Friday, January 6, 2017

Cleaning Up At The Fenceline

 Back around the beginning of November, I started noticing scaffolding and sheltering going up around the stone walls and iron fencing of Parliament Hill's south side, alongside Wellington Street. The buildings and grounds of the Hill have been and will continue to be undergoing extensive work, and this was part of that process, though a much faster job, and in time for the 150th anniversary of the country. On the 29th of December, while I was passing by this area on my way to another destination, work crews were taking down the last of the scaffolding. Crews had been busy over those weeks giving the walls a good cleaning- either by sand blasting or power washing. Stone does, over years, tend to attract pollution, but it can be cleaned up and ends up looking fresh. In one of these shots, you can also see the stage that had been set up for a New Year's Eve concert.

31 comments:

  1. I absolutely love photos #2, #3, #4, #5 and #6!!! Beautiful, William! And I love the lights in a few of those photos!

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  2. I am with Linda too. Love those photos mentioned.

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  3. Some photos give cold ...!.

    Tomás.

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  4. Muito importante estes trabalhos de restauro.
    Um abraço e Bom Dia de Reis.
    Andarilhar

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  5. @Linda: thank you!

    @Nancy: thanks.

    @Tomas: we are now settled into winter.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Marianne: it does indeed.

    @Jan: they do.

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  6. Looks frosty there. We are actually expecting snowflakes in north Texas today. happy. New Year William!

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  7. I love your 2nd and 3rd photo!

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  8. The iron fence is fabulous William even more so highlighted by the snow..

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  9. Gosh William. What a smashing historic fence/gate. I have to say: you survive in such a grey cold winter! I admire you.

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  10. I'm sure there are many "spiffing up" projects across Canada for our 150th anniversary. I remember the celebration for the 100th many things remain from that time and I remember the celebrations that occurred across the country.

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  11. @Janey: here it is below freezing.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Grace: I agree.

    @Cloudia: I love the winter.

    @Red: it's shaping up to be quite a year.

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  12. It's looking very cold outside in these shots! I hope you had your gloves on.

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  13. so pretty with the snow every where. i think i saw a rainbow too? going back to see again. so so pretty!! ( ;

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  14. That is a gorgeous iron fence. I watched some of the New Years concert from there - it was so nice that it wasn't really cold that night!

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  15. Ooooh, that snow makes me shivver.

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  16. The iron fence looks so nice covered with snow. It also looks real cold too.

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  17. Beautiful series! The fence and gate are exquisite, so good to see they have been restored to their original beauty.

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  18. @Sharon: it wasn't as cold as it can get in these parts!

    @Beth: those lights did have a bit of a rainbow quality on stage.

    @RedPat: no, but it was definitely snowy. I should have gone down for the evening, but I stayed in with a headache.

    @Catalyst: ah, but snow is a wonderful thing!

    @Bill: it's a very distinctive wall, I've always thought. The cleaning process seems to have gone smoothly.

    @Merisi: I'd wondered how long it would take- around Remembrance Day, there was a lot of the length of the wall hidden beneath this, but it was all gone by the end of this particular day.

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  19. Love the photo with the pop of colour beyond the fence!

    Janis
    GDP

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  20. This fence looks fabulous in the snow! Glad you like winter because it looks like you've been getting a good dose of it.

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  21. It looks cold. Canada will have lots to celebrate this summer.

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  22. Those walls are particularly magical with the white of the snow on them. They are really beautiful, worth cleaning and protecting.

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  23. Really beautiful, I like a lot photo 3.

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  24. You are right; that concrete cleaned up beautifully. Looks too darn cold to be out there working, though! Yikes!

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  25. @Revrunner: I've seen a lot colder. This city is the second coldest national capital on the planet.

    @Janis: thank you!

    @Kay: we have!

    @Mari: definitely.

    @Gemma: they are, yes.

    @Orvokki: thank you.

    @Lowell: the crews are well dressed for it.

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  26. I too like all the details on the gates, William, but have to admit it looks rather dreary at the time the photos were taken. That said, I truly enjoy snow and winter and it is snowing in NH as I write this comment (yeah).

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  27. The first and last pics are something I would never have thought of doing--but I'm not a photographer. The others are quite striking!

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  28. They are so British! That's our history.

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