After two days of driving (being a passenger wears me out!), I was quite happy to spend Wednesday at home. As luck would have it, the library’s theme of the day was birds, and so we were able to have three days in a row of all creatures great and small! The morning session had us learning about feathers and matching feathers to birds. Then, we made a bird craft:
Teeny Man’s favourite bird: the peregrine falcon
The afternoon session kicked it up a notch and had real birds from the Ontario Specialized Species Centre: a hawk, a peregrine falcon, a snowy owl, and a great horned owl:
I got to pet a great horned owl!
Fun fact: Hedwig is a female in the Harry Potter novels, but in the films, they use a male. Only male snowy owls are white. The females are brown to blend in to their filthy, ground-level nests (this guys sure knows how to keep a young audience’s attention: talk about POOP!).
Thursday saw us on the road again (cue Willy Nelson now), but this time we were headed to the nation’s capital, Kanata! Wait…I mean, Ottawa!
“Beg pardon, Sir, but I think the word he used…I think it really means those houses down there.” “No, believe me: I know the word. It means ‘nation’ and Ca-na-da is its name.” “But I’m sure it means the houses…the village.”
This was Teeny Man’s first stay in a hotel (no Super 8 tonight, sweetie!), and there was even a children’s pool. We were the only people there save for a couple of people swimming laps. I had seen lots of kids earlier on in the lobby, so I think all the big kids were at tournaments when we were swimming. Score! (pun absolutely intended)
On Friday, we went to the Parliament building. Then we wandered down to the ByWard Market. It was very chilly, so we popped into the Moulin de Provence bakery, famous for its Obama cookies (guys, he ate a red frosted maple leaf-shaped shortbread there!). At first, Teeny Man wanted a green Easter egg cookie, but then he changed his mind and got an Obama cookie. ‘Murica! Marshall opted for a chocolatine (a chocolate filled croissant-like object), and I had a croissant aux amandes that was loaded with marzipan and why can’t we just eat marzipan all day long, every day, marzipan, marzipan, marzipan…..wait, what just happened? ;)
I also popped into Heaven, aka Tea Store. I picked up two of my favourites: Queen Mary (a stout black tea) and this one:
Afternoon Skate: “A delightful sweet and spicy blend of cinnamon, vanilla, coriander, caramel, and almond”
A dear friend of mine gave me some a few years ago, and it was so delightful that I have thought about it ever since.
On our way back to the car, I spotted some very strange sculptures outside the British High Commission:
I am the Egg Man….woooo!
A little tree stump, tree, and shrub with legs and feet. They both frightened me and made me feel like I was in an Alice adventure (which, come to think of it, is also frightening…).
It’s no secret to Marshall that my favourite pastime on long drives is napping. This time, however, I brought my crocheting with me and started and finished a very cute little project that I will be giving Vinda tonight. I missed him a lot and was so happy to see him again today.
Domo Arigato, Mr Roboto!
On Saturday and Sunday, Marshall continued working on our family room renovation. We had a leak in the roof, and removed the drywall to uncover some mould. It has since been cleaned up and reinsulated. Drywall is now up and ready to be mudded and taped!
No more nicotine-stained drywall!
So, here we are. We have come to the end of the March Break. Lunches are packed, and I am preparing myself to head back to work tomorrow. I know it’s a blessing to have had this time off with my family, but I would be fibbing if I said I was chomping at the bit to head back to class. Hey, wouldn’t you know? I can relate to teenagers! Well, at least on this matter, anyway. :)
I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight…