Grandpa J is a member of Canada's parliamentary press gallery and in that capacity he and his family were invited to visit our Prime Minister for a garden party on Saturday.
We were thrilled to be asked to come along and even happier to get a picture of Elizabeth with Mr. Stephen Harper! Mr. Harper certainly knows how to throw a party, but the poor man didn't really get to enjoy it as he spent the entire two hours we were there smiling for the camera with group after group after group. He's good enough at his job (or enough of an extrovert) that when it was our turn I felt that he was genuinely interested in saying hello. I did wonder how much of his day consists of a never ending receiving line... I'd find it nerve wracking during flu season. I wonder if he gets sick more than when he wasn't prime minister, or whether all the exposure to people has strengthened his immune system!
They had a bouncy castle slide, a clown, lots of food, GREAT views, some of the nicest hostas I've seen in a while and lots of security people! The security folks wanted to confiscate our diaper bag at first, but when we explained it was baby stuff they let us cart it around with us after all. They were stationed all over the place, with ear buds and wrist-watch walkie-talkies and one guy lurking in the bushes. My favourite were the mounties (Okay - so I just like their hats!) who humoured us with a picture.
They also had a whole bunch of older fire trucks to admire and they even let Elizabeth drive one :)