Saturday, August 27, 2005

Sunny Saturday Stride

This is where I go most summer weekends, at least once. Along the canal which runs through the centre of this lovely city is a bike and pedestrian path. It's about a ten minute walk or less from my house to the canal. With this only three blocks from one's home, who wouldn't want to go for a stroll?? Actually, I never stroll - I stride. Strolling hurts my back. Now I've turned around to show you the view in the other direction. That handsome fellow is my sweetie. And once more I ask: With such great company, who wouldn't want to go for a stroll, er, stride? Proceed a little further towards the downtown - see the buildings getting bigger? - and this is what you see. More gorgeousness! The canal does an arc to the left, and shortly we'll come to the bridge we cross to get downtown, though we could, if we chose, continue along the canal to The Market, a pedestrian-friendly area chock full of tourists, restaurants, bistros, and crafty-type shops. I love this little bridge. It's just so pretty! The inlet behind it has a grassy park around it, and some very pricey homes back onto it. I was going to take you right downtown with me, about a 30 minute walk, but I got distracted by conversation with my sweetie, so I'm afraid our tour ends here. See why I love living in this city??


Blogger Juggling Mother said...

It look beautiful. I'll have to come visit sometime.

Of course, I've had "visit Canada" on my list of things to do soon since I was 18 & hung out with a Canadian guy for a few months hitchiking. But it is still way up there!

Still SW England is pretty too. I like living at the seaside, next to a gorge, only a few miles from the beautiful city of Bath and within a day trip of some of the most facinating historical & pre-historical monuments in the world:-)

8/27/2005 04:43:00 p.m.  
Blogger hotboy said...

The last time I visited this blog I read something brilliantly written about ... doesn't matter. Then the photies of god knows where. That's very technological. Apparently, you can't do that on this machine even if you knew how. Put in photies. Nice place though wherever it is. Interested in sex and Irish beer? What's the matter with you back? Visit my blog. Cure your back. Hotboy

8/27/2005 05:12:00 p.m.  
Blogger hotboy said...

Ontario? Light looks great. Your sweetie looks Scottish. A lot of Scottish people stand like that. Hotboy

8/27/2005 05:15:00 p.m.  
Blogger hotboy said...

It's so nice to call someone a sweetie!

8/27/2005 05:15:00 p.m.  
Blogger craziequeen said...

'visit Canada' has been on my list all my life [sigh]

most of my family live in Toronto and my god-daughter and her long-suffering mama have been in Calgary for the past three years..

Mind you, I also have 'visit Providence' on my list - perhaps in the vain hope I might 'accidentally' bump into Mike Farrell while they're filming the show of the same name :-)

8/27/2005 05:35:00 p.m.  
Blogger Juggling Mother said...

At least I can say I've been round a lot of the uK. Of course it's a little bit smaller than Canada....

There's still loads to see though, plus now I need to go back to everywhere with the kiddies.

8/27/2005 05:46:00 p.m.  
Blogger Aginoth said...

I concur, looks lovely :o)

8/27/2005 06:02:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Mrs.A: I've been to England twice in my life, the first when I was sixteen. (I have reams of family in the midlands.) It's lovely, and I love the people. Of course it's true that everyone seems so much friendlier when you're on holiday, too. Except in Paris. Stiff lot, those Parisians.

I read somewhere you can fit England (or was it the whole UK?) into Ontario 5 times. And this is important, because we all know that bigger is better. Uh-huh. I love my city, think my country is gorgeous and well worth the visit, but I am planning to go back to Britain as soon as I can scrape together the funds. It's a lovely place, but pricey!

Hotboy: I've seen you on - whose blog is it? - but had completely forgotten, or didn't notice, that you'd been here before. How could I have missed? You're making sure you're noticed today, at any rate.

Brilliantly written? Thank you. I aim to please. And for that bit of flattery you are welcome back any time.

Ontario: very good! Either that or you read my profile. Irish beer, rich and creamy. Yum. Photos are of the Rideau Canal here in Ottawa.

No, he's not Scottish. Fourth or fifth generation Canadian, origins probably German, god help me. And yes, it is nice! (To call and to have.)

CQ: I lived in Toronto for about eight years, and quite liked it. Though its pollution levels are worse, it gets a much milder and shorter winter than Ottawa! I like the size of Ottawa better, though. From Ottawa to Toronto is about a five hour drive; Calgary, you fly to!

Aginoth: Thank you. Maybe tomorrow I'll remember to keep snapping those shots, and have more to show. Don't hold yer breath: my memory is as the sieve.

8/27/2005 07:05:00 p.m.  
Blogger August95 said...

Great pictures Mary, thanks for showing us around. I would stride here everyday if I could also. :)

8/27/2005 09:18:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Sharkey said...

I concur with August 95--great pics, and looks like a nice place for a walk.

I'm with you on the striding vs. strolling thing. I think that's why I hate grocery shopping. Get out of my way, people!

8/27/2005 11:49:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

August: that's some compliment, coming from you, who has some of the most beautiful scenery in the country just outside her back door! Thank you.

Sharkey: Exactly! Sometimes I get stuck behind people on the sidewalk, and they're going so slowly you wonder why they're not teetering from side to side, they spend so long on each foot. Some of them may be frail or ill in some not-obvious way, but not that many! Outta may way, indeed!

8/28/2005 07:27:00 a.m.  
Blogger snaars said...

Great pictures. Ontario looks like an exceptionally clean city. You, your sweetie, your city - from where I sit, all look like a perfect fit!

8/28/2005 01:15:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Thanks. Ontario is, of course, the province in which we live. Ottawa is the city, the capital of Canada. I've lived in five (Canadian) cities in my life, and Ottawa is not exceptionally clean in my experience, just normal. However, people more experienced with travel to and from the States tell me that Canadian cities are, on the whole, cleaner than American ones.

And yes, this city is a good fit for me, and my sweetie? He's perfect!

8/28/2005 06:59:00 p.m.  
Blogger aaron said...

Beautiful photos, Mary. Ottawa is one of my favorite Canadian cities (having been there twice, last time was about this time of year in 2003). I've got a friend up there who keeps trying to convince us to move there. With GWB's America, it's sorely tempting, if only we could figure out some sort of employment.

8/28/2005 08:23:00 p.m.  
Blogger Candace said...

So...what weekend is good for you?

We can be there anytime in September and October.


8/28/2005 11:30:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Aaron: I'm sure we Ottawans (is that a word??) could shove over and make room!

Misfit: Make it September, and you'll see the leaf change at its best. Pick a weekend when my stepkids aren't here, and we have a ton of extra beds! I'll even change the sheets.

Or you could come in February and take advantage of the cold and snow in our winter festival, Winterlude. Ice sculptures, huge slides for the kids made of snow and ice, all sorts of activities.

8/29/2005 08:50:00 a.m.  
Blogger Candace said...

SNOW! I love snow! We don't get much of it here in Cincinnati...well, we got A LOT of it last winter, but usually not so much.

I'm loving the idea of huge snow/ice slides. *Just* for the kids? Would I be frowned upon for partaking?

8/29/2005 09:23:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Misfit: Adults go on them all the time, no problem. Just wear snow pants, because the slides are lined with ice, and that's stuff's HARD. Bruised bottoms all round...

8/29/2005 09:31:00 a.m.  
Blogger snaars said...

Oops! Wow, how embarassing to confuse the name of an entire province with that of a city! I knew that Ontario was a province, of course, I just wasn't thinking.

Geography was never my strong suit, but now I been edumcated fer real in collij, I shud'a knowed better.

8/29/2005 09:54:00 a.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

Beautiful, Mary! Thanks for giving us the tour!

8/29/2005 05:49:00 p.m.  

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