling green needs its rest.

Two years ago: Moonlight

Monday, December 6, 2010

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful


Try as we might, we really can no longer deny that winter is upon us.  The wind today is really cold.  But the view from the William Hutt Bridge was worth it.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Weekly Breakfast–Sunny Side Up Edition

The Weekly Breakfast

Brilliant sunshine glinting off the snow this morning.

And on the breakfast table – eggs sunny side up and a sunny hit of orange juice in a glass.

We’re heading to the Art Gallery of Lambeth grand opening this evening.  Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fuzzy Slipper Days

fuzzy slippers

In an old house, cold winter days mean cold winter floors.  Fuzzy slippers make life so much better.

Two years ago: Mid-Winter Thaw

Thursday, December 2, 2010



Crusty paint on an old porch downtown.

Are you itching to paint it?  Or do you like the weathered look that took so long to achieve?

One year ago: The Bridge to Tom Patterson Island – part 2

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Freezing Time

Freezing Time

It’s the first of the month, which means Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community. And this month’s theme is Time.

You can waste time or save it.

You can mark time or even beat it.

You can spend time (then wonder where the time goes…)

And with a camera, you can freeze time.

Or, as was the case with this photo, the camera itself freezes and gives you the perfect shot for Theme Day!

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

And let us not forget that December 1 is also World AIDS Day. Be aware, be safe, get involved.