Tuesday, July 29, 2014


July 29, 2014. These hardy plants are just outside the office, and no, the bugs in them were not planted by the Chinese. See if you can find the lucky six-petaled Potentilla.

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Monday, July 28, 2014


July 28, 2014. From my front garden, these orange lilies glow in the dark. I rarely use the flash, but when I do, it's at night.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


July 27, 2014. These two visitors were enjoying the sunshine at Pointe-du-Chêne wharf, talking to people fishing off the pier and looking out over the ocean. For me, it was a 70 km ride today, at an average speed of 21 kph, to the ocean and back. I definitely need a softer bicycle seat. Bonus photo of Shediac Bay.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rum Road

July 26, 2014. First longish ride on the bike, 50 km in which I managed an average speed of 20 kmph for the first time ever, despite a brutal wind. This is the view from Homestead Road looking out over a small creek and Rum Road in the background. The bike ran well; I need better pedals, a slight adjustment to the seat, and I miss my speedometer - need that. And maybe a bell.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

ACE Room

Juky 25, 2014. So here I am opening up the ACE room - 'Advanced Conferencing Environment' - for another program meeting. Screens still dark, coffee cup still full, logging in and setting up. Just 7 km on the bike today but a very fast 7 km.

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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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