Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Where I've been

So I kind of disappeared for a while.

The first week I was sick. I went to the Nepean Old Time Fair, but missed Doors Open Ottawa, which was disappointing.

The second week I went to the Carp Farmer's market and completely forgot to take pictures. I did buy rhubarb and asparagus, since nothing else is ready yet.

And last week I flew to Saskatchewan for a family reunion. While I was ther, I went to Grasslands National Park, then spent the night in an old convent that has been converted to a bed and breakfast.

I loved Grasslands. The prairie dogs were awesome. I was a little disappointed that the bison were hiding, but in general it was a great trip.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Last weekend I headed downtown to see the new giant Ottawa sign.

I went right after work, so it was pretty quiet.

Monday, May 22, 2017


There has been some flooding in the city. My area is safe, but I've watched the waters rise and fall from the bus on the way to work.

Last week, the dinosaurs and I took a trip to a park along the river to see how bad the flooding was there, a week after the waters peaked.

Note the trees in the water.
You can see how high the water got by the trail of debris.
There are also a lot of trees deposited by the river.

This is a picnic area. There should be no water in this picture at all.

Yesterday, we went to Thousand Islands National Park. I've lived here for 20+ years, but have never made it to the park. Pretty much all of the campsites are on islands, and that always seemed logistically difficult, so I just never made plans to go. But, since the national parks are free this year, I decided this year would be the one. The plan was to hike some of the trails on the mainland, so we packed up and got there around 11. The trails were closed due to flooding.

We went to the information centre and talked with a couple of people there. They filled us in on the camping situation, and routed us to another, open trail. It was nice to be out in the woods.

The concensus is that these are wild grapevines and not some horrible tree creature come to devour us all.

As you can see, there has been some flooding here as well.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Jane's walk

There were a lot of Jane's walks going on this weekend. Unfortunately, we are approximate day 92305 of rain, there is flooding in the city, and I am tired of having wet feet. (My old rain boots don't fit over my healed ankle.)

Long story short, I chose an inside walk at Makerspace North. This is a converted warehouse where they rent space to community groups and people who make things. It was interesting to see how they've divided up the space, as well as some of the projects people have on the go.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Escape room

Last Saturday, the dinosaurs and I went to an escape room - specifically Room Escapes. We did their Stranded room. 

The concept is that you're astronauts stuck in space trying to get home.

It was a lot of fun, and we made it out. I'm looking forward to doing another one.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Movies in the morning

I got free tickets to a special showing of Gifted, so Wanda and I went to see it early Saturday morning. (OK, it started at 9:15, but that is early for a Saturday morning).

It was an enjoyable show, well worth getting out of bed for.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Good at doing stuff, bad at updating

On Good Friday, I went to the Dixie Chicks concert.

I have seen them in concert before - several times, in fact - and always enjoy the show. And amazingly, they are still playing in stadiums, even though they haven't released new music in years.

I'll probably go the next time, too.