Exhibition Grounds

I went for a walk through the Exhibition grounds on June 16th 2021 while in the area for another project.

I was able to pick up some photographs of some of the buildings on the property that are currently, or previously, used by the Canadian National Exhibition, plus Princess Margaret’s Fountain.


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June 6th 2021 Departure of The Canadian

VIA Rail Canada’s flagship train, the Canadian, departed Union Station in Toronto Ontario right on time on June 6th, 2021 at 9:45 a.m. reroute for Vancouver, B.C.

The train’s consist was:

F40PH-2 #6454
F40PH-2 #6428
Baggage car #8621
HEP-I coach #8112
HEP-I coach #8113
HEP-I coach #8102
Skyline #8517
Diner Fairholme
Bell Manor
Hunter Manor
Dawson Manor
Carleton Manor
Prestige Park Car: Laurentide Park

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Happy Victoria Day

Queen Victoria (State portrait) by Sir George ...
Queen Victoria by Sir George Hayter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, May 24th 2021, is Victoria Day in Canada. I want to wish every Canadian a very happy and safe Victoria Day.

Today marks the celebration of the birthday of Canada’s first monarch, Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901 and was Monarch when four British colonies – Canada West (Ontario), Canada East (Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia – were combined together to create the Dominion of Canada.

Queen Victoria would see Canada grow rapidly, with the purchase of Rupert’s Land to form the Northwest Territory, as well Manitoba, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island all joining Confederation.

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2021 NHL Playoffs First Round

The first round of the 2021 National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs are now set and will begin on May 15th, 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and travel restrictions between Canada and the United States, the league redeployed the teams so that there would be one seven team division of all the Canadian based teams, while the other teams, all located in the US, play in three divisions.

As such, the first rounds of the playoffs will see four Canadian based teams play between each other.

The first round match-ups are as follows:

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Frank Nelson at 110

On this date in 1911, actor Frank Nelson was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As such, today, May 5th 2021, would have marked his 110th birthday.

Frank Nelson was well known for his catchphrase, EEE-Yeeeeeeeeesssss?, on many shows, including The Addams Family, The Jack Benny Program, I Love Lucy, The Real McCoys, Alice, and Sanford and Son. Continue reading

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Famed Mezzo Soprano Christa Ludwig Passes Away at 93

Famed mezzo-sporano Christa Ludwig has passed away at the age of 93. Her career spanned almost 50 years, performing opera, Lieder, oratorio, masses, and passions.

She was born March 16th, 1928 in Berlin, Germany to Anton Ludwig and Eugenie Besalla-Ludwig, both singers in their own right.

She would make her operatic debut in 1946, at 18, in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Oper Frankfurt, where she would sing for the next six years. In 1955, she would become a Principal soloist with the Vienna State Opera, starting a relationship that would continue to sing there until her retirement, receiving the title of Kammersängerin in 1962.

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Seeds Planted

I finally got around to planting some seedlings for some vegetables. My first time since a school project that I have tried growing vegetables from scratch.

Edward's Gardening Diary

With spring in full swing, I have started planted some seedlings for the gardens.

I have started onions, carrots, beets, radish, and broccoli.

I am hoping for a second crop of carrots and onions for sure, and hopefully beets and radishes as well.

Let’s see how they turn out.

Here are some pictures, the onions have already starting to sprout up. Hopefully, I will have a lot of success this year – fingers crossed!

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Prince Phillip Passes Away at 99

Buckingham Palace has announced the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.

Prince Phillip was born June 10th 1921 in Mon Repos, Corfu, Kingdom of Greece to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg and was a descendent of Queen Victoria.

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Maestro James Levine has Passed Away at 77

It was announced on March 17th, 2021 that longtime Metropolitan Opera (‘The Met’) Music Director James Levine passed away on March 9th, 2021 at the age of 77 in Palm Springs, California.

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Happy Commonwealth Day, 2021

Commonwealth of Nations showing Commonwealth r...

Commonwealth of Nations showing Commonwealth realms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today (March 8th, 2021) is Commonwealth Day in the countries that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Commonwealth Day, celebrated on the second Monday of March throughout the Commonwealth, as its name suggests celebrates the Commonwealth.

Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Au...

Queen Elizabeth II(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Traditionally, in London, Queen Elizabeth II leads a celebration at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, and the Commonwealth High Commissioners. Her Majesty is the Head of the Commonwealth, and normally reads a speech in honour of the occasion. Continue reading

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