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    Still on the Ledge

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    April 17, 2021. You may recall how Charlemagne gets stuck on the ledge; I took a photo back in February. Well, he’s still doing it. He goes down there, wails until he is rescued, and enjoys the attention. It has become a game, almost. Still nursing my sore back, but…
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    Searching for Nanites

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    April 16, 2021. I’ve been playing the new Expeditions version of No Man’s Sky – it’s a new twist on a familiar classic. This is a screenshot from the game. Otherwise, I got a bunch of stuff done today, including recording another video. Also (even better): no painkillers today. Not…
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    Three Kittens

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    April 15, 2021. These are the three kittens. I know, they look like they should be posing for the cover of their latest album. I had a surprisingly productive day today, working on a number of different projects, making a video, and getting a tooth filling fixed. Still on painkillers…
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    Brown-Headed Cowbird

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    April 14, 2021. This cowbird is a recent arrival in the back yard. We assume she has deposited her egg in one of the local birds’ nests (or maybe she’s just about to). We’ve seen her male companion around as well. Today it was back to work, still nowhere near…
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    Hyacinth

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    April 13, 2021. I got outside for a very short walk today and saw these hyacinths in our back yard, the first splash of colour in the new year. It was a second sick day for me today, though like yesterday I still managed to do a reasonable amount of…
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    Grackle

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    April 12, 2021. The grackles descend on the bird feeder in mobs, scaring away the other birds and sifting through the seeds looking for their favourites. But they’re still birds so I still like them. This was an indoor day as I nursed a pulled back muscle (i has been…
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    Downey Woodpecker

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    April 11, 2021. We went for a walk today along the Mer Bleue Bog trail. It was a beautiful early spring day with a sky half-blue and half cloud. It would have been even better had I not reinjured my back while trying to tie my shoe (of all things!).…
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    Spring Pond

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    April 10, 2021. This is a pond along the Township road just next to Warwick Forest. It’s a temporary pond; it’s very full now, but will be completely empty by summer. I viewed it while doing the 50 km loop to Avonmore on the road bike. It feels pretty early…
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    Chrysler Trail

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    April 9, 2021. This is the new part of the Chrysler Trail – it’s still coarse gravel – along the Nation River. They’ve done a really nice job winding it up and down the little river valleys. Since it’s so new, it’s gravel bike only. I took off an hour…
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    The 909

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    April 8, 2021. This is the 909 going by on the tracks near my house, with the new subdivision in the background. Today started out with back-to-back meetings, then I did some evaluation work, wrote a bit, and did some dev. It was generally productive. That said, even though it…
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    Baseball inb the Back Yard

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    April 7, 2021. There’s nothing growing in the yard yet, but I did notice this baseball has sprouted at the very back. It’s rare to see them come up so early in the year. Anyhow, a moderately productive day spent mostly doing assessments and a little bit following an online…
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    Attitude

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    April 6, 2021. This is Julia giving me attitude for daring to take her picture while she’s in her favourite sleeping container. I started the day with back-to-back meetings and did some work on project reviews before turning my attention again to the chmod problem in Docker, which thanks to…
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    Island in the Stream

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    April 5, 2021. This is a birds-only island in the Ottawa River somewhere west of the Chaudiere Falls. I had to leave my car in the shop in Ottawa all day so I took the opportunity to go for a longish bicycle ride, even though it was a bit early…
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    Birch Bark

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    April 4, 2021. Birch bark peeling away to reveal a fresh spring layer. Andrea and I went for a walk in the Pine Grove forest in the Greenbelt today, a tame 5 km to preserve my strained muscles. I also worked a fair bit with Docker compose, with my efforts…
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    Cosmos

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    April 3, 2021. If you’re wondering where to find the Cosmos, try this barn just outside Embrun. I cycled the 34.8km to visit family today, and report that they are well and in good spirits. I listened to Laura Ritchie’s ‘Yes I Can’ on the way, covering the sections on…
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    Starling

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    April 2, 2021. Yes, I know, it’s another bird photo, because it was another indoor day, but I plan to be back on the bicycle tomorrow. Still, it’s a testament to the variety of species we have out here that I can add yet another new one to this year’s…
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    Forest Floor

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    April 1, 2021. We stopped for a brief photo opportunity at Mer Bleu on the way home from Costco. One more day of rest and I think I’ll be able to resume activities again. Meanwhile I made huge strides on gRSShopper, and have solved most of the big problems, which…
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    Sunset Street

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    March 31, 2021. This is the end of the day looking out the front door and down the street. You can see what the weather was like today by looking at the road. Another day focused on coding and I can see the end of the conversion project in sight.…
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    Robin

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    March 30, 2021. The robins are avoiding the cluster of birds in our back yard so I photographed this one on a neighbour’s lawn. Another indoor day today even though it was nice outside as I rest my strained muscle. I spent the day wrestling with a cluster of errors…
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    Watching the Birds

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    March 29, 2021. Julia sits on the rack by the back sliding doors watching the assortment of birds on the gazebo. Though it cleared later in the day it was still cold, and I stayed indoors and remained relatively pain-free all day (for which I am truly grateful). Aside from…
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    Fenceline

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    March 27, 2021. This is a fenceline at RRR Ranch on the 700 at Burelle Road. It looks a lot better on Google Maps; time has not been kind to it. Things are still pretty brown, and as I discovered on my bike ride, still pretty muddy. Still, I put…
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    Rain

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    March 26, 2021. This is looking at a nearby railway crossing using full zoom from our front door. The photo flatters the weather. That was as close as I got to going outside today on a cold rainy day. It wasn’t a bad day; I felt like I made good…
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    St-Albert

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    March 25, 2021. This is the tiny village of St-Albert, as viewed from across the South Nation River (which is currently packed with tens of thousands of very loud geese). Since I had a late meeting this afternoon, I took a short 25 km bike ride early this afternoon. Otherwise,…
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    Last Year’s Leaves

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    March 24, 2021. I went for a short walk in the rain today and took a photo of these dripping leaves left over from last year. Not a bad day today, but not a great day, as I bounce back and forth between painkillers and productivity. The result was a…
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    Blue Jay

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    March 23, 2021. Our local blue jay paid us a visit today; here it is with a beak full of seeds from the feeder. We had an an abundance of different birds in the back yard today: woodpeckers, cardinals, grackles, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, and more. Today was also a really…
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    Melting

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    March 22, 2021. This is farmland just outside St-Albert shedding its winter blanket in rivers of meltwater. Spotted on a 24 km bike ride there and back late this afternoon on an absolutely gorgeous day, 17 degrees and sunny. I also attended a meeting, looked at R a bit, did…
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    Maple Seeds

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    March 21, 2021. To be precise, these are maple seeds from a tree in front of Gloucester High School in Ottawa. We were in the city to do an emergency prescription refill. I went for a walk, as per usual, and as I was passing by the school someone asked…
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    Cordwood

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    March 20, 2021. I passed by this trailer loaded with wood on a bike ride this afternoon, 22 km riding on the dirt shoulder on the gravel bike. What people do is cut wood during the winder, so you can see similar stacks all over in the spring. I also…
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    Yawn

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    March 19, 2021. Charlemagne is pictured mid-yawn while sleeping on the bed, head resting on the pillow, just like he sees us do it. Not really a good day as I’m still dealing with groin pain. I had a meeting and then struggled for the rest of the day to…

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