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I have a good friend who is now a full time artist. When NosyNeighbour and I went to the Grand Canyon a few years ago, I saw a small cottage at the top of the canyon that was used by the artist in residence.

I told my friend about the program there and suggested she investigate what programs are available through Parks Canada. She did and has been accepted into Art in the Park Ivvavik 2012. Ivvavik National Park is on the on the Yukon North Slope. Artists fly in to a remote base camp nestled in the British Mountains, to be inspired by an ancient and rugged arctic landscape. Read the rest of this entry »


I’ve seen things happening around the neighbourhood, but haven’t had the time to upload photos or blog about them. But this morning, I am making time.

It started last weekend, when NosyNeighbour noticed something as he drove along Byron. The wall behind the convent had come down, as had, sadly, some of the tall cedar hedge. On the upside, you can now get a nice view of the convent that I’d never seen before. Read the rest of this entry »

 An interesting article in the Ottawa Citizen today talks about an Indie Coffee Passport for independent coffee houses. In the Hintonburg / Wellington West area, participating coffee houses include:

The concept is simple. You get $54 worth of coffee for only $14. Visit any of the 12 participating coffee shops between May 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012. Get one free coffee, tea or espresso-based beverage (up to $4.50 menu price) at each coffee shop.

If you decided to go for a walk downtown, you could add these ones to your list too:

I like it. I like it a lot. It’s like travel, coffee and supporting independent businesses all in one.

My plan this morning was to bus in the morning to walk home after work. When I left the house, I was a bit late for a walk all the way to the Transitway, but a bit early to take the #16. Because the wind was so much colder than yesterday’s humidity, I decided to walk the 16 route until the bus caught up with me. Read the rest of this entry »

 On Sunday we decided to take our Dahons for a spin out to the Aylmer Marina and back. We’ve been out on them once already this season. On this second trip NosyNeighbour wore his cycling shorts so I knew the cadence would be higher and the speed faster.

Folding bikes are still relatively rare in Ottawa. We got a few looks on the Quebec pathway when we passed road bikes. I’m still amazed that our little wheels can move so fast. Read the rest of this entry »

On Good Friday, we decided to take a walk around the neighbourhood. We started off going to Westboro, then walked down to the western edge of Hintonburg. It was really cold so we stopped at The Cake Shop for a coffee and treats to warm up.

Enjoy the pics: Read the rest of this entry »

On our way back from Renee Levesque after work to buy a birthday present, NosyNeighbour noticed a big sign in the window of Silk Road Treats. So we walked up on to the porch to the read the details. It was a liquor license application for Silver Spoon Thai Cuisine for an indoor and outdoor area. You have until May 2 to provide comments.

So, when can we Thai one on?

Westjet, you’ve made my morning …


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