Friday, December 4, 2015

Odds And Ends And Random City Views

Some random shots today. This first one is from Sparks Street, taken at some point in early September, I think. This is one of the entrances to the downtown postal office. 


This mural outside of an auto shop caught my eye for the use of colour and the different eras


By contrast we have this. In late October a small building housing restaurants and apartments caught fire on the east edges of Chinatown; the entire thing was a wreck by the time the fire was put out. This is the rubble, a couple of days later. 


This is Rideauview Bible Chapel, taken in the evening in September while I was on my way back from the Hog's Back Falls area.


I photographed these two in October. Rabbits can be found in the area around Confederation Park. They'll keep an eye on passing pedestrians. By now they'll be in their burrows for the winter. Wascally wabbits!


This is a fire station built in 1897 in the Lowertown area. Back then it would have featured horse drawn wagons. The place was closed down at some point, and has since been converted into a house, still retaining tell tale signs of the original structure.


This view is of two linked buildings, Arts Court on the left, which I showed you during Nuit Blanche. The old courthouse stands beside the more austere building on its right, which was once a jail and is now a traveler's hostel. The place is said to be haunted. Having had been in there on occasion, I can confirm that it feels like you're being watched.


I finish with this fellow outside a shop on Sparks Street. This Mountie appears to be knackered.

34 comments:

  1. I wonder if you get a lot of pranks played on you if you live in an old fire house? I'd love to see the inside! I also like the entrance to the old post office. Lots of nice things to look at today!

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  2. Nice collection of photos that capture city life.

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  3. Thank you for sharing some parts of your city. You have some very nice buildings in your city. Have a great day!

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  4. very cool fire station & enjoy the moose. is he sleeping? some one need to sit him more upright. ha. ha! ( :

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  5. Love your tour: it's a very nice assortment of images!

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  6. My favorites are Mountie Moose and the wascally wabbits!

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  7. The last photo made me laugh heartily! My ex husband's brother in law is an RCMP officer. :)

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  8. i enjoyed my tour!! i'm laughing at "knackered"...i'm guess that means drunk? knackered sounds a lot more interesting! i saw a couple purchase an old fire station on one of those hgtv shows a while back to turn into a home...kind of neat! have a great weekend william!

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  9. That mural at the auto shop is wonderful! Much better than the photo of the rubble after that fire. Fire is one of the most terrible things that can happen, I think.
    That old fire station is great, but what a pity of the fench in front of it.

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  10. Knackered he is!! Love the mural and church photo.

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  11. I love that word, knackered!
    The firehall is so cool. I would love to live in a renovated loft. If I counldn't live in my swamp!

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  12. What an eclectic and fascinating collection of images. Thanks for the tour of your remarkable city!

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  13. Belas fotografias.
    Gostei de ver.
    Um abraço.
    http://andarilharar.blogspot.pt/

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  14. What a beautiful corner (post office building)!

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  15. @Halcyon: thank you!

    @Nicol: thanks.

    @Marianne: I thought a mixture of images today was the way to go.

    @Nancy: there's a lot of architecture here that appeals to me.

    @Beth: the moose can't be comfy like that!

    @VP: thanks!

    @Norma: on those occasions in the summer when I pass by that spot, I'm always looking for rabbits on that grass. It's a busy area, but I've never seen one of them as roadkill, so I imagine they don't step onto any road.

    @Linda: oh boy!

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  16. @Tanya: knackered is British slang actually, for tired.

    @Jan: the fence does hinder the view, but still, the building is tremendously appealing.

    @Gnome: I don't think they're allowed to sleep in their uniform!

    @Jackie: thank you!

    @Jennifer: I've lived in a loft... I really liked it!

    @Lowell: you're welcome.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Jose: I've always thought so.

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  17. Thanks for the tour through your town, William !
    Love the last photo :)

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  18. Thank you for all these lovely views around the city. Always enjoyable!

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  19. Your title is very apropos. The mural is very eye catching, Some murals are almost faded as the paint they use is rather thin stuff.

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  20. What a broad variety of photos you have for us today. I really like the fire station building.

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  21. Belas fotografias. A do mural é realmente muito interessante.
    O passeio através dos seus clicks foi fantástico Wiliam
    Um abraço

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  22. Loved the variety of your post this morning!

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  23. @Karl: you're welcome.

    @Denise: it's always a pleasure to showcase the city.

    @Red: I wonder how long ago this one was put up. It certainly is fresh.

    @Sharon: the old fire hall really appeals to me. It has a lot of character. Most present day fire halls are quite utilitarian.

    @Gracita: thank you!

    @Linda: thanks!

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  24. Your postal office is pretty spectacular William, how about the two lions guarding the entrance, fabulous! Who doesn't love a wascally wabbit :) Your knackered Mounty made me smile :)

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  25. Oh, that poor Mountie!! The post office is a mighty grand one!

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  26. Oh the Mountie made me smile :))

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  27. I love the old post office and the fire station/home. What great architecture. Bunnies in the city? That's interesting. :)

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  28. He isn't half as knackered as I am!!! Love the wabbits and the mural!

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  29. I like that big, solid post office....and the passed-out moose mountie...

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  30. @Grace: I've always liked that post office. They've got the lions at each entrance!

    @EG: it is. I think it dates back to the 1930s. There was an earlier one in the same general area.

    @Marleen: I knew he'd be a good way to finish.

    @Pamela: I've seen even bigger ones nearby, on the garden rooftop of a shopping mall.

    @Ciel: thank you!

    @Pat: the Mountie had a long night chasing down a suspect. He's earned his rest.

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  31. Loved the photos, but the firehouse converted to a home was wonderful. Thanks, William.

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  32. That post office is downright elegant. It's been a long time since I've seen one that even approaches that stature. And I like that mural, particularly the man who appears to be coloring it as you watch. Poor Mountie!

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