Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July 2011

US Flag

Fourth of July greetings to all my relatives and friends in the U.S.A. !  I appreciate your great spirit, and I enjoy seeing the energy with which you celebrate every holiday.

Fourth of July rose
Fourth of July rose blooming in my garden

Independence Day commemorates the birth of a unique new nation.  All Americans greet their Independence Day with great enthusiasm and patriotism.

Fourth of July berries
Strawberries and blueberries are perfect additions to the celebrations

Every year I celebrate Fourth of July in a small way with my family to honour our American relatives and friends.  I love the red, white and blue colours and make sure to incorporate them into our celebrations.

Fourth of July dessert
Our Fourth of July dessert was white cheesecake with strawberries and blueberries

We Canadians could not have chosen better neighbours.  

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day

Parliament Buildings

Today we celebrate Canada Day. July first was known as Dominion Day until 1982 when a law was passed to change the name to Canada Day. The name is controversial because a quorum was not present in parliament when the law was passed.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The Dominion of Canada was created by an Act of British Parliament in 1867. It united four British provinces in North America, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, creating a new country within the British Commonwealth. The six other provinces and three territories later joined.

The birth of the Dominion of Canada is not without controversy. For example, Halifax on July 1, 1867 draped major downtown buildings in black to signify mourning.

Changing of the Guard at Rideau Hall
Despite an inauspicious beginning, the country has not only survived, it has thrived. It is now among the eight largest industrial world economies.