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07 Apr, 2021

Long weekend views

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

I really needed this past long weekend and I really needed this glorious weather.

We went for quite a few long walks around our neighbourhood. After all, what else is there to do?

Most of the time we just walked the streets around here but now and then we decided to shake things up with a walk down to the Ottawa River, or up Carlington Hill:

Piper atop Carlington Hill

Hampton Park Woods was also a nice destination:

Woodsy walk around Hampton Woods

Who was it that said spring is like summer in the light, and winter in the shade? That’s what I thought about this weekend, as I scraped a layer of dead leaves from a layer of decorative rock at the side of our house only to find a thick layer of ice underneath. Meanwhile, in the sunny part of the backyard, bits of budding greenery decorate a bird party that features an all-you-can-eat buffet and a jacuzzi.

Birds bathing

There are actually three birds in the photo above.  You might have to click to enlarge the image to spot them all.

The squirrels are also out in full force. This one was lining its nest with extra flair, faintly hoping that Backyard Critter and Burrow Magazine will take notice of this fancy renovation:

Squirrel with pretty string

And of course, there was Easter chocolate, and carrot cake. (Here’s the recipe! It’s a keeper for sure.)

Carrot cake

Easter with older kids/young adults is miles away from Easter morning days gone by. For starters, it’s definitely a lot quieter.

I can’t rightly complain though.

Easter morning

Some of the Easter haul

I hope your weekend was a tranquil one and that you’re enjoy some of this lovely weather.

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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