Gorgeous moon rising

Monday, 26 April 2021

I made it to my appointment today with no problems. On our way back to QC, the roadblock was set up going into Ottawa. Glad to have missed it.

Boy, do I miss this city though…

And what an amazing moon rise tonight


What a night! I had fun walking around Ottawa in the sleet and snow. Even with wet feet and cold fingers and cheeks, it was awesome!

I was going to write: One take-away of the night was… but so many jumped out at me that I can’t write about just one, so I’ll list them all!

Rounding the corner of the National Arts Centre (Albert/Elgin Streets) and seeing the Oscar Peterson statue, hearing his music playing from the piano, was a “stop and step into the moment”. My first time seeing the statue. It’s awe inspiring. And there’s an empty spot on the bench next to Oscar. A great place to sit and enjoy his music!

Standing alone on Parliament hill. Being on the hill, in front of the Parliament buildings never gets old. It gets me, every single time. I’m not a frequent visitor, perhaps that’s why, but I feel it has more to do with the history and what it stands for. Democracy at it’s best. It’s humbling to stand in front of the centennial flame, looking up at the peace tower, light up in the dark, overcast night, hearing the bells toll. Even the freezing drizzle stinging your face can’t dampen the mood. It was something special.

I’ll stop there with my descriptions of my fabulous night!

That brings me to today. I woke up at 4 am, got out of bed to check the weather, thinking I might head out to take more photos. All I could see was white. I don’t know if it was fog or freezing drizzle, but it was white! I also had a headache so decided to get back into bed and enjoy a sleep-in instead. Peppermint essential oil applied to my neck, a couple of motrin and I was back to sleep in no time.

I had a leisurely breakfast at Wilfrid’s restaurant in the hotel. Classy spot with delicious food!

I chose to stay in and paint instead of walking around taking more photos. Which was quite handy as I was painting the peace tower and all I had to do was look out my window to check for details. I really enjoyed the moment. Initially, the perfectionist – deep down inside me, as I’ve been working on keeping it there – arose and didn’t want me to post it, but I ignored it, continued to add details until I was happy with it, then I posted it to Instagram.

watercolour painting of the peace tower, next to the peace tower
035/365 Painting of the day
Peace tower, Ottawa, ON
04 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

For the photo of the day: On my way to breakfast this morning, I took my time, taking photos with my iPhone, of the décor. My favourite floor (that I’ve seen) is the mezzanine. The colours – light blues – strike me as calming and peaceful. I took several photos and one of them made photo of the day.

staircase from mezzanine to lobby at fairmont chateau laurier, ottawa, on
035/365 Photo of the day
Staircase, Fairmont Chateau Laurier
04 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

All in all, I’ve had an exceptional night in Ottawa at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and I highly recommend staying here some time. It’s conveniently located, the canal, Rideau Centre, By Ward Market, Sparks Street Mall, NAC, and Parliament Hill are all a short walk. The hotel is comfortable with modern conveniences yet has kept the antique look. I love it!


It was another snowy day. So grateful this one was on a Saturday when I had nowhere to be but home! I was able to to watch the flurry of activity around the bird feeders. I counted 34 redpolls, 4 mourning doves, 14 evening grosbeaks, 1 red squirrel, a chickadee, and 2 golden finch. I could hear a blue jay but he didn’t stop by the feeders today. Neither did the turkeys. All in all it was a busy day and I bet you know what today’s photo of the day will be…a bird. But not just any bird, one of the 14 evening grosbeaks that dropped by for a visit.

evening grosbeak bird in a snowstorm
033/365 Photo of the day
Evening grosbeak in a snow storm
02 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

My day was occupied with getting a newsletter completed for next week – a volunteer job I have been doing since March of last year. This is my last issue and I’m a little sad as I’ve really enjoyed working on it and being a part of a great team, but I just don’t seem to have enough time to dedicate to it and there are other projects I’m interested in taking on, so I gave my notice today. I must admit, I feel lighter now, knowing I’m free next month.

Tonight’s painting was a complete unknown until I got the sky in. Blue to start, followed by pink. Mountains (or land) in the distance, followed by an ocean and a beach. I think this is my fourth painting like this. I titled it “My happy place!” I sure do like those colours and that view.

watercolour painting of sky, ocean and a small beach.
033/365 Painting of the Day
My Happy Place!
02 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I have some happy news: tomorrow night, I will be staying at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa! A dream come true. I’ve always wanted to stay there and this year, being the year to make things happen, I booked a room for a night.

I like to spend a night in Ottawa every year so I can take night pictures and not have to drive home late at night. Not to mention it’s a lot of fun playing tourist in your backyard. I chose a Sunday night thinking it wouldn’t be busy on the streets and canal. Funny, but when I booked the room last month, I didn’t realize Winterlude started this weekend! But it is Superbowl weekend, so hoping it’s not too busy. (I’m not a fan of large crowds.)

I booked the day off on Monday and plan to walk around town taking pictures. The forecast is calling for freezing drizzle…hoping it’s wrong!