Sunday, October 24, 2010


I found another really large mushroom in our back yard, forest area.   This mushroom is absolutely huge it is the size of a bread and butter plate and stands about 3 to 4 inches high.  I can just image pixies running around it .   Remember when we were little girls,  the stories we heard  in Brownies. More fun memories.

Happy Halloween and celebrate the harvest

I made this mini wall hanging for my mom - sent it out in the mail today.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Maple Leaf Forever

This picture was taken in the parking lot of the The Pacific Forestry Centre, Burnside Road,
Victoria, B.C.

"The Maple Leaf Forever" is a Canadian song written by Alexander Muir (1830–1906) in 1867, the year of Canada's Confederation,[1] after serving in the Battle of Ridgeway against the Fenians in 1866.

Muir was said to have been inspired to write this song by a large maple tree which stood on his property: Maple Cottage, a house at Memory Lane and Laing Street in Toronto. The song became quite popular in English Canada and for many years served as an unofficial national anthem. Because of its strongly British perspective it became unpopular amongst French Canadians, and this prevented it from ever becoming an official anthem, even though it was seriously considered for that role and was even used as a de facto anthem in many instances.
It has been asserted that Muir's words, however, while certainly pro-British, were not anti-French, and he revised the lyrics of the first verse to "Here may it wave, our boast, our pride, and join in love together / The Lily, Thistle, Shamrock, Rose, the Maple Leaf forever"; adding "Lily", a French symbol, to the list. According to other accounts, this was actually the original wording. Muir was attempting to express that under the Union Flag the British and French were united as Canadians.
"The Maple Leaf Forever" is also the authorized regimental march of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and The Royal Westminster Regiment.
The song makes reference to James Wolfe capturing Quebec in 1759 during the Seven Years War and the Battle of Queenston Heights and Battle of Lundy's Lane during the War of 1812.

In days of yore, from Britain's shore,

Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came

And planted firm Britannia's flag

On Canada's fair domain.

Here may it wave, our boast our pride

And, joined in love together,

The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine

The Maple Leaf forever!

The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear,

The Maple Leaf forever!

God save our Queen and Heaven bless

The Maple Leaf forever!

At Queenston Heights and Lundy's Lane,

Our brave fathers, side by side,

For freedom, homes and loved ones dear,

Firmly stood and nobly died;

And those dear rights which they maintained,

We swear to yield them never!

Our watchword evermore shall be

"The Maple Leaf forever!"

Our fair Dominion now extends

From Cape Race to Nootka Sound;

May peace forever be our lot,

And plenteous store abound:

And may those ties of love be ours

Which discord cannot sever,

And flourish green o'er freedom's home

The Maple Leaf forever!

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The colors of autumn

This is the tree outside our street on the boulevard. 

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

Alfred Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918)

I can't believe that this poem was brought back to my memory when I took the picture of this tree.   This is one of those poems that was a mandatory lesson in high school.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I found these Giant mushrooms growing in the forest in our back yard.  Here  on Vancouver Island we grow 'em big. Compare the size of the mushroom to the size of my finger. The mushroom was the size of dinner plate.

Brentwood Bay Ferry Terminal

I went to Brentwood Bay last week this picture was taken from the Brentwood Bay Lodge.   There is a small 15 passenger car ferry that departs  for Mill Bay about every hour and a half.  In the summer you can see part of the Butchart fireworks from the outdoor patio / bar of the Brentwood Bay Lodge.

Vancouver sails at the cruise ship terminal

We went to Vancouver a few weeks ago and went for a dinner cruise on a small  60 foot yacht. I took this picture from the harbour cruise yacht.  This is where the big cruise ships dock in Vancouver.

Thanksgiving weekend in Canada Oct 11

I got up early this morning made apple pie. I prepared the vegetables and stuffing.  The bird is finally in the oven. Only 2 of us for dinner today, very quiet in the house. Our grown children live in two different cities about 9 hour drive north.  Taking time to reflect on our life and all that we are grateful for.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thanks Dad

Thinking of dad...EMACD...   this was the anniversary of his homecoming from World War II, Canadian Army, Artillery 15th Field regiment.  He reminded us of what a great life we have, that we should be grateful for family and friends, and health. Many people in this world, country and our very own city are not so fortunate. Give someone a hand up this weekend or donate to a worthy charity that helps others.

Canadian Thanksgiving October 11, 2010

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean.[7] Frobisher's Thanksgiving was not for harvest but homecoming. He had safely returned from a search for the Northwest Passage, avoiding the later fate of Henry Hudson and Sir John Franklin. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony in Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving the long journey. The feast was one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations by Europeans in North America. Frobisher was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay.
At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, in 1604 onwards also held huge feasts of thanks. They even formed 'The Order of Good Cheer' and gladly shared their food with their First Nations neighbours.  ...