Much has been made about the big snowfall that started last weekend. Initial forecasts called for 25 cm. I don’t think we got that much but it did catch a lot of drivers off guard.

And following my bicycle flat tire last Friday, I’m back to walking around the hood.

Here’s what I noticed in Hintonburg / Wellington West:  

A Wine Rack is going into the former location of Three Tarts.

I noticed this mural on the side wall of Maker House (where Wellington turns into Somerset). I’m not sure how long it’s been there, but you really can’t appreciate it if you’re cycling or driving . 

Suzy Q’s new location seems to have the final touches. I like it but kind of miss the original wooden sign.

The former location of World of Maps is finally leased. But I have no idea what it is.

And lastly, Allegro Retrospektive former location is also leased. The new tenant is something called Kindred Shop and Studio.

AND THE REDBLACKS ARE IN THE GREY CUP!!

Today the autumn sun felt warmer than November. After I had run a few errands by bike, I contemplated a longer ride.

But it was so nice, I decided to walk and see what was new.

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Today’s hike was cancelled because of rain. So when the sun came out, I decided to go for a walk.

Along the way, I noticed some new-to-me things:

  • The building that houses Viens avec moi and a yoga studio was getting a paint job. Not a fan of painting bricks, but it did look sharp in black.
  • Hintonburg’s Eddy building has a new tenant: Royal Palm Thrift and Gift
  • And Suzy Q’s new location also got a paint job 

We wanted to go for a hike on the weekend, but we were leery of the invasion of “leafers” who appear each fall. Holding a Tim Horton’s cup in one hand, and a cigarette or donut in the other, leafers take over the parkways and parking lots in the Gatineau Park.

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The goal for this morning’s walk was Albert Island. I was curious to see any progress in access to the Zibi side, especially since the next Brewery Market is taking place there on October 22,  instead of Hintonburg. Sorry to report that the gates were locked. I did see some great autumn leaves along the river. And cyclists were even using their bells thus morning! Read the rest of this entry »

October 16 is World Food Day. This year’s theme is Climate is Changing. Food and Agriculture must too.

If you’re interested in a local event, you can find out more about a community walkathon to support these organizations:

For more details, see all-about-food-event-details-2016.

Today NosyNeighbour and I set off on a pre-Thanksgiving hike.

We started at the canoe launch parking lot and set off for the Ramparts. It’s only the third time I’ve been there. And it was NosyNeighbour’s first. 

Most of the lookouts in the park overlook the Ottawa River, but the Ramparts overlook Meech Lake. And once the leaves are off the trees we should be able to see two more lakes.

On the way back, I thought I’d do dome exploring for a hiking group I’ve joined and co-lead. Do NOT take trail 20 in the summer. Do not let yourself believe that the no bikes sign means that hikers are welcome.  Remember that the signage is for winter users.

But the leaves are turning. And we beat the crowds. Enjoy the pics. I plan to post more of my hikes.

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There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about Ontario’s new law that requires motorists to leave one metre between themselves and cyclists. Ottawa Police on bikes are testing a new sonar device to educate drivers about just how far that distance is. Delivery trucks are parking in bus lanes and buses are parking in bike lanes. Several newspaper columnists have written columns about their experiences either as a cyclist, driver or both. In all the comments, the one that spoke to me the most was the one that said something like: there are dickheads on bikes and dickheads behind the wheel. Please everyone stop being dickheads. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. What can I say. Life is good and I’ve been busy.
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Walking down Wellington I noticed that Times Used Sports is for lease. I checked their website and it doesn’t have any news.

Sad to see a local family business disappear.  But I suppose many use kijiji now.

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