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    The Ladderarians

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    July 31, 2018. There are several crosses on display like this around the region characterized by ladders and sometimes arrows. This is the largest and most ornate of them. I’ve tried to find information on them online and had no success, so I simply refer to them as the Ladderarians.…
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    Sunset Rainbow

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    July 29, 2018. We had a thunderstorm pass over just at sunset, producing this rainbow that got fainter as the sun actually set. This was captured with my wide angle lens; I’m not sure what the black is on the left; it’s not a smudge, maybe some reverse lens flare?…
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    Falling Barn

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    July 28, 2018. 25×50 Day 11. I started the day with a quick ride to Avonmore (so in the first 25 hours of owning the bike I put 100km on it) and then we went to Costco. This barn is on highway 43 just west of Avonmore. That’s about it…
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    New Bike

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    July 27, 2018. Today was new bike day and new kitchen faucet day. First, the bike, which I picked up and immediately took for a 50 km test ride to Chesterville (from Embrun, where I bought it). Here you see it at the park in Morewood on the way back.…
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    Lilies

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    July 26, 2018. The good news is that the second Reclaim gRSShopper install went off easily and without a hitch. The bad news is that the bicycle needed to be replaced; that wailing you hear was my bank account crying in pain. These lilies are in our front yard. https://flic.kr/p/MozQuf
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    Wall of Mowers

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    July 24, 2018. I had intended to do some coding today, it being a rainy day with the bike in the shop, but instead we made the rounds of eastern Ontario looking for a specific kitchen faucet (end result: unsuccessfully). This is a scene from the Home Depot in Cornwall,…
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    Long Sault Parkway

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    July 23, 2018. 25×50 Day 9. I rented a bike and pedaled 52.5 km from Cornwall and around the Long Sault Parkway on the St. Lawrence River. It was a beautiful day for a bike ride but the rental was slow and heavy so it took some extra effort. I…
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    Cockatoo

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    July 22, 2018. We went to the ball game and after a short rain delay, it cleared up and we watched nine innings of excellent ball (unfortunately the game was 10 innings and we took an 8-1 loss). This is a cockatoo, one of several animals brought to the game…
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    Making Monarchs

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    July 21, 2018 – Though our milkweed plants are still too young to flower (it takes three years) we are delighted to find that they are still capable of sustaining monarch butterfly caterpillars like the one pictured here. We have a nice crop of milkweed in the back yard andf…
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    Maxville

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    July 20, 2018. 25×50 Day 8. This was a 52 km ride to Maxville and back, a bit later in the day because we ran errands earlier. On the way back the bottom crank (where the pedals go) began to seize. So it’s back to the shop for the bike.…
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    Cannamore

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    July 19, 2018. 25×50 Day 7, 53km. Did some coding this morning, fixing the last of the gRSShopper issues in its new home (almost done now). Then took a quick 53km ride to Cannamore (which is actually an apple orchard and four houses). Beautiful day, not so hot. https://flic.kr/p/KBV8ma
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    White Back Yard

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    July 18, 2018. This is what our back yard looks like. I know we’re supposed to mow and have a nice green lawn, but the grass is all brown in the drought anyways and I’m glad we kept the wildflowers. I was up early to do a bit more office…
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    City of the Future

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    July 17, 2018. I went into the office today, got caught up on email, watered the plants, completed a proposal evaluation, parked too close to some guy parked in the e-car parking spot, completed a longish survey (that closed last week)… then in the evening, I went to an Ottawa…
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    Monarch

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    July 16, 2018. I took a break from biking in order to run errands and to help gRSShopper adapt to the new environment (including turning on caching to relieve Reclaim’s poor CPUs). Meanwhile this monarch butterfly ran some errands of its own in our back yard. https://flic.kr/p/298NZBo
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    St-Bernatrdin

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    July 15, 2018. Watched the World Cup game then went out for what should have been a short ride but ended up being the longest ride of the year. It was warm, conditions were perfect, and I also biked at the best pace of the year, our to St-Bernardin and…
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    Tree Frog

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    July 14, 2018. Another hot and humid day, not exactly ideal weather for a frog, but this tree frog seemed comfortable nestled in the buckthorn. I went out for a bike ride today, just a quick 50 km. https://flic.kr/p/Ku7WhF
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    Mont Tremblant

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    July 13, 2018. For our last day at Mont Tremblant we took the gondola to the top of the mountain and hiked the 360 trail. The day was a bit hazy instead of the brilliant blue skies we’ve been having, but it was still very warm, even at the summit.…
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    Labelle

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    July 11, 2018. 25×50 Day 4. Cycled from Mont Tremblant to Labelle along the route of the former Petit Train du Nord through some beautiful northern lakes country. This evening: Sue Medley Band. https://flic.kr/p/27XtKQy
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    Dawn Tyler Watson

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    July 10, 2018. We drove up to Mont Tremblant today and among other things saw a couple blues bands at the festival. We also bought jelly beans, walked around for a bit, and ate pizza. Beautiful day, spectacular weather, and I got a load of photos. https://flic.kr/p/28WKqFL
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    Feeding Time

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    July 9, 2018. There’s a whole ecosystem at the tip of the flower, with the hovering bee being only the most obvious participant. Today was a half-work day as I went into the office for a bit. I also continued the server migration to Reclaim. https://flic.kr/p/27TzVJU
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    A Bend in the Road

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    July 7, 2018. 25×50 Day 2. This is a corner long highway 14 where I rested for a bit on my ride to Northfield and Dixson (total distance 71.7km). It was a very hot day and while I had enough water, I still had a bit of leg cramping. https://flic.kr/p/LMzwjs
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    More Malvas

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    July 6, 2018. So we decided to take the car an run a few errands, niot because they really needed doing, but because, well, you know. Also, it was too windy for biking. Tomorrow, though. These malvas are in the front garden and go really well with the grey stone…
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    Clarity

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    July 5, 2018. Pictured here is our brand new Honda Clarity. It’s a PHEV – a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle. What that means is that it runs as an electric car, but has a secondary gas motor in case power, range or speed are needed. We ordered it back in…
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    Huckleberry

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    July 3, 2018. We think this shrub growing near the back shed is a huckleberry. Wouldn’t that be nice! Another quiet day with a bit of paperwork done, a visit to the bike shop, more reading on blockchains, and some enjoyable World Cup watching (though I really feel for my…

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