Donkeys and Guelph

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am very keen on donkeys.  Guelph just happens to have the wonderful Donkey Sanctuary of Canada nearby.  Donkeys can live into their 50s, so it is unusual for a donkey to just have one home.  Some of the donkeys here have suffered abuse.  Some have been rescued from the auction, on the brink of being slaughtered.  Some have been loved, but their owners can no longer keep them.  The donkey sanctuary is such a lovely, peaceful place to sit and commune with gentle animals.

http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.ca/

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They had this new barn built not too long ago.  It’s a huge improvement on the old barn.

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This is Bob Ray.   Most of the donkeys are in fields and left to their own devices, but on Open Days, a few of the ones who love attention come out into the visitors area and they can be brushed and petted.  Bob Ray is one of those gregarious donkeys.

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Grooming each other.

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Pansy and Sable, small, sweet and so affectionate.  Pansy is one of the oldest donkeys.  She was here with her daughter Poppy, who died.  Now she and Sable are inseparable.  Below is a little added video showing how smart a donkey can be.

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The Boathouse is an actual boathouse.  You can rent canoes and kayaks here, to take down the river.  It also is the best location for an ice cream shop.  I arrived on Victoria Day around 6:30pm and it was packed and lined up.  I ate my take out supper on a bench outside and then went to get an ice cream.  They had run out of everything except some Strawberry Yogurt and Vanilla Ice Cream!!  They were supposed to be open until 10!

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Across the river from the Boathouse is Marianne’s Park.  I had seen it there but had never read the memorial plaque.  Here is her story…

http://www.rememberoursisterseverywhere.com/photo/2368910:Photo:44?context=latest

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The Bookshelf has been in Guelph for decades, not always at this location.  It has books, arty films, live music and a café.  It is the cultural hub of Guelph.

 

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Wyndham St., Guelph.  I remember when the Pharmasave building was a Woolworth’s and where the black pointed building is, was a continuation of Quebec St.  I moved to the Guelph area with my family decades ago, but after a couple of years I left home and moved back to Kingston.  I make a habit of doing that.  🙂

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This statue and fountain in the center of downtown is a good meeting place, but there was a time when the folks of Guelph were scandalised by this naked family.  I have reason to know that Guelph was very uptight and afraid of anything usual 35-40 years ago, much more than Kingston, but I imagine things have changed by now and attitudes have modernised.

One more day of Guelph and area, and then back to Kingston.

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