Thursday, July 24, 2014


July 24, 2014. My new bicycle, on my front lawn. I've been looking recently for one, and seriously since test-riding Simon Walker's in Greenwich. The planning came together today as I bought home my new Specialized 20-speed road bike (p.s. my front lawn is looking great right now too; it's a tiny verdant ecosystem of trees, bushes and flowers).

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Parliament at a Glance

July 23, 2014. Busy busy busy day today. Got my visa applications in for two upcoming trips this fall, and had a longish meeting with safety and security representatives in the afternoon. Flying home in the evening. This is Parliament Hill from the taxi - the changing of the guard was on, something I've never seen despite years of living in Ottawa, and while it wouldn't have been nice to stop and smell the roses, time was my enemy (p.s. also had a longish visit to Ottawa's Queensway).

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dental Office

July 21, 2014. I went to the dentist first thing in the morning, got a trailer hitch on my car (for carrying my bicycle) and did some meetings in the afternoon. This is the dental office. I love the classic 'look of disapproval' I'm getting in my photo. Photos are just snapshots, but they can be so revealing as well.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Fishing the Petitcodiac

July 20, 2014. Nice 88km bike ride taking the long way to Petitcodiac and back. En route I spotted this person fishing in the Petitcodiac River just near River Glade.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014


July 19, 2014. Back home at last and just in time for the city's annual Mosaiq festival - it's basically a celebration of the city's different cultures. I always enjoyed Edmonton's massive Heritage Festival, so I have high hopes for Moncton's version over time. This year's was pretty good, far better than I've seen in the past for Moncton.

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July 18, 2014. I went across the river to downtown Gatineau to give a short presentation to staff at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, the branch that used to be CIDA. This part of the city has really matured over the years and is now a clean and pleasant urban core well worth a visit.

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Hotel Room

July 17, 2014. Three days of financial systems training complete - tired, under the weather, doing nothing but watching Big Bang Theory on TV. So much for my ambitions of an Ottawa bike ride.

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