It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Toddler Bliss

The neighbourhood next to mine is torn up these days. A bit of an ordeal to get there, mind you, one which changes day by day. One day there’s a sidewalk between two blocks; the next, you’re trudging over gravel. One day the ‘sidewalk’ is wide enough for two to pass, the next it’s single file all the way. Some days protective fencing blocks part of the path… but in those cases, I’ve always found the construction dudes more than happy to shift it to one side with their manly arms. (Construction dudes generally like babies, I’ve noticed.)

So. A bit of an ordeal to get there. But, when we do, there are GAKKERS!!! (And, yes, ‘dumb f*cks‘.) Gakkers and Loaders! Cranes! Bobcats and excavators! It is VERY EXCITING!!!

(Which is to say, I belatedly realize, that it is an ordeal for me, the engine behind the stroller. It is nothing but excitement and FUN TIMES for those who get to ride, powered by my sweating self…)

And even MORE exciting than all that heavy machinery, there is a Toy Store.

A kickass toy store.

Totally worth the trip, wouldn’t you say???

August 18, 2011 - Posted by | Ottawa, outings | , , , , ,


  1. Man, I wish I lived within walking distance of, well, anything. We don’t even have a circular walk route. The most exciting thing today was when we found a bush full of wild blueberries to eat. Well, and when I spotted a Sears Xmas Wish Book in the ditch (!) because it got misdelivered, or something. That was fun.

    I think my kids would be THRILLED to live within walking distance of a blueberry bush! Especially Emily. Blueberries are her favourite fruit!

    However, I hear you. I feel very lucky to live where I do. When I want a bit of nature, there’s a river a block away, with several lovely parks along it, and, when it’s the city I crave, in the other direction there are coffee shops, toy stores, pharmacies, a movie theatre… I’m lucky, and I appreciate it.

    Comment by hodgepodge | August 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. Oh my goodness, those hats. Every single time, those hats.

    I’m hoping that’s an “aren’t they cute” rather than a “those poor kids” comment… 😀

    Comment by Ali | August 18, 2011 | Reply

  3. Those hats make me think of watermelons 🙂

    My little melon-heads. Aren’t they so sweeeeeet? And a fringe benefit I hadn’t considered: the big floppy brims hide their faces so well!

    Comment by Nev | August 18, 2011 | Reply

  4. We doubled the size of the building and never closed. That meant the kids could see the whole thing from the windows. The joy! Cranes, bulldozers, steamrollers. Cute construction guys. And a whole lot of blockbuilding and cool artwork. We even bought a workbench and used scraps from the construction. This post brings back some great memories. I need them. They tore down the building a couple of weeks ago and left me to find out when I drove by.

    Comment by jwg | August 19, 2011 | Reply

  5. I had to read this 2 days in a row before I figured out what “gakkers” were! Thanks for the reminder of the days my son’s love of MACHINES! determined our walks.

    Comment by Jan | August 19, 2011 | Reply

  6. That looks like a Mastermind.

    Comment by folderol | August 22, 2011 | Reply

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