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.
oh, it's beautiful. even with the ivy leaves bare. :)ReplyDelete
Love the ivy leaves turning from green to fall to winter.ReplyDelete
Now if this was a "usual" December or January would this building be covered in SNOW ?
Wonderful photos as always.
cheers, parsnip and thehamish
Interesting stuff William, I love the way ivy changes colour, very cool...ReplyDelete
Interesting views of the changing outside!ReplyDelete
In enjoyed seeing the seasonal differences!ReplyDelete
Interesting changes, one single subject and so many different views !ReplyDelete
This is a good idea, showing it at different times of the year.ReplyDelete
Love the view in different seasons. I didn't know ivy changes colour too.ReplyDelete
I love those vines around the house.ReplyDelete
Beautiful vines and I love the different colours, too!ReplyDelete
oh, i love it at night all the Christmas lights. so so cool! ( :ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
@Tex: I figured it was a good idea to wait for the leaves to fall.ReplyDelete
@Whisk: it is!
@Parsnip: as of yesterday there's a lot of snow.
@Geoff: it's a sharp red, I think.
@Marianne: thank you!
@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.
@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.
You are right: it changes a lot! A very interesting series of photos.ReplyDelete
What a great way to show the changes of the seasons. Enjoy the holiday and Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
I love walls covered with vine and this sequence is fantastic!ReplyDelete
What a difference a month makes!ReplyDelete
Why is it that ivy growing on a building seems to add charm and character? I don't know either, but I like it.ReplyDelete
I very much like seeing the changes in the seasons!ReplyDelete
Stunning building. Love the prominent bay window design at the front.ReplyDelete
Now you can go back for snow shots!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
@VP: thank you!ReplyDelete
@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.
Ivy run amok!ReplyDelete
Great to show the changing sight during the year. I prefer the house in summer and autumn dress.ReplyDelete
I've not seen an ivied house like that since leaving the Midwest. Love the changing seasons and the Christmas lights.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
I love the ivy. It's not good for the mortar, but it is pretty!ReplyDelete
Jolie maison et lierre ;o)ReplyDelete
Love contrasting photos!ReplyDelete
@Revrunner: that happens every year.ReplyDelete
@Jan: it stands out in any season.
@Mari: it is quite a place.
@Kay: that's what I think about ivy.
@Jennifer: that's true!
@Nefertiti: thank you!
@Debs: so do I.