It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Here and There

These gorgeous gardens grace a long swathe of park along the Rideau Canal. In the spring, these beds hold thousands upon thousands of tulips, an ongoing gift of appreciation to Canada from The Netherlands for our assistance during the Second World War. Right now, the beds are full of…er…flowers. Pretty ones.

These were viewed from the middle of Dow’s Lake at the end of the canal, as the youngsters and I had decided that paddle-boating would be our end-of-summer family event. Mummy wanted to visit the gardens from the lake. “All right you guys? Want to go see the flowers?”

“Kids? Kids?” Where did they go?

Evidently the offspring had other ideas, and were heading to the wild side of the lake. The arboretum borders that side of the lake, a lovely mix of lawns, trees, and water. Perfect for running the dog. Or a couple of getaway children.

“Hey, you two! Wait up!”
These two in particular. The third was safely paddling with me. No signs of remorse here, are there?
Well, maybe they’re onto something. This is kind of fun!

An hour later though, our time is up, and we’re sweatily ready to get something to eat. The soon to return to university eldest opts for Kettleman’s, where they make “Montreal Style” bagels, over a wood-burning stove. Sometimes I bring the daycare tots here, just to watch. One day I’ll do that again and get you some better pictures.
He’s bending over so as to see the dozen or two bagels he’s putting into the oven. He’s got them all lined up on a long wooden plank. They are amazingly deft with those things. He can put fifteen or twenty bagels onto it, then put them in the oven in one long row, slide them all off, and even flip them when they’re done with that thing.

Fresh bagels on the patio. No picture of this, because we were too hungry to pause.

This was a good day. Tomorrow, the last of my holidays, is just for me. And on Thursday, we’re back to toddler tales! It’s been a good summer!

August 30, 2005 - Posted by | my kids, Ottawa, outings


  1. Lovely pics! I want a vacation. I came over to see your blog since we’re tragically unhip together today. White Stripes was it???

    Comment by Cheryl | August 30, 2005 | Reply

  2. Thanks for stopping by! And right there in the pictures you can see the very 16-year-old who was polled. (Who has, I am relieved to say, creatively eclectic tastes in music.) I know nothing, nothing!, of White Stripes, but I did go to both a Black Eyed Peas and a Simple Plan concert last summer. Am I hip now?

    Comment by Mary P. | August 30, 2005 | Reply

  3. You got me beat! I was a little too hip in my twenties, so I’ve put on the brakes and am very happily living in the non-hip slow lane.

    Comment by Cheryl | August 31, 2005 | Reply

  4. Well, now I can confess. I went to those concerts with my eleven- (now twelve) year-old. And, she adds, with a furtive glance over her shoulder, apart from the entertainment value of the crowd, I was bored!! Still not hip…

    Comment by Mary P. | August 31, 2005 | Reply

  5. WOW! I would love to go paddleboat on the lake. I haven’t done a whole lot this summer, maybe next year. Mmmm, that’s a lot of bagels!

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | August 31, 2005 | Reply

  6. Lots of good bagels. In all sorts of flavours: plain, sesame, poppy, pumpernickel, multi-grain, cinnamon raisin, jalapeno pepper, cheddar, cheddar and salsa, and lots more, even chocolate chip. Which strikes me as an awful idea, but they must sell at least a few!

    Comment by Mary P. | August 31, 2005 | Reply

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