Thursday, June 30, 2016

British Isles Friday

Hosted by Joy's Book Blog.

I've been doing some memory lane posts of trips before digital and before blogging.

1987 - London England

I wish I could remember anything about this trip. I'm not sure why we went, looking at the photos we didn't take many and it doesn't seem that we went anywhere else on the same trip. I see that we went to San Francisco and back to Puerto Vallarta that year, so perhaps we just took a week in London.

I do remember that this was a great place to stay and we went back in 2010 and sure enough it was still there.

That skyline sure has changed!

I first traveled to England with my Mom in 1960
My parents took us back as a family in 1970.
John and I first went together in 1986 to London.
Continuing 1986 with Oxford and Stratford.
Ireland 1991 Part 1 Dublin
Ireland 1991 Part 2 Around Ireland 
Ireland 1991 Part 3 Around Ireland
London 2005 with family
Ireland Part 1 2005 Ballyvaughan Aran Islands
Ireland Part 2 2005 Ballyvaughan Dunguaire Castle, Galway
Ireland Part 3 2005 Burren Bunratty Castle Aillwee Caves Lahinch
Ireland Part 4 2005 Dingle Kinsale Inch
Ireland Part 5 2005 Killarney Limerick Ashford
Ireland Part 6 2005 Dublin
Ireland 2001 Ballybunion

Monday, June 27, 2016



Wordless Wednesday and at Wordless

June 2016 - Toronto ON

Found in the Distillery District at the Deaf Culture Centre.

Tuesday Treasures

November 2012 - Flagstaff AZ

Originally built in 1926 under a citizen subscription legislation, the Hotel Monte Vista soon became the place to stay for transcontinental travelers. For travelers and town folk alike, the hotel offered an oasis of lush surroundings and a chance to rub shoulders with the local and national elite. Located just one block north of famous Route 66, the Hotel Monte Vista has been home to thousands of adventurous and colorful characters, from bank robbers to headlining Hollywood stars.
The Hotel Monte Vista remains a centerpiece for Historic Downtown Flagstaff.

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

June 2016 - Toronto ON

In light of the current events perhaps we all need to take this song to heart.

Last week, PEOPLE and Playbill revealed that some of Broadway’s biggest stars would come together to record a version of “What the World Needs Now is Love” to benefit the victims of the Orlando, Florida shooting at gay nightclub Pulse on June 12. Now, the track is available to purchase (all of the proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida).

This version features vocals from stars like Sara Bareilles, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brody, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Fran Drescher, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Jessie Mueller, Audra McDonald, Carole King, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mathew Broderick, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, and more.

Distillery District

June 2016 - Toronto ON

We'll take a walk today around the Distillery District which my BFF hit last week after lunch. Click here for our great food choices at the Luminato Food Festival.
Part of this walk included a stop at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse and Little Trinity Church.  So click on the links to visit.

The Distillery District represents the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America.

We come down here at least once in the summer, they host a lot of events such as a food truck festival.
The space once occupied by factories is now home to restaurants, shops and art galleries along with the Mill St. Brewery.
It is a popular photo shoot site for weddings and engagements.

It is also getting surrounded by high rise condos.

Information from the Distillery District website. More information can be found here.
The Distillery District is a national Historic Site with an incredibly rich history. The site was once The Gooderham and Worts Distillery, and represents the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America.

In its time, The Gooderham and Worts Distillery played an important role in the growth and wealth of both the city and nation. In addition to various involvements in real estate and banking, the company at one time contributed more to Federal coffers than any other enterprise in the country.

Worts is followed a year later by his brother-in-law, William Gooderham, with their two families, their servants and 11 orphans – in all 54 people. A successful merchant and miller in England, Gooderham soon decides to invest $3,000 into Worts’ milling business and thus the Gooderham and Worts partnership is born.

You can find Gooderham's biography here.

Two years later Worts’ wife dies during childbirth. So distraught is James Worts that, on that day, he takes his own life by throwing himself into the company well. Despite this, Gooderham continues building the business, later partnering with James Worts’ eldest son.

In 1837, spurred on by the increase in the harvest of grain from Upper Canada’s farms, Gooderham decides to add a distillery and that same year produces his first whiskey.

By the 1850s, the Gooderham and Worts distillery is thriving and its numerous facilities include flourmills, a wharf, the distillery, storehouses, an icehouse, a cooper shop and a dairy.

Construction of the new Gooderham and Worts Distillery on Mill Street east of Parliament in 1859 is heralded as the most important contribution to Toronto’s manufacturing interests. The imposing main building which accommodated the steam mills and distillery stands five stories high and is topped with a 100 foot tall chimney. According to newspaper reports of the day, costs for the building and its contents are believed to be nearly $200,000.

Appropriately this is now a sake distillery with tastings.

In 1869, a huge fire destroys the wooded interior of the main building but leaves the grey limestone exterior intact. Reconstruction costs total over $100,000 but happily the setback does not hamper the distillery’s financial growth.

By 1871, the Gooderham and Worts Distillery’s annual whiskey and spirits production totals a whopping 2.1 million gallons – close to half of the total spirits production in all of Ontario. Production continues to grow and its booming export business ships millions of gallons to clients in Montreal, Saint John, Halifax and New York as well as Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and other ports in South America. At one point, it is the largest distillery in the world.

William Gooderham and James Worts Jr. die within a year of each other. In 1881, George Gooderham inherits the distillery, becomes its sole proprietor and enjoys great success for years. But unfortunately for George, two events would bring an end to the distillery’s good fortunes.

World War I has a ruinous effect on the distillery because in order to support the war effort, the distillery converts its operations to manufacturing acetone. Then in 1920, just when things are getting back to normal, Canada’s short lived prohibition era brings production of alcohol beverages to a standstill.

Harry C. Hatch purchases the declining business. Three years later he purchases Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. and in 1927, the companies merge into Hiram Walker – Gooderham & Worts Ltd. All efforts are focused on developing the successful Canadian Club brand so the bulk of operations shifts to the Walkerville plant in Windsor, Ontario. In 1957 Gooderham & Worts stop producing rye whiskey. It concentrates instead on the distilling of rum products. In 1986, the conglomerate Allied-Lyons, bought Hiram Walker – Gooderham and Worts Ltd.

After 153 years of continuous production, the Gooderham & Worts Distillery finally ceases operations. During the ’90s, The Distillery finds a second life as the number one film location in Canada, and the second largest film location outside of Hollywood. Over the years, more than 1700 films use the site.

Some of the new touches.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

June 2016 - Toronto ON
Alexandra Park is a 2.7 hectare park at Bathurst Street and Dundas Street West featuring a ball diamond, picnic area, community garden, volleyball court, skateboard area, wading pool and a children's playground. On the west side of the park is the Alexandra Park/ Harry Gairey Outdoor Artificial Ice Rink. On the north side of the park is the Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool and the Scadding Court Community Centre.

This mural was done in 2014 by Elicser and Other [Troy Lovegates] by city commission.

There is a group of 3 Mexican muralists who dominated mural story telling in the past 100 years. I have seen works by the three in Mexico: Jose OrozcoDavid Alfaro Siqueiros and by Diego Rivera.
One can find similar strong story-telling elements in the Alexandra Park mural.