Friday, 5 February 2016

KID SWAP

Our Nursery school friends Simon and Zoe are in Euan and Romilly's classes at BCCNS this year. On Tuesday I suggested we might do a kid swap. I took the boys home for lunch and a trip to the museum and Sarah took the girls for a fun afternoon at her house. I'm still not sure who got the better deal but the boys behaved very well and we all loved hanging out at the Bug Exhibit that is on right now.  

Afternoons are the best after the school trips have cleared out. I was even able to catch free parking avoiding my usual $12 charge. The boys noticed right away that the museum's jellyfish was hung back up after it had been taken down for cleaning a few weeks ago. This museum has been a favourite place to hang out in Ottawa I have bought a family membership the last 3 years. It is fantastic for all extreme weather and a great place to meet other family friends on the weekends. The cafe has a great selection of food. You will have no problem finding the perfect lunch or snack and subscription holders are offered a 10% discount at The Cafe. Our membership is sadly coming to an end this month. I hope we find plenty of new city adventures on our next posting this summer.




Wednesday, 3 February 2016

NAC DATE NIGHTS

Canadian born Peter Katz:

 I was looking for new artist to add to my Feet Up Friday blog post in 2009. I came across Peter on YouTube. When I googled him I found out he would be in Bristol,UK that week where I was living at time. ( a wonderful coincidence) 

Although many Indy on their way, acts have passed through this venue, The Louisiana is your typical seedy pub with a poky little stage upstairs that fits very few patrons. I ended up going alone. ( the most freeing way of being entertained ) I'm glad I did because I am not sure I will get to see him, as intimately as I did that evening, again. There were maybe 10 people at that show. 

Peter's heart is right out there. His connection with the audience is magical. I am not a music buff but I looked around the room and saw the sore cheeked smiles on many people around me at his NAC show in Ottawa this week. I am pretty sure he had the feeling his audience is growing and he is becoming a much anticipated artist by many. I have been a fan of his music since Bristol My husband since The Black Sheep Inn Ottawa 2013 and many friends across Canada who I've told to search him out if they want a fantastic night out. 

We will be living in Toronto next year which I am hoping will give us the opportunity to see many more shows.
 I know you will all be hearing Peter's  entire CD be played regulary on the radio. I bought his new CD -We Are The Reckoning and I love it all! 

I can't wait to see this humble human perform again. 



Saturday, 30 January 2016

Handsome Boys

Winterlude fun with friends this weekend tuckered us all out! So many beautiful sculptures at Jacques Cartier park. Get down there Ottawa! 


Thursday, 28 January 2016

WITH A SMILE






Chop Chop

These two are we're superstars today at the hair dressers. So glad I finally worked up enough courage to get Miss Rose's hair sorted after Euan gave it the chop, chop this summer! She looks lovely with short hair. We found a new stylist for the kids finally after many questionable haircuts. Kate was patient and really good at what she does. They both are growing up way too fast for my liking. These haircuts just emphasize that. My little bugs "swoon".






Saturday, 23 January 2016

A BRIDGE TO MODERNITY

Steve took me to the National Gallery of Canada to see the Monet -A Bridge to Modernity on Thursday for our date night. Cameras were not aloud in the exhibit. It was lovely. I have enjoyed this painter since high school and it was great to see some his early work in England and France just outside Paris. How incredible to read the artwork description and analysis and his life interest between 1872-1875 after the Franco-Prussian War.









Thursday, 21 January 2016

L UPDATE

L is in Melbourne right now attending the Australian Open. I was thrilled when she FaceTimed me last night to include me. It was so clear as if sitting right beside her. Technology is amazing. We first saw Wimbledon together and then The Rogers Cup this summer next stop Paris? 

I've been basically sitting around all afternoon waiting for the Andy Murray call *wink* Have a magical time my friend! Love u! Xo


L sent me these a few days before she jetted off to the tennis! This time is absolute magic for her. I loved being 30!



Monday, 18 January 2016

WINTER ANTICIPATION

We can't wait to have our first skate on the canal. Every year anticipation builds for the freezing of the Rideau Canal Skateway ( world's largest). 8 years ago Steve and I had our first trip away together and skated on one of the coldest nights in Ottawa. Such a great memory although It seems like a life time ago now. 




POETS PATHWAY

Dear dark-brown waters full of all the stain 
Of sombre spruce-woods and the forest fens,
Laden with sound from far-off northern glens
Where winds and craggy cataracts complain,
Voices of streams and mountain pines astrain,
The pines that brood above the roaring foam
Of La Montagne or Les Erables; thine home
Is distant yet, a shelter far to gain.
Aye still to eastward, past the shadowy lake
And the long slopes of Rigaud toward the sun,
The mightier stream, thy comrade, waits for thee,
The beryl waters that espouse and take
Thine in their deep embrace, and bear thee on
In that great bridal journey to the sea. 

By Archibald Lampman




LLBC







Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Heavenly

I treated myself to a mani & pedi on the first day back to nursery school. It was lovely! I go to Heavenly Day Spa in Kanata if anyone wants the same treatment. It's the best one I have found and I have almost been to them all. It's the quietest too. 1.5 hours just for me. It was "heavenly"