Two Things in Three Blocks.


Today, just a little show and tell to share with you.  By the way, when I publish this post, I will know if the tech-problems on the blog are finally, actually fixed!  Or not.

Recently, we made a little discovery, here.  When we were in the process of getting our 13 year old son his first passport, we learned that his birth registration form had been transcribed incorrectly.  My maiden name had been misspelled with a “u” in place of a “v”.  It wasn’t our mistake, but we needed to correct it officially, if we wanted our son to have his own passport.

So, last week, I headed downtown to the Department of Vital Statistics.  65 dollars, and a couple of hours later, I got this bureaucratic error corrected.  I had parked my car only three blocks from the building, but that was a long enough walk to wind up with two things to share.

The first thing that got my attention was a small, diverse crowd that had gathered in an alley, by an old pub.  Turns out that I’d stumbled onto the ‘unveiling’ of an enormous picture of the queen of England.  This painting has a special history in this city because it used to hang in Winnipeg’s old hockey arena.


Years ago, when the old arena was knocked down and a new one was built, this painting of the queen was put into storage. (I think it eventually wound up in the province of Ontario).


Recently, two Winnipeg businessmen bought it back, and they plan to permanently hang it in a public place where anyone can view it, for free. A generous gesture, I thought.

There was one lady in the crowd who had heard about the unveiling less than an hour ago, and had dropped everything to show up and see it in person.  She told me that she had been collecting royalty memorabilia, and following their stories, for the last 28 years.

Anyhow, readers might know that Queen Elizabeth II is Canada’s symbolic head of state because Canada is a constitutional monarchy, and the queen is represented here by the Governor- General.

Fans of hockey and royalty alike seemed equally pleased to see this painting returned to the city.



The other thing that caught my eye was this mural.


I was intruigued by how the images painted into the mural seem to blend in with the real-life cars and roads!

…and how the building’s real windows blend into the mural’s painted windows and walls.  Very cool, I thought.


Murals are such a great way to beautify an old urban area, and there are quite a few in Winnipeg.  For now, I’ll say this might be my favourite Winnipeg mural.  Now that I am paying attention, though, I might find other contenders for first place.


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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

14 thoughts on “Two Things in Three Blocks.”

  1. Wow, the mural is just amazing! I haven’t seen anything like this before. Although we have so many ugly soviet-era apartment buildings here in Estonia, which would be perfect for murals. It would turn our cities so much prettier places. 🙂
    Take care Carina! 🙂

    1. Hi Hanna! I am glad that you enjoyed seeing this mural. There is something unique about it, isn’t there? Anyhow, so true that murals beautify old buildings. The only thing about them is how they fade over time due to the weather; so I guess it would be ideal if our murals could get a touch up with paint every now and then (to my knowledge, most of them don’t). Thanks for the visit. Take care!

  2. Wow, that mural is out of this world. It is amazing!!! I just LOVE how people are integrating art in so many areas of the city. There has been a lot of murals popping up in LA, too, but that one of the buildings is something else. really impressive work and such a fun art to have in your city.

    1. Hi Mila! Yes! I feel the same way about it – a very unique effect, right? And so true that urban art enlivens and beautifies things. It would be fun to see some LA murals! Actually, I think the mural in this post has been there for quite a long time, but it’s a street I down which I never walk… so it’s new to me. Thanks for the visit and the comment. Xo

  3. Hi Carina – YAY — doing the happy dance over here – your post came through perfectly! What an interesting visit you had that you would’ve otherwise missed had not that one letter been missing from the birth certificate. Funny how these kinds of things happen. If not for that, then THIS! Loved the ‘this’. (Except for the $65 price tag.) The Queen Elizabeth painting is amazing and has history. I can’t get over the sheer size of it! And the mural. SO COOL. A really neat effect. Would love to see other Winnipeg murals too. So glad to get this post and hear what’s on your mind. I hope you get your son’s passport soon. A first passport is a very exciting thing. Hoping it means some travel is in the future! Have a wonderful week my friend!

    1. Hey Allie! Such a good point that sometimes neat things come out of inconveniences; and good things can come from bad, too. I was also thinking that blogging has a way of enriching life (despite the technical annoyances!) I may not have bothered to take pictures or to notice the mural as closely if I didn’t have this fun place to share it intentionally. The first passport! I can’t believe 13 years have gone by. It is definitely time to do a bit of travelling in the next few years! Thanks for the visit, dear. Have a wonderful weekend! XOXO

  4. Wonderful mural—I can easily understand why it would be a favorite—and a lovely painting of the queen. As for the Governor-General…Right now I’m reading a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery, of Anne of Green Gable fame. There’s a section where she meets the then Governor-General, Earl Grey, and I wasn’t sure what a Governor-General was. However, in your post, you explained it. Many thanks! And by the by, Earl Grey is one of my favorite teas 😉

    1. Hi Laurie! I don’t usually write about the Governor General, so what a coincidence! I am glad I was able to address that question for you! Anne of Green Gables… such a delight to read, right? Thanks for the comment, so glad you enjoyed the mural. Take care. Ps: I also love Earl Grey tea! Xo

  5. I have always been a fan of all kinds of painting. The mural, with a mixture of faded colors makes me feel nostalgic. It blends with real buildings cars and people in that place though. Makes things quite confusing. Thank’s for sharing.

    1. I agree that once a mural has been around for a while, some of them can create a nostalgic feeling… I suppose that is part of the beauty and charm of a mural. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comment. 🙂

  6. I have always been a fan of all kinds of painting. The mural, with a mixture of faded colors makes me feel nostalgic. It blends with real buildings cars and people in that place though. Makes things quite confusing. Thank’s for sharing.

  7. What a great mural, and it had me confused at first! I remember enjoying the murals I saw on my Toronto visit several years ago. I think they brighten up cities and make people happier.
    I hope your tech. problems are over now.
    All the best 🙂

    1. Hey, Faith! Thanks! Yes, the mural is kind of confusing because it blurs the distinction between the painted world and the real world. I love that! I appreciate the visit and comment! Take care! 🙂

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