Ottawa is home to the Rideau Canal which in winter becomes the longest skating rink in the world. The rink is 7.8 km long and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa, starting not far from the Parliamaent buildings. If you follow this link it will take you to a webcam where you can actually see part of the canal and watch live photos of people skating by. If it wasn't for my darn old arthritic hip, I'd be out there skating with the rest of them. I'm just afraid of falling and doing further damage to it. My DH never learned to skate and says that he likes skating but it doesn't like him! In the pic below, our National Arts Centre is located to the left of the canal with a view of the Parliament buildings in the distance and on the right you can see the tops of the Chateau Laurier hotel. The many buildings on the canal host souvenirs, hot beverages and our famous Beavertails, a hot pastry, my favourite one coated with cinnamon and sugar.
Instead of skating we paid a visit to Confederation Park which is home to the ice sculptures. Every year there is a sculpting competition which this year included 26 carvers from 11 different countries.
Here are some pictures I took of the winners:
|First place - Epilogue- team from France/Poland|
|Second Place - Rhythm of the Seas - team from Philippines/Canada|
|Third Place - Birchtrees Dream Summer - team from Russia|
Single Block Competition
|First Place - Spider - Philippines|
|Second Place - Courtship Dance - Japan|
|Third Place - Maple Polar Bear - Russia|
Here are a few other sculptures I liked as well.
Plus I spotted this little guy on top of one of the sculptures. Trust me to find a cat!
We had a great time wandering around and checking out all the other activities. I'll post some more pictures of our day on my next post.
I also treated myself this week with two new starts, a small and a larger piece.
The small is a freebie from Plum Street Sampler for Valentines.
Sorry, I got a little lazy about ironing this piece. I'm using a Gloriana variegated floss for this one but I'm not sure I like the striped effect its giving. What do you think?
My larger start is Heartstring Samplery Baby It's Cold Outside.
I'm stitching this one on the recommended Picture This Plus Ale fabric and loving it!
Hopefully I can get in lots of time tonight on this piece or perhaps my BBD for my friend as I meet with my Tuesday night group.
I hope your week is off to a good start!