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NosyNeighbour has a friend who wanted to join us on a hike. They decided last week that we would hike on Saturday morning, with said friend arriving at our house at 8:00 a.m. I’m not really sure why they decided on such an early start, and I’m not one for waiting around. So I was quite pleased when he was only 10 minutes late arriving.

We set off across the Ottawa River, driving through Aylmer and heading along Highway 148 towards Luskville. After you leave the suburbs of Aylmer, the road snakes around a few corners, then suddenly a four-lane divided highway appears. At the second intersection, Hotel de ville, you take a right. There’s a small brown NCC sign indicating the Gatineau Park. Follow this until your first left, and then arrive at the parking lot. Read the rest of this entry »

It was a long muggy summer, definitely not one that was conducive to hiking. We’d been waiting for the weather to cool off long enough to kill of bugs to make a hike in the Gatineau Park more enjoyable. 

Despite a rainy forecast for last weekend, Sunday morning was looking good. After hanging up a few loads of laundry we set off to hike Ridge Road from Old Chelsea. I knew that the Army Run had shut things down along the Sir JAM parkway and by the Portage Bridge, so we decided to drive through the park to get to the other side. 

There was also a road closure in the park, which forced us up towards the Champlain Lookout, then back down the Fortune Parkway. A bit of a detour but also a chance to see if the leaves were changing. They’ve only just begun.

Federal action plan money had leveled out some hiking paths last year. I was a bit disappointed to see Ridge Road almost completely graded. While it did make the path a lot drier, it definitely took away some of the challenge on the steeps, heading up to the Skyline Loop. Don’t get me wrong, it was still steep, but I missed having that unevenness that forces you to pay attention to loose rocks and pick your way through the mud. In fact, on the one section that hadn’t been completely regraded, I tripped on a rock and almost fell.

Can’t wait to get out again this weekend.

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I’m not one to follow any fashion rules. I believe you should dress to be comfortable for the weather and the activity. So I reluctantly brought my dressy sandals home last Friday, thinking that was the end of the summer weather. I had decided I could push the fashion boundaries because they’re black, so the wearing white after Labour Day wouldn’t apply.

This morning I thought I would take advantage of today’s weather forecast: sunny and a high of 25. It was still a cool 9 degrees when I left, so I opted for quick dry capri pants, with a merino wool golf shirt on top. Since I may want to go for a walk at lunch, I put on my sports sandals. After all, my toenails are still painted hot pink, so why not show them off at least on the way to work. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s been a while since I’ve shared neighbourhood happenings. I’ve been getting e-mails from friends who have noticed stuff but just not had the time to get it all together.  So here goes:

  • Fratelli’s has moved to its new location, just east of its former location, in the former Village Quire. It seems to have a very small rooftop patio. The former location is getting ready to open as a fish restaurant by the same Fratelli owners.
  • The CIBC bank has opened at 101 Richmond. While I’m not a fan of a bank taking up half the retail, it is convenient because it happens to be my bank.
  • 111 Richmond is progressing fast and up to the fourth floor I think now.
  • Q the excitement …. Blasting has finally stopped by the convent and the hole for the foundations for the three towers is being dug. When we saw it yesterday from Leighton Terrace, we realized that the hole isn’t that much wider than 101 Richmond. So the three towers will actually seem smaller than I had expected.

But the big news that forced me to blog today is to get out in the hood for a Taste of Wellington, happening this Saturday, September 15.

I promise to get out with the camera to take some pics soon.

 

Yesterday I had to take the bus home. I was going to take the 96, but saw the  8 when I got out of the building and wasn’t sure if I’d missed the 96 so I hopped on.

It filled up quickly at the next stop. And while we sat at the stop, already full, I saw another bus pull past us. It was the 96. It loaded, then left. And still we sat there. So I pulled out my smart phone and checked the bus app to see if I could make the 16 at Alberta and Booth.  The app said I had 8 minutes, which should have been plenty of time. Read the rest of this entry »

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