Monday, 20 February 2017

My recent videos!

I couldn't tell what it was, at first. I thought a woodpecker. Turns out, a pileated woodpecker nest!
This video is about Daisy's rivers
Apparently, grooming is important in a snowstorm.

Trip to Ottawa: Part 2!

This was part 1, in case you missed it! Since hubby drives to allow me to take photos, I like to share them with him, at least.

We frequent a bird lover's store, Gilligalou, and I had a gift certificate from hubby's aunt. I bought a new feeder, because you can't have too many of those!

From there we went to Starbucks for a coffee. Sadly, it was very, very noisy as they process the coffee beans there. Poor hubby bonked his knee on the awful tables, as did the guy sitting beside him. We were happy to drink up and go.

Ottawa has had a ton of snow. The walking is treacherous. The temperatures were above freezing, up to 8 C. yesterday, and there was some flooding of streets.

@ottawacity There's a lake on the corner of Preston and Willow St @BlacksWeather #ottweather #ottawa
— Suzanne Lukowski (@SuzanneLukowski) February 18, 2017

Then there is GCTC. My teacher friend and I used to hold season tickets for their shows. We'd meet in Little Italy for dinner, there are lots of restaurants from which to choose!

Walking was tricky. I had to take a photo of this pair. They were walking towards me. Avoiding the slush. The woman almost walked right into me, and I stood my ground. She expected me to move to avoid her as she avoided the slush, and walked on my side of the sidewalk. Then there was the ramp. It's tricky!!!!

From there, we went back to Holland Ave., to the restaurant where we were meeting the kid. No photos, of course. He's pretty reluctant to have his photos taken. The place was packed. We could have made a reservation. They sat me upstairs, whilst hubby fed the parking metre. I said I was waiting for hubby and son. She asked my son's name. 'Terry', I said. He arrived, and they sat him with us. The server came over and said, you didn't tell me he was THE TERRY! Apparently, he likes to eat there! Needless to say, we had a terrific visit, me, Terrence and my 2nd accountant husband! (Apparently, he goes by Terrence, these days! Who knew?)

While we sat there, finishing our meal, the song Summer Breeze came on their music system. It was funny, since when Terry's father and I were just getting acquainted, I borrowed his father's record album of Seals and Crofts. I worked in Pay and Services for Canada Post on Front St. in Toronto to pay for university. His father worked upstairs.
Back to the car, and home.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Off into Ottawa, Part 1!

We had a lovely trip into the city. We left the house Friday morning at 7:30 a.m., not bad for a couple of retirees! I could still do this, putting my face on and getting dressed with a timeline! The temperature was -14 C. as we left and someone was on a bike ride.

Lots of snow. Some haven't shoveled off their vehicles.
But at least one police department is charging drivers under other sections. Ottawa Police have given drivers $110 fines under section 181, which bans dumping snow on a roadway without permission, said Const. Chuck Benoit, Ottawa police spokesman. 

The skies were lovely, we passed this beautiful mosque. Our kids went into it on an open house day.

We arrived at the car dealership at 9:00 a.m., and went up to the counter to check in. We are having problems determining when our regularly-scheduled service is supposed to be. Turns out, the nice young man suggested we didn't need this service and we could be on our way.

This was problematic, since we were meeting my youngest at noon for lunch. What to do, what to do? We took off back to my daughter's home, to drop off a forgotten item from last weekend. My kids are 32, 34, and 38 this year! My daughter (the eldest, M. Sc.) works for Golder.

Now what? I had the brilliant idea of driving to Dow's Lake to see some of the ice sculptures. Silly me. The driving was horrid. Ottawa has had so much Lake Effect Snow, the lawns and streets are full. Turns out, there weren't sculptures on the lake itself. I hadn't realized. I suppose, with climate change, that they cannot risk it. You may, instead, visit William's blog (he comments regularly on mine) and look at his exceptional photos of Winterlude. You can start with this post, he has a full series of photos.

Next stop? Little Italy.

What a mess! I spotted this poor bench, smucked by a snowplow!

Stopped at a light, the OC Transpo bus had an ad for Howard Jewelers, where hubby bought me my ring!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

'Canada' is 150 years old

Manicured shorelines,
with nary a dandelion
I'm still having trouble with this 150th birthday
The program will recognize cottages
 that have been in families for
50, 75, 100, or 125 years
with a Legacy Cottage designation.
thing. We live and play on unceded land. It was cared for by First Nations, with little impact on the land, for thousands of years.

First Nations children are still in decrepit schools, lack basic needs, and we have thousands of murdered and missing Indigenous women.

Many cottagers exploit the land and the water. Thankfully, cottager associations are banding together to revitalise exploited waters by putting in fish nesting habitats.

Perhaps, as a condition of getting a plaque, cottage owners must demonstrate that they meet all bylaws, including those involving cottage distance from the shoreline, respect for nature, no use of chemicals, working septic systems, naturalized shorelines.

Otherwise, we dishonour cottagers of the future, and disrespect the unceded land on which these cottages rest. The properties were taken up by the Crown, and given to those who had favour with the monarchy.

Township By-laws cover:

  • How land may be used
    Older cottages, dating from the 60s.
  • Where buildings and other structures can be located
  • The types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • The lot sizes and dimensions, lot coverage, building heights and setbacks
  • Shoreline buffer areas, landscaping areas, planting strips, parking requirements.
How to be good stewards of a lake
We face Climate Change, zebra mussels, drought, shoreline erosion, invasive species, in cottage country. FOCA publishes a guide to managing shorelines in this era.
Many are doing some good work recovering from cottager exploitation.
Shoreline Policy(PDF)
Drummond/North Elmsley Township

zebra mussels infest local lakes

FOCA Managing Your Shoreline (PDF)
Federation of Ontario Cottagers