Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum is home for this severely weathered Valentine VI tank that spent decades drowned in former Soviet Union after helping defeat Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
Although it fell through ice during action on January 25, 1944 when crossing a river near Telepyne, Ukraine and was forgotten about until 1990 when an old-timer helped locate it this tank remained mostly intact as my picture shows.
It is a gift to Canada given by independent Ukraine in 1992 now Valentine Tank Mk VIIA, no. 838, built in Montreal May 1943, a Lend-Lease tank to the USSR is an exhibit in Canada’s War Museum.
Designed by Vickers-Armstrong in 1938, the Valentine tank was a private venture project pressed into British military service after the Dunkirk disaster.
Canada adopted this infantry tank by 1940 and production was mainly done at Montreal’s CPR Angus Shops some 1,420 produced and most were sent to the Soviet-Union, which also received another 2,394 units from Churchill’s Britain.
Stalin’s Russians seemed to appreciate this robust and simple tank design mostly because of its adequate armor and low profile although its obsolete 2-pounder (40mm) main armament and narrow tracks limited its offensive ability on the eastern front.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”WEATHERED”.
While passenger in my friend’s minivan I got this drive by peek of Canada’s Parliament through its closed black colored iron front gate.
The scene was two years ago during a beautiful sunny afternoon in late Summer traveling along Wellington Street heading towards our ultimate destination Canada’s famous war museum while busy international tourists were milling around exploring Parliament.
I took this shot through the side window while we were in motion therefore, coupled with some people also moving some blur is evident.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”PEEK”.
Giant spiders seem to inhabit Ottawa museum grounds exciting foreign visitors to Canada’s capital, this picture clearly shows one of those huge creatures halting momentarily to pose for photo-op.
Some scientists attribute this strange phenomenon to a sort of climate change “green house effect” because of the massive amounts of hot air normally produced in Ottawa’s Parliament during whole year except for a few vacation months in summer
This abnormal climate change happening seems to really pick up every time a certain federal party feels entitled to power with the most recent episode happening since the Fall of 2015 and it shows no let up for now.
A leading nature expert has likened the evolvement of these giant spiders to famed Hollywood’s “Jurassic Park” movie, where huge creatures evolve and roam around freely in an artificially induced tropical climate.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”INHABIT”.
Tea time on Parliament Hill is a time-honored tradition almost two centuries old and you are welcome by the ladies when in Ottawa, so please drop by.
Depicted is bronze statue of one of the ladies (Henrietta Muir Edwards), who through intelligent hard work, perseverance, persistence, and peaceful, subtle feminist methods of coercion finally ensured women equal rights in 20th century white, urban, male dominated Canada.
Henrietta Muir Edwards, one of the leaders, was also an advocate for working women, author and a founder of the Victorian Order of Nurses.
It was only in 1929 that Canadian women were finally recognized as “Persons” the result of Supreme Court decision awarding the Famous Five – Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Louise Crummy McKinney, who challenged the previous law their win.
Raise your cup and honor these brave women activists commonly known as Suffragists, let’s drink to their memory!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TEA”.
The historic Rideau Canal descend, part of which shown, is a series of locks built as a preventive military measure during period 1826-1832 after the War of 1812 between Canada and USA extends all the way down to the Ottawa River at the top left of my picture.
Fearing future American invasions Britain built a series of canals as well as a number of forts in eastern Canada including the Rideau all along the Ottawa River designed to deter and impede any US incursions.
Fortunately, there never was another war between Canada and the USA and it was never used as a military supply route however, it was a success quickly becoming a busy commercial artery from Montreal to the Great Lakes until 1849 when a series of new locks were built bypassing the Saint Lawrence River rapids providing merchants a quicker, cheaper, alternative route.
Lieutenant-Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers oversaw construction of the Rideau Canal while private contractors built it employing thousands of French and Irish Canadian workers.
Some of the private contractors included famous names like John Redpath, Thomas McKay, Robert Drummond, Thomas Phillips, and Andrew White, who probably contributed to its unexpected cost overruns before its completion meanwhile, increasing their fortunes.
The cost overruns forced the retiring Colonel By from the British military and his receiving scant recognition for the awesome work accomplished.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DESCEND”.
A relaxed frame of mind ensured by the musical trio ensemble’s soothing music permeated Ottawa’s popular Rideau Center’s main floor as shoppers milled about meanwhile, an exclusive few registered at counter verifying that they were invited guests.
They all came for the exclusive event hailing an addition of a new wing to the huge Center and were met by pleasant greeters directing them to register at the special counter meanwhile, wonderful music filled the air.
Afterwards, a special buffet, show, and prepared speeches awaited them in the closed off area that the general public could not enter because of the hired security guards.
Unfortunately, I was not invited and I can’t comment much about what really happened behind the closed off area.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”FRAME”.
Incredible reach with Star Trek (beam me up)transporter and a “cloaking device” would have helped secretly sample this assembled chocolate mother load just waiting to be eaten.
That is what I needed last Wednesday in Ottawa to secretly taste this assembled mother load of chocolate goodies resting in those trays alas the technology for doing this still eludes us.
I just happened to spy on this inviting cache while glancing through the shop front window when I happen to stop while strolling through Byward Market near Parliament naturally I gathered evidence by taking this picture.
As you can see it seems to be a chocolate addict’s heaven certainly diabetic comma ready for those who can’t control their cravings heck, it seems to have almost everything in chocolate and more.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”REACH”.
Murderous fun happens in Ottawa, after word on the street that Eddie “The Shark” Delivista got whacked and gang war is a possibility.
Delivista, also known by the local wise guys as the “Codfather” is ‘sleeping with the fishes’ tonight, the family is very upset and plans a large funeral.
They are inviting all relatives , close friends, and ‘wise guys’ to the Red Lion for a private memorial and council to help prevent any retribution and possible gang war. The family expects everyone to pay their respects to the widow and family.
Details for the event are on this picture.. you better be there kapeech. Da family awaits youses! Badda-bing badda-boom and.. what I said about Eddie..fougeddaboudit Ok!
During my recent visit to Ottawa’s Byward Market I happened upon this ad pasted on a window not far from the Red Lion “waterhole” where incidentally we had some nice cold ‘brewskis’ on that very hot day.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”FUN”.
The crispy soft flaky surface is light to medium brown with discernible, almost sweet butterlike taste that crumbles and collapses when light teeth pressure is applied afterwards, there is a sweet taste of cooked fruit of the subsurface or inside of the triangular pastry module.
These “Linzer Tarts” or what some would call apple, cherry, or blueberry turnovers are a real delight anytime particularly when accompanied with a nice up of fine coffee or tea.
My visit to Ottawa’s Bayward Market yesterday allowed me to discover this window display.
Viewing the goodies available brought me to these very tempting guys that gave me much trouble resisting them fortunately, what saved me was my wonderful lunch earlier topped with a nice serving of cool, yummy, ice-cream just perfect for this extraordinarily hot day.
This window display certainly makes excellent advertizing for the “Aux Delices” Bakery & Pastry Shop because visitors and passersby can’t resist taking that fatal view of some of the wonderful, delicious goodies available in this shop heck, I almost succumbed to my cravings!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SURFACE”