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    The Metro

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    September 17, 2020. I spent a good ten hours writing my post ‘Boxing gRSShopper’ but it was crucial to have a record of the steps involved. I took a break in the middle, though, to go to the store; this is me sitting in the car waiting for Andrea in…
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    Emma Saying Goodbye

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    September 16, 2020. Any time I go to the basement or to the garage Emma scoots over to say goodbye to me through the stair railing. Her choice of railing isn’t always smart; there’s a 12 foot drop under this bit of railing (the cats have torn down the cardboard…
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    Taskmaster

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    September 18, 2020. I’ve been enjoying a number of British comedy shows on YouTube recently, including ‘8 out of 10 cats does Countdown’ and ‘Taskmaster’ (they’re delayed by about three years, so the current events shows are useless). Today, as I stated in a Twitter post, I spent the day…
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    Voyageur Provincial Park

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    September 19, 2020. It was pretty cool today when I set out from the Laggan School parking lot for a ride to Voyageur Provincial Park and back, but it was never really unpleasant and I managed an enjoyable 101 km on a beautiful brisk fall day. https://flic.kr/p/2jJdwWd
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    Geraniums in Standing Pond Water

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    September 15, 2020. I was taking more photos for the insurance company and noticed our geraniums struggling in pond water after the recent rains. I know the geraniums don’t like it, but I couldn’t resist a photo of the water, which has formed into an ecosystem of its own. More…
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    The Pantry

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    September 13, 2020. Exactly six months ago we started social distancing for the pandemic. Through late January and early February I had been stocking our makeshift pantry with essentials, just in case. It wasn’t a huge stockpile, but the idea was to have a month’s worth of emergency food –…
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    Stairway

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    September 14, 2020. Yesterday (Sunday) was a work day, making videos, and so was today, gRSShopper coding. I’m also taking pictures all through the house for our insurance company, which can’t send assessors around any more because Covid. This is one of our interior angles, the stairs and walkway up…
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    Rose

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    September 11, 2020. This is a ratty old rose at the Shoppers in Ottawa, where we went in the afternoon for groceries and such (the Costco is right across the street from it now). https://flic.kr/p/2jGZoBt
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    St. Lawrence

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    September 12, 2020. I drove down to Cornwall and then rode my bicycle up to Lancaster and back along the St. Lawrence, for a 68 km ride on a cool but beautiful early fall afternoon. For listening entertainment I had ‘Treasure Island’, which I had never actually read. Quite a…
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    Flowers and Stones

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    September 9, 2020. This is a scene from a lunch-hour bike ride I was able to take to St-Albert and back (29 km because of a detour). Today I worked on gRSShopper some, the newsletter (as always) and preparing for tomorrow’s meetings. https://flic.kr/p/2jFmzfG
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    Fog

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    September 10, 2020. The Day of Five Meetings started at 8:00 in the fog and carried on all day. But it was a productive day and I survived, and even had time to complete my newsletter. https://flic.kr/p/2jFmBWi
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    Julia

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    September 8, 2020. Julia doesn’t like being photographed, but she posed for this one. More rain today, but it wouldn’t have mattered, as today was a Day of Three Meetings (hah! wait ’til Thursday!) and some project work in between. https://flic.kr/p/2jEUsA6
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    Make Yourself at Home

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    September 7, 2020. Andrea sometimes is allowed to sit on the front edge of the chair as Charlemagne likes to make himself at home in it. Today was a holiday but because of the rain it was a work day; I spent half of it finishing my Perl on Docker…
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    Parc national de Plaisance

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    September 6, 2020. I drove to the ferry at Wendover and took my bicycle across to Parc national de Plaisance in Quebec for a 55 km ride through the marshes and forests alongside the Ottawa river. It was a little cool but bright and beautiful all day. https://flic.kr/p/2jE6xS3
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    A Forest of Flowers

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    September 5, 2020. Health, bike and weather finally cooperated today, allowing me to get out for a 65 km ride in a slightly cool but beautiful fall day. This forest in Warina caught my eye, the forest floor being covered as it is with white flowers. https://flic.kr/p/2jDD45G
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    Coneflowers

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    September 4, 2020. More foliage from our back yard. Today was more productive; I did work on a VR project, rebuilt the base Perl Docker image, and of course did a number of newsletter posts (more than usual). I had plans to go out for a late afternoon ride but…
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    New England Aster

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    September 3, 2020. These asters are thriving in our back yard. I’ve been tired all week – I’m hoping getting out on the bike again will put that right. Today was another work day but not especially productive as my main focus was reducing backlog. https://flic.kr/p/2jD4aka
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    Rainbow

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    September 2, 2020. After taking the sunset photo I turned around and saw a horizon to horizon rainbow, faint in the red light of the sunset, but unmistakable, and when I moved a few steps to the left, it framed our house perfectly. Since the pandemic in thousands of windows…
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    Blue Jay in the Crabapple

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    September 1, 2020. The blue jay has been back the last few days. I slept very poorly, then was up before six, and actually got in a full day of work by three – evaluating funding proposals – but instead of being able to take advantage of the afternoon had…
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    Sunset

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    September 2, 2020 part 1. Today I spent the morning working on a long piece of correspondence, the noon hour going into Costco, and the rest of the day doing background reading and the newsletter, finishing late enough to go out and capture this picture of the sunset that followed…
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    Forest Creek

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    June 9, 2020. Good productive day even though there were meetings. I have content organized, I just need to convert it into text, and I have my paper. After work I took a nice brisk bike ride (25km @ 23.2 kph) to St. Albert and back. https://flic.kr/p/2jaqPQv
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    Raspberry Flowers

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    June 8, 2020. I worked all day on the ethics paper, finally realizing it wasn’t going to be done on time. I have so much stuff, and so little time. So I checked my mail just in time to be pulled into a meeting. That kind of day. Still no…
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    Chrysler Pond

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    June 7, 2020. I spent the morning working on ethics codes (paper is due tomorrow) and the afternoon cycling to the village of Finch (where I ate my first hamburger in three months) and back. This is a pond just outside Chrysler, on the way to Finch. 58km at 20.5…
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    Fleabane

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    June 6, 2020. This is some Philadelphia fleabane growing next to our driveway. I spent a full day working on ethical codes today, working my way through various codes for teachers. Back on the bike tomorrow. https://flic.kr/p/2j9pwwT
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    Springhill

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    June 5, 2020. It was a beautiful day so I cycled 70km to Springhill Cemetary and back to visit my brother Allan. I wasn’t actually able to find his marker, though, which I choose to take as a good sign. Managed to average 20.8 kph for the ride there…
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    Fern

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    June 4, 2020. Another three-meeting day. But I still made quite a bit of progress on the ethics paper. I intended to get out for a bike ride this afternoon, but when I looked up from my work the time had passed. Tomorrow, though, will be beautiful out, and I’m…
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    Dogwood

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    June 2, 2020. It was a Day of Three Meetings, with some works on the ethics paper sandwiched in between. Cool and rainy today, so no cycling. This is a dogwood growing beside the deck in the back yard. https://flic.kr/p/2j8d1Sd
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    St. Albert

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    June 1, 2020. View of St. Albert from the bridge. Today was split between taking an ISC evaluators’ course, and working on ethics cides. I also took time to write a quick blog post. This is from my ride after work to St. Alberta and back, 24.7 km at an…

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