Thursday, April 6, 2017

Herding Day


Spring is coming, maybe doesn't seem like it but it is.  One of the local photographers has joined up with a woman who teaches herding.  While you are having your herding instinct test done, Erika will take pictures.  The picture in this year's advertisement is my Keltic. I loved this shot so it is one of the digital images that I bought.


This picture always reminds me of the movie Babe where the pig is asking the sheep if they would kindly move along.

You know the code Baa ram ewe, Baa ram ewe....

Saturday, April 1, 2017

In Like a Lion....

March came in like a lion but it didn't go out like a lamb instead we got more snow, but at least we didn't get anywhere near the snow they were calling for. It's actually still snowing in the picture below but this is what we woke up to on 1 Apr 2017 and no it wasn't an April Fool joke.  Tomorrow  is supposed to be sunny and warming up a little bit.  Let's hope that's the last of the cold deary weather.



I went to Brussels for work in March. I left Ottawa at minus 16C and when we arrived in Brussels it was plus 15C: talk about a difference.  The trip was an adventure in airplane travel. My sister decided to come along and flew from Calgary to catch the same flights as I had booked out of Toronto. While she was waiting to board her flight in Calgary she checked the Toronto airport departures web site which said that our flight to Brussels was cancelled.  I thought it was just a mistake on the web site. I departed Ottawa a few hours later and was issued a boarding pass for the Toronto to Brussels flight. We get to Toronto, and yes, the flight has been cancelled. By the time I got into the terminal, Annette was already on the phone with Air Canada and had us rebooked through London Heathrow that night. We were told to go to Brussels airlines to get our baggage and to recheck it through on our new flights.  We go to the Brussels Airlines counter, talk about disorganized, no one was telling anyone anything.  After waiting in line for awhile we were told that an Air Canada agent was coming up for those of us who were waiting for luggage, we waited and waited and finally Brussels Airlines took us back down to the baggage area and to Air Canada. Air Canada said it was not their problem that they had already transferred the luggage to Brussels Airlines.  The Air Canada agent did try to call back up to the airline counter and then went up himself to see what was going on. He came back down and said our luggage would be on carousel 1 or 4 in about 20 minutes, we waited 40 minutes and still no luggage.  Now we had to go to get through security for the London flights, we got through and then had to wait to see if we actually made it on to the flight as our boarding passes were just marked GTE. Thankfully both Annette and I got seats.  We got into Brussels no problem but our luggage didn't. We reported it to Swissport, the company that handles lost luggage for Brussels Airlines, they assured us that 95% of luggage is found within 24 hours. We weren't so lucky, ours didn't show up at the airport until Wednesday morning and so was delivered to the hotel probably around lunch time. Three days of wearing almost the same clothes, thankfully we had both packed a few things in our carry-on bags.

We had wonderful weather the whole week; too bad I was in meetings every day but it made it nice for Annette who was able to walk to all the places she was going to; she had purchased a Brussels pass which gave her admissions to many museums.  We were able to pick that up on Sunday for her so that she didn't have to hunt around for the tourism office before heading off to any museums.

Courtyard outside our hotel window




Mannequin Pis was dressed up for the ending of the book fair when we first arrived and for St Patrick's Day on the Friday before we left.



Grand Place at night; the weather was so nice we were able to eat out on the patio.



We had some free time on Friday afternoon together for some shopping and just being tourists.  Happy to say the flights back were better, although it took so long for the bags to be transferred to the baggage hall in Toronto that Annette very nearly missed her Calgary flight. She made it but the bags arrived on a later flight. My next work trip is to Rome, Italy; Annette is planning to come along on that trip too.  And I plan to take some vacation after those meetings.







It was Keltic's fifth birthday while I was away so we had to celebrate it after I got home.  No homemade pupcakes just store bought cookies and treats but I don't think he minded.





So hopefully the worst of winter has passed and we will be able to enjoy a nice spring. Some sunny warm weather will certainly help get rid of the snow and dry things out.

Today is the anniversary of the creation of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the title "Royal" was officially granted on 1 April 1924,  so I flew the Air Force Flag outside this morning.  This flag came from the radar station, CFS Baldy Hughes that I helped to close down in the 80's. Technology had made those radar systems obsolete but small units like that were so much fun.





Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Transformation Tuesday

I saw this on FaceBook last week, people posting pictures of their dogs as puppies and then as adults. At the time I didn't have a chance to look for pictures so I thought I would do a blog post.



My first Sheltie Starpath's Glenmohr Duffy



My first bi-black Dierenvriend's Nicky's Shadow, I called him Gryffon




My first agility dog, Dierenvriend's Mattie's Tucker




My first female Kelbren's Ceilidh Everlasting



My agility super star, Triadic's Glenciarn Beckett


And last but not least, Triadic's Keltic Livinonthedge

Monday, February 13, 2017

Winterlude

A few friends and I went downtown on Saturday evening. It's Winterlude here in Ottawa, the mid-winter festival and at Confederation Park they always have ice sculptures.  We went to the mall first and had a bite to eat in the food court, first time I had been in it since they renovated over two years ago now.  Then after eating we walked over to Confederation Park; it's a short walk, only about 5 minutes from the mall.

We had a wonderful evening, not too cold for a Canadian winter.  It's also our nation's 150th anniversary of Confederation so some of the sculptures were along that theme.



Obviously the first sculpture is a Canada 150 sculpture reminiscent of our flag. The second sculpture has a map of Canada on it. That might be a little hard to see but it's there. The third sculpture is of the Vimy Memorial. That battle in WWI was the one that defined us as a country separate from the United Kingdom.


These sculptures were in the park but they also have an ice sculpture competition and those sculptures are located in what they call the Crystal Garden.

Surfer

Mermaid

Peacock

Inuit fisherman

Twin faces

It's pretty amazing to see what they can carve out of ice. The contestants come from all around the world. It's funny to see that many of the carvers come from countries that we would consider to be warm, no even hot countries. Just how do they get into ice carving?

Dream Weaver

Magical Dancer

Thor

Carousel

Go to the link below to see all the ice sculptures that we saw.













                  

                               Ice Sculptures - Winterlude 2017


After standing in line to see all the sculptures, our feet did start to get cold so we decided to head back home, some us by car and others, myself included by bus. It was an inexpensive short evening out but it did get us out of the house and gave us a chance to catch up with each other.  There will be other events here in Ottawa for the 150th that we plan to attend. Hopefully a few others that couldn't make it this time will be able to join us.

If you haven't been to Ottawa, summer is a wonderful time to visit but so is February with Winterlude. There's the ice sculputres, skating on the canal,  a snow maze and castle, dog sled rides in Jacques Cartier park. Not to mention taffy pulls and, of course, one has to have beaver tails.

Confederation Park

Rideau Canal Skateway

Ottawa at night

Confederation Park and the canal




Thursday, February 2, 2017

New Additions

No, I did not get another puppy but I've been thinking about one so who knows maybe next year.

 Last year 2016 brought a number of new additions to the family; three of my nieces each welcomed their first child in 2016.

First on the scene was Thexan David  born 12 July 2016.  Quite an unusual first name, apparently the name of a prince in Star Wars.




















Next to make her debut was Emma Rhian who was born 31 Aug 2016, she was in a bit of a rush to arrive being born two weeks before her due date.


























Last to arrive was Haig Arthur born 23 Dec 2016. Haig should have been a January 2017 baby but he was in such a rush to catch up to his cousins that he also arrived a few weeks early.



Not too many photos of Haig Arthur yet but his family did have a lovely photo shoot and you can see those photos at Dawn of Destiny Photography.

It's pretty wonderful to see the family growing and the next generation arriving. My nieces are all now young women; it seems like just yesterday they were the little children.

A picture of all the new moms when they were little.
More great grandchildren for my mother although she will likely never have the chance to really get to know these new members of the family.

And new cousins for the first of that generation, Adrian Robert.