Monthly Archives: April 2017

A to Z Challenge: Z is for Menzies Street (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, our final letter for our 2017 Challenge posts:  Z is for Menzies Street!  This has been a fun one this year – and I am looking forward to continuing my Welcome to James Bay posts on a regular (albeit not Daily!) basis. See you soon!!

Here is a Google map showing where Menzies Street is located in James Bay.

What I could find out about Menzies Street:

Menzies is one of the main streets in James Bay and stretches from Dallas Road all the way to the Inner Harbour at Belleville.  I had to showcase Menzies because of its status as our main street, and also because it’s the only street in James Bay with a “z” in it.

From http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/Neighbourhoods/jamesbayhistory.html:

“Another fashionable residential area was Menzies Street opposite the Birdcages and the south side of Belleville Street facing the harbour where a number of industrialists and sea captains chose to build. Their view of the harbour was unobstructed until about 1900, when the CPR decided to move its shipping terminal there from Wharf St. Fairview (demolished) on the corner of Menzies and Quebec Streets was best known as the home of Robert and Joan Dunsmuir before they built Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan Cr, Rockland). Starting in the late 1950s, Fairview and most of the houses along Belleville were replaced by motels, except on one block. ”

This was Fairview, long gone now (from http://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/fairview-at-southwest-corner-of-menzies-and-quebec-streets-robert-dunsmuirs-home-in-victoria-before-building-craigdarroch-castle)

I am ending the challenge with a street that does have a few heritage houses on it:

Menzies Street is also home to many businesses (including coffee shops, a sushi place, liquor store, Chinese restaurant, yoga studio, etc.) as well as some new construction behind the Legislature. The parking lot between Kingston and Superior is home to the James Bay Community Market (http://www.jamesbaymarket.com/) on Saturdays between the beginning of May and the end of September.

Finally, at the end of Menzies at Belleville is where you will find the horses and carriages waiting to take you on a tour of James Bay or downtown Victoria.  Clop, clop, clop is a familiar sounds down our own street during tourist season!

Here are some pictures I took along Menzies Street.  I’m keeping this short as this has been a LONG post for a LONG street!

On the block before Dallas Road.

And, at the other end, down towards Belleville:

What else do you want to know about Menzies Street?  Ask away, and I will see what I can find out for you!

Thanks for visiting letter Z of my A to Z Challenge post of 2017.  You can find more I posts at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/04/atozchallenge-4-30-2017-letter-z.html.

Flower of the Day: April 30, 2017

Cee’s Flower of the Day (https://ceenphotography.com/2017/04/29/flower-of-the-day-april-30-2017-enjoying-the-tulips/)

Colour Your World: Black

Today’s Colour Your World is Black (https://jennifernicholewells.com/2017/04/30/color-your-world-black-2/).

The final day of this year’s Colour Your World Challenge!  I can’t believe it.  But at least it ends on a colour I understand 🙂

I have lots of pictures that are “black” due to lighting effects, but I tried to find photos I thought represented actual black “things”.  So, here you go!

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An eating out kind of day

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/yarn/

Yesterday I ate out – twice!  What excitement 🙂

First, lunch at The Lemongrass Thai restaurant with friend Darca, who is finished Law School now and heading back to Saskatchewan next week.  I’ll miss her!!

Oh, and the curry was yummy!

Then, last night, off to Zambri’s for crispy pork shoulder with Kevin.

First, eggplant and beef crudo for appetizers…

Then, the crispy pork, with crispy broccoli.

I love a day when I don’t have to cook OR wash dishes!!

A to Z Challenge: Y is for Young Street (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!  And this is the second-last day of the challenge.  I can’t believe I’ve almost made it for the 4th year in a row!!

Today, Y is for Young Street!

Here is a Google map showing where Young Street is located in James Bay.

What I could find out about Young Street:

Young Street is a, wait for it, one-block street running from Toronto (see T) and Michigan.  On one side of Young are tall apartment/condo buildings, and on the other side are the backs and garages of houses that front onto Government Street.

I don’t know anything else about Young Street, as there are no houses actually ON Young, so therefore no heritage houses.  Just another back alley with a name.

Here are some pictures I took of Young Street.

Young Street at Toronto

Looking down towards Michigan

Guess “No Parking” means something different on Young Street…

Looking back towards Toronto (it’s the sunny side…)

What else do you want to know about Young Street?  Ask away, and I will see what I can find out for you!

Thanks for visiting letter Y of my A to Z Challenge post of 2017.  You can find more I posts at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/04/atozchallenge-4-29-2017-letter-y.html.  Stay tuned for Z is for... I guess tomorrow, even thought it’s Sunday, ’cause it’s the last letter of the challenge, and tomorrow is the last day of April!!

Flower of the Day: April 29, 2017

Cee’s Flower of the Day (https://ceenphotography.com/2017/04/28/flower-of-the-day-april-29-2017-daffodils/)

Rhodos I saw during my travels for pictures for my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Colour Your World: Gray

Today’s Colour Your World is Gray (https://jennifernicholewells.com/2017/04/29/color-your-world-gray-2/).

I can’t believe there are only 2 days left for this year’s Colour Your World Challenge!!   And Gray?  Well, it’s suits as we have had a lot of gray days lately…

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Blast from the Past Caturday

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/perfume/

Well, blast from last year – I was too lazy to take any pictures yesterday…I don’t think they look much different back then from the way they look now.  Happy Caturday!

Colour Your World: Silver

Today’s Colour Your World is Silver (https://jennifernicholewells.com/2017/04/28/color-your-world-silver-2/).

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A to Z Challenge: X is for Luxton Avenue (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, X is for Luxton Avenue !

Here is a Google map showing where Luxton Avenue is located in James Bay.

What I could find out about Luxton Avenue:

Luxton is one-block long (surprise!) and runs from Boyd Street where it dead-ends at a park which takes you, if you’re on foot, to Lewis (see L).  Luxton is also the name of a road and Fairgrounds out by Langford (http://www.luxtonfair.ca/).

There is one heritage house on Luxton, at 416 (http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/HReg/JamesB/Luxton416.html).

Here are some pictures I took of Luxton Avenue.

Let’s head to Luxton from Lewis Street…

The entrance to Luxton.

Looking down Luxton

What else do you want to know about Luxton Avenue?  Ask away, and I will see what I can find out for you!

Thanks for visiting letter X of my A to Z Challenge post of 2017.  You can find more I posts at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/04/atozchallenge-4-28-2017-letter-x.html.  Stay tuned for Y is for... tomorrow!!

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