Sunday, 25 August 2019

Volunteering at the Annex Cat Rescue Booth at the CNE

Teena is a volunteer for the Annex Cat Rescue (ACR). Today I joined her and other volunteers at the ACR Booth at the CNE Cat Show.

Annex Cat Rescue is a 100% volunteer charity dedicated to addressing the plight of homeless cats in the Greater Toronto Area by: 
1- Humanely trapping homeless kittens and abandoned or stray adult cats for placement in our foster and adoption program; 

2- Feeding and providing medical care for feral cats in designated colonies; 

3- Curbing population growth in those colonies through trapping, spaying/neutering, and vaccinating; 

4- Educating the public on the compassionate treatment of homeless cats and responsible pet ownership; and 

5- Improving urban environments through community cooperation.

Author Regan W. H. Macaulay donated copies of her children's book, Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese for the show, with 100% of the sales going to ACR. She was there to sign copies of her book.

I took some time to wander away to take see some of the cats in the show.

I loved the ears on this Oriental Shorthair and previous winner of the kitten category.

A couple of more cuties.

It was a good time for a good cause. Our two cats, Crumpet and Muffin were adopted through the ACR. Please check out their website.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Walking Winnipeg

Today I walked through Winnipeg to get to the Historic Forks. Here is some of what I saw along the way.

This is the Manitoba Legislature Building. We can see this clearly from our room at the Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown.

An old jail which is right beside the Courts.

A sculpture outside the courts. I notice Winnipeg is quite proud of their arts and artist.

This is an old Todhunter Mitchell coffee building. I did a little research and could find little about their coffee company, only that they supplied coffee to Winnipeg-based troops in WW2.

The Fort Garry Hotel.

A park by Union Station. It was scenic so I took the first picture. Then I noticed sounds coming from the wall at the back of the park. Then moving light images appeared on the wall, such as wheels rolling accompanied by the sounds of a horse and cart. It was quite amazing but as hard as I tried, I could not get a good shot of the images.

My first view of the Assiniboine River. This was taken from the Main Street bridge.

The historic Union Station which was built in 1908 and proclaimed a National Historic site in 1976.

The Alloway Arch. The plaque explains how William Forbes Alloway, an owner in the Alloway and Champion Bank, established The Winnipeg Foundation in 1921. The Foundation, still in operation, invests and donates to the cities many charitable organizations. In 2018, they contributed $41.1 million dollars to charitable projects.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights which I'll be visiting tomorrow.

The museum is at the edge of the Forks National Historic Site, where the Assiniboine River meets the Red River which is next on my walk. it was an interesting walk through the city.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Visiting Gimli, Manitoba

Today Teena and I landed in Winnipeg, rented a car and drove to Gimli which is a little over an hour north of the city. It's a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

One thousand Icelanders made in 1875 to settle the area. New Iceland took up 58 km of the Lake Winnipeg shore with Gimli being its first settlement. A monument in Viking Park explains the name Gimli came from Voluspa, an Ancient prophecy from the writings of the Elder Edda. A hall more fair than the sun, thatched with gold, where people shall dwell in happiness forever.

This statue in Viking Park is 4.6 metres (15 ft) high. Of course, we had to have our picture taken with it.

Some sites around the park and harbour.

The beach. There were people in the water which I imagine would be a little on the frigid side. I find Lake Ontario to the south of us cold!

The sea wall features paintings along the sea wall which were done or redone by local artists. Each one has the date on it going back 25 or more years.

More sites.

Teena and I ate at Seagulls. I had fresh caught pickerel for the first time and loved it.

Gimli was the site of an RCAF base. Here is the CFB Gimli Memorial. This aircraft monument in Gimli was presented by the officers and men of Canadian Forces Base Gimli to commemorate years of friendship and cooperation during operations of the base between 1943 and 1971. The plane, a T-33 Silver Star (later designated CT-133), was brought into town on 29 June 1971.

The Gimli Purple Martin Condo Tower.

“The Manitoba Purple Martin Club welcomes you to the South Eastern Purple Martin Capital of Manitoba,” says the sign at the foot of a tower boasting more than two dozen birdhouses. “Purple martins need your help. We need yours.” Apparently the gorgeous bird, Canada’s largest species of swallow, relies on housing provided by humans during breeding season. They like to be in open areas near water and build nests inside the wooden birdhouses. In return for getting to safely breed in condo-style birdhouses like this one in Gimli, purple martins eat hundreds of insects a day and so help with pest management.

We had a very enjoyable time in Gimli. If you travel to Winnipeg, the town and museum is definitely worth the trip.