Gates to Divinity

In my last post I noticed  the entrance canopy to a restaurant that closed 40 years ago (I've since learned that the space is now used for parking by the neighbouring yoga studio).  So I got thinking the city is probably full of similar survivors or echos.  Here is an example that makes me jump for joy. When you go down Pine…Read More

A fragment of an earlier time

Friday evening we were walking down Dresden Row after a delicious meal at Efendy.  I paused to look at this pair of old Halifax style houses that feel more and more anachronistic every year. Sheila glanced over and said "there's the entrance to the Tokay  Restaurant." She was right. Running down the alley next to Moksha Yoga was the elegantly…Read More

Deadman’s Island

Like many folks, I drive by the sign to Deadman's Island Park almost every day but have never made the effort to stop. Public service announcements for the annual Memorial Day ceremonies at the site reminded me of my resolution to visit and I did. The entrance is well marked on Pinehaven Drive, and there are…Read More

The slightly dreary past

Like most folks, when I started using Twitter it wasn't exactly clear what it was supposed to do. After a while I realized that if I amused myself that would handle most of it. So I started tweeting from the small collection of photos I had taken over the last 4+ decades. The Twitter audience tends to be younger…Read More

The best coat of arms!

The last blog looked at examples of the old Halifax coat of arms found outdoors.  My favourite print version is a delightful illustration on the back cover of the official guide book to the Halifax Bicentenary in 1949.  This was four years after the end of the Second World War and the sailor is in a contemporary navy…Read More

Carved in Stone & Cast in Iron

Our city has recently been through a branding exercise and among the elements of the brand there is a new wordmark that we will learn to love and to exploit.   All the excitement made me remember examples of earlier city identity programs that have stuck around because they are literally carved in stone and cast in…Read More

Bloodroot and Bargeboard

What a wonderful moment in the countryside.  The fresh green fields, new chartreuse leaves on trees, all looking manicured for a moment. We were invited to Cumberland County and partook of the visual and culinary richness of the season. First we were excited to find some plants we rarely see in the wild.  Bloodroot has…Read More

SmackDown in the Foyer

Last evening we were in Chapter House, the apartment building beside the Cathedral  on the corner of University and Martello. Noticed in the entrance a big compass rose in ceramic tile with an inlaid  monogram.    Nice to see the extra effort.  So many commercial foyers are so blah. It reminded me of the wonderful design and…Read More

An evening in Darmouth

Last evening there were lots of artists and their community at the Craig Gallery to celebrate Lynn Rotin's show  "Then and Now."  Besides admiring her great art we were enchanted with Lynn's  sparkly vintage glasses, worn by her mother  to Bar Mitzvahs in the 1950s.  An extra bonus to our Dartmouth cultural adventure was an endless train…Read More

A Dutch Village Ramble

It's exciting to be test driving a blog.  So to see if I have the hang of it let's take a look at what I was noticing this morning. This will also give you a sense of what to expect in the future. I had some time to kill in the Bayers Road area and decided to…Read More