Ottawa Day 7…

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long night… just after we got into bed at 10:30 pm there was half an hour of fireworks from the Festival and we had a great view from the kids’ apartment… went to sleep to be woken up at 12:30 to a loud and furious storm filled with lightening, rain, and thunder… back to sleep for a couple of hours only to hear “Grandma, my stomach hurts”… after about half an hour went back to sleep… had to be shaken at 4:30 when the alarm went off…

headed over to Gatineau one more time to try and get our balloon ride…

this time they didn’t even have us sign the form because the ceiling was low and rain was expected… so we sat around till it was almost light, and took our picture in front of another balloon trailor…

IMG_7788.JPGtook a taxi to ByWard Market where we had a lovely breakfast and checked out some of the Farmers’ Market, as the boys slept at the apartment…

IMG_7772.JPGonce we got home we decided to take a tour of Ottawa on the Lady Dive, an amphibious bus…

IMG_7775.JPGhome for a nap and did some laundry while the boys played racket ball… they headed off to a movie and we took another taxi to Gatineau…

we waited for about half an hour and once again it was a no go, sigh…

IMG_7786.JPGjust made it into a taxi when the heavens opened and the rain came pouring down…

IMG_7773.JPGwe were treated to a stunning rainbow with very bright colours… even the violet was visible…

tomorrow morning is our last opportunity for a flight as we leave Ottawa in the late afternoon…

we will see…

Ottawa Day 6…

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well, the day did not turn out as hoped… we took a taxi at 4:45 am to the Festival Montgolfier de Gatineau, across the river… we got lost a few times but eventually arrived at the Hot Air Balloon site where we waited in the dark for a long time in a long line… we filled out forms and sat and waited for our flight… eventually, the sun rose and the sky was beautiful…

IMG_7714.JPGsadly this is as close as we got to the balloons…

IMG_7715.JPGit was too windy… we took a taxi home, slept for a bit and after lunch we all went back to the fair and spent some time on rides and playing games…

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IMG_7719.JPGwe shared some wonderful potatoes and then we went and waited for the evening balloon ride…

IMG_7720.JPGonce again, this is how close we got to the balloon, still too windy

IMG_7716.JPGwe took a bus to the Museum of Civilization where we thought we would get another bus across the bridge to Ottawa and home… unfortunately that bus didn’t run in the evening, so we walked across the bridge and I got a nice shot of the Museum…

IMG_7721.JPGso, please send us nice weather vibes so we might get up in a balloon over the next couple of days, although the weather says it is going to rain tomorrow:-(… there are still three chances and then we head for home…

Ottawa Day 5…

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spent an hour first thing watching about 24 hot air balloons fly over the city… what a treat… took some pictures but they weren’t good…

we went out for a late lunch to Cacao 70… it is a chocolate restaurant…

IMG_7659.JPGit was delicious…

took a walk over the bridge to see water lilies and arrowheads… another beautiful day…

IMG_7661.JPGwater was calm as this paddler went by…

IMG_7660.JPGwhile we were deciding on our supper more balloons floated over… this picture is taken with Cyndi’s camera…

IMG_7662.JPGlooking forward to spending the whole day with the kids tomorrow…

Ottawa Day 4…

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started the day with a lay in… eventually we got up and had an adventure… with the help of a number of people we met on our travels, we found our way to the Canadian Nature Museum where we spent about three hours checking out the various displays… we liked the new luminescence exhibit and all the others as well…

IMG_7576.JPGwe worked up an appetite and found a pizza place for our lunch…

IMG_7577.JPGfound a spot inside where we could watch the outside…

while we were eating a few pigeons came by…

IMG_7578.JPGjust before we arrived home we found these cosmos and got a few shots…

IMG_7579.JPGonce home we watched a few of my shows, a few others, played on the computer and prepared for dinner…

now we are watching Blended and thinking about an early bed time…

another lovely vacation day…

Ottawa Day 3…

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more relaxing day… before we got up we got a picture of our sleeping arrangements which are working very well…

IMG_7556.JPGthe boys went off to get fixins for ice cream and came back with a lot of candy…

Ron ran a few errands with a friend while we watched a bit of tv, worked on a Lego piece and took a walk along the river…

IMG_7557.JPGthen we headed out to see the new house… it has some lovely hydrangeas in front…

IMG_7558.JPGit is going to be perfect and I got a pic of the kids taking a photo in front of the house…

IMG_7559.JPGwe went out for poutine and while we were waiting a few people had a rest…

IMG_7560.JPGand really I don’t care for poutine, which I must remember, lol…

we jumped on a bus and headed to the Parliament building where we watched a fascinating light show… the weather was gorgeous…

IMG_7561.JPGmy favourite part was the poppies filling up the space…

IMG_7562.JPGafter the show we followed many people to the bus stop and headed home…

everyone else is in their bed as I write this, as the kids both have work tomorrow, and me and the little guy are on our own… we have some plans:-)…

Ottawa Day 2…

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saw Cyndi off to work and then went back to bed…

when we were all up, we headed to the Experimental Farm and saw some animals…

IMG_7484.JPGliked the donkey…

IMG_7476.JPGwe learned some of the science of agriculture…saw some lovely gardens…

IMG_7477.JPGthe boys did some paddling…

IMG_7478-0.JPGwe spent some time at the mall and finished off our adventure with beaver tails at ByWard Market…

IMG_7479.JPGfull, but fun day… now to rest my feet, lol…

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Ottawa Day 1…

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well, it has been a busy day…

got to the airport, went through security and grabbed seats to wait for our flight…

IMG_7457.JPGhad lots of things to keep us busy on the plane…

IMG_7458.JPGfound our way to the kids’ apartment and went for a swim in the pool after we picked up some lunch…

IMG_7460.JPGwhen he arrived home Ron showed us all the gaming equipment so we would never run out of things to do…

IMG_7461.JPGtook a long walk to The Works where we had a delicious supper… there are many kinds of burgers… happily we caught a bendy bus back to the apartment where we visited, planned some of the week’s activities, and went down to the pool again…

now it is off to bed… everyone is tired…

ready…

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tonight the sky turned dark and the wind blew like crazy

eventually it blew the storm right past us…

IMG_7429.JPGthe sun shone through the clouds and the light in the front and back was beautiful…

IMG_7430.JPGthe kids came over, mowed and whipper snipped the front yard, which looked as though the house had been abandoned, lol, and then we had supper before they headed home…

my nine year old grandson stayed behind… we had a fun time in the hot tub, found markers and colouring books, and cards for his backpack and he has headed to bed…

my suitcase and carry on are packed and we are ready to go

IMG_7431.JPGtaxi is picking us up at 6:15 and we will be on our way to Ottawa to visit Cyndi and Ron…

ahhhhh…

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lovely first day of vacation…

up early and walked over to “the A” to have breakfast with my daughter…

IMG_7414.JPGof course I had to check the morning glories… still can’t believe it was the purple ones that seeded themselves…

IMG_7416.JPGit was misty when I stepped outside and Bruce Park looked cool…

IMG_7417.JPGdelicious breakfast and good to spend time with my girl…

IMG_7418.JPGthen we shopped at a few places… met the rest of the family and my nephew for dimsum and headed home…

had a nap, watched tv and ate leftover roti for my dinner…

got out my suitcase and started packing

overflowing…

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this morning it was misting outside but I had to take pictures of the morning glories

IMG_7390.JPGwhenever I look at them I remember how George would bring me pictures and tell me how many were blooming as I spent weeks in the hospital a few years back…

the pond is nearly overflowing…

IMG_7391.JPGwe’ve had two huge rains this week and rather than being low on water, it is bursting its seams…

before I left home I had to move and dump the barrel liner… It was full again this morning… certainly a good workout to pull it across the driveway and then tip it over…

IMG_7392-0.JPGthis beautiful and large hibiscus greeted me when I arrived home…

IMG_7393.JPGone of the biggest blossoms so far on this tree…

a great beginning to my two weeks of vacation…

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