Tuesday, November 12, 2019

OUR CANADIAN FALL


After our artistic adventures in France, we returned to London and boarded our first ever flight across the Atlantic Ocean..

Our destination, of course, was Ottawa, Canada, to visit our daughter and her family....

It had been almost two years since we visited them, at Christmas, 2017.


Our daughter later provided me with this amusing checklist.
Did we do all of this?  I think we did...

In sub-tropical Australia, Autumn/Fall is quite undefined, simply a matter of slightly cooler and very welcome weather, and bright blue skies.

Our grandsons were keen to share the season in all its golden glories...



Falling apples..


The trees begin to turn...



A rare (for us) Grandparent treat, watching our grandson play football for his school..


Our daughter embraces Seasonal decor..





We went apple picking, the first time I have done this.  In fact, I have rarely seen apples growing on a tree.  That belongs to much colder climates than we have here.


I made apple crumble for the family several times that week...





While the boys were at school, we enjoyed driving in the countryside around Ottawa, visiting charming little villages with swift flowing streams..





I love the Ontario barns





My favourite.  I last photographed this one in the snow of 2017:



The pumpkin picking excursion - first choose your pumpkin...


Walk through the corn maze


Then play hockey in the big barn


We even bought a bale of hay for the porch..


Did we have a Great Fall?


Like Humpty Dumpty, we sure did...


XXXX





18 comments:

  1. Great photos and cartoon. Makes me smile. The natural decor is very nice.

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    1. Thank you - the Fall decor is so very different from our tropical landscape. We loved seeing it all.

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  2. Now I am wondering what happens to your trees throughout the year. I know that you don't have an Autumn as such but what do your leaves do during their rest period - do they simply just die and drop off?
    It was lovely that you had the opportunity to see your grandson play football, pick apples, and of course all enjoy the resultant crumble.

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    1. What a good question Rosemary. I don't think our trees get a rest period, as nearly everything is evergreen. Leaves drop off, but not all at once. Apart from the odd imported tree, we always have plenty of greenery. Only in a very bad drought do we see bare trees en masse, and by then the country is in big trouble. We are seeing some of that in the bushfires currently spreading through dry areas of New South Wales and Queensland.

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  3. You certainly took advantage of everything fall has to offer here! Looks like you had a lovely visit.

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    1. Hi Jen, it was a fun visit. Canadians and Americans certainly take full advantage of their beautiful Autumn season.

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  4. How beautiful your Fall has been ! A lovely opportunity to share with your family.

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    1. We loved the Fall colour. By now we have enjoyed Ottawa in each of the four seasons, and love Ontario very much. I would like to do Spring again, because the flowers are so gorgeous.

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    2. Much prettier in Canada this fall than in Manhattan, Trish! The weather is very strong here this year. A 30 degree difference in the same week, and so far up and back down. So the colors of fall are missing! But Canada looks amazing ... so crisp and clean!

      What a wonder area on this hemisphere!

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    3. It was very pretty Debra - but it sure gets freezing in Winter. I did not know you were having strange weather - it is all a bit odd here too, with heatwaves and bushfires. Usually it is milder before Christmas.

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  5. What wonderful colours. Here in England we don't have that bright red or too much bright orange, and nobody seems to grow fields of pumpkins. Not that I am complaining, it's still beautiful but it is lovely to have that eyecatching red here and there! They look like beautiful apples. I wonder what variety they are.

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    1. The colours were amazing Jenny. By the time we left it almost looked artificial, as if someone had dropped paint on the countryside! The apples were a new variety to me, MacIntosh. To my delight, they cook down really quickly and turn pastel pink. A very pretty dessert.

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  6. Such a lovely post, Patricia. Canada in the autumn is just so beautiful, isn't it? I've never been there, but I'd love to see those colours and experience it. I'm so glad you had that special time with your family!

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    1. Thank you Val. Canada is a very beautiful, heavily wooded country, and being so far north it does Fall so beautifully. They had their first snow last week - it is a tough life :)

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  7. Hi Trish wow what a wonderful holiday and even better that you got to spend time with your family.
    Boy look at those wonderful pumpkins and lovely to see pics of your grandson having so much fun,hope your day is a good one my friend xx

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    1. Hi Sheryl, it was a fantastic holiday, as always. Our daughter is so kind to us, and takes us out and about the area. It was a real treat to go to the pumpkins and apples with out grandsons. They are the cutest little guys. xx

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  8. Oh, you got to experience Autumn in all its glory, Patricia. I am loving these pictures of apples, pumpkins, changing leaves, bales of hay, and your little one. I especially love that picture of the porch swing. I bet it was so fun for you watching your grandson play football. That bridge with the stream is beautiful. You had such a wonderful visit with your daughter and her family. Autumn is so lovely in Canada.

    ~Sheri

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    1. It was just lovely Sheri. We did not have a check list, but if we had, we would have finished it. As soon as I saw that porch swing, I had to jump out of the car and take the photo. It was at a charming village called Pakenham, Ontario. The five span bridge is unique, the only one in Canada we were told. Wedding parties like to take photos here.

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