Lost blog!

Sorry folks, I’m leaving this blog behind as I’m not able to maintain it. My focus is on my main blog: Lost and Found Books. Thanks for following Dandelion Days Ottawa, who knows, I may resurrect it some day. And if you’re interested in the world of books, and other ramblings, check out my main … Continue reading

It’s here, the longest day of the year

It’s here, the longest day of the year

At 7:09 p.m., summer officially begins here in Ottawa and throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Get out your beer, get on your bathing suit, turn on that sprinkler–it’s time to stay up late and celebrate! Today marks the summer solstice. As the longest day of the year, we get to enjoy 16-17 hours of glorious sunlight. … Continue reading

Shelter in the storm

Shelter in the storm

Storm clouds. That pretty much sums up life in Ottawa since the federal government announced it would cut close to 20,000 jobs in the public service by 2015. As Ottawa’s main employer, the public service is to Ottawa what the auto industry is to Windsor. Any cuts to the public service create a great economic … Continue reading

“Cookies, crumpets and also other things” to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee

“Cookies, crumpets and also other things” to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee

On February 6, 1952, when she was twenty-five-years old, Princess Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen. She was crowned the following year on June 2, 1953 in Westminster Abbey. 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of this historic event. There have been many grand celebrations to honour the Diamond Jubilee–but sometimes the smallest gestures make the biggest statements. Here in Ottawa, … Continue reading

North Boys: The story of Jimmy & Charlie

North Boys: The story of Jimmy & Charlie

They say that those who forget the past, are doomed to repeat it. That’s motivation enough to get to know the story of Jimmy and Charlie, as told in the new film “North Boys.” But it’s also worth seeing as a piece of wonderful, well-written and well-edited storytelling by first-time filmmakers Lucy van Oldenbarneveld and … Continue reading

Ring Ring Ring! It’s summer time!

Ring Ring Ring! It’s summer time!

Ring! Ring! Ring! I know that summer has arrived when I hear the bell of the knife sharpening truck sounding out across our neighbourhood. You can’t miss this brightly painted truck, featuring a mysterious woman holding a knife in her mouth, reminiscent of another era. A yearly tradition, we all run out with our blunt … Continue reading