ACROSS CANADA DAY: 2 July 11~ Hello Mr. Prime Minister

Today is another travel day with a quick stop for bagels. Bagels in Quebec, especially Montreal Bagels are the BEST in the world. It’s all in the way they are prepared and baked. Oven roasted…YUMMOS!

And then on to Canada’s capital. It was a quick stop.Ok it was more of a pause and drive by…  When the kids were younger and in school, we spend some time here exploring and learning first hand about Canada’s capital and city, Ottawa. Today we stopped for a few pics and to wave Hello to “Justin & Sophie” 😀 and have a picnic along the beautiful Ottawa River.

Every summer, artist John-Felice Ceprano, does some amazing work with rocks. Ceprano lifts stones and slabs to create “rock balance art.” Every summer he expands the collection of sculptures at Remic Rapids  adding to his creations using only materials found on-site. Such a cool spot along our travels.

A quick diversion to my old home city of Port Perry. A few pics of my Uncle & Auntie’s farm. A few pics of our Manchester home. I lived there in the early 70’s before my parents moved to Nova Scotia in 1975. And since we were in Port Perry…dinner was at Haugen’s Restaurant where Mom ( & my cousin Peggy) used to work. And look who joined us? It was so wonderful that Peggy & Brian drove down from Lindsay to have dinner with us.

Driving down the busy 401…are we having fun? Just a wee bit tired!!!

And then it was on to David’s twin brother’s home…Martin & Rebecca live in Niagara Falls. We took advantage of the fact that we were a little late arriving to get a few night shots of the falls…

We just enjoyed their company at our home in Nova Scotia, and now they are back home. And it is here that we will spend a few days visiting, checking out their new place ( they moved last Fall when Rebecca & I were in China) and seeing a couple of our favourite spots before we move on to the next part of our travels.

It’s late…time for sleep in Niagara Falls Ontario.


A little Friday afternoon project

We NEED to reinvent or revamp a backyard project we did last year…

David came home from work this afternoon with this.


Reinvent the fire pit!

Who doesn’t enjoy sitting outside around a campfire in the summer? I love it! And last weekend on the long weekend I wanted to have a fire and David said we couldn’t because there was a ban on fires. We live in town and there are many restrictions so it makes the amount of time and opportunity to use our fire pit very limited. So…I did some research and convinced David to make an investment and revamp our fire pit.

IMG_7195 IMG_7196 Revamp it to fit a propane fire bowl.

It only came with a little lava rock, so off to Canadian Tire to get a couple more bags.IMG_7198 IMG_7200

This is the finished project

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It’s not quite like a beautiful “real” wood burning camp fire,  BUT it will have to satisfy… I actually love it!IMG_7210

It even comes with a cover. IMG_7214

Not too bad for a Friday after work project 🙂 Have a good weekend!


I just couldn’t resist!!!


I really shouldn’t just wander around shops…I see things!

I had to pick up something yesterday at one store and decided to wander in another store. I hadn’t been there for awhile. Well, I was doing ok and ready to leave when I saw it!


Fabric panels of Canadian cities. And…


coordinating fabric.

Ahhhhh…. I had an idea! A little mid week project for yesterday and today.

Across Canada Cities

A lap blanket/picnic table cloth/picnic blanket for our hikes. PERFECT for our 30th Anniversary Across Canada Trip!

It rolls up tiny for in our hiking bag and also folds nice to put in our guest room when not in use.

I even personalized it 😀David 3 Anna

Haha, lots of fun! David loves it, but of course, cautions my spontaneity!!

To the market for Cuba souvenirs

And of course I can’t forget the shopping. Yes, market shopping is the best!  There were 2 markets close by that we visited a couple of times.

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James & Kristina blending in… 😀IMG_5464 IMG_5465 IMG_5466 IMG_5467 IMG_5468 IMG_5470 IMG_5471 IMG_5473

A Chinese restaurant in Cuba…too bad I didn’t have chance to try it out 😛IMG_5476 IMG_5489 IMG_5490 IMG_6128 IMG_5492 IMG_5496

Cuban cigar makingIMG_5497 IMG_5499 IMG_5500 IMG_5503
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DSC09667 DSC09664 DSC09671 DSC09662 DSC09669There’s something for everyone at the market! Enjoy your Saturday.