Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Abbotsford House Through Changing Seasons

Back in the summer I took photos of Abbotsford House, the senior citizen's community centre in the Glebe. Situated between a retirement home and a nursing home, it started its days in 1872 as a farmhouse before becoming a home for the aged in 1889- with its residents called inmates.


I decided to take comparison shots in autumn. As you can see here, the ivy was turning red at that point.


I chose to leave the post until the ivy leaves were off as a third seasonal contrast, and photographed the place again earlier this month to show its current state, as well as to show the Christmas lights.

31 comments:

  1. oh, it's beautiful. even with the ivy leaves bare. :)

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  2. Love the ivy leaves turning from green to fall to winter.
    Now if this was a "usual" December or January would this building be covered in SNOW ?
    Wonderful photos as always.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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  3. Interesting stuff William, I love the way ivy changes colour, very cool...

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  4. Interesting views of the changing outside!

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  5. In enjoyed seeing the seasonal differences!

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  6. Interesting changes, one single subject and so many different views !

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  7. This is a good idea, showing it at different times of the year.

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  8. Love the view in different seasons. I didn't know ivy changes colour too.

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  9. I love those vines around the house.

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  10. Beautiful vines and I love the different colours, too!

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  11. oh, i love it at night all the Christmas lights. so so cool! ( :

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  12. It's great that they keep an old house like this for senior activities. I'm not sure how suitable it was as a home for the aged with all the stairs to navigate.

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  13. @Tex: I figured it was a good idea to wait for the leaves to fall.

    @Whisk: it is!

    @Parsnip: as of yesterday there's a lot of snow.

    @Geoff: it's a sharp red, I think.

    @Marianne: thank you!

    @Janey: thanks!

    @Karl: it made for an interesting idea as an end of year blog. I have something similar for tomorrow.

    @Norma: thank you!

    @Nancy: it does!

    @Sharon: I often wonder how much damage they can do to the walls.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Beth: I liked those colours too.

    @Red: and the stairs are still there, though I imagine the place has been retrofit with elevators in more recent decades.

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  14. You are right: it changes a lot! A very interesting series of photos.

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  15. What a great way to show the changes of the seasons. Enjoy the holiday and Happy New Year.

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  16. I love walls covered with vine and this sequence is fantastic!

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  17. What a difference a month makes!

    Janis
    GDP

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  18. Why is it that ivy growing on a building seems to add charm and character? I don't know either, but I like it.

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  19. I very much like seeing the changes in the seasons!

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  20. Stunning building. Love the prominent bay window design at the front.

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  21. Now you can go back for snow shots!

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  22. I just love ivy on homes. The back of my townhouse in Mississauga (where I lived for 29 year up until a couple of years ago) was covered in it.. until my cousin's kids decided to pull it all down. My cousin was mortified.. I was none too pleased but all in all, it grew back rather quickly. Lovely photos.

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  23. @VP: thank you!

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Jose: here and there in the city we have ivy. There seems to be a lot of it over at the University of Ottawa.

    @Janis: a little bit of time makes a lot of difference.

    @ODP: it really does, yes.

    @EG: thank you!

    @Gemma: it reminds me of many a farmhouse I've seen. Strange to think of it that way given that these days it's surrounded by the city.

    @RedPat: no shortage of snow now!

    @Hilary: ivy does return pretty quickly.

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  24. Great to show the changing sight during the year. I prefer the house in summer and autumn dress.

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  25. I've not seen an ivied house like that since leaving the Midwest. Love the changing seasons and the Christmas lights.

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  26. It's very pretty but the practical side of me always wonders if it's compromising the building. Considering it's such a venerable old building I don't suppose it's a problem.

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  27. I love the ivy. It's not good for the mortar, but it is pretty!

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