31 Days of Edmonton 2015 week 2

The beautiful sunny weather continued in Edmonton this week, with one thunderous exception. Here is how I spent the second week of The Local Good’s #31DaysofYEG event.

 

July 8th

Find some plants that are native to our river valley and consult local plant expert Robert Rogers on its many potential uses.

Deb Merriam and Varina Crisfield  told me it’s called Common Plantain, not Rattle Snake Plantain and that it is anti-inflammatory (so used as a salve for itching) & edible (but bitter).

Common Plaintain
Common Plaintain

July 9th

Edmonton is known as a festival city. Take advantage of our thriving summer scene — attend a festival and share your favourite thing about it.

We went to the Street Performer’s Festival at noon on the hottest day of the summer so far, so I did really enjoy standing by the fountain at City Hall.

 

Street Performer's Festival
Street Performer’s Festival

 

 

July 10th

Take a photo of your favourite Edmonton landmark or public art — bonus points for a selfie with it!

I don’t take many selfies but Talus Mound is reflective so technically this photo is a selfie. That’s me reflected in the largest ball.

Talus Mound
Talus Mound

 

July 11th

Share a picture of our night-time sky — we often have beautiful sunsets and clear starry nights. Bonus points if you visit the TWOS observatory or the U of A observatory to learn more about the stars and constellations we are looking at.

 The skies were so hazy from the wildfires, including the one in Jasper, the night sky show wasn’t as fantastic as it sometimes is.

Night Sky
Night Sky

July 12th

Support a local business and share a #ShopLocalSelfie

I ended up contributing a lot to the #31DaysofYEG Twitter Feed on July 12th. As Tom and I sat on the front porch in the evening a thunderstorm blew in. It temporarily flooded the intersection and destroyed the wasp nest on the bike.

Biking with Paris on 127 Street
Biking with Paris on 127 Street
Ice Cream Truck
Ice Cream Truck
Rainstorm
Rainstorm
Hail
Hail
Neighbourhood Street Flooding
Neighbourhood Street Flooding

July 13th

Have a meal at one of the restaurants featured at the Taste of Edmonton festival.

Yikes, Twitter rotated my photo. That looks really strange.

Art and Food Prep in Churchill Square
Art and Food Prep in Churchill Square

July 14th

Get more involved in politics — take a tour of the legislature, meet the candidate in your riding for the upcoming federal election or maybe even volunteer on a campaign!

 I love this photo take on one of the Fort Edmonton street cars. The hot button political issues were a little different in Edmonton’s past.

Fort Edmontong Temperence Movement
Fort Edmonton Temperance Movement

 

Here is The Local Good’s Recap of Week 2. It’s great to read how everyone is celebrating Edmonton.

 

Are you playing 31 Days of Edmonton yet? There is still time before the end of July.

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