It should be said right off the top that this style of post is not my normal beat, but when I get a chance to co-write a piece with Nikki from Women are from Mars I just have to jump all over it. Nikki as most of you may know is a fervent environmental blogger. Her weekly Tree-Hugger Tuesday posts are not only informative and environmentally conscious but also fun!
Dar and I are also committed to doing our part to reduce our waste stream that is destined for Brady landfill here in Winnipeg. We are active recyclers and donators to the Leaf It With Us program, where the city takes yard wastes and either composts them on an industrial scale or as in the case of tree waste chips the wood down and makes decorative landscaping products.
So when we found out that the City of Winnipeg was having a massive sale on composters we simply had to get in on it. The unit we purchased normally retails for $100 but through the city sale we were able to get it for only $30 taxes included. What a deal!
Our new Earth Machine composter
Having a large back yard is one of the many perks and headaches about living in a mid-sized Canadian city. It’s great to have a place to relax and garden in the summer but with a large yard also comes potential waste. Grass clippings and leaves that would normally be bagged and disposed of can now be turned into beautiful healthy soil for our garden and Dar’s potted plants.
Posted in Green Winnipeg, Winnipeg and Hometown Goings On
Tagged City of Winnipeg, Compost, David Suzuki, Earth, earth machine composter, Envionmental Concerns, Envrionmental Blogging, Fertilizers and Soil Additives, Garden, grass clippings, Green Issues, Home, Home and Garden, Landfill Conservation, nature, plants, Soil and Additives, Tree Hugger Tuesday, Winnipeg, Women are from Mars, yard wastes
Since I received such an overwhelming response to my first Winnipeg in Autumn piece I decided to throw together another quick posting of one of my other favourite public spaces within the City of Winnipeg.
Kings Park, in the extreme southern quadrant of the city just outside of the University of Manitoba on the Red River. It is, in my opinion one of the most picturesque parks in the city, containing Japanese style pagoda gardens throughout. It also has vast rolling greens, wooded paths and a quiet river walk that skirts the winding Red River.
A recent addition is the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth, completed in Spring of 2009 it offers a place to walk and reflect quietly within the peaceful park setting. Carol Shields was of course the world-renowned author of such enduring classics as The Stone Dairies. She lived and worked in Winnipeg for many years and identified with the realities of life on the prairies.
Entering Kings Park
Enjoying a Stroll on a Sunny Afternoon
A Pagoda in the Park
Posted in Uncategorized, Winnipeg and Hometown Goings On, Winnipeg Events
Tagged Autumn in Winnipeg, Canada, City of Winnipeg, Education, Kings Park, Manitoba, Nature Photography, Pagoda, Public Spaces, Red River, University of Manitoba, Wetlands, Winnipeg
Just the other day I was looking at my blog’s numbers and noticed that besides my pieces on Mrs. Mikes hamburger stand and Segovia Tapas Bar. Among the most visited stories have been my work on Winter in Winnipeg. Since we have had such a beautiful fall season here this year I thought was fitting to give my readers around the world a look at Winnipeg before the snow buries us, enjoy.
The Forks Market and Assiniboine River
The Forks Market is Winnipeg’s answer to urban decay. In the early 1990’s city counsel decided that the derelict train yards that once fed Winnipeg’s downtown area were to be converted into a public space. For some 6000 years it was the natural meeting place of the Native Peoples who lived and navigated through the area as two major rivers systems connect here. The Red and Assiniboine.
Winnipeg Downtown Skyline from the Forks Market.
Old Rail Lift Bridge and the Assiniboine River at the Forks Market.
Assiniboine River at Dusk.
Forks Market Courtyard from the River Walk.
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Tagged Assiniboine Park, Assiniboine River, Autumn, Changing Seasons, City of Winnipeg, Downtown Winnipeg, Footbridge, Manitoba, Nature Photography, Photography, Segovia, The Forks Winnipeg, Winnipeg