The Wall

Yesterday, I took a trip to the Annapolis Valley. We ended up in Aylesford, the little village where I went to elementary school. That was a few years back. It’s a nice little village and nearly an hour by bus when I was growing up. One of the things I remembered about the village was “the wall,” where young people used to hang out. I guess all small places have their “hang out ” spots. There was nothing fancy about the wall, it was just a wall that sometimes had graffiti written over it. Not so nice if I remember correctly.

Here’s what the wall looks like today. As we came out of the drug store the wall was directly in our view and I snapped these photos.

DSC03339As someone who loves history, I simply fell in love with this mural. It’s like a step back in time, showing what this little village once looked like. I have no idea who the artist is, but I think this is such a great change from what used to be there.

DSC03345DSC03343DSC03344DSC03342Sorry about the ridge of snow blocking part of the painting, but that’s winter in Nova Scotia. This is such a wonderful idea and a great way to preserve the past. It helps makes us conscious of where we come from and how things have changed over time.

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  1. Angela Wilson

     /  February 13, 2013

    Wow! Thank you for these photos of “the wall” in Aylesford. I was never allowed to hang out there as a teen back in my day. I would love to know who the artist is, as well. I think I may look up one of my Aylesford connections (as this is my home town) and find out. I know Sally Horsnell was an artist and painted a picture of Harold Clem, who travelled the roads everyday and looked and sounded like Santa Claus. That portrait hung in Chisholm’s Pharmacy. I don’t know if it’s still there. I love going back in time and looking at old photos (and in this case, a painting of old photos)!

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    • I was trying to remember Sally’s first name. She also had lots of painting at St. Mary’s school. I remember seeing the portrait of Harold in the drug store. I’ll have to make a point of looking for it when I get in next time. Glad you enjoyed seeing what’s going on in your old home town.

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    • Helena

       /  January 7, 2016

      I will look for the ‘wall’ the next time we visit Aylesford. Regarding the painting of Harold Clem holding the rose that hangs in Chisholm’s Pharmacy, it is representative of the rose I gave to Harold in 1969. I was Queen Annapolisa, Aylesford’s princess that year and when our ‘royal tour’ visited Aylesford’s school, where I taught, Harold was at the front of the group awaiting our arrival. When I saw him, I plucked a rose from my bouquet and handed it to Harold. He was so happy with it and it was a pleasure to be able to give it to him — a harmless, kind man. The moment was captured on camera and then Sally Horsnell painted it so that the memory would last ‘forever.’ The painting was originally given to Harold.

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      • Thanks for this story, Helena! I’ve seen the painting of Harold and often wondered about the story behind it. That’s lovely! I also remember the day all the princesses came to the school! It was a proud moment for everyone. Queen Annapolisa. I’ve thought about you more than once over the years! πŸ˜€

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  2. What a wonderful way to commemorate the past and freshen up “The Wall” I am finding more places are doing this and it warms my heart.

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  3. I love it when they ‘decorate’ like this. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. We have a scene painted in our village, reminds me of this. Ill see if I can ever snap it & post it for you,

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  5. Love the photos, Laura. And yes, this is a great way to capture part of our past πŸ™‚

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  6. What a beautiful mural! That’s such a nice way to pay tribute to the town.

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  7. cluculzwriter

     /  February 15, 2013

    It really is a beautiful wall. What a nice treat, Laura. Thanks for sharing. Next best thing to being there.

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  8. David

     /  February 20, 2013

    Much too often, we see a blandly-painted wall to cover-up the graffiti. Good for this town.

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  9. Larry Leigh is the artist….answer courtesy of Gary Morgan : ) I love the mural on the wall. Aylesford really needs some sprucing up and this is a great start.

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    • I think it’s great, too. And thanks to you and Gary for clearing this up. πŸ™‚ I don’t suppose Gary knows anything more about Larry other than his name. Does he have a site, some place for people to see his work?

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  10. So this is what Gary says…he does lots of murals…travels to St. Pierre/Miquelon and other places to show off his art. Gary thinks he lives locally and if you really want to find him he works out at the gym on Greenwood base. Maybe he is on FB?? : )

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    • Interesting!. I thought maybe he had a site I could share with some interested FB friends from the area. Tell Gary thanks for the info.I suppose he even knows what colour his sneakers are.. πŸ˜‰

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  11. Brian

     /  June 2, 2014

    The name of the artist is Larry Lee. He is a long time valley resident and he lives (I believe) in the Kingston area.He is not on Facebook.

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    • Thank you, Brian, for the additional information. It’s nice to know we have so many talented people in the area. πŸ™‚

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