Saturday, 30 November 2019
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Address: Portage & Main Street
Date: October 2014
Portage & Main is possibly the best known intersection in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On Sunday, November 24th the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup after a 29 year drought. Winnipegers flocked to the intersection to celebrate their Canadian Football League victory. We found ourselves standing at this intersection back in 2014.
On one corner stands the Bank of Montreal building. It has been there since 1913. In front of the bank stands a monument to Bank of Montreal employees who died in World War I. The statue is modelled after Wynn Bagnall who worked for BMO, went to war and was lucky enough to return to continue working.
To cross the street you need to take a pedestrian underpass. Once on the other side of the street we encountered some more sculptures. The first sculpture is called Tree Children and shows four children playing in a tree. The intersection of Portage & Main is often said to be the coldest and windiest intersection in Canada. It wasn't too cold but it was windy when we arrived. Hold on tight children!
The next sculpture depicted a herd of caribou which are no strangers to wind and cold. The caribou are navigating the fast moving waters of a river.
The sculpture is called Seal River Crossing. Seal River is located in northern Manitoba but thanks to artist Peter Sawatzky we can witness the caribou migration at a lower latitude.
The main difference between the two sculptures is that North Watch features a dog which sits behind the man. The dog is also keeping watch. One thing we noticed about this sculpture is that the man is facing south. We wondered if the sculpture had been placed the wrong way around. We figure that the artist intended the man to be watching from the north. When visiting Portage & Main be sure to dress warmly and prepare to be blown away. If not by the architecture, history and sculptures then certainly by the wind.
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Tree Children , Seal River Crossing , North Watch
BMO Building (Portage & Main)
Post # 270
Sunday, 10 February 2019
- Hawaiian Pigs
- CNE Pigs
- Miss Piggy
- Miss Piggy
- Red River Hog
- Tamworth Pigs
- Pig Pot at the ROM
- Pigman at the Campbell House
1 ) Hawaiian Pigs
Dan's Green House is located in the town of Lahaina, on the island of Maui, in Hawaii. They have exotic plants and rare birds as well as mini pigs. We got a chance to spend some time with these two little guys. Aren't they just the cutest?
Speaking of cute, we are sorry but babirusa are just the opposite. They have long legs, weird curvy tusks and look like all of their hair just fell out. They are only found on a few islands in Indonesia and are unforgettable. We saw this pair at the Toronto Zoo.
3) CNE Pigs
When the Canadian National Exhibition comes to Toronto at the end of each summer so does "The Farm". You can experience the sights and smells of livestock. There are always lots of pigs and usually one big sow who spends her day constantly feeding her litter of piglets.
4) Miss Piggy
In Queens, New York the Museum of the Moving Image has a Jim Henson Exhibition. Miss Piggy is one of our favourite Muppets and favourite pigs. Here she is in her wedding gown ready for her big day.
5) Miss Piggy
This Miss Piggy is a crashed freight plane. It can be found in Churchill, Manitoba still sitting where it crashed in 1979. Miss Piggy the Muppet made her debut in 1974. We have read that the plane is named after Miss Piggy because it was overloaded or it once carried a cargo of pigs.
We think it should be called Miss Piggy because of its flat snout.
6) Red River Hog
The red river hog is a colourful African pig. We like its whiskers and red coat. It turns out that we have a fondness for animals with red coloured fur.
7) Tamworth Pigs
Based on our previously professed love of red furred anuimals you can see why we like Tamworth pigs. They are one of the oldest breeds of pigs. You can also see the curly little tail in the photo above that makes pigs even more appealing. These pigs are from Toronto's Riverdale Farm.
8) Pig Pot at the ROM
This pig shaped vessel was at the Royal Ontario Museum. We imagine it could be filled with some sort of liquid which could then be poured out of the spout in the snout. We didn't make note of what was listed as its intended purpose and often the museum uncovers artifacts whose purpose is only assumed.
9 ) Pigman at the Campbell House
We took this photo of the Campbell House Museum in Toronto. The Campbell House was built in 1822 and was actually moved to where it sits today. Looking at our photo later we noticed something odd.
There was a well dressed pig man on the grounds. We hope he was there for an event or promotion at the museum.
10 ) Warthogs
We took a trip to Africa and encountered many wild warthogs. We watched them come and go at a waterhole in Greater Kruger in South Africa. We also watched them mow the lawn in Zimbabwe beside the mighty Zambezi River.
Because warthogs have such short necks they usually have to kneel down on their front legs to eat grass. In the video below, various African animals eat beside a waterhole until the warthogs come and take over.
That is our list of favourite pigs. We took part in some celebrations at the Scarborough Town Centre for the Chinese New Year. You can celebrate and enjoy pigs all year long.
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Friday, 30 June 2017
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Prince Edward Island
- Nova Scotia
1 ) British Columbia
BC has the animals, the Pacific Ocean and so much more. One of our favourite things was tea at The Empress Hotel in Victoria. Read More
2 ) Alberta
Alberta shares the Rocky Mountains with BC, but Alberta has Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise. We fell in love with the snow capped mountains. Read More.
3 ) Saskatchewan
Yes it is flat, but the fields with rolls of hay and the blue skies have a feel all their own. It also seemed to have a never ending sunset as we drove westward. Read More
4 ) Manitoba
This is the furthest north we have ever been in Canada. Our favourite thing in Manitoba is the polar bears of Churchill. Read More.
5 ) Ontario
We spend most of our time in the province of Ontario. Algonquin Park is our favourite place to really get away from it all. Read More.
6 ) Quebec
Hotel de Glace is built each winter just outside of Quebec City. We spent a night inside this palace of ice. Read More.
7 ) New Brunswick
The Hopewell Rocks are formed by the high tidal fluctuations that occur in the area. You can walk down beneath the unusual rocks and 6 hours later the water has returned and filled everything back in. Read More.
8 ) Prince Edward Island
Our brief two day visit to PEI was 48 hours of rain. We did enjoy getting to and from the island. First we drove across the marvel that is Confederation Bridge and then we saw the red soil when we left on a ferry. We will return. Read More.
9 ) Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia has Peggy's Cove and Cape Breton Island. One of our best days in the province was spent at the Halifax Public Gardens. Read More.
10 ) Newfoundland
Iceberg Alley passes right around the top of Newfoundland. We were lucky to see these gigantic 10,000 year old pieces of glacial ice as they floated in the Atlantic Ocean. Read More.
Ten provinces and ten wonderful memories.
HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY CANADA !!
Map of Our World
Banff Gondola , Saskatchewan , Hopewell Rocks Park , Halifax Public Gardens , Witless Bay
Empress Hotel , Hotel De Glace , Confederation Bridge
Tundra Buggy Tour , Algonquin Park (Lake Opeongo)
Post # 181
Saturday, 15 April 2017
- Lop-Eared Rabbit
- Bugs Bunny
- Flemish Giant Rabbit
- Arctic Hare
- Lionhead Rabbit
- Rabbit Balloon
- Tortoise & Hare
- Cute Bunnies
- Chocolate Bunnies
- Eastern Cottontail
1 ) Lop-Eared Rabbit
A friend of ours used to care for a very cute lop-eared bunny. A lop-eared bunny is a bunny whose long ears hang (we guess you could say lop) down. You will notice all of the other bunnies in this blog post have ears that stand straight up or sit back on top of their heads.
One of the all-time favourite bunnies is Bugs Bunny from the Looney Tunes cartoons. He is among a short list of animated characters to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The outline drawing of Bugs Bunny (above) was in the Warner Brothers Studio's Museum.
3) Flemish Giant Rabbit
From Bugs Bunny we go to Big Bunny. A Flemish giant rabbit can weigh up to 10 kg and grow to about 30 inches long. It is one of the largest domesticated rabbits. The bunny above was at the Toronto Zoo for a short time and shared an enclosure with the wombats and wallabies. Perhaps it had outgrown its previous living space.
4) Arctic Hare
While we were in Churchill, Manitoba we spotted this hare just across the road from our lodge. While it may not be the smartest thing to do in polar bear territory at night, we headed outside to try and get a closer look. Luckily, he stood still long enough for us to get the picture above. It took us some time to determine if this was an arctic hare or a snowshoe hare as both inhabit Churchill. We read about one having bigger feet or ears than the other. Some reports said that one has bigger eyes or fluffier fur. We made our determination by the black on the ears. As far as we can tell arctic hares (like this one) have black just on the top tip of their ears while snowshoe hares have a black edge that may cover the tip, but runs further along the ear as well.
5) Lionhead Rabbit
A lionhead rabbit is bred to have a mane around its face like a lion. They end up looking like little balls of fur with ears. We wondered how they can even see where they are hopping. When taking pictures, the bunny below did flash us a look from beneath all that fur just to let us know he was in there. The lionhead above is from Prickly Ball Farm and the lionhead below is from Far Enough Farm.
Artist Jeff Koons had a piece of his art appear in Toronto's Nuit Blanche 2009. It was simply named Rabbit Balloon. It featured a giant shiny silver bunny that was floating inside the Eaton Centre. This bunny also once floated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2007.
7) Tortoise & Hare
In Boston's Copley Square is a sculpture of a tortoise and a hare. It was installed as a tribute to runner's of the famous Boston Marathon. It is based on the popular fable of The Tortoise & the Hare. The fable tells the story of a rabbit who was so confident in his ability to outrun the tortoise that during a race he ran ahead and took a nap. While he napped the tortoise passed by heading for the finish line. The hare finally awoke and tried to catch up, but it was too late.
8) Cute Bunnies
We think that all rabbits are cute. There is something special about a tiny bunny that you can pick up and hold in your hands while it sits quietly twitching its little nose. These cuties are from the Toronto Zoo kid's section and from Jungle Cat World.
9) Chocolate Bunnies
Chocolate shaped like eggs is good. Chocolate shaped like bunnies is good. This bunny above is a box from Teuscher Chocolates and hides a chocolate truffle in its belly. We like chocolate.
10) Eastern Cottontail
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Toronto Zoo (Australasia Pavilion) , Toronto Zoo (Kids Zoo) , Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park , Prickly Ball Farm , Lazy Bear Lodge , Far Enough Farm
Tortoise & Hare , Eaton Centre
Hollywood Walk of Fame
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