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Ottawa continued

Shakespeare, thunder, and a town without birds

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Yesterday afternoon I stayed at the house while the K's went to Costco. I was glad I did because there was a spectacular thunderstorm that forged its way through the sky in an angry hour. Typical cat style, Oliver, who I ignore because I'm allergic, decided at this time to be my best friend. He tried to pretend like he was worried that maybe I was scared of the storm, but really it was he who was nervous. 

In the evening, Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra, comedy style, in an herb garden in Almonte (a little town stuck in the country) was deliciously fun. Especially entertaining was the ad lib that occurred between actors, audience kids, and a few audience dogs who wandered around during the performance. The nighthawk that flew by just before Cleo's demise couldn't have been more perfectly timed if it had been planned. 

Today we took an outtrip to Perth, a small town with drowsy Timmy's staff, a meandering, sleepy "river" (think stream), and streets lined with brick buildings, filled with gift shops, cafés, and, for some reason, lots of law offices. The river and surrounding park, with little footbridges and resident sunspot observer (complete with telescope and guided tour of the solar storms) was intriguing and led to some pictures. Ian Millar and Big Ben have a statue in the park as well. For some inexplicable reason, we noticed a complete absence of birds - no ducks, no robins, no chickadees, nothing. Weird. 

This evening, back in Ottawa, we went to a Mexican restaurant on Dows Lake, overlooking the ducks (they were there at least) on the lake and the wedding in the next restaurant. The restaurant was Guadalaharry's, and I would definitely recommend it. We then drove through Little Italy, noting the Turkish, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, German, and of course Italian restaurants along the street. 

Tomorrow is busy - brunch at the N's (also with the O's who are now in town from Peterborough), an outtrip into Quebec - Gatineau Park & Wakefield, the night market in Chinatown, and the light show at the parliament buildings. 

Time to go to sleep - even the crickets and toads serenading in the back yard are getting sleepy. 

Posted by tracebc 21:58 Archived in Canada Tagged ottawa perth

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