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Archive for June, 2013

In bloom

DSCN2205It’s been a wet and cool spring. It’s nice to take a few moments and enjoy the fleeting grace and beauty of perennials in bloom. The photo above is currently in bloom; the photo below is from last week.DSCN2150

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Iris after the rain

DSCN2197crvDSCN2199A couple photos in the walled perennial garden at Maplelawn. I don’t know the name of the yellow flower but I like how it appears to be in flight.

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Backyard beauty

DSCN2142Taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature in the backyard.DSCN2136crDSCN2140DSCN2139DSCN2156

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Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa

Chief archivist and tour guide

Chief archivist and tour guide

Umbrella in hand, I headed out  this morning to check out a few Doors Open attractions and it turned out to be a beautiful day! My first stop was Tabaret Hall for the University of Ottawa’s Historical Sector Walking Tour. Our guide was the charming chief archivist, Michel Prévost. He’s a wonderful storyteller who obviously loves his job and giving these tours. The tour runs again on Sunday and doesn’t involve as much walking as I had anticipated. Go find out about the first person to receive an MA from the university and what the requirements were, the family with a missing agreement that would give them free tuition, when women became students, and more.

Laurier House

Laurier House

DSCN2114crAfterwards, I walked over to Laurier House. The site was the home of two prime ministers, Sir Wilfred Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King. Not surprisingly, the interior is formal. I suspect it`s just my contemporary eye but it doesn`t feel particularly grandiose. My favourite part of the house is the veranda. I love a veranda that extends along the side as well as the front of a house, as this one does.

Munross House, Le Cordon Bleu

Munross House, Le Cordon Bleu

My next stop was Le Cordon Bleu. A world famous cooking school in a beautiful building – this place was crowded! The building, originally known as Munross House, was built in 1877. The architect, James Mather, designed it for his brother John. He was also the architect of Laurier House, which is its mirror-image. The school has a much more contemporary feel making the two buildings seem so different so I was surprised when I read this. Munross House is atop a hill overlooking Strathcona Park and the Rideau River. Quite a lovely setting! It`s Le Cordon Bleu`s 25th anniversary in Ottawa and students and chefs were on hand making this another great Doors Open attraction. I bet it would be nice to take a cooking course here!DSCN2119DSCN2124

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