maple leaf crazy
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
It's Canada Day & the annual Gathering of the Clans festival here in Pugwash, Nouvelle Ecosse (New Scotland). The sounds of bagpipes playing wafting in my open studio windows as I type this, the highland dancing competition currently happening on the main stage, Scottish games (men in kilts heaving large objects great distances), the smells of cotton candy, hot dogs grilling & french fries, pipe & drum marching bands, lobster dinners & lobster rolls, kilts, kilts & lots of tartan, rides, music & fireworks and it all happens in Eaton Park, the park that hugs our narrow little harbour, the park 100 steps from our front door. I hear the sounds of firetruck sirens which means the parade has begun ... here comes the marching bands (my fav) !!
It's funny, we Canadians have a reputation of being lots of things - overly polite, a little on the meek side, huge hockey enthusiasts, constant weather gripers (it's too cold, too humid, too hot, too rainy, too snowy, too slushy ... it's always too something), we're always happy to not be American, we have fantastic healthcare, religion & politics are two distinctly different things, we're liberal, we're left of centre, we're sometimes thought of as radical, crazy socialist, parka wearing fishermen :-) but one thing we seldom are is ... overly patriotic. Except for today, our country's birthday, today we're proud ! July 1st we go a little flag mad, today we bring out our red & white & all our little red maple leaf craziness.
The last photo was taken last night from my second floor studio windows as the sun was setting - if you look dead centre you'll see a Canadian flag flapping that's Eaton Park and the harbour beyond, it looks like the tide was going out. The park where Miss Winnie Dixon and I walk along the boardwalk each morning. You'll also notice in this photo one of the edges of our huge double lot property newly mowed by the Prince of All Good Things + my wee veggie & cutting garden ;-)
6 is the famous Cyrus Eaton/Thinker's Lodge home to the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize - Pugwash World Famous for Peace
Happy Canada Day !
Posted by Susan