Back in the old days of regular blog postings I would share some of my favourite bloggers and their words of wit and wisdom as well as random photos with a bit of theme thrown in. As I look over the old list on the side bar I see that many of my old friends no longer post regularly and in some cases not at all. Many of them have graduated to Facebook where we still are able to keep in touch with the comings and goings in our lives, if in a slightly more concise manner.
|April 23, 2012 – Springtime comes to Ottawa!|
However a few of my longtime blog buddies are still around, one has – to my immense joy – started blogging again and at least one of my dearest friends has begun her own blog. Sadly one of my longtime favourites has announced she is closing down her blog. So I’m back to sharing both favourite blogs and I thought, that given our return to winter yesterday, I’d post a few photos of the “winter of our discontent” here in Ottawa. Now some of you may recall my “bitch slap” threat – well if one more person tells me what a “mild” winter its been this year I will personally make sure they are incorporated into an ice sculpture for next year’s Winterlude – some pictures of this year’s entries follow.
|A recent addition to the many memorials to Canadian politicians, warriors and notables that dot the landscape of Ottawa is this remarkable statue of jazz great Oscar Peterson. Unveiled by Queen Elizabeth in 2010 the bronze figure of Peterson, seated at his piano, observes the pedestrians and cars at the corner of Elgin and Slater in front of the National Arts Centre. And passersby are treated to Peterson playing some of his most famous melodies. I took this picture and short video late one evening after a January snow storm as I was walking home from the NAC.|
My darling Jacquie Sue is still kicking ass over at Yellow Dog Granny – though with all the great things she’s been doing for the folks over at the Rest Home plus old Dexter fussin’ and a fumin’ I’m not sure how she does it. And now that she’s the youngest Great-Grandma I know she’s got a budding YDG to take under her wing – Olivia is one lucky little girl. But we still get our Monday Morning chuckles, updates on the doings in West and whatever else strikes her fancy. And one of these days I’m going to accept her invite and get my butt down to West and try one of those world famous skunk eggs!
|One of the most popular features of Winterlude, after the 10 km skating rink on the Rideau Canal, is the International Ice Sculpture Contest. The first weekend of the annual winter festival was perfect for viewing some spectacular pieces of ice carving. Unfortunately by the time we got to them the second weekend and an evening or two later many of the details had been eroded by a turn in the weather. But there were still spectacular. Many had an Inuit theme to them though there was a odd bit of commercialism. And a sidebar to my friend Marco – that’s what would happen to your Samsung smartphone if you came to Canada in the winter!|
You may recall that in January I headed over to London for a few days to see Dame Edna in her first – and sadly given her announced retirement, last – panto and to spend a few days with some friends. Though time was tight I was able to have a lovely meal with my dear friend David – after having been royally entertained by his diplomate at the Garrick Club. It was good to see David again, howbeit briefly, and even better to see that he has taken up blogging again at I’ll Think of Something Later. David has been my guide to so many things through his blog and my meetings with him and his current postings are once again giving me untold delight. Wonderful to have you back caro!
When we lived in Poland we were lucky that we had a great group of people at the Embassy, not always a given – a group that 12 years later many of whom we see for the occasional lunch, dinner or breakfast. And one or two who have remained close friends – almost family actually. Among the later is my darling Bev. It would take a book to tell her story – she always seems to be on the run not from but to danger. In the past 10 years I’ve lost count of the places she’s lived but I know Islamabad, Kabul, Darfur and Colombo are on the list. Currently she’s living in Bangkok – thats when she’s not on the road to all manner of exotic places with strange sounding names like the up coming tour of Nepal, India, Beirut, Bhutan, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka, Nairobi. Now my Bev is a person who does everything with passion and commitment both work and play and her latest passion is physical training. And she loves sharing her passions and what better way than through a blog. Her adventures as she checks out gyms and other cool sports stuff can be found at The Diesel Diva. Welcome to blogdom darling good to have you with us.
Sadly Lotus Green over at Japonisme has announced that she is closing down her blog. I’ve always enjoyed visiting her and being entertained, educated and often astounded by the wonderful wedding of image, word and sound. She will be missed.
|And what could be more Winter than a “Mountain of Lost Mittens” – this fun sculpture was actually made up of mittens that had been left in various places in Ottawa.|
So enough of winter now – it is now almost the end of April and spring could make a more permanent appearance if it so desired?????