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Plains of Abraham

Making the most of the brief spring weather here, before rain next week. I took the afternoon off, yesterday, to go for a walk out on the Plains of Abraham. And why not? It was beautiful, warm, with clear blue skies.

I started my walk outside the Grand Théâtre de Québec by the Three Players. A trio of statues sat on the lawn, who were also enjoying the lovely spring weather. I made my way from there toward the Plains stopping to take photos of a couple of churches, before arriving at the Jehanne D’arc Gardens. Sadly, this early, there are still no flowers to speak of. From there, I walked part of the Plains, taking in two of the last standing Martello Towers, and some of the finest views of Québec, the river, and the south shore.

Spring Weekend Walkabout

The one thing you can guarantee the minute the sun comes out up here in the Frozen North, is everyone, and I mean everyone and their dog, will be out promenading. And so it was with me, this weekend, camera in hand. I did one of my favourite walks down along the Rue St-Jean, through the St-Jean Gate and Place D’Youville, along the lower end of the rue St-Jean, and into the Old Quarter walking toward the Petite Champlain.

It’s an enjoyable 2 hour walk passed historic churches, bakeries and coffee houses, cafes and museums, toward the historic Old Quarter, to Notre-Dame de Québec cathedral, to Terrasse Dufferin and the promenade with amazing views over the river, Chateau Frontenac, and lower town.

Bluebell carpet

Spring Flowers

It’s that time again, the day the park opens. Or, to be exact, the day the University Laval gardens open. Much like a miniature Botanic Gardens, the Laval gardens have a wonderful array of trees, shrubs, flowers and plant life. [Check out the Map.]

Sad to say though, at this time of year, the snow has only just receded and flowers are sparse on the grounds. And while many towns and cities well to the south of us are enjoying their Spring Flowers, and Cherry Blossoms, here in Québec City we are only just seeing the crocuses, bluebells and primulas pop their pretty heads above ground.



“For all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left us… Edgy. Unfulfilled. Even after 400 hundred generations in villages and cities, we haven’t forgotten. The open road still softly calls like a nearly forgotten song of childhood.”
— Carl Sagan


Updating Your Apples

So today sees yet another new ios update to Apple iPhones and the like. And, given what some have said about the trouble they’ve had in the past, and people moaning about how loooong it takes, I have to say, my update went very smoothly.

Before updating, however, I always follow these simple steps, and maybe, so should you:

  1. Back up your device to your computer.
  2. Back up your device to the cloud as well, if you have an account.
  3. Make sure any new purchases you have are transferred.
  4. Download but DO NOT install the new update.
  5. Read the TOS first, or at the very least what fixes/bugs updates there are. It’ll only take you a minute to read those.
  6. Finally … start the update of your device.

The data back up took me 10-12 minutes, while downloading of the software update took almost 20. But hey, I walked down the corridor, put the kettle on, and made a brew. Earl Grey. Hot. And voila! The update was ready.

Then, and only then, did I hit the ‘update’ button sure that I had done everything I could or should, and waited. The next bit is what drives some people nuts. I don’t know why. Anxiety? Maybe. This bit only took 3-5 minutes tops having done all the rest to set the stage, as it were.

All-in-all, it went smoothly. I had no apparent hiccups, or problems, and on re-start of my iPhone 5c I saw that everything was there, including my Carrier connection. Something I’ve heard others say they’ve had a problem with.

The simple fix to that is to get a paperclip, straighten it, and use it to firmly, but carefully, pop out your sim card tray and, just as quickly, push it back in. This usually clears and sorts the problem.

Now, it’s onto updating the iPad mini.