Sunday, October 12, 2008

Side Trip

When we travel to Ottawa we always like to do a little sightseeing if we can. This past weekend we had a delightful drive "Up the Gatineau" as we valley folk say. This pilgrimage is to see the changing of the leaves. It was a dreary day, not quite at peak, but sometimes you have to go early. If the weather persists all the best leaves get blown away.

"I don't like the look of those clouds said Mr. Gumpy" Review
Mr. Gumpy, who charmed us in Mr. Gumpy's Outing, is ready for another day trip--this time in his lovely red car. Once again, a veritable menagerie clamors to be included, and that's fine with amiable Mr. Gumpy: "All right. But it will be a squash." The day progresses nicely--until a dark rain cloud moves in. When the inevitable happens--the car gets stuck--no one is willing to help push.

"Not me," said the goat. "I'm too old."
"Not me," said the calf. "I'm too young."
"Not me," said the cat. "It would ruin my fur."

And the excuses go on. Luckily, in Mr. Gumpy's life, there seems to be a happy ending to every day, and so there is to this day.

John Burningham has been creating one award-winning picture book after another for over three decades. This captivating book is no exception. Winner of several awards, including The New York Times Book Review Outstanding Children's Book of 1976, Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car will delight children of all ages for many decades to come. Uniquely appealing illustrations pair with soothing, yet exciting text to build a story young readers (and listeners) will return to time after time. (Ages 2 to 6) --Emilie Coulter

This picture was taken because of those clouds. If you stood on a chair you could almost touch them with a stick.

"in Mr. Gumpy's life, there seems to be a happy ending to every day, and so there is to this day."


  1. Thanks for sharing again. I felt like I have just came back from Ottawa too!

  2. Great pictures. We have camped in the Gatineau and it is beautiful. Also I am happy to see someone else who notices the clouds. They have been amazing this year. It is always good to take time to enjoy the beauty around us.