CANADA 150 — VISITED!

O Canada, so grateful every day to be here.

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.

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Container garden

 

 

 

SPRING COLOURS!

The Daily Post has put out a challenge, asking  for a selection that is  Evanescent, fleeting in nature.

Spring tulips are a good fit, it seems to me. After long winters, these little cups of colour that I captured in my garden are an encouraging sign of warmer weather.

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TULIPS

Their appearance is relatively brief but memorable.

Hope the rest of spring days are filled with much-needed blooms to brighten our world.

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GROUP OF TULIPS

 

 

 

“It is easy being green”

Quite a few years ago, Kermit & Lena Horne teamed up to sing to us about how it’s not easy bein’ 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!

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CHIVES RETURN!

 

Take time to ruminate!

Writing prompt: Ruminate

When I saw this writing prompt, I started to give it some deep thought. Then, I decided that I would pause a bit to find inspiration for my rumination.

Luckily, I did not have to look too far as our region was treated to an amazing sunset in one part of the sky and a fantastic double rainbow on the other side. No luck with the sunset, but I was able to capture the rainbows as they curved through the glowing pink sky.

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Such a beautiful close to the day. Thankful, I am. 🙂

Corduroy Road!

For today’s blog post, I thought that I would respond to The Road Taken , a current Photo Challenge link. This prompt was posted by a Canadian writer, Krista, who discovered the majesty of the mountains while visiting British Columbia.

In the Ontario community where I live, Waterloo Region, the past year was marked by an amazing discovery — remains of the corduroy road used by pioneers to traverse the terrain as they moved into this area!

Of course, many of us in Kitchener & Waterloo,  went to see the evidence of this artifact through the fences as the construction zone for a light rail transit was cordoned off for safety and historical reasons. It was so inspiring and amazing to see the worn timbers that were uncovered, still lined up as they were placed to create this roadway. Here is a view for you!

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2016 CORDUROY ROAD REDISCOVERED!

Last year, some of the fragments were made available for people to relocate. The line-up of people was eagerly awaiting, early in the morning, too early for my husband to obtain as a gift for this history fan. Ah well, I’m sure that the pieces went to good homes. I will just be glad of the chance to have seen it & taken a pic or two!

*For those who are curious, more info is available at this link, including a sketch of the pioneer road.

**A while later, just wanted to add that an issue containing one of my poems is available to see at Red Wolf Journal Fall Winter 20162017 Issue-10.

 

 

REPURPOSE!

A while back, I shared with you all some good news — becoming a first-time grandmother! My husband & I are so thankful and thrilled at the safe arrival of a son to our daughter & son-in-law on November 17 2016.

Just over two months old, now, baby Jack is a wonder to behold!

As I went through the local newspaper at year’s end, I saw an album full of photos of this past year’s newborns. It was arranged with some print pics of block letters that caught my eye. This Grandma selected the ones that would make a perfect outline of “Jack” to act as a cover for our first photo album of our grandson!

Repurpose works for me!

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BABY JACK — FIRST ALBUM!