Saturday, 9 May 2020

Happy birthday to my nephew!!!

What a crazy day of weather! Sunshine, wind, snow squalls, white-out conditions, clear sunny day, and repeat endlessly!

O Canada!
129/366 Photo of the day, 9 May 2020 ©WQuinn

It never gets old, seeing the parliament buildings as we drive into Ottawa.

We were on our way to visit my nephew on his birthday. Mom just couldn’t stay away from seeing him in person. We stayed a safe distance and enjoyed our visit!

Then we popped over to my sister’s place to pick up mom’s Mother’s Day gift. We visited outside in the blustery, biting cold weather but it was sooooo sooooooo good to see them!

Mom said her heart was full and she could go on for another while now without seeing them again.

I found it interesting how this week seemed to be a breaking point. Mom mentioned she was having a hard time coping, as did my sister-in-law. I, too, found it to be a difficult week, feeling teary eyed and irritable…then again, I’m also craving chocolate and chips so….😉

Rose-breasted grosbeak ©WQuinn 2020


Wednesday, 29 April 2020

I felt a bit like a renegade today as I crossed the border into Ottawa. The parliament building were a sight to behold, even from a distance.

Parliament buildings, Ottawa. © WQuinn 2020

Mom’s pharmacy is in Ottawa, so we headed into town to pickup her prescription. The border was open and it was free sailing. The first time in six weeks I’ve been to Ottawa! First time in six weeks to be inside a store. That was strange. I felt guilty, and a little like I was in a video game…checking corners to make sure no one was coming, double checking aisles to make sure they were clear. And when they were not, making a game plan for my next steps. There were two other shoppers plus myself, so not at all busy.

I took advantage of being in Ottawa and ordered takeout from the Lone Star…one of my favourite restaurants. We don’t have one on this side ☹️

119/366 Photo of the day, 29 Apr 2020 © WQuinn

Also popped over to see my nephews and sister-in-law, who live near the pharmacy. We stayed a safe distance and refrained from hugging…which was extremely hard.

The police were out on our way home, stopping Ontario cars from entering Quebec. We were waved through with no problems.

We had one more stop before home, and that was to pick up our online grocery order which went smoothly.

I didn’t break any rules, I followed guidelines to a tee, and yet I feel guilty because I left my house. 🤷‍♀️

These are strange times, for sure!


Another crazy snowy day. This time I had to go out in it. But for a good reason. I’m staying at the Chateau Laurier in downtown Ottawa tonight. Once a year I like to spend a night at a downtown Ottawa hotel and play tourist, taking night photos. I’ve always wanted to stay at the Chateau and, well, here I am!

The hotel is just lovely. The old charm is still present (check-out the elevators!) but the rooms are modern and spacious. I have a king sized bed with a view of Parliament. WHAT A VIEW! The windows open and I can hear the bells ring from the peace tower.

I have an enjoyable afternoon/evening. I left the hotel sometime around 5 pm, making my way towards the war memorial. From there, I walked over to the National Arts Centre, where I stopped in for a brief break. Afterwards it was on to Mackenzie Street bridge (next to the Rideau centre) for iconic pictures of Parliament, the NAC and the canal. From there, I crossed over to the other side of the bridge to take pictures of the canal and Ottawa city hall (from a distance), then headed back to Elgin street. I stopped on Sparks street for a quick photo then up to Parliament. I was the only one on the hill. First time that’s every happened. I took lots of photos (unfortunately most were unfocused) then headed back to the hotel.

Canadian Parliament buildings at night, Ottawa, Ontario
034/365 Photo of the day
Canadian Parliament building at night
03 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I encountered a few challenges in the two hours I was out walking around the city such as sleet, snow, slush, wet boots (soaking wet!), cold fingers…but I was having so much fun, being in the moment, none of this really bothered me, until the last few minutes.

What does bother me is how difficult of a time I’m having getting night photos that are sharp and in focus. I swear the image looked in focus through the viewfinder, even when I zoomed-in in the playback mode. I’ll figure it out, one of these days. But seriously, if that’s all I have to complain about, then life is pretty good. Out of 200 photos, I probably have 5 great shots and 10 good ones. So not too bad for one night.

The painting was a challenge though. I’m tired from all that walking and really didn’t want to paint, but really didn’t want to miss a day, so I sat down at the desk in my hotel room, tried two different paintings…wasn’t happy with where it was going so started a third and I’m quite happy with it.

watercolor painting, sky, sea and land
034/365 Painting of the day
03 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I can barely keep my eyes open. My plan is to get a good night’s sleep and get up before the sun, go out and take some pre-dawn photos – hopefully focused ones 😉

Good night! Oh and “way to go Patriots!!!!”