On July 1, 1867, Canada became a country – without revolution, violence, or public outrage against a common enemy. We simply asked our British Motherland for permission … so very Canadian. Admittedly, it’s a rather simplistic version of Canadian history but I think it kind of captures the spirit of the event.
Many Canadians enthusiastically mark our country’s birthday each year as the *real* beginning of summer and this year, Husband and I were supposed to celebrate Canada Day poolside with friends, relaxing with an abundance of food and drink. Unfortunately the best of plans can get waylaid.
Instead, Husband and I quietly puttered around the house and this evening I went for a walk around my neighbourhood to enjoy the breeze and relatively cooler temperatures after another scorcher of a day.
I’m fortunate to have access to some green space close to home. Brimley Woods may not be large compared to some parks in the city, but it is appreciated by the people like me who retreat to this small wooded area for a quiet walk.
At this time of year the sun sets after 9 pm, so it was still bright outside and the light slanting through the trees felt peaceful. Very few people were out walking this evening. What I hadn’t counted on were mosquitos and I was promptly bitten several times. With thoughts of West Nile disease rattling in the back of my mind, I forged on ahead.
Walking along a nearby viaduct, I found this tree had collapsed from the December ice storm but continues to fight for life. Other trees in the area weren’t so lucky but haven’t yet been removed by city work crews.
Finally, what could be more Canadian on Canada Day than the maple leaf? A small seedling carving out a space for itself along a fence line at the side of the road.
This was my world today from 8 to 9 pm.
Lisa at Northwest Frame of Mind started this 24 week project to capture a snippet of our daily life – one hour at a time each week. You can visit her introductory post here or read about her world from 8 to 9 pm here … which includes links to other participants.