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.
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!
Hygge can be spontaneous or practiced as a daily ritual, its only requirement is focus. Hygge is essentially a mindfulness exercise with the intent to leave you feeling in the moment and aware of the comfort in your actions and surroundings.
Hygge 101: An intro into this comfy-cozy Danish way of life.
I have to admit. I was a little afraid that watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would tarnish my love of the wizarding world. I’m not sure exactly why but it disappeared quickly. I was very relieved when I did watch the movie. The movie was wonderful. I felt like I was seeing a bit of wizarding world history.
When I started with the Harry Potter book series it was as if I followed what I’d mistaken for a rabbit down a hole but it was a demiguise or some other fantastic beast. Then I drank a bottle labeled “Drink Me” ..it was polyjuice potion and I was now part of this new world.
Then I started to watch the movies. I love the movies because they give voice to beloved characters and add stronger colours to the images in my head. Love that I’ll always hear Emma’s voice as I read, “Honestly, Ron..” or Rupert’s “Why spiders? Why couldn’t it be ‘follow the butterflies’?” and Dan’s voice replying “Well, I am the Chosen One.” And Alan’s voice will be in our hearts, “After all this time?” “Always.” The sentiment felt by all who love the Harry Potter series. It’s a love for life.
But it’s the books… from “You’re a wizard, Harry.” to “”Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.” that’s where my heart truly lies. J.K. Rowling spun an amazing tale. It’s the feeling that you are part of the stories, that leads you to the platform between 9 and 10. … the magic that says “I can close my eyes and walk… I’ll be seeing the train.”
A friend gave me most of the books over a few years. She first introduced me to them when I needed a break. Escaping to Hogwarts was as much a relief from the everyday to me as it was for Harry. I’ll be forever grateful to her for bringing me to this world.
“Tell me one last thing,” said Harry. “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?”
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
When you pluck this plant and have its sticky sap on your fingers, you blow. Blow.. all of its seeds into the wind and you’ll get what you wished for as you blew.
It’s about perspective…some see a weed; I see a wish.
You grow, you bloom, you float into this world to explore and discover.
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I happened along this while browsing Pinterest. I love the idea! I think I’ll use a few of these for my ‘grateful for..‘ weekly posts over on my everything blog.
FYI-I have not yet looked at the website this came from. It sounds like a nice idea to get positive texts however my phone budget is limited and since this site is not likely from my country it could be pricey!