Gone for a ride

One thing I love about living where I do is the ability to hop on my bike and within 10 minutes of easy riding be immersed in a totally rural landscape, with working farms, rolling hills, stately country homes, and blissfully quiet roads, both paved and gravel.

Yesterday morning I decided to head out to the eastern fringes of Ottawa’s territorial boundary at Canaan Road. A little headwind on the way out translated into a nice tailwind on the way home. Perfect.

I always take my “proper” camera with me when I go for these kinds of rides, especially if the weather and the light are cooperative.

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Grilled Linguine?

Why not!

When you have an overabundance of cherry tomatoes from the garden, and don’t want to put too much effort into a summer weekday meal, give grilled linguine a shot.

Well, the linguine isn’t really grilled, per se… but the sauce is!

Nothing could be easier, and the flavours are intense.

Gather a bunch of cherry tomatoes (about a kilo, I suppose… I didn’t measure), and toss them in a grill-proof container with 4 coarsely chopped cloves of garlic, some red pepper flakes, Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, dried oregano, basil and rosemary and a healthy glug and a half of extra-virgin olive oil.

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Staycation, Interrupted

Without a doubt, 2020 is the year of the staycation. Don’t need to explain why.

Young love

But… being stuck at home since March, with nary a change in scenery, was starting to grate on us. What about a short road trip? Somewhere not too far, with decent scenery, decent food, relatively low Covid infection rates, and most importantly, no kids.

So, my wife and I decided to head out to Québec City, only a 4½-hour drive away from home in Ottawa. Checks all the boxes, to be certain. We even brought our bikes along to allow us to cover more ground in less time when wandering around. Thankfully, the weather cooperated!

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They call me mellow yellow

Last Saturday morning I went for a quick 35km bike ride before it got too hot (that didn’t work out… it was already 30°C and stupid-humid by 10:30) and as is my habit, I brought my little Fujifilm X100V along for the ride. I was starting to lament having brought the camera along, since I hadn’t seen anything worth shooting.

On my way home, about 45 minutes into what would be a 70-minute ride, sweating buckets and starting to feel the effects of dehydration (1L water clearly wasn’t enough) I came across this magnificent field of sunflowers.

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