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    Laying in Wait

    July 21, 2023. This tube forms a doughnut shape, and the cats love playing it in. Here Emma sits ready to pounce on any other cat venturing nearby. Nobody can see her, of course.
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    Crysler Trail

    July 20, 2023. This is an old rail trail near Crysler. After working from home for the day I took a quick loop through St. Albert and Crysler on the gravel bike. Building up muscles for bnikepacking.
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    The Market

    July 18, 2023. If you go up to the second floor of the By-Ward market in Ottawa (but who does, really?) you'll see these cloud figures in the attic. I was downtown while working from the office to pick up more Hungarian spicy paprika paste, which I pu...
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    July 17, 2023. This is Lexi, the old lady of our household. She's a good 16 years old now, the eternal kitten who still plays with string and drinks water from the tap. She's thin and frail and I wanted to make sure I got a photograph in. But she's st...
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    Finch Fair

    July 16, 2023. I took a bike ride to finch today and visited the Finch Fair. This is the cattle exhibit, pictured. But the runaway fave for me was the bird exhibit, especially the owls and parakeets. I also took a side trip along the Crysler trail on ...
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    July 15, 2023. First day back from Tremblant. We were in for an afternoon RedBlacks game, won in a great comeback and overtime touchdown. Best game we've seen as season tick holders. Great stuff.
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    Raccoon in a Tree

    July 14, 2023. This raccoon was sitting in a tree happily eating leaves our last day in Mont Tremblant. Super-early departure, then took Andrea to the hospital for an appointment. Cats were overjoyed when we got home, displayed it by ignoring us. http...
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    July 11, 2023. This is a gravel back road in the district of Macaza, near Mont Tremblant. I went out with the gravel bike and a half load to see how well the setup would work in the Quebec forest. It was a 47km ride, but I also gained 380 metres eleva...
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    Back on the Bike

    July 6, 2023. I haven't been able to ride the bike for almost to weeks because of the itch and saddle sores. Now I have them mostly under control and was able to get back out there for a short 26 km ride.
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    Frog on a Log

    July 9, 2023. Today's walk was a very hot (and itchy) one on Petrie Island. I've uploaded a photo set. But also, I managed to install my own YouTube clone - PeerTube - on my own web server. Very happy about that.
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    Baseball Weekend Day 4

    July 3, 2023. The view from the train station. We upgraded to business class to enjoy a pleasant ride back complete with a relaxing wait in the lounge and a nice meal served on the train. The cats were overjoyed to see us back again.
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    June 26, 2023. This was on display in St. Laurant shopping centre. I think it's their contribution to Pride celebrations, but without any real courage of their convictions. I worked in the office today (and they finally got air conditioning working, y...
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    Bike Rack

    June 29, 2023. The bike rack outside my office in Ottawa. Another day in the office, this time on a Thursday. I don't know what happened to Tuesday and Wednesday photos; the days blur together, especially with my constant attention to my itch. Over th...
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    June 23, 2023. These are roses outside the pharmacy in Gloucester, near work. I picked up some prescriptions for Andrea (who, like me, is celebrating the end of the pandemic with health issues). It was an office day today, and I spent time on newslett...
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    June 22, 2023. Sunset as seen from my front porch. It's interesting this time of the year because the sun sets so far to the north. Another day working at home, focused mostly on newsletter contents. Also some IRAP work. Like yesterday, I was indoors ...
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    Green Berries

    June 21, 2023.Green berries on a green plan in my back yard. Working at home today. Did some stuff for IRAP, as well as the newsletter. Recovering from my trip. My itch is still a major concern.
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    June 15, 2023. Not exactly what I expected to find in the Dutch countryside, but this ostrich seemed to fit right in. I cycled from my hotel to the centre of Den Haag, about 60+ km. It was a brilliant day, clear, sunny and warm, and full with the sort...
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    June 14, 2023. This is a windmill just outside Amsterdam, spotted as I took the scenic route cycling from our meetings today back to the hotel. Today was a very successful meeting day, as I presented the work I had done and got people signed up and wo...
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    June 12, 2023. Display spotted in an Amsterdam city window. I cycled from the airport to the city centre for a meeting (11 km), wandered around the city a bit (5 or 6 km), then cycled back out to the hotel (16 km). All in all, a pretty good day. I'm r...
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    Dutch Sparrow

    June 11, 2023. This sparrow rests on a glass wall at a little cafe on the sand dunes high above the Dutch North Sea coast near Haarlem. My firat full day in Holland, I cycled from my hotel near the airport to Haarlem, touring the city a bit, and then ...
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    A New Light

    June 10, 2023. Due in part to the shading of the window and in part on smoke in the atmosphere, the Sun appeared outside the airplane window as a deep ruby red, looking like I've never seen it before. Landed on time, dropped my bags at the hotel, then...

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