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
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:
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 History, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Travel Theme: History ~ A bit of Niagara’s History

Mount Carmel Spiritual Center, Niagara Falls ON

The Carmelites, a Roman Catholic Religious Order, came to the Falls in 1875. Their first residence, was a simple farm house overlooking Niagara Falls. Construction on the present Monastery building begin in 1894.  {Source:}

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Kindly visit Where’s My Backpack for more history photos.



Posted in Awareness, Canada, Celebrations, Crochet, History, pondering

Project Maple for Canada’s 150th Birthday Exhibit – The Crochet Crowd

WP_20141002_10_22_14_Provia Project Maple for Canada’s 150th Birthday Exhibit – The Crochet Crowd

Project Maple

Would you like to help out in an exhibit to be displayed in Ottawa, our nations capital, in 2017?

Next year is the 150th birthday for Canada. Like other exhibits we have done that feature our global community, we are asking for help for the construction of the large Maple Tree to be on exhibit in Ottawa.

Specific instructions included in the original post include:

All submissions should be sent to us by November 1, 2016 so we can construct the tree to have it ready on time.