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    View From the Front

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    August 3, 2022. View from the front. This is the sunset snapped with my phone camera through the small unglazed part of the front door window. A day much like yesterday’s, except I also went to the Independent in Embrun to get the last of the supplies I need for…
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    View From The Back

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    August 2, 2022. This is just a quick photo taken of the back yard; I propped the camera on a shelf to keep it still and the content was what resulted. I was focused mostly on getting admin tasks done and playing the new No Man’s Sky expedition. https://flic.kr/p/2nCwENE
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    Midsummer Harvest

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    August 1, 2022. This is a midsummer harvest (I assume of winter wheat, but I really don’t know). It was a holiday today and my legs were recovered enough to get out for a short bike ride. Not the holiday long weekend I planned, but the one I got. https://flic.kr/p/2nCz7W1
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    Alfred Bog

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    July 31, 2022. This is Alfred Bog, 9,000 acres of sphagnum moss located about 40 kilometers from home. With my legs still not working very well we were limited to a short walk, so this boardwalk of less than a kilometer was perfect. Definitely a place to return to, a…
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    Devastation

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    July 30, 2022. We came back from Mont Tremblant to find the Village had hired landscapers to cut down all the foliage on our property. It wasn’t surprising, given the notice they had sent, though we *did* cut the grass. But we did not cut down our goldenrods and milkweed…
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    Home From Tremblant

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    July 29, 2022. This is the Ottawa river with two people kayaking in pretty windy conditions. We drove home from Mont Tremblant today. My legs (especially my quads) are very sore. We’ll probably return to Tremblant in the fall. https://flic.kr/p/2nBctah
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    Walking Down Tremblant

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    July 28, 2022. This is Andrea on the granite about half way down Mont Tremblant on the Grande Brule trail. It was a 7 km walk in which we went up about 60 metres and down about 660 metres, all along quite a rough and tricky trail. My legs were…
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    Black Vulture

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    July 27, 2022. This is a black vulture, part of the birds of prey show at Mont Tremblant. We saw the show a few years ago and this bird (as well as the owl) was new. We wandered around a bit on top of the mountain but otherwise had a…
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    Trailside Pond

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    July 26, 2022. This is a pond along the side of the Le Petit Train du Nord trail. I cycled 97 to Riviere Rouge and back. My front derailleur broke somewhere along the route; of course, I was as far away as possible when I noticed it. But it wasn’t…
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    To Mont Tremblant

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    July 25, 2022. Today we returned to Mont Tremblant for our annual visit, driving up in the morning and walking around the townsite in the afternoon. We missed the Blues Festival this year, because it was scheduled too late (I like to book accommodations well in advance). We were also…
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    Thistle

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    July 22, 2022. We received a notice from the village office today telling us to cut our grass and remove noxious weeds. I think we may have a very different definition of what counts as a noxious weed. Less productive today, wrapping things up preparing for vacation. https://flic.kr/p/2nAaovt
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    Great Crowd

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    July 21, 2022. It’s too bad the RedBlacks lost today because we had a great crowd on hand, absolutely filling the north side stands (they still can’t fill the south side, which should be noted as they design a rebuilt north side – we need our roof. Today I investigated…
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    PopSilo

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    July 20, 2022. Out for a quick bike ride to St. Albert (the bridge still isn’t closed) and took this from the outside wall of the St. Albert cheese facroty. It’s just a bit of background from a big image of a cow, and we see a ‘Pop Silo’ –…
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    Donut Holes

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    July 19, 2020. A view of a fresh batch of donut holes at the Tim Hortons. I thought they looked more attractive than usual. Continued exploring Moodle 4 today, this time working with MoodleNet. https://flic.kr/p/2nA9QeS
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    Waiting for Water

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    July 18, 2022. Lexi knows that if she goes to the kitchen tap and waits, someone (usually me) will turn on a nice stream of cold water for her. I have a week of work and then a lot of vacation, so I can’t start anything big, but can do…
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    PorchFest

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    July 16, 2022. This is PorchFest in Vankleek Hill. Cycled 105 kilometers there and back today in 30 degree temperatures under a blazing sun and hot dry dusty wind. It was a good day overall, and it’s nice to have my first century of the year. https://flic.kr/p/2nyQDLr
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    Buddies

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    July 15, 2022. Charlemagne (orange) and Julia (not orange) sleeping / sitting together on a chair. Friday, the last of the corrections for my paper are done, two interviews complete, an article for OEB (which accepted my proposal) is done, feeling good. https://flic.kr/p/2nyQCaR
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    Tall Milkweed

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    January 12, 2022. We are becoming experts at growing milkweed. This plant is almost as tall as I am! That doesn’t mean we’re awash in butterflies, though. I think I saw one earlier this year, that’s it. It’s like they don’t exist any more. So terribly terribly disappointing. https://flic.kr/p/2nyNDS2
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    Back Yard

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    July 11, 2022. This is my back yard. We’ve had a lot of rain this year and where in previous years our back yard has looked like a desert, this year it looks like a jungle. Don’t know what the neighbours think, but honestly, manicured lawns are over-rated. https://flic.kr/p/2nyNCww
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    Baie Noire

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    July 10, 2022. We went for our hike around the Baie Noire segment of Parc national de Plaisance. Nice day, warm and clear, and we did 8 kilometers stopping frequently for photos. This will be my last hike with the old shoes; my feet have been sore and my toenails…
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    Dunning Road

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    July 9, 2022. This is a nice house along Dunning Road near Navan. I went on a nice long ride today up to Pendleton, along the Prescott-Russell trail toward the city, and then back down Dunning through Limoges. Beautiful day for a ride. https://flic.kr/p/2nypzVi
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    Cow

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    July 8, 2022. Just a local cow sheltering under a tree. Still way behind uploading photos. Still completely focused on this article. Also, the charger for my best camera stopped working, so I’m relying on my Fujifilm X-T200 now. https://flic.kr/p/2nyqU9g
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    Fibre

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    July 6, 2022. It took three trucks and half a day, but we were the first in our neighbourhood to get hooked up to fibre internet. Bell hadn’t even been advertising it yet; I just checked for availability and there it was! It’s connected now and I am living the…
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    Day lilies

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    July 5, 2022. These are day lilies in our back yard (I’m still wondering why people move out to the country and then try to make their yard resemble a city as much as possible). I spent a full day writing today. https://flic.kr/p/2nwD2DL
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    Farfalle

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    July 3, 2022. After a very disappointing burger at the hotel the night before, this pasta was a welcome surprise. We had one more game of baseball weekend, another loss – but nobody is blaming the Jays for anything this weekend, as we all learned (once again) that there are…

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