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    Canada Day

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    July 1, 2022. This was the scene at the ball park on Canada Day. We took the train first thing in the morning, arriving in Toronto early enough to catch the game (it’s four hours from Fallowfield; you can’t do that to downtown Toronto in a car). We were way…
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    RedBlacks

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    June 30, 2022. The view from our seats at the RedBlacks game. It ended in another loss, with the team a bit ragged, but it was still entertaining. After the game we did not go home, instead staying at a hotel near the train station in preparation for a busy…
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    Daylily

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    June 29, 2022. This is a daylily in our back yard surrounded by tall grass, goldenrod and milkweed. We’re still awaiting the monarch butterflies. Maybe there will be none. But we have a very healthy milkweed crop this year, so if the butterflies come, there will be food for them.…
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    Milkweed

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    June 28, 2022. This is a milkweed plant with flower on our front lawn. Yes, I said front lawn. It has grown a little wild. But here’s what’s weird – our neighbour has been mowing more and more of our front lawn ever since we moved in seven years (has…
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    Quiet Day at the Cheese Factory

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    June 27, 2022. On the weekends this restaurant and store would be pack, but on a Monday afternoon at the St. Albert Cheese Co-op it’s pretty quiet (though with a steady stream of local customers going in and out). It’s a regular stop for me when I do my weekday…
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    Frog Bothering

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    June 26, 2022. This is a path in Warwick Forest and in every one of the puddles (we’ve had a lot of rain) there are frogs. So Andrea has been sneaking up on them to try to take photos, but the frogs are too, um, jumpy. It was another brilliant…
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    Nao Trinidad

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    June 24, 2022. This afternoon we drove down to Brockville to enjoy the tall ships festival, taking a cruise during the Parade of Sails on the Empire Sandy and having dinner on one of the Thousand Island dinner cruises. The weather was about as good as it could get. This…
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    In the Country

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    June 22, 2022. Just another field with trees along county road 13 on the way back from St. Albert. Made a TikTok video here. I just wanted to capture how much I like it out here, living in the country. More work on my emerging theories page, and that’s basically…
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    Do Not Push

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    June 21, 2022. I don’t know who looks at the back of a dump truck like this and says “Yeah I want to push that.” I spent most of the day today working on my emerging theories article (doesn’t look like I’ll make the deadline – I should have learned…
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    Touchette Bridge

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    June 20, 2022. This bridge is part of my regular ride to St. Albert and points east – it’s on a nice quiet road (rte 650) safe and pleasant for cyclists. However, with a tender recently being awarded, it will be closed for a year in a matter of days…
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    Four Spotted Skimmer

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    June 19, 2022. We spotted this beauty in the north Limerick Forest, near Merrickville, along Scotch Line Road. We had a nice 6.7 km hike through the forest, getting to a viewing station overlooking the Wolford Bog. Nice walk, lots of flowers, insects and small animals. https://flic.kr/p/2nt8M9P
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    Expedition Complete

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    June 18, 2022. This is the scene at the end of Expedition 7 in No Man’s Sky (at least for me, it’s different for everyone). I was planning to cycle today but after the late night and kind of a tough week I just stayed indoors and finished the expedition.…
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    Cheerleaders

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    June 17, 2022. It was the Ottawa Redblacks home opener today, and they lost a hard-fought game to Winnipeg. But the team is so much better than it was last year. More crazy weather, with rain at time streaking into the stadium from both directions at once. https://flic.kr/p/2nsL5ta
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    Storm Day

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    June 17, 2022. This wasn’t anything like the storm of a few weeks ago, but with everyone on edge there was a long of nervous sky watching. Some good cloud formations, but nothing like what they had in Toronto. More work on Mojolicious today; it’s progressing much more quickly. https://flic.kr/p/2nsTM5e
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    Cat Tunnel

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    June 15, 2022. Andrea bought an extension to the cat tunnel, so it’s a full circle now, and the cats have taken to it; here’s Charlemagne enjoying it. Back to more work on Mojolicious today (I know I should be writing, not coding, but I’ve spent so much time writing…
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    Base Computer

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    June 14, 2022. No Man’s Sky has had a new expedition running over the last few weeks; this is a scene from it. It’s their most difficult expedition to date, and to my mind, the most fun. Some meetings today, and the newsletters feel like they’re going to be extra…
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    Petrie Island

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    June 12, 2022. View from our hike on Petrie Island. The park on the Ottawa River was flooded and had a lot of storm damage. Trails were impassible; they were either lakes or blocked by fallen trees. We tried anyways, which was probably a mistake. Our attempt to take a…
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    Small Poutine

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    June 11, 2022. This was lunch at the Finch Restaurant in Finch, Ontario. This is a normal sized burger and (believe it or not) a small poutine. I didn’t even attempt to finish it, not with another 25km to cycle to wrap up my three-day shakedown ride. Oh, but it…
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    Avonmore Oasis

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    June 10, 2022. I woke up in my tent at Enchanted Forest Camp near Curran and cycled about 50km to reach Avonmore Oasis, seen here in the evening sun. It was quite a challenging day not the least because I was bitten by a dog, had to cope with rain,…
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    Bikepacking

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    June 9, 2022. Spent the morning getting set up (and recording a video of same, which should be up soon on my YouTube page). My intent is to be out bikepacking for three days, starting today (so I’m uploading this photo early). https://flic.kr/p/2nqVr43
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    New Tunnel

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    June 7, 2022. The cats have a new place to fight over. Andrea bought them this tunnel and they took to it like cats and small containers. Some meetings today, a bit more newsletter work, and a repair to gRSShopper to make sure the newsletter is send automatically. https://flic.kr/p/2nqVhBr
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    Goldfinches

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    June 6, 2022. These are goldfinches on the feeder in our back yard, a bright yellow male and more subdued female. I realize I should have removed the price tag from the rain shield. Wrapped up some lingering email and prepared a lot of OLDaily posts in preparation for being…
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    Pitcher Plant

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    June 5, 2022. This is the flower of a pitcher plant. These plants are more well known for their leaves, which curl into a pitcher shape and trap insects for food. The flower, though, is something quite unique. They were about today in the Glengarry Forest, near Alexandria, where we…
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    Westboro

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    June 4, 2022. This is some wall art along Richmond Road. I needed to pick up my new warmer sleeping bag and also to rest a bit so we went for a walk through the Ottawa neighborhood of Westboro today. https://flic.kr/p/2npSSmT
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    Intersection

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    June 3, 2022. This is a corner about 10 km south of Casselman and a place where I frequently stop for a short break and some water. It was a late afternoon ride after work (maybe too late because it interferes with sleep, but it’s hard to resist a warm…
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    Tractor and Plow

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    June 2, 2022. This is displayed outside a farm near St. Rose, partway on the route to St. Isadore. It was a nice day and the Blue Jays were playing an afternoon ‘getaway day’ game, so I booked off a little early and rode 40 km in a nice comfortable…
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    Moccamaster

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    June 1, 2022. Our old coffee machine with all the electronics died a mysterious death by error code. This new machine has minimal electronics and brews a delicious cup of coffee. I spent some time trying to rework my data literacy stuff into a paper, but it wasn’t really working…
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    Tractor Through the Trees

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    May 31, 2022. This is a tractor spotted through a gap in the trees about a mile south of Casselman. I had to vary my usual route since part of my regular route is under (much needed) construction (I hope they repave it, and don’t just leave it as gravel).…

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