Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Our Daily Walk: Wellington Street

On non-snowy days - when sidewalks can be trusted to be free of ice and snow, Terry and I like walk in different neighborhoods. 

I love my own neighborhood - but with very few sidewalks - and roads that slope towards the ditch, it poses an extra walking danger in winter for me. 

So off we drive... to take a walk!

One day recently, Terry and I headed to Wellington Street, between Westbo and Hintonburg, two interesting old neighborhoods. 



Two of his favorite bakeries - for sourdough bread - are located in Hintonburg...

He found the bread he wanted at a French bakery - where I bought an amazing brownie... (I'll definitely get it again!) I may try their French pastry sometime, too.

The streets and sidewalks weren't busy... 


















At this time of year, with no trees and flowers to admire, I enjoy looking at murals painted on buildings...

Now that winter is here, I'm thankful for interesting neighborhoods to walk in, not all that far from home!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Steady Progress...

One of our daily pastimes is watching the changes occurring across the street...

In August 2020, this was our view...

In September, the old house came down...

The basements were built in October...

In November, two houses were framed...

In December there was a rush to put on roofs and install windows...

Now in January 2021, they're working indoors...

Before we know it, they'll be done!

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Creating a Tiny "Book of Hours"

I'm currently reading a book about expressing oneself spiritually through art and poetry...

The book is full of exercises.

I was surprised to come across one recently that suggested dividing the day into "divine hours" - like monastics did, when they prayed five, six or even seven times a day.

Make a little "Book of Hours" by folding a strip of paper into pages, accordion style. Then write a haiku (3 line) prayer for these different prayer times: dawn, mid-morning, noon, mid- afternoon, suppertime, evening and bedtime... Those were the instructions...

I was surprised because I remembered that I had done this exercise before... quite a few years ago at an art workshop.

I still had my little "Book of Hours"... 

The leader had also suggested we paint a color on each page - a color that reflected our mood or energy level at each time of the day...

Did I the workshop leader used a copy of this book to give her ideas?!

Such a co-incidence!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Enjoying a Walk Downtown

A year ago - before the COVID 19 pandemic arrived in Canada, several times a week Terry and I would head to a large shopping center near our home so that I could "mall walk." Leaving my winter coat and boots with Terry, I'd head off. He enjoyed reading the newspaper and drinking coffee while I tried to reach 10,000 steps on my pedometer. Going around all three floors twice would give me the steps I wanted. Occasionally I'd meet someone I knew - but not very often.

Bayshore Shopping Centre was a lovely, warm place to walk...







We do miss those days of indoor walking - and occasional shopping - while winter winds howled outside.

That all stopped last March...

This year we've been trying to walk outdoors - weather permitting - several times a week. Coffee shops are closed, so Terry can't sit and read. He has to walk with me!

Our walks may be cooler - but they're equally interesting. 

One day last week we headed downtown - again with the idea of walking - and possibly buying fresh bread.  

We parked on a side street near the market.



The weather was brisk as we wandered around By-Ward Market, which was unusually quiet. 







We managed to find a bakery that was open - and buy bread. Then we headed towards the National Gallery - which also looked quite desolate.







The cathedral across the street is always beautiful.








After taking a few pictures of statues commemorating Canadian soldiers from early days until now...






Also Canadian  UN peacekeepers...







Then we continued down Wellington Street.






We paused on the bridge overlooking the Rideau Canal.







Then we headed up towards Parliament Hill - where construction is continuing...

Apart from the construction workers, there were very few people around. Not many tourists... I wonder if MP's and their staff are working from home, like so many others...

A quick look at the eternal flame - then back to the car. I did manage to get in my 10,000 steps that day.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Memories of "Winterlude" 1990

Ottawa's annual winter festival is called "Winterlude." It usually occurs mid to late January - but I don't think we'll be celebrating it this year, due to the pandemic...

I recently came across three photographs from Winterlude 1990...

Ice carvers in the ice-carving competition. Their sculptures are so impressive...










Skaters on the canal...







Children lining up at large snow slides... (Parents sometimes accompany them as they go down!)

Such great memories! Such fun!

Hopefully next year...

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Walking... Closer to Home

Ontario residents are currently being discouraged from going far from home (due to the COVID pandemic).


So one day recently, we decided to head over to a nearby park to walk there. 







The park is in the middle of a neighborhood called "Centrepointe." When we first moved to this community, Centrepointe was just a forested area. 

When it was developed and became part of our city, we were then called Nepean

Nepean was later annexed to be part of Ottawa.




Back when this neighborhood was newly developed, a deer once jumped across the road in front of my car at night. I was so shocked! That had never happened before - and it hasn't happened since.

I don't know if any deer still live in the meager woods that are left..




As Terry and I were wandering around the well-kept paths, someone stopped and commented on Terry's hat, which had a team logo on it... And of course, we stopped to talk!

That sometimes happens on a neighborhood walk!


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Everything Old is New Again?!!

For Christmas this year, one of our sons gave Terry an LP record... vinyl!

Lucky we still have our old record player, I said to Terry.

(We haven't used it in years!)


Vinyl is making a comeback,
our son explained.

(I had no idea! What formats are available these days?! This same son got rid of all his CD's a few years ago and now streams music from an online subscription...)

We still use CD's, especially when we're traveling - though Terry tells me that our next car will probably not have a CD player in it... They're not putting them in cars anymore.

Here are two CD's I bought recently... Josh Grobin and some singing nuns...  They are all new releases... Will  CD's soon be obsolete?!

Will we have to stream music through our cell phones? We've never done that.





I was disappointed when they stopped building cassette players in cars. I don't think tapes are available anymore. 

I still have some... like these cassettes of children's stories. My youngest son loved listening to them when he was small. 

I wonder if his four-year-old daughter will be interested in listening to them next time she visits... (She may be 5 by the time it's safe to do that!) 

I also came across this old walkman cassette player - and it works...

I'm looking forward to introducing her to this old technology to see what she thinks!