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Sunday, January 9, 2011

loving right now

This trip home has been oh so amazing. It's been a good mix of family time, visits with friends and getting to do some of my favourite Ottawa things.
Today my dad and I took Noah skating on the canal (well actually we went skating and Noah was in his stroller). For those that don't know, Ottawa is famous for it's canal because in the winter they drain it part way and when it freezes over, it becomes a 7.8 km long skating rink. Today only part of it was open to skaters but that didn't stop us, we went for it and boy was it amazing! I felt like a child again when I laced up my skates, it brought back a flood of childhood memories for me.
The sun was beating down on us and the wind was whipping at our faces. Noah was bundled up tight and I pushed him along. I have so many fond memories of skating on the Rideau canal as a child and today I got to share that with Noah. It really felt full circle to me.
I still have many things that I want to do on my Ottawa wish list while we are here. I want to wander around the market and go to a few favourite restaurants. I really want to go up to Le Nordik Spa and do a bit of vintage shopping (even though I am running out of room in my suitcase). But if I don't get to do anything else other than do what I did today that will be okay with me. Skating along in the canal was so refreshing and invigorating...I'm satisfied enough by that.


  1. Ooh, skating fun! I've been dying to get on the ice here... must de-rust my skates??

  2. I just mentioned this blog post to Des on twitter, and here she is with a comment!
    I want to test out canal ice skating - it seems like a lovely outing. I haven't skated in over a decade, and even back then I really sucked. But, it's got a charm to it that makes me want to find some skates and go go go!

  3. full circle indeed--love that you got to cherish a moment like that.

  4. you brought your skates with you??? i'll try to see if i can round up a pair -- would love to go! especially seeing you with the stroller... i think that could work (if its not too cold). xo

  5. Oh, I love skating and have never skated on a canal. Seems very Dutch!:)

  6. I've been dreaming of ice skating this year, but haven't been able to make it to a rink yet! Indulging in your skating outing fills a little bit of my need to skate.

    Your rink is so gorgeous! :)

  7. It looks like you are having a fabulous time!


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