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Week 17

This week has been so HOT! You can certainly notice the change and how the spring weather has rolled in so quickly. I swear last week it was snowing....!! All the winter gears have been put to the back of the wardrobe and light cotton items have come forward. PHEW!!

This weekend has been race weekend in Ottawa. Downtown has been manic. The 5 and 10km races were set for Saturday and the 21 half and 42km marathons were set for Sunday. During the week there was talk of them being cancelled! We had to walk through town to get home Saturday evening. It was madness and took about an extra 20 mins as streets and bridges were shut off!! Turns out the 9 am races had been postponed to 7.30 pm due to the extreme heat. Imagine running a race that late! Sunday's weather looked dicey - with lightning bolts and big clouds on the weather app - but it turned out OK and the marathons went ahead at normal time.

This week I tried some peanut butter coconut flour bikkies. Wouldn't recommend! Its like the feeling in your mouth when you eat a dry weetbix!!!
However the PO has been contracting me to look after class birthdays including cards and cake. Tomorrow is Jeremy's and so his GF has told me that his favourite cake flavour is carrot. Got my super duper recipe messaged to me from back home, hope its a winner! (even though I wont be able to try any!)

We called in to get an iced coffee Friday as a treat after our Naval test. The coffee shop within Nordstrom had a candy area attached with these gorgeous little perspex boxed lollies. Total rip off but very cute! My favourites were the ice cream cones and baby and mama pigs. They had these giant flowers on the wall and the girl told me they were made from paper. So crafty!

Ottawa Fashion: not leaving much to the imagination!

Saturday it was time to head to the Great Glebe Garage Sale - http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/the-hunt-for-the-great-glebe-garage-sale-bargain - if you watch the video you can see the madness. It is a yearly garage sale which has been going on since 1986 and is the biggest garage sale in North America!! It was huge, down lots and lots of residential streets. People just set up tables and blankets on their front lawns. I was there from about 8.30 - 10 am and by 10 I had had enough of the crowds. I walked and walked (10,000+ steps) and only covered about a third of the whole thing!!!

Even a band playing while walking round..

An umbrella.. made from umbrellas!

An old sewing machine desk and an adding machine.

Spot Paddington!

Bikes for Ryan.

Giant chair!!

So many different things than what NZers have in our backyard sales.. lots of hockey sticks, hockey pads, roller skates, ice skates...
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Little kids have lemonade stands with cookies and muffins - even these cuties had a stand 'Macaroon 5' with macarons and dance music!!!!
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It was so hot and Starbucks' new passion ice tea's subtle FB advertising got me. I got one (with no sugar) and it was heaven! They keep the key for the loo's behind the counter so the homeless people dont use it all the time.

I went to the Capital Pop Up Craft Market late morning. I thought it opened at 10 am, but it was actually 11 am so arrived a little bit early. Lucky for me, the first 25 people in the door got a cute goodie bag!! Filled with brochures, lip balm, a badge and bath salts.

Heaps of talented and crafty local people selling clothing, jewels, fudge and wooden pieces.

The most exciting thing was the frozen custard from Merry Dairy. Like ice cream, just custard!! Def not on the diet but I was dying from the heat and couldnt resist a mini pop for $1!!
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Views from the air tunnel facing down Rideau. Our apartment is the last big brown building that you can see, on the left!

LCBO Rose display.

Saturday afternoon we headed round with snacks to Nick's apartment so he could teach us a few more things about Ground - which is the hardest exam and the one most people fail. Nick has a wealth of knowledge and he has been army for 7 years. He hooked up the powerpoint to the TV and then we moved on to recce flash cards. Such cool kids!!!

Want to visit here before I leave - "The Tea Party"

Rideau Street Ambassadors.. I wonder what they actually do?

Posted by emdaisy 17:33 Archived in Canada

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