Posted in Canada, Grateful for, History, Nature, pondering, Tourist in my own Town / Province, Weekly Photo Challenge

History in the Rocks (WP Photo Challenge: Texture)

When I saw this weeks theme I knew that I had to share some photos from my favourite Ontario Park.  These are fossils of a coral reef dating back to over 350 million years.

Every year I’m intrigued by the textures of the fossils on the rocks. It amazes me that after years centuries of weather, lake, and people these are still here for us to see and touch.

 

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Rock Point Provincial Park

What You’ll Like :

  • Exposed fossils of a coral reef dating back to over 350 million years embedded in limestone shelf along the beach
  • Viewing platform above sand dunes
  • 2 km hiking trail
  • 1 km of sandy beach
  • Fall monarch butterfly migration
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Posted in Animals, Canada, Celebrations, Grateful for, History, Me ..a little geeky ;), Nature, pondering, Scope for the Imagination, Seasons, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Happy Birthday Canada #Canada150

Some of my favouite photos from my patch of the Canadian quilt ❤

I would be honoured if you linked your favourite photo or memory of Canada.

Posted in Canada, Celebrations, garden, History, Nature, Seasons, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Tulips… beautiful in every colour.

Spring has been kind to Niagara this year! Our tulips look amazing. My garden has brought me hours of joy and photographs! I’m especially delighted with the Canada Tulips!! They were cultivated to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

The individual tulips and the variety of colours in my garden are what make my heart sing. The seas of colour in the Niagara Parks are just as breathtaking!

 

 

Last week my daughter and I went down to see the displays along the Niagara Parkway. I’ll be spending many hours along Niagara Parks this year. So I’m confident this is just one of many highlighting our beauty! (In fact, this is just my small selection of tulip photos, I have a few more from this walk that I’ll share later.)

These displays of tulips (predominately red and white) are the start of the celebration of our heritage in Canada. (see below)

In a previous post about a garden of tulips, I shared why tulips are part of Canada’s yearly celebrations. (another tie to our rich heritage)

 

 

Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said the projects “speak to our mission and the ‘roots’ we have established over our rich 132-year history.” They also touch upon NPC’s anniversary campaign theme of Begin Here, “signifying Niagara Parks’ importance as a natural, cultural and heritage gateway.”

The five projects will be:

Rooted in Legacy — 10 interpretive pollinator gardens spaced along the 56-kilometre Niagara River corridor. They’ll stress the importance of birds, butterflies, and bees.

Rooted in Nature — providing insight into Ontario’s native plant and animal species. It launched February at the butterfly conservatory. In addition, revisions to the Niagara Glen Centre will be unveiled in July.

Rooted in Life — will feature an art exhibition at the Floral Showhouse interpreting life in Ontario over 150 years. Uses vintage pieces from Durham’s former Cullen Miniature Village collection.

Rooted in the Garden — a series of cultural and culinary programs spotlighting the botanical gardens and school of horticulture.

Rooted in Design — an amateur and professional art competition to design two high traffic flower beds at Queen Victoria Park and Queenston Heights Park, as well as the face of the Floral Clock. A commissioned piece of work will be unveiled in the fall.

Late last year, Vesey’s Seeds of Prince Edward Island donated 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to 150 communities across Canada to mark the country’s 150th birthday in 2017. The Canadian Garden Council chose the 150 communities from nearly 500 applicants.

Niagara Parks Commission ended up receiving an additional 29,000 bulbs, planted in October and now in bloom along the parkway.  SOURCE:  niagarafallsreview.ca/2017/05/02/niagara-parks-unveils-canada-150-projects

Posted in Canada, Grateful for, History, Scope for the Imagination, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Grateful for the tulips

Last week (oops I’m a bit late with this post) I was grateful for a break between rainstorms. I love wandering to enjoy nearby gardens.

During a break in the rain last week. I went for a walk around a nearby neighbourhood. I was delighted to find this beautiful garden full of tulips.


A tulip from my garden. @PatchworkPonderings

Did you know?

In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, in the Second World War.

The most noteworthy event during their time in Canada was the birth in 1943 of Princess Margriet to Princess Juliana at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was declared to be officially a temporary part of international territory, so that she would be born in no country and would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother. In 1946, Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.

Ottawa became famous for its tulips and in 1953 the Ottawa Board of Trade and photographer Malak Karsh organized the first “Canadian Tulip Festival”  source: wikipedia.org
This year Canada will be celebrating the 65th year of the Tulip Festival in Ottawa. I’m sure it will be amazing as we’re also celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday this year!
Posted in Canada, History, pondering

On This Day ~ April 17 ~ Canada’s Constitution & Charter of Rights

As an ongoing celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, the Library and Archives of Canada is sharing historic moments. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/onthisday

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April 17, 1982

Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau sign the Proclamation of the Constitution Act in a ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Canada gains full political independence from the United Kingdom with the new constitution. It is accompanied by the new Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees the fundamental rights and freedoms of all Canadians.

To learn more:

Library and Archives Canada

Department of Justice Canada

Parliament of Canada

Photo of Queen Elizabeth II signing the Proclamation of the Constitution Act (1982). (Left to right:) Mr. Gerald Regan, Minister of Labour; Rt. Hon. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister; H.M. the Queen; Mr. Michael Pitfield, Clerk of the Privy Council; Mr. Michael Kirby. Ottawa, April 17, 1982.