Floriade is a festival of flowers in Canberra every spring. It features many tulips but includes a range of other flowers as well.
The last time I visited Floriade was probably at least twenty years ago. It was as impressive as I remember it.
My dad and I visited Canberra last weekend and stayed with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew. We decided to go to Canberra so my dad could attend and present a short speech at the 90th anniversary of the church we attended when he was the minister from 1975 – 1980. It was also the church where Andrew and I were married in 1990. It was fun to be back there and catch up with a few people I hadn’t seen for many years.
We also enjoyed Saturday night Jazz on the lawn, hearing David preach on Sunday morning and the views from the National Arboretum.
Ottawa, and much of Canada, is in for very cold temperatures and arctic winds this week. Often when it is coldest it is also prettiest. When I went outside to take these photos I could here the ice on the trees cracking and creaking in the wind.
It is bitterly cold here again so I tried a trick I had seen and heard about, freezing bubbles. I made bubble mix then braved the -20°C temperature for a few minutes at a time to blow bubbles in our snow and ice covered back yard.
Most bubbles shatter while they are in the air or as soon as they hit a surface. Some float in the air long enough to freeze before they land on the snow.
I walked upstairs to my room the other day and saw gold light shining out of my room. When I investigated I saw that the setting sun was shining directly onto the leaves of the maple tree in the backyard and the reflection was filling my room with golden light.
B12 and I are continuing our study of ecosystems with another family so we made the most of the good weather last week to take another field trip. I shared pictures of our first field trip here. Our trip last week was to a local woodland area with many trails which pass through various types of ecosystems. B12 & P12 were on the lookout for the flora and fauna in each different area but ended up being most interested in the birds we saw.
After waiting and changing location a couple of times B & P’s patience with the chickadees was rewarded.
We saw this little nuthatch next.
The highlight of the day came just as we were about to finish our walk. A barred owl swooped through the woods ahead of us. It passed a few feet from B12’s face and then landed in a tree about 15 metres away. We went as close as we could and I snapped a few photos. I’ll include the full photo first to see if you can pick it out; the camouflage is superb. (click on photos to enlarge)
Did you spot it? We wondered what it was doing flying around in the middle of the day. There is a bird sanctuary in the area so perhaps it had a day pass.
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Andrew and I went for a walk on Thanksgiving Monday and enjoyed the sunny weather and the impressive colours. Apparently they are vivid this year because we had a hot, dry summer.
A friend and I took our 12 year olds to Mer Bleue this week as the introduction to a unit on ecosystems. Mer Bleue is a bog and it turned out to be way more interesting and picturesque than they were expecting.
Today was one of those very cold, clear days with blue skies and fresh snow. I snapped photos until I realized my finger tips were starting to ache and sting, not a good thing when the temperature is -20°C!