We are now in Canada having visited Montreal and Ottawa. Before entering Montreal we passed a house with its own water slide. Some lucky child had very generous parents.
After we had docked the boat we walked back to the lock and saw a couple of the lock keepers leaning over the edge. Being nosey, I mean curious we peered over the edge and lo and behold a baby duck had got left behind as his Momma left the lock and he was high and dry on the lock timbers. The keepers attempted to get him/her and finally managed by capturing him in a net. They then placed him in a box and we are not sure what happened next.
Montreal was interesting with its pedestrian walkways, restaurants with outdoor seating and flowers all over the place.
- Our English friend, Alan arrived on the 4th July and will be staying with us for approx 3 weeks. He was an usher at our wedding and we have kept in touch ever since.
- One of the highlights of our visit to Montreal was to the Botanical Gardens. They were having a special international festival called "Mosaicsculpture". This was a display of live flowers and plants made into different sculptures. All three of us had never seen anything like it and were so impressed. The soil is put into "stockinette", holes are then punched into the stockinette and the plants placed in the holes. The watering system is then added and voila, you have a magnificent display of mostly non-flowering plants.
The rest of the gardens were impressive, too. The weather that day was hot and humid, almost too hot.
To get to the Botanical Gardens we rode the subway which was clean, fast and quiet. I had to use a smattering of French but most people spoke English. However, I thought it was courteous that I should at least try and speak their language. After getting off the subway we passed the Olympic Park built for the 1976 Olympics. It was quite a complex.
I would like to pass on my condolences to the families and friends of the firemen killed in the line of duty in Arizona. Also, to the families and friends of loved ones lost in the Lac Megantic train derailment. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.