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Julie, after a nice lunch at the Old Mill in Ashton

Julie, after a nice lunch at the Old Mill in Ashton

We went back to the Old Mill at Ashton today, this time for lunch. We also met up with a friend of mine, Julie, about halfway there. Her husband acted as the support vehicle. Julie has a more upright bike that’s quite a bit heavier than ours, so we rode slowly along the TransCanada trail, yacking about the renovation and work.

On the last kilometre or so, Errol saw us on Ashton Station Road and pulled over. I decided to sprint from there to make sure he spotted the pub. Ashton is quite small, but you can miss it if you blink. Sure enough, he wasn’t in the parking lot. So I stood at the crossroads and waited for him to come back. Read the rest of this entry »

Canadian David Wilcox ROCKS!

Canadian David Wilcox ROCKS!

The last time we saw the Canadian David Wilcox was on our 10th anniversary. He played in the rain (yet again) at the Ottawa Ex. It was just before he released his latest CD, and we got to hear some of the new tracks. He totally rocks. People turned out last year in the rain, and this year it looked like the rain was going to turn up again. Read the rest of this entry »

So Rob just came back with our weekly supply of fresh bagels from the Ottawa Bagel Shop. And he brought me news that will be worth further exploring … The former location of Destination Hair has now been leased. Don’t know what it will be yet, but stay tuned….

Tonight was the follow up meeting to the last one. Happy to see they did incorporate some of our suggestions (using different building material to break up the length of the building and setting back the top floor on the north and west sides). Read the rest of this entry »

Although I would have loved front row seats to watch the implosion, the city closed off roads around Frank Clair Stadium at Landsdowne Park to remove the lower  section of the south sides stands.

It brought back memories, some good, some bad, of the old Ottawa Roughriders and Renegades. Ironically our seats would now be 15 rows from the field, but it’s quite a drop to field level. Hopefully the trio of potential new owners will be able to work out something with they city so that we can have football back in the nation’s capital. Read the rest of this entry »

Firkinfest welcome for guests. Please follow the footsteps to the backyard.

Firkinfest welcome for guests. Please follow the footsteps to the backyard.

Another firkin summerfest is over. After a week of worrying about the weather, it ended up being sunny and hot, with a slight breeze. We had a good turnout this year, about 25 people. Last year’s was more of a neighbourhood gathering, but this year we invited a wide group of friends, many of whom didn’t know each other.  Timbit was well behaved too. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been meaning to write this post since Tuesday. I was riding up the hill on Wellington downtown, playing leap frog with the buses from Gatineau. At a red light, a cyclist riding on the sidewalk asks me if I’m suicidal because I’m sharing the road with buses. I thought about it a bit, then decided to try different routes home using paths and roads  along the canal to see which is more relaxing.

While it’s never fun when traffic doesn’t respect you, if you’re predictable and ride defensively, I think you’re better off on the road if: Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we didn’t take full advantage of the amenities we have in this neighbourhood when we lived in the condo. Yesterday we had originally planned to do another pub ride out to Ashton for supper. But the weather looked a bit iffy in the evening so we decided to ride to Westboro Beach for an afternoon dip and supper on the beach.  It didn’t help that Timbit kept  bucking out of his harness either. Read the rest of this entry »

Just came back from a meeting across the street about the proposed Ashcroft development at 93 and 109 Richmond Road. The Canadian Tire gas bar is part of this, as is the parking lot that the Shouldice berry cart sits on. A lot of residents have concerns about the height of the building, the setback and increased traffic. None were thrilled with the design either.

Also learned the following bits of gossip: Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

Forgot to post our Canada Day experiences because of my fall over on the bike. On Tuesday Brenda and I went to Britannia Beach for a swim. Nice cycle ride out there and the beach wasn’t too crowded. It’s nice having three or four beaches within an easy cycle ride and others in the Gatineau Park a bit farther away, but well worth the ride because you don’t have to pay for parking. Read the rest of this entry »

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