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Monday, July 31, 2006

Tomatoes and Sunday Bike Day

At long last, the tomatoes have begun to ripen.
yellow tomatoes
I bought four plants and one of them was billed as a yellow cherry tomato. It turns out, the label was correct. However, the one plant is much smaller than the other tomato plants and it doesn't look like they will catch up.
red tomatoes
Even the red ones are slow to come along.
cherry tomatoes still life
But they do look nice, all in a bowl together. Too bad it's not more.

Canadian Museum of Civilization in the background
Sundays, they close off some of the roads until 1pm and we usually go for a ride. Yesterday, we biked toward downtown and then crossed the bridge at Island Park and continued on the Quebec side of the river. We crossed back at the bridge leading into the downtown core (the Interprovincial I think), the one with the pedestrian and bike side planked in wood. That's me with the Museum of Civilization in the background (on the Quebec side of the river).
Parliament Hill in the background
Here's Peter with Parliament Hill in the background (the Ottawa side). A little touristy perhaps but it does make for a good picture. Peter is mugging for the camera a little.
Chateau Laurier and locks
Here I am, struggling up the hill toward the top of the steep set of locks at the end of the Rideau Canal. There are a lot of people leaning over the bridge at the very top, watching the boats.
locking through
These boats had reached the top of the several steps and are about to be released into the canal proper.
noon break
We got back to the Pretoria Bridge a bit after noon and stopped for a bite. Peter's checking his bike computer. We did about 37 kms that day - not too hot or humid for a change.


Anonymous Carmen said...

Nice shirt, Peter! Hey, I recognize that frabric from your sewing blog Julia!

The tomatoes look yummy!

11:11 a.m., August 01, 2006  
Blogger JuliaR said...

Hey Carmen! Yes, there is a certain amount of cross-over between the blogs, that's for sure. With this heat, I'm staying inside to sew, so hopefully, there will be more on offer there shortly!

11:31 a.m., August 01, 2006  
Anonymous zoom! said...

I went hiking in the Gatineaus on Sunday, but had to take the long way because so many roads were closed for you cyclists! But you are absolutely right about Sunday's weather - it was perfect for biking or hiking. A perfect day, squished between two heat waves.

10:59 a.m., August 02, 2006  
Blogger JuliaR said...

Oh I think if you were nice to the cyclists, they would "let" you walk on the roads too, Zoom! :) Every Sunday that we take the Parkway, we pass a fellow who I believe has cerebral palsy. He uses a wheeled walker and walks and walks and walks as the cyclists and rollerbladers and kids go by. As my husband commutes to work by bike, he also passes him every day on the bike path, so this guy is out walking every chance he gets. Dedication like that deserves suport.

11:27 a.m., August 02, 2006  
Anonymous zoom! said...

I've seen him!

3:41 p.m., August 04, 2006  

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