Monday, November 14, 2011

The Welsford Parker Monument, Halifax

Believe it or not, we are still around. This is our longest blog hiatus yet, but in our defence it has been a particularly crazy few weeks for us. Please, please let the new year be saner!

I've been working on a lot of papers lately, including one about this lovely little monument in Halifax (The Old Burying Grounds, at Barrington and Spring Garden Road). Halifax, did you know you have your very own triumphal arch in the middle of the city? You know, Roman style? Malta has lots of them, but I was surprised when we returned to Halifax this autumn to find one on this side of the ocean. And then I was surprised again that I had never noticed it before.

The Welsford Parker Monument has proven to me that I shouldn't write off Halifax as a city with no pre-twentieth-century art history - this is the oldest monument in Halifax (1860), one of the oldest war monuments in Canada, and the only Canadian monument to the Crimean War. Hey, it's no Wellington Arch, but we'll take what we can get over here.

Speaking of taking what we can get, we are having the warmest autumn ever in Halifax (which makes up for the unseasonably cold winter we had in Malta last year). Daily highs are almost at par with Malta! And there are still leaves on the trees. Normally at this time of year we would all be wearing longjohns and toques and parkas, building our igloos and living in snow and ice up to our eyeballs. Or at least we would have had a good frost, and a flurry or two. With our lives getting crazy lately, it helps to have mild weather. And hot chocolate. Lots of hot chocolate.
- Jess

p.s. I recently won a giveaway on, And Everything Nice, a design blog by the lovely Anna Elder, sponsored by multimedia artist Michelle Smith. Check them out!


  1. Haha, I love that you never noticed the arch before. Sometimes the things are there and we're seeing something else entirely. I guess that's why they say it's good to step away from something only to come back and see something new. We are also having a very warm Fall here. It's in the 60's! Usually we go from Summer straight to Winter. Hope your weather stays around for awhile to help you keep your sanity!

    (So sweet of you to mention me! Congrats again on winning!)

  2. I love noticing new things that just make you appreciate where you live.

  3. wow...its amazing what you will really "see" when you open your eyes to your surroundings! Such a pretty picture!
    This is way random but I saw you commented on Cup of Jo's blog for her necklace giveaway...and thought I'd let you know I'm doing a similar giveaway with a VERy cute personalized stamped necklace!

    You should come check it out...hey two entries is better then one right?! :-)


  4. this is the second time i've heard of halifax... in 20 minutes. hehe

    & yeah, that sounds like me; longjohns, parkas and drinking hot chocolate. lots of it. :)

    PS. i'm having a $50 giftcard GIVEAWAY on my blog. would love to have you as a follower... hope you'll stop by & join! :)


    cindy - design3rd

  5. Hey Jess, thanks so much for your comment, I'm glad you're enjoying the proper blog! I've been reading this blog for a while too! Are you coming back to Malta any time soon? Your pictures are always amazing, Halifax looks awesome! xx

  6. i always enjoy this blog.


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