When I saw the “textures” photo prompt, yesterday, I thought of many summer garden features. Then I took a look at one of my favourites — red geraniums. These flowering plants are part of childhood memories for me and an encouraging part of warm weather colour in my container garden.
I kept in mind the recent photos of these gems as I stepped onto the deck for a closer look and a touch of these distinct smelling classics. One plant is faring well in the antique stainless steel milking pail that I managed to save from my parents’ farm. The shiny silver tone provides a complementary backdrop to the green leaves & red blooms with textures that inspired me to write a haiku in their honour.
Summer hiatus is still on; however, on returning from a vacation in Prince Edward Island (PEI), I couldn’t resist responding to the Daily Post Weekly photo challenge, Satisfaction.
This year’s holiday trip to PEI gave time to get reacquainted with our smallest province, one that is blessed with so much natural beauty, friendly people and great food. The sea air, sandy beaches and perfect weather combined to satisfy a trip planning goal or two, for sure. There were opportunities to enjoy drama productions, museums, local music and a huge country music festival with top artists.
A George Bernard Shaw play, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, was staged in a theatre that has been successful for several years. Museums reflected aspects of local history — potatoes, Acadian people, maritimes. We enjoyed Acadian song and fiddle music plus a family ceilidh. Alas, we only heard the country festival from a near distance.
VIEW FROM COTTAGE!
The island has so much natural beauty that is quite evident on driving through the various areas. Almost everywhere along the roadways, one sees lupins standing tall in pink, white, purple.
On this, my second trip to the island, I also got a refresher on some history of this part of the world when European powers — Britain & France — were still squabbling over territory & peoples on this side of the pond. The Acadian people were one of the groups that suffered from their imperial power trips. Fortunately, many survived the expulsion from Acadia. Descendants of these early settlers, like the lupins of PEI, can be found in many locales, in the Maritimes and elsewhere sharing their unique music, dance & culture with a proud, indomitable spirit.
Overall, the trip provided a great deal of satisfaction for two Ontario travellers!
Sometimes, I wonder about my great-grandparents who made the big move from Ireland to Canada. What motivated them to cross an ocean? There were probably many economic factors involved with their hopes and dreams of a future for their generation and those to come.
Fortunately, family members have researched family roots and compiled a book that tells at least part of the story.
This blogger started out in rural Ontario, surrounded by acres of arable land, plentiful water supplies and shady trees, along with a woodlot. Although I now live in a city, those years of living on the land, left me with an appreciation of the fact that Canada was a country that could nourish a huge population with food, livelihoods and futures.
This Canada reaches from sea to sea to sea. We share a lengthy border with a neighbour; mostly a pleasant and beneficial relationship for both countries.
Thus far, I have had a chance to visit the eastern part of our country. These travels have inspired a poem or two or three. Happy to share a link, to one of my poems that was accepted this week. I gave it the title Discovery!
Best to all who are celebrating Canada on July 1. Still a work in progress but there is hope for the future on this very small planet.
Quite a few years ago, Kermit & Lena Horne teamed up to sing to us about how it’s not easybein’ green. They made a good case for their point of view but, I would like to differ somewhat in responding to this week’s photo prompt about the colour Green.
Depending on your perspective, it is really not so difficult!
What is it about green that encourages us to look forward?
To this spring season poet, I am energized by the change of seasons, seeing that life cycle unfold each year, right before my eyes. It is a hopeful chain of events, so encouraging!
Perennials signify that process so well, methinks. Already, with this unusually mild winter, bits of green are bursting forth in the front garden, dedicated to herbs and flowers of the perennial sort. Chives are tallest of all, as they have been in the previous year, shown here in my photo. Looking forward to clipping a few to top those fresh potatoes!
On a final note, today , Earth Hour day, is the 10th anniversary of turning off the lights for 60 minutes, around the world. It is a small initiative that gives us all a moment to stop & think about our dear planet. Have a good one!