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It was really nice, if a little hectic, to see my cousins again, and their families and to meet Rick's kids and their families too. Just a bit of a shame Rob, Chelsea and their tribe couldn't make it. Hopefully we'll get to catch up with them before we move on to the Toronto leg of our holiday on Saturday. It was really nice, if a little hectic, to see my cousins again, and their
families and to meet Rick's kids and their families too. Just a bit of a shame
Rob, Chelsea and their tribe couldn't make it. Hopefully we'll get to catch up
with them before we move on to the Toronto leg of our holiday on Saturday.
   
Time for bed now and maybe I'll get this posted before the end of the week :smiley: Time for bed now and maybe I'll get this posted before the end of the week
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Yesterday, for a number of reasons, we had a proper lazy day. We stayed at Jacqui and Rick's house all day and didn't really do a lot of anything other than play Lego, watch films and drink tea/coffee :smiley:. It was brilliant! I think George and I really needed the break. So today we had to get out and do something. We arranged with Becky to take a trip to Merrickville to see a different kind of quaint local town, so she arrived at 10 to pick us up. Yesterday, for a number of reasons, we had a proper lazy day. We stayed at
Jacqui and Rick's house all day and didn't really do a lot of anything other
than play Lego, watch films and drink tea/coffee :smiley:. It was brilliant! I
think George and I really needed the break. So today we had to get out and do
something. We arranged with Becky to take a trip to Merrickville to see a
different kind of quaint local town, so she arrived at 10 to pick us up.
   
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First stop was a Tim Horton's drive through, and Rosie had only been commenting a few hours earlier that we hadn't done that yet! I can't get over how cheap it is, we had 2 coffees and a tea and it was only just over $5, and it was reasonable coffee, amazing! We then made our way out to Merrickville. The first thing that struck us was the amount of open space everywhere. Given it's only just turning to spring, there isn't much green around, but I imagine that once the land recovers from the snow it must be beautiful. The whole area is incredibly flat so we could see for miles in every direction and mainly all we could see was trees and grassland, with the occasional house thrown in for good measure. And the houses were massive by our standards (_actually many of them were massive by Canadian standards too_), it was definitely great to see the countryside :smiley:. First stop was a Tim Horton's drive through, and Rosie had only been commenting
a few hours earlier that we hadn't done that yet! I can't get over how cheap it
is, we had 2 coffees and a tea and it was only just over $5, and it was
reasonable coffee, amazing! We then made our way out to Merrickville. The first
thing that struck us was the amount of open space everywhere. Given it's only
just turning to spring, there isn't much green around, but I imagine that once
the land recovers from the snow it must be beautiful. The whole area is
incredibly flat so we could see for miles in every direction and mainly all we
could see was trees and grassland, with the occasional house thrown in for good
measure. And the houses were massive by our standards (_actually many of them
were massive by Canadian standards too_), it was definitely great to see the
countryside :smiley:.
   
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Merrickville is a tiny little town somewhere relatively close to Carleton Place. It is basically a single street with not a lot going on. However, it is a nice little town to visit for us foreigners. On arrival in the town we crossed a raging torrent of a river that was incredibly impressive, and then a few minutes later, my cousin Jon (Becky's brother) passed us in his work truck, how's that for an amazing coincidence! He stopped by to say hello, and somehow scared George because he didn't recognise the coat! Strange child! We continued our stroll through the town and watched some glass blowing before deciding it was time for lunch. Merrickville is a tiny little town somewhere relatively close to Carleton Place.
It is basically a single street with not a lot going on. However, it is a nice
little town to visit for us foreigners. On arrival in the town we crossed a
raging torrent of a river that was incredibly impressive, and then a few minutes
later, my cousin Jon (Becky's brother) passed us in his work truck, how's that
for an amazing coincidence! He stopped by to say hello, and somehow scared
George because he didn't recognise the coat! Strange child! We continued our
stroll through the town and watched some glass blowing before deciding it was
time for lunch.
   
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This was a more difficult decision that we had anticipated. There was a chip truck in the town, and Rosie wasn't sure about 'cheating' on Rick at another chip truck. Then we weren't sure about having poutine for the first time from someone other than Rick. In the end, Rosie had a pulled pork poutine and I had a chilli dog so that we could have 'proper' poutine for the first time from Rick :smiley:. This was a more difficult decision that we had anticipated. There was a chip
truck in the town, and Rosie wasn't sure about 'cheating' on Rick at another
chip truck. Then we weren't sure about having poutine for the first time from
someone other than Rick. In the end, Rosie had a pulled pork poutine and I had a
chilli dog so that we could have 'proper' poutine for the first time from Rick
:smiley:.
   
On the way back we drove through some more quaint little towns and over some surprisingly narrow and rickety bridges for the more 'authentic' Canadian experience. We then lazed around for the rest of the day, playing Lego, Go Jetters and other random games made up by George. On the way back we drove through some more quaint little towns and over some
surprisingly narrow and rickety bridges for the more 'authentic' Canadian
experience. We then lazed around for the rest of the day, playing Lego, Go
Jetters and other random games made up by George.
   
Tomorrow we are heading into Ottawa, which should be a great day :smiley: Tomorrow we are heading into Ottawa, which should be a great day :smiley:
   
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Another day begins bright and early thanks to our insistent, ever reliable alarm clock, George. As normal we were up to see Jacqui off to work, but this morning was a little different. Not only was George happy walking past the Wiener's, he actually petted them :hushed:! He then told us that their ears were "as soft as socks", much to everyone's amusement :joy:. So it seems that George can get used to most dogs given enough time. Another day begins bright and early thanks to our insistent, ever reliable alarm
clock, George. As normal we were up to see Jacqui off to work, but this morning
was a little different. Not only was George happy walking past the Wiener's, he
actually petted them :hushed:! He then told us that their ears were "as soft as
socks", much to everyone's amusement :joy:. So it seems that George can get used
to most dogs given enough time.
   
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The plan for today was to drive into Ottawa with Rick just after rush hour to see what there is to see. When we got there we had the usual issue you have in any city, finding somewhere to park! After about 20 minutes we parked in the Natural History Museum car park which made the decision of where to go first really simple. Given we wanted to see as much of what Ottawa had to offer in one day, we didn't have long so George was given the map and we were off to see the dinosaurs! We zoomed around them before discovering that what he was actually looking for was the weird jellyfish like thing that was hanging in the giant glass box above the entrance :flushed:. Nevermind, that at least brought us to a brilliant exhibit about the geology of the earth. It's not something I would normally seek out, but it was fascinating and really well done for kids so George loved it. If it hadn't been for our time constraints, I think George would have stayed there all day! The plan for today was to drive into Ottawa with Rick just after rush hour to
see what there is to see. When we got there we had the usual issue you have in
any city, finding somewhere to park! After about 20 minutes we parked in the
Natural History Museum car park which made the decision of where to go first
really simple. Given we wanted to see as much of what Ottawa had to offer in one
day, we didn't have long so George was given the map and we were off to see the
dinosaurs! We zoomed around them before discovering that what he was actually
looking for was the weird jellyfish like thing that was hanging in the giant
glass box above the entrance :flushed:. Nevermind, that at least brought us to a
brilliant exhibit about the geology of the earth. It's not something I would
normally seek out, but it was fascinating and really well done for kids so
George loved it. If it hadn't been for our time constraints, I think George
would have stayed there all day!
   
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Our next experience was a local diner for lunch. Now I've seen them on TV where the waiter/waitress refills your coffee cup before it's empty, but I never realised that was actually how things work over here! I was mildly disappointed with the size of the cup having asked for a large, but then it was filled up repeatedly without us having to ask and it was only $2! It was amazing! This is a lesson we really need to learn back home!!! Our next experience was a local diner for lunch. Now I've seen them on TV where
the waiter/waitress refills your coffee cup before it's empty, but I never
realised that was actually how things work over here! I was mildly disappointed
with the size of the cup having asked for a large, but then it was filled up
repeatedly without us having to ask and it was only $2! It was amazing! This is
a lesson we really need to learn back home!!!
   
With our bellies filled, we continued on to our planned first stop of the day, the ticket place for access to the Peace Tower in the Canadian Parliament building. It seems that today was not to be our day. Apparently all the tickets had been given out within an hour of the place opening, so about 30 minutes before we even arrived in Ottawa! Ah well, maybe next time. We instead spent the afternoon seeing the sites, like the Parliament building, the Rideau Canal, the bizarre mixture of architecture that wouldn't be allowed in the UK (_there doesn't seem to be any draconian planning rules in force here_) and we even managed to have a mini snowball fight, it was ace! With our bellies filled, we continued on to our planned first stop of the day,
the ticket place for access to the Peace Tower in the Canadian Parliament
building. It seems that today was not to be our day. Apparently all the tickets
had been given out within an hour of the place opening, so about 30 minutes
before we even arrived in Ottawa! Ah well, maybe next time. We instead spent the
afternoon seeing the sites, like the Parliament building, the Rideau Canal, the
bizarre mixture of architecture that wouldn't be allowed in the UK (_there
doesn't seem to be any draconian planning rules in force here_) and we even
managed to have a mini snowball fight, it was ace!
   
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During our wanderings we were introduced to the most amazing sweet snack ever, Beaver Tails. They are simply a dough flattened out to the shape of a beaver tail and deep fried with a topping added. There were loads of options, but they were mainly sweet toppings and Rick recommended the maple butter. It was incredible and I cannot recommend them highly enough, you just have to try them! I admit that the volume of sugar consumed in such a short period of time can be a little overwhelming, but its nothing a strong cup of coffee won't fix :wink:. During our wanderings we were introduced to the most amazing sweet snack ever,
Beaver Tails. They are simply a dough flattened out to the shape of a beaver
tail and deep fried with a topping added. There were loads of options, but they
were mainly sweet toppings and Rick recommended the maple butter. It was
incredible and I cannot recommend them highly enough, you just have to try them!
I admit that the volume of sugar consumed in such a short period of time can be
a little overwhelming, but its nothing a strong cup of coffee won't fix :wink:.
   
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We picked Jacqui up from work which was possibly the bit George was excited about most of all. She works on the 15/16th floor of her building so she invited us up to the 16th floor to get a view most tourists don't get. We looked out over the city at the Peace Tower so it turns out it wasn't such a bad thing that we missed out earlier :smiley:. The plan then was to take Jacqui and Rick out for dinner, but given Rosie and I don't know the area, we said they should choose. Again, things didn't work out how we would have liked. The restaurant couldn't seat us for another 3 hours and George was snoring away in the back seat so we instead made the decision to have Chinese takeaway and go home. We picked Jacqui up from work which was possibly the bit George was excited
about most of all. She works on the 15/16th floor of her building so she invited
us up to the 16th floor to get a view most tourists don't get. We looked out
over the city at the Peace Tower so it turns out it wasn't such a bad thing that
we missed out earlier :smiley:. The plan then was to take Jacqui and Rick out
for dinner, but given Rosie and I don't know the area, we said they should
choose. Again, things didn't work out how we would have liked. The restaurant
couldn't seat us for another 3 hours and George was snoring away in the back
seat so we instead made the decision to have Chinese takeaway and go home.
   
George must have been exhausted because he didn't wake when we got the Chinese, he didn't wake when we got him out of the car, and he didn't wake when we tried to wake him for food. Instead, we put him straight to bed and had a quiet evening meal just the four of us. George must have been exhausted because he didn't wake when we got the Chinese,
he didn't wake when we got him out of the car, and he didn't wake when we tried
to wake him for food. Instead, we put him straight to bed and had a quiet
evening meal just the four of us.
   
Tomorrow is possibly going to be the best day of the first half of our holiday because we are going to the maple syrup place. I'm not sure who is most excited about it, but I have a funny feeling it may actually be me :blush:. Tomorrow is possibly going to be the best day of the first half of our holiday
because we are going to the maple syrup place. I'm not sure who is most excited
about it, but I have a funny feeling it may actually be me :blush:.
   
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