Archive for January, 2010

I started to stroll along the Speed River Trail the other day – it was raining and the ground was icy so I didn’t get very far.  Nonetheless, I was enchanted by the windmill, the enabling garden and the Japanese-like garden in Riverside Park. Finding beauty and colour, even on a wet and grey day feels good!

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Today, with  camera in hand, I came across Guelph’s infamous covered bridge. Actually, this was a planned encounter. I’ve passed by it a few times while in transit and have wanted to take a closer look. I approached it from the more tranquil route, I was wandering afterall,  and it made the encounter a satisfying discovery. The Heffernan pedestrian bridge, trail, river and cafe stops also contributed to a sense of serenity.  All in all, it was a nice day for taking a stroll – sunny, windless and mild(er). I was grateful to be able to press the shutter without having my fingers freeze!

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I moved to Guelph, Ontario on January 1st and, in the slightly more than a week that I’ve been here, I like the city.

In a spreadsheet produced by Money Sense Magazine, Guelph ranked as the 15th best place to live in Canada. The costs of life in a smaller city are lower and, what I noticed in my travels, the quality of life is higher. Actually, I’ve spent the last eight months in a small town so life in a small city is a move to a larger population base rather than a smaller one.

The city has some great limestone architecture, a small but interesting downtown and a bustling farmer’s market. I have much to explore.

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