Have you had occasion to visit Queensborough recently? If you haven’t, and if you are within driving/biking/motorcycling distance (you readers from western Canada and the U.S.A. are off the hook), you really owe it to yourself to come have a look-see, as people used to say. Our little hamlet is looking so nice!
For that we owe an awful lot not only to individual property-owners who are making their gardens, and their properties in general, look anywhere from tidy to downright gorgeous, but especially to the volunteers with the Queensborough Beautification Committee, who’ve been doing an outstanding job of keeping the village’s public spaces looking terrific.
Ah, but photos speak so much better than words. So herewith, a visual tour of our little piece of heaven in this splendid summer of 2015 (with full credit and thanks to the good folks at the Queensborough Beautification Facebook page, the source of several of these pictures):
Jos Pronk of the Beautification Committee repairing another sidewalk bridge, this one at the north end of the village. (Photo courtesy of Queensborough Beautification)
Our neighbours Ruth and Chuck Steele, volunteers with the Queensborough Beautification Committee, hard at work cleaning up and painting the north-end bridge. (Photo courtesy of Queensborough Beautification)
Ruth Steele’s own garden, which (fortunately for Raymond and me, because we get to look at it every day) is right across the way from the Manse. Isn’t it beautiful?
Anne Barry’s poppies. Gorgeous! (Photo courtesy of Anne Barry)
Some unsightly (and potentially dangerous) old broken-up concrete, containing rusty rebar, that had been plunked at a streetcorner. This is what it looked like before the municipal cleanup prompted by local residents…
And this is the “after” shot, with residents John Barry (who does an enormous amount of beautification work on his own time and dime), Jen Couperus, Ed Couperus and Tom Sims spreading topsoil donated by the Walters family over the spot from which the concrete was removed. (Photo courtesy of Queensborough Beautification)
Amazing lilies, clematis and other lovely things in the front garden at Pat Steele’s home.
One of two old road signs discovered when John Barry and Chuck Steele cut back some way-overgrown bush. Winding road, people!
Another uncovered hidden sign, this one, rather amusingly, warning: “Hidden Entrance.”
I’m not sure what these pretty white flowers are, but they smell even nicer than they look! On the way up the hill toward St. Andrew’s United Church.
I’m happy to say that here at the Manse, we’re working to hold up our end on the beautification front. Here are the first of our phlox to have bloomed this season.
Hey, it’s not just us who think Queensborough is beautiful! Check out the latest issue of Country Roads magazine, with Queensborough’s Thompson House, home of Elaine and Lud Kapusta, gracing the front cover (and inside a brief text about it by yours truly). How nice is that?
All in all, people – wouldn’t you really rather be in Queensborough?