From the Office Window – Friday June 15, 2007

July 13 is my last day at work – only four weeks away. Emotions are mixed – I have worked with some of my colleagues for 30 years off and on. Many of us are on second careers – we started at Air Canada, retired and came back to work in the Government. From a few comments I’ve overhead some people are getting tired of going to my farewell lunches – my former sous-chef Molly figures this is number 4, that she can remember!

I know I will miss the people – old colleagues and new – and I will miss the incredible view – changing with every season – I have from the office windows.

Lebreton Flats and the War MuseumLebreton Flats – was once a crowded community of taverns, small businesses and company houses many owned by the E. B. Eddy Co. They were razed in the 1960’s to make way for … nothing until the War Museum was built in 2002. Plans have been approved and construction started on luxury condominiums and apartments and the developers are making a killing.

The Mill and Victoria IslandVictoria Island is the venue for most of this year’s National Aboriginal Day celebrations – some of the biggest names in the Native arts community are appearing from June 21-24. Before it became the site of lumber mills and factories the island had particularly significance for the tribes along the Ottawa River.

The Supreme CourtI wish the area around the Supreme Court were a little less austere but given what’s done there maybe its appropriate.

Alexandra and Interprovincal BridgesThere are only five bridges connecting Ottawa to Gatineau – four in the downtown and one in the West – rush hour traffic can be hell.

Beginning of the Sparks Street MallOur end of the Sparks Street Mall is all flower beds and trees – the cafes, restaurants and stores are a few blocks away.

Come Into the Garden, Maud – V

Clematis blossomThe clematis at the side of the family room has always been a heavy bloomer but the one on the deck has never once had so much as a bud. I hadn’t realized they could be so temperamental.

Honeysuckle vine in bloom
Honeysuckle vine in bloomFour years ago the honeysuckle vine was a pathetic twig but this year has been its most spectacular – sort of imagine it in the next few years surrounding the door.

Barren peonyFor the first time neither of the peonies has a single bloom; by this time they should have been loaded down with ants, a few sticky buds and gigantic pink-white blooms. Maybe I should have divided them last fall?

Come Into the Garden, Maud – IV

Tiny purple-blue flowers
I have absolutely no idea what these flowers are. They are dotted throughout the garden and bloom for a week or two.
Close up of purple-blue flowers
More of those blue flowers
They are quite lovely and in full bloom first thing in the morning when the sun hits them, but….

Flowers at sunset.… towards sunset they close up and become this little pea pods.

Just wondering if anyone knows what they are; Lynette I can normally count on you to refresh my fading memory on things floral.