Sunday, August 27, 2017

Invasion

Another of the events we attended for our Canada 150 celebrations was a spectacular theatrical presentation put on by a French company called La Machine. They use giant animatronic beasts to play out a story in your city.  They were here in Ottawa and over three days played out the story of a Horse Dragon named Long Ma and a spider named Kuma. Kuma had stolen and hidden Long Ma's wings.  Long Ma searched all over for her wings and when she and Kuma met there were battles to be seen.

We went down on the second night that the spectacle was on. First we went to Kontinuum , a multi-media show in one of the new subway tunnels.  Then we headed over to where we would see Kuma at the Supreme Court. She was sleeping so we headed up the street to see Long Ma come looking for her wings.

Kuma alseep at the Supreme Court

Long Ma coming down Wellington Street




Long Ma stopping to graze




Long Ma came down Wellington Street, eating plants as she went. At first we able to keep ahead of the crowds and stay in front but some of our group got caught out at the side and we had to wait for them that put us too far behind the front of the crowds. We got caught way back and couldn't get back down to where the night's spectacle could be seen.

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It was still exciting to see even though being in such a large crowd was a little scary.  People were all really in a good mood but had there been any kind of incident I don't know how emergency crews would have gotten in,  it was so jam packed.  We decided to leave and tried to head for the intersection ahead but were told by some people they had tried for 10 minutes and couldn't get there. We turned around and pushed through the crowds to make our way back to the last intersection we had passed.

The crowds were so large on this night that they moved the location for the last night's spectacle so that people wouldn't be so crammed into the street and would have a better chance of seeing the show.

Friday, August 18, 2017

By the Sea

So I got back from my vacation down east on Monday, it was a long drive back, not sure I'll do it in one long day again.  The vacation was over too soon, aren't they all but we had a good time with really only two days with a lot of rain; it was warm and sunny all the rest of the time.

Since my Dad was in the military we were raised all over, most of my childhood was spent in central and western Canada but still I feel an affinity for the seaside. I just love going to walk on the beach especially in New Brunswick where there are such high tides. It's great to walk on the sand bars that just a few hours later will be underwater.

This year the dogs didn't seem to mind wading at all and it wasn't much of a struggle to get them to swim short distances to get to the next sand bar.  Beckett did pretty good, keeping his front feet in the water when he swam paddled. Keltic still kind of tried to climb out of the water, if you know what I mean. The second time we took the dogs to the beach the tide was coming in. Keltic ran out after some birds and  leaped right into a pool deep enough that he had to swim. He was a little more cautious after that. I so wish we had that on video.




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The beach that we go to is adjacent to Parlee Beach Provincial Park but is not actually part of the  park since dogs are not permitted in the park. You have to cross a little tidal stream to get there but at low tide it is only a few inches deep.

Tidal Stream

Entrance to dog-friendly beach at Point du Chene, New Brunswick

The beach

Low tide with other dogs playing

We did some of the usual things, took in the big lobster, did some shopping, walked down to the wharf and visited with my mother.  We also went to see my Dad and visited the memorial to the three Royal Canadian Mounted Policemen killed in the line of duty in Moncton three years ago. The families helped personalize each of the statues, one officer was a K9 handler.

Visiting Dad

A partner's foot prints

RCMP Memorial

This time the tourist thing we did was with a company called Taste This, Goûte ça.  They do food walking tours of the downtown restaurants. We did the evening tour with them; my sister and I were the only ones booked on that tour so we had a very pleasant private evening with our guide. We did six restaurants, each one served us an appetizer and a couple even had wine and beer to sample.

Shediac, New Bruswick is a nice town that gets busy in tourist season, so busy that the main street often is a parking lot.  When we went in town, we parked and just walked to what we wanted to see.

The big lobster

The boys and the big lobster

The boys and a local fisherman
3D mural at the Lobster Shoppe

Another mural at an auto shop.

The boys at the town fountain
Point du Chene is a nice area that is still actually part of Shediac. The cottage we rent is in walking distance to the wharf  where there is a public marina, two restaurants, a bay cruise company and couple gift shops, an ice cream shop and in the lighthouse,  public washrooms, always important. New to us this year was the swing, benches and picnic table at the side of the road leading to the wharf.

Point du Chene wharf



Coast Guard vessel



Some of the residents must be quite the characters if you go by the decorations outside their cottages or even by the name of the cottage. One cottage is called Whale Oil Beef Hooked, say that five times fast. The picture below is of a shed in the area.



All in all it was a very good vacation, just a little sad it had to come to an end.






Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Homesteaders

A couple weeks ago I noticed some grass sticking out of the Alberta Spruce outside my window. Well for the past few days I have been entertained by the comings and goings of these two. Watch in the front door and out the back.


I think they are feeding a brood in there. Hope I see when the babies fledge.

Monday, July 10, 2017

MosiaCanada 150

Yesterday I went down to an event being held in Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec.  Unfortunately this event was not dog-friendly so Beckett and Keltic had to stay home.  The event was MosiaCanada 150 and is a display of sculptures all covered with plant material.



I almost didn't go. I set my GPS for Jacques Cartier park and it got me there after a fashion even though it tried to turn me left twice where there was no left turn allowed. We get to the park and the police were there with the roads blocked off because of the crowds of people. I was in the wrong lane and ended up back on another bridge back to the Ottawa side of the river. At this point I thought I might as well go home and try another day but while trying to get out of the downtown core I decided to park in a parking garage and walk back to MosiaCanada.

Walking back across the Alexandria Bridge I could see dark clouds to the west and again I nearly turned back but decided to keep going and hoped if there was rain it wouldn't be too bad. We've had a really wet spring and summer so far this year.

I got to Jacques Cartier Park and there was a long line up to get in.  It seemed to be moving quickly so I got in line. I figured if it took too long I could just leave. It did move quickly and it was just for a security check of everyone's backpacks or bags; just a sign of the times we live in. Once inside, although there were lots of people, it didn't seem that crowded.

The sculptures were set out in two connecting loops. Each of the sculptures was sponsored by a province, city or other group. I went around twice, the first time around I went quickly as it was still threatening rain. And it did rain, so I took cover, as did many other people, under the grand piano. I think it was the only sculpture I didn't get a picture of.  We got kicked out from under the piano but not until the rain had mostly stopped.  By then it was clearing so I went around again this time reading more about many of the sculptures.

Mother Earth
Another view of Mother Earth


Blessing of the Good Omen Dragons

Joyful Celebration of the Nine Lions


Red Foxes sponsored by Charlottetown PEI
Puffins sponsored by Nfld and Labrador

Wisakedjak and the Creation of the World - see the turtle?
Another view of Wisakedjak
Muskox sponsored by the North West Territories

Don't they look real?




In Flanders Fields, the Poppy

Odyssey and Hope
After the second time around, it was getting rather late and I still had the walk back so I headed back across the bridge to Ottawa.

Alexandria Bridge

Parliament Hill
By now it had cleared up nicely and it was actually rather warm out.  I got home later in the afternoon than I had planned and my Achilles was a little sore so I didn't get the lawn mowed. MosiaCanada is running until October so if you're thinking about a visit to our capital, it's certainly a sight you have to see. It's free; just be prepared for some walking to get there if you go on a weekend.

If you want to see all of the pictures I took at MosiaCanada,  check them out on my FaceBook page.