The Oldest House in Grandview

September 28, 2016

At last Thursday’s Grandview Heritage Group meeting, a local resident gave an extended presentation on the history of his house which, I am certain, is the oldest house left standing in Grandview (at least south of Hastings).  It was built in 1900 and has been moved twice: once in 1937 and again in 1955 to its present location.

I was privileged to be able to offer guidance during the research.

The presentation is now available for all to see at the GHG website.  It’s a fascinating story and worth reading if you have any interest in our local history.


Happy Birthday Gems!

September 28, 2016

Gemma 2016


Happy birthday to my beautiful grand-daughter!  She takes after her gorgeous mother.


Betty Boop For President

September 27, 2016

Here is a cartoon from 1932 where Betty Boop (HRC) runs against Mr Nobody (DJT). Nothing much has changed!

Wise Words

September 27, 2016


“Soon silence will have passed into legend.  Man has turned his back on silence.  Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.  Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding and trilling bolster his ego.”

— Jean Arp

Image: Roofs

September 27, 2016


Night Music: Tubular Bells

September 26, 2016

OK, so tonight’s music selection takes some commitment.  It takes 25 minutes to watch, and might mean absolutely nothing to anyone born after, say, 1960.

This is a live BBC recording of Mike Oldfield’s glorious Tubular Bells, an important artifact of the post-hippy lyrical movement.  This was recorded in 1973, about forty years before much of today’s electronic wizadry was available. It is, I believe, one of the very few truly symphonic pieces to have emerged whole from the chaos of those days. Listening to Viv Stanshall’s droll roll-call of the instruments near the end brought back so many good memories.



Commercial & Broadway: The Future

September 26, 2016



Here is an important date for the calendar for anyone interested in the future of Grandview, especially regarding development on its southern border.

On Saturday 8th October Westbank Properties will be holding an open house information session on the future of the Safeway site at Commercial & Broadway.  The session will be from 11am to 3pm at Federico’s Supper Club, 1728 Commercial Drive.

The City’s vision for the site is for multiple towers from 12 to 24 storeys with a central public plaza. I believe they also propose that Safeway become a two-storey store. However, at City Hall in June, Safeway/Sobey’s said there was no way they would accept a two-storey grocery; a position that could adversely affect the space required for the public plaza.

It will be interesting to see how the developer is planning to square that circle.