It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Spring is

Coming! Really! (Even though today it’s -11C with a windchill of -24. Blurgh.) But I have hard evidence! Look!

Two weeks ago:
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This week:
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See the difference? Two-metre snowbanks of clean, puffy snow, vs less than one metre of gritty snowbanks … and clear sidewalks!!

It’s coming, it’s coming!

March 14, 2013 Posted by | Canada, Ottawa, outings | , | Leave a comment

Spring has Sprung in Ottawa

They sat like this for a good 25 minutes.
What rivets them so?

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It’s the ice-smasher-boat!!

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Otherwise known as the “AmphibEx” (amphibian excavator).

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How do I know this?

A few years ago, a different group of tots was rivetted by the same spectacle, only this time some of the “workin-guys” were on shore. They admired the kids, and chatted about their work. The children were MESMERIZED.

Those big men!
That big machine!
The roaring and the cracking!
That big machine!
The whoosh of the water!
That big machine!
Those big chunks of ice!
And did we mention, THAT BIG MACHINE???!?!!!

(I mean, really. Does it get any better?)

One of the worker-dudes approached, hitching his jeans importantly. He has their undivided attention, and decides the time has come to impart some Words of Wisdom.

“Stay in school, kids, or you’ll end up driving one of those.”

Well. There goes five families’ hopes of their child’s post-secondary education…

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Ottawa, our adoring public, outings | , , , , , , , | 10 Comments