Our last stop in Canada was the Ottawa International Writers Festival. They have had many Irish writers take part over the years and last year brought writers and illustrators to Dublin for the CBI conference. The sun came out in the capital!
Drawing for 100 kids in Hopewell school
They draw back – a parliament of owls
Perfect Books – yes, we all bought books in every city!
Big Chair Alert!
the locks lowering the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa river
the squirrels are BLACK!!
Ottawa river. Near side is Ontario, far side is Quebec
The first of three photo albums from my trip to Canada representing Irish children’s lit with Deirdre Sullivan, Óisín McGann and Dave Rudden. First CBI sent us to the Frye Festival in Moncton, New Brunswick (for more info, roll over or click on an image)
Dave, Deirdre, Oisín
Covered bridge, just what I’d wished to see! I love covered bridges – think Bridges of Madison County. Old wooden structures built to keep the bridge clear of snow.
Maple syrup! Collection can
Syrup direct from the tree – pre boiling. It tastes like slightly sweet water.
Here’s where the syrup is reduced by 80% till it’s the thick syrup we know
The lightest syrup is the first harvest, the darkest was just three days bottled, and they were still waiting to see if the trees would give one more batch -the darkest.
Maple sugar lollies made on the snow!
Waiting for the tidal bore to turn up – a wave which travels up the river from the Bay of Fundy. At certain times of the year surfers surf it – a 33 mile long wave!
Moncton Saturday market – yummy food and great crafts
Irish Famine memorial
Breakfast at Cora’s was large and super sweet
Got my book signed by Marianne Dubuc
Marianne Dubuc reads and draws for excited kids
Dogs in the library
Snow crab dinner with all the Frye Fest folk. A lovely final evening.
very excited -we are ordering drive-through coffee!
Early morning chat about kid lit at CBC New Brunswick
Drawing for the lovely kids at Magnetic Hill school
Did the apple move? Magnetic Hill, where gravity is reversed… with Danielle and Marianne.
We spent four lovely days with the folk at the Frye Festival but then we made the mistake of going to Magnetic Hill…