Tag Archives: Ottawa

Drive By Peek

Drive by peek of Canada's centuries old Parliament slightly obscured by its ornate black iron front gate.

Drive by peek of Canada’s centuries old Parliament slightly obscured by its ornate closed black-colored wrought iron
front gate complex.

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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 Inhabit Ottawa

Giant spiders inhabit Ottawa museum grounds attributed to "green house effect" from overabundance of Parliament hot air.

Giant spiders seem to inhabit Ottawa museum grounds exciting foreign visitors to Canada’s capital, scientists
attribute this strange phenomenon to climate change “green house effect” from overabundance of Parliament hot air.

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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 Hill

One of Famous Five, Henrietta Muir Edwards, raises cup during tea time on Parliament Hill welcoming everyone to drop by.

Tea time on Parliament Hill is time-honored tradition almost two centuries old and you are welcome by ladies, when
in Ottawa, to drop by.

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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”.

Rideau Canal Descend

Part of Ottawa's historic Rideau Canal descend shown built after War of 1812 extends down to Ottawa River.

Historic Rideau Canal descend part of which shown is British built series of locks during period 1826-1832 after War of 1812 extends down to Ottawa River.

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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”.

Relaxed Frame Of Mind

A relaxed frame of mind ensured by soothing sound of a musical trio permeated Ottawa's Rideau Center.

A relaxed frame of mind ensured by the musical trio ensemble’s soothing music permeated Ottawa’s popular Rideau Center.

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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”.

Ladybug Cookie Ghost

The ladybug cookie ghost haunts me I get flashbacks of Ottawa Byward Market bakery shop window display.

The ladybug cookie ghost continues to haunt me I get flashbacks of that Ottawa Byward Market bakery shop window display.

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The ladybug cookie ghost continues to haunt me even as I write this post despite one week having gone by I keep getting flashbacks and daydreaming of returning back and going inside that Ottawa Byward Market bakery shop. This psychological distress must be like that PTSD  or something..it’s brutal.

I dream of asking to sample one of these cute, delectable, red-icing, cookies with a buttery sweet taste inside offset with spots of dark and white chocolate icing to ensure they were the genuine thing, real ladybugs.

Heck, I would argue..well not really, that there are so many imposters, forgeries around so we can never be too cautious can we meanwhile, gorging on that “sample” or perhaps samples hmm?

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GHOST”.

Incredible Reach

Incredible reach with advanced alien technology would have helped secretly sample this chocolate mother load.

Incredible reach with Star Trek transporter and a “cloaking device” would have helped secretly sample this chocolate mother load.

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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

Murderous fun happens in Ottawa as relatives, friends, and wise guys pay respect to "The Codfather's" family.

Murderous fun happens in Ottawa after word on the street that Eddie “The Shark” Delivista got whacked and gang war is a possibility.

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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”.

Crispy Soft Flaky Surface

Crispy soft flaky on surface with delicious apple or berry inside these "Linzer Tarts" can be irresistible.

Their crispy soft flaky surface makes “Linzer Tarts” wonderfully delightful to bite into especially when with some coffee or tea.

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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”

Maybe Roasted Grenadiers

Two maybe roasted grenadiers at Governor-General of Canada residence in Ottawa during 40*C heatwave.

Two maybe roasted grenadiers at Governor-General of Canada residence in Ottawa during  40*C temperature heatwave yesterday.

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These maybe roasted grenadiers guarding the governor-general of Canada residence in Ottawa on Sussex Drive, were the second pair rotated from their posts when I happened to pass by on my way to Parliament Hill.

Moments earlier the two earlier grenadiers were relieved..boy were they happy about this, by these two guys in a small detachment headed by an NCO(non-commissioned officer), their sargent, and two armed MP(military police).

This seemed unusual however, in today’s international political environment and after a reservist was murdered near the Canadian War Memorial very near Parliament, security is paramount even for this ceremonial tourist attraction during the summer months.

Yesterday, Ottawa was extremely hot with the thermometer breaking a record, it was certainly around 40*C yet these two guys were to stand motionless for a long time at their posts heck, this was just brutal.

Dressed in thick, padded, tight red cloth with a black bear-skin on their heads absorbing the sun’s heat meanwhile, their “spit-polished” army boots over wool socks along with dark blue pants certainly didn’t help cut the steadily rising heat accumulating in their bodies..pheeu!

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MAYBE”.