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.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day!!

It's our sesquicentennial, our country is 150 years old!

Beckett and Keltic went to Parliament Hill to celebrate. They are wearing Canada 150 bandanas but they are really hard to see.

We got a better shot with our Canada 150 tulips.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Boys from the Hood

I took the boys to see part of their hood today, otherwise known as Parliament Hill.  It was very hot when the sun was out but not too bad when it clouded over. We got downtown before 10 am and walked around for about an hour and half. Bad Mum I didn't bring water once again, Luckily at the locks, the Parks Canada office and museum had dog bowls out.

Beckett and Keltic with the Peace Tower

Yes, we would like to vote.

Beckett and Keltic became part of the scenery when they sat on the chair by Emily Murphy, one of the statues on the Hill. You can read about her at the link above and about other women who fought for the rights of women in Canada.

We spent quite a bit of time sitting in the shade wherever we could find it.  Beckett and Keltic were quite a hit with many tourists and even the tour guides on the Hill.

You're in our shot!

Will they never leave?

We walked down to the locks and walked from one end to the other and back.

Looking toward the Ottawa River

Looking back to the Chateau Laurier hotel
Then we walked over the the National War Memorial where we saw the changing of the sentry on the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

Beckett and Keltic at the War Memorial

Sentries on guard

Changing the sentry.

We then walked the Sparks Street Mall before heading back to our car.  I'm sure Beckett and Keltic will never forget that it was ribfest and I didn't buy them any.  We got home before any of the rain started which was a good thing.

You might not have noticed but Beckett and Keltic are wearing their Canada 150 bandanas. The shot on Parliament Hill was the one I really wanted to get and I certainly didn't want to go down on Canada Day weekend, just too crazy that weekend.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Down Home

Well, it's been awhile since I sat down to write a blog post, I'm falling behind. Perhaps I'll have more time in future as now every weekend will be a long weekend. I'm starting my transition to retirement this weekend; for the next two years I'll only work four days a week.

Any way last month, my sister, brother-in-law and I went to to Halifax, well Dartmouth actually, for a family weekend.  My youngest niece was getting married on the 12th of May. She and her family are Mormons so we were not be able to attend the ceremony itself, we decided to see if my mother's brother and his wife were available to spend some time with us while we were in town.  Not only were they available but they invited us to spend the weekend at their house. Had they not been available I doubt we would have gone.

We flew down on Thursday getting in around 9:30 pm.  We had a great time sitting up and chatting with my Aunt and Uncle who we hadn't seen since my father passed away. We were able to sleep in the next day as the wedding ceremony wasn't until the afternoon.  By the time we arrived at the Temple, my sister, her family and the bride and groom had already gone in. We waited with other guests in the waiting room for their sealing ceremony to be completed. The bouquet had one of my mother's brooches on it so that in a way she could be there too. Afterwards many many photos were taken before we headed off to a restaurant for the wedding dinner.

First Kiss

The bouquet

The dip

Karen, Keaton, Kayla and Kevin, the bride and groom with Kayla's parents

The restaurant was small but we had the whole upper loft area for our group. My youngest sister and her husband who have been travelling the US this past year had worked their way back to Canada and joined us for dinner. The dinner was very nice. There was a choice of  four dinner entrees along with cakes for dessert. It was the first time we had met our youngest great-nephew Haig Arthur the 4th.

Maureen, Steve and Aunt Helen

Juanita, Joe and Baby Haig Arthur
Saturday, we headed over to Halifax, we took the ferry over.  I was born in Halifax and went back there to go to university but this was the first time I ever took the ferry from Dartmouth to Halifax.  We walked along the waterfront to Pier 21 which is now a museum to immigration in Canada. In the 20's and 30's it was a large immigration centre for people who came to Canada by ship. After taking a tour of the museum we had lunch then headed back along the waterfront to meet Maureen and Steve at the Lower Deck pub.

On the ferry

Halifax Harbour

Waterfront walk

Citadel Hill

Local Brew

After a beer with Maureen and Steve we headed back to Helen and Terence's where we had the classic East Coast lobster supper, a little less expensive to have at home than at a restaurant.

Sunday afternoon, some of my cousins, two of my mother's brothers and her youngest sister came over along with other members of the family. We had a lovely pot luck supper.  It was great to see everyone. I'm sure I hadn't seen  my cousins' children since the kids were little now most of them are adults.

My sisters and me with our Aunt Helen

Uncle Terence
We flew back home on Monday. Hopefully it won't be as long until we see them again.