Six weeks ago today John had his triple hernia operation and suffice to say his recovery has been exemplary - and surprisingly, so too has his mental state - given that kayaking was totally off limits. All that changed last evening.
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
The warm weather has continued through to the end of this month and we've made the best of it, travelling to various locations in Quebec, spending time with friends from Elliot Lake, as well as a most enjoyable trip to Massachusetts this past weekend to spend time with our daughter and son-in-law.
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
We've passed the midway point of August and it's been a super month spent with family, friends and fireworks.
|John and his sisters (Bonny to his right, Janet to his left)|
Monday, 5 August 2019
Today we once again crossed the Ottawa River into Quebec, but this time headed westward towards the former city of Aylmer. Why former? In 2002 it amalgamated into the city of Gatineau (part of Canada'a National Capital Region).
|Aylmer City Hall|
Sunday, 4 August 2019
Thursday, 1 August 2019
Last week John had a triple hernia operation and I doubt either of us imagined his recovery would be quite so swift. Needless to say, we're grateful for small miracles and while John took it easy for four straight days (I know, impressive, huh?) by day five he began to suffer from cabin fever (or perhaps I should say condo fever).
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
July has been great weather-wise and we were fortunate to spend Canada Day as well as most of this month in Elliot Lake. While many evenings were spent as a couple chatting and socializing with friends, John did manage to kayak most days. Whether it was on Esten, Elliot, Dunlop, Depot or Cinder he made the rounds and enjoyed every single lake.
Thursday, 27 June 2019
June has been a busy, enjoyable month with us travelling here and there to visit friends. And while we've lived in Ontario all of our lives it still never ceases to amaze us how large this province really is. From start to finish we've driven in excess of 2400 km since our return from Boston (those kilometres, btw, are not included in this tally) - and we're not quite done just yet.
Thursday, 13 June 2019
The same Saturday we attended the Topsfield Strawberry Festival Sarah and Tim suggested we go for an afternoon walk at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. It's located a short distance from their home and a perfect place to get a little exercise and reconnect with nature.
|Administrative building, shop, etc.|
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Last Friday morning we left North Hatley, Quebec and drove (another) 376 km to Topsfield, Massachusetts where we spent a great weekend with our daughter and son-in-law. Not only was it wonderful to see them again, but Mother Nature pulled out all the stops and provided the warmest and sunniest weekend the Boston area has seen so far this year. YES!
|Dianne & Sarah in front of Parson Capen House|
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Last week we made the long trek back to Ottawa as we were on our way to Boston. Stopping along the way in North Hatley, Quebec made the 996 km drive not only easier to manage, but it allowed us to explore a small portion of Quebec's beautiful Eastern Townships.
|Shop window flower box and reflection of our Airbnb flat|
Monday, 3 June 2019
We returned to Elliot Lake two weeks ago and the hottest topic of conversation on everyone's lips was this past winter. Long time residents said they'd never seen such a cold, long and brutal winter. It began in November and did not end until April. The total accumulation of 12' of snowfall (compared to the normal 9') would have been bad enough, but three or four ice storms added to the mix made the 2018/2019 winter a challenge for even the hardiest Canuck.
As you might imagine I'm glad all that snow has melted, but daytime temperatures are low and most evenings we've had the heat on. Even tonight there is a frost warning. Brr! Enough already! Just the same, John's managed to go kayaking five times.
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Friday, 24 May 2019
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Not far from the Nice Cote d'Azur airport, yet very much within the city proper, is a lush green space known as Parc Phoenix. For whatever reason we'd not bothered to check it out during our last three visits, but decided this year it was time. Guess what? It's now one of my top favourite places in Nice!
We checked out of our Paris Airbnb flat at noon on April 9 to take a city bus to Gare de Lyon. Our train departed at 3:07 PM and six hours later we arrived in Nice. This is our fourth visit to this Cote d'Azur destination and we could not be happier - especially as we had four glorious and memorable weeks there.
Labels: Nice France
Tuesday, 14 May 2019
On April 8 we returned for a second visit to the Louvre Museum. (To read about our first visit in April 2018 click HERE.) At 782,910 square feet it is the largest museum in the world and while it is next to impossible to ever do it justice in a few hours or even days we felt we had to at least give it a try!
Labels: The Louvre Museum
Sunday, 12 May 2019
A few blocks from our flat is the Saint Germain district. A mecca for tourists with its shops, galleries and sidewalk cafes and restaurants, it was highly recommended by our Airbnb host so how could we not take a look on day three of our Paris adventure?!
We returned to Paris April 3rd and stayed in the same Airbnb flat as last year. Its location in the 7th Arrondissement off Rue de Bac is the perfect base from which to explore the city on foot and an additional bonus is how quiet it is. Our first stop on April 4 was the Rodin Museum, one of John's favourite sculptors.
Two lovely days that were a great start to our weeklong adventure in Paris!
Rodin lived in this serene Paris location the final few years of his life. The progressional exhibits cover his entire career and fill two entire floors of this glorious building. His sculptures also grace the gardens. An audio guide greatly ehanced our visit and we highly recommend it. His most recognized sculptures include The Thinker, The Gates of Hell doorway and the Six Calais martyrs.
|Gates of Hell doorway|
|Six Calais martyrs|
To celebrate John's birthday I booked a table at La Bonne Excuse (before we left Canada). This restaurant is owned and run by a husband and wife team. He's the chef (far left) while she (standing in doorway) takes great care to ensure their customers have a memorable and delicious experience.
|Fish and white asparagus|
|Roast pork on potato puree|
|Apple tart with salty caramel sauce|
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Thursday, 28 March 2019
Sunday, 10 February 2019
One of our goals for 2019 was to take advantage of all that is available in Ottawa and that naturally includes its many museums. The Museum of Science and Technology is down the street and it literally turned John's life upside down!