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It was hazardous waste depot day so we drove out to the middle of nowhere to dispose of much old paint, expired fertilizers and old oil. Despite the army of staff we had to wait a while, giving us ample time to consider whether the city of Ottawa actually wants the populace to dispose of hazardous waste "correctly". We've been a few times now and honestly it's so much hassle I suspect many just chuck it into their garbage.


In any case, after our hazardous waste was duly handed over we had a much more enjoyable activity planned - swimming at Grandma's!!! Elizabeth spent most of her time underwater (when she wasn't challenging the adults to a race!). Matthew showed off his floating on his back skills, though I missed getting a proper photo. Back floats have been challenging for my oldest two - neither particularly liked lying on their back out of the water, let alone in. Amelia continues to love the water. She's still spontaneously dunking her head and laughing. Daddy jumped her around the pool - she loved it!


Cookie monster faces! Amelia does unspeakable things with a chocolate cookie, but the other two still haven't mastered the art of eating them without needing to wash faces afterwards...


We went to see the Wildlife Festival put on by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, Little Ray's Reptile Zoo, Papanack Park Zoo and Hands On Exotics!


There were lots of animals. The kids enjoyed petting them, including the fluffiest chicken I have ever seen in my life. We were disappointed but not exactly surprised not to be able to pat the baby lion - he was . We loved patting the alligator (Lady Chomps a lot). Apparently this three-legged animal just loves attention from people. Certainly she seemed super relaxed, unlike Amelia who was not about to touch her despite taped jaw!


We met up with Xander, Isabelle, Theo, Auntie Karen and her friend Sarah. Sarah was not a fan of the big snake but the big kids all snuck a little cuddle.


The kangaroo was sleeping most of the time but towards the end Elizabeth was thrilled to get a chance to feed him some Cheerios. She also tried to feed the camel but it was full by the time she managed to get the courage to put her hand close by and totally disinterested. Oh well!


One of the best parts as far as I was concerned was the bird of prey demonstration. We were quite surprised that they let such large birds fly around in such a tight space and with so many people - obviously super well trained!


Matthew was clearly exhausted as he actually fell asleep during the demo. We went home tired but happy.


April showers bring May flowers, but this is looking to be one of Ottawa's driest Aprils on record (!) so we were happy to see the rain. Besides, then we get to use our umbrellas!


We know it's really spring because the street sweepers have arrived. A posse of a half dozen or so went up and down our street today, not including the sidewalk cleaners - they went by a few days ago. Matthew and Amelia watched, wide-eyed.


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