Wed., Jan. 27

Wednesday was a beautiful sunny day and I decided to walk downtown to go to the Screening Room, our local arty movie theatre, and the only movie theatre left downtown.   After two years of living in far flung places, it is so great to be able to walk downtown.   The weather was fairly mild, as it has continued to be.  Right now it is quite chilly (-8), but on Sunday and Monday it is supposed to be 4 and 5 degrees!  It has been trying valiantly to snow the last couple of days, but although there have been some hearty snow squalls, it has not been enough to stick.   We are having almost a non-winter.  I noticed some little birds twittering on a fence outside and going in and out of a hole in the house next door.  I hope they aren’t laying eggs yet!

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This was the snow situation then and it is about the same now, at least on the sunny side of the street.

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It’s been tough keeping rinks going this year.

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I’d never noticed this twiggy archway before, even though I love twiggy things.

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Providence Manor.

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A house on Ordnance Street, a little wonky, but lots of character.

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Montreal Street.

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Looking from Montreal Street to Bagot Street, past the Artillery Park Aquatic Center.

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Out the side of a restaurant on Montreal Street.

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The streets of Kingston are ripped apart again.  A few years ago, they spruced up the blocks between King Street and Bagot.   Then they did up around the old traffic circle, which I showed you last year.   Now they are doing the blocks between Bagot St. and Sydenham Street.   They call it The Big Dig.   Businesses, of course, hate it, because it is noisy, dusty, and discourages folks from visiting their stores, but these things have to be done.  It is always a challenge, but hopefully there will be an attractive and welcoming result at the end of it.

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Two windows at the Rocking Horse toy store at Montreal and Princess.   One is saluting Valentine’s with a 101 Dalmations-type scene, and the other has Elmo joining The Big Dig workforce.

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