It’s almost Canada Day already?! Monday July 1st, if you were wondering…

Sunny ways!

Canada! It’s not a perfect country, not by a long way, but in the years that we’ve lived here, it’s always seemed like a country striving to improve. Much more needs to be done related to environmental concerns, and more to eliminate poverty and raise the standard of living for all residents and citizens. There is a challenge in achieving a successful and sustaining economy that isn’t simply a resource extraction economy. Why further erode the land, air and water that sustains us just to make more money than a person could possibly need, and at the health expense of fellow citizens?

Not always sunny…

Warts and all, I can’t imagine living anywhere else, and Canada Day is a time for us to feel grateful about being Canadian. Our citizenship here is something we don’t take for granted.

It can sometimes seem the world is falling into madness, what with demands for walls, the deliberate undermining of alliances that were originally made to prevent conflict, and what feels like an unhappy lurch to the right and a tendency to blame everyone else at the same time as failing to take responsibility or action for planetary woes. Goodness, long sentence there. In that light, Canada makes a sort of sense to me. As I said, not perfect, but not likely to cause global ripples – or worse – due to destructive childish tantrums designed to fulfil the narcissistic need for attention at any cost. I’d better stop with these long sentences, and the content, not good for anyone’s wellbeing.

Medicinal, take after reading news…

Yes, enough of all that. Every day is Canada Day around here, and that makes me (a bit of a curmudgeon from time to time) smile. All the photos are images from the past week, and they have a Canadian flavour – mostly because they were taken in Canada!

Canadian flavour – it has been so dry, we resorted to breeze blocks for the salmon berry stakes! Rained the day after, but wonderfully sunny for lunch in the school garden.

If you’re Canadian, know a Canadian, have been to Canada, want to live in Canada, or simply enjoy hockey and maple syrup, then happy Canada Day to you for Monday!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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27 thoughts on “Canada”

  1. Have a wonderful weekend as well and enjoy your holiday and all things Canadian. Seems like the news might ruin the pleasure of a good ale in a way there may be no medicine except not reading the news. 🙂


      1. Only because your suggested remedy for the news would either leave me broke or drinking cheap beer given both the quantity and quality of the news these day. Have a great week.


    1. Thanks, Sandra! I rarely eat fish, but I did try the salmon, and it was very good. Students were lining up hoping to get one of the smaller cedar wood bracing sticks, for the bits of stuck on cedar infused salmon!
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Jane! Much to be done, and it all seems rather slow, but I think some of the issues are being addressed. I find it hard to believe clean water in northern communities is so hard to solve – lack of will/commitment on the part of some politicians rather than there is no solution…
      Enjoy the long weekend!


  2. As I type this comment, I realize I am wearing my red Canada hoodie, so I bid you a hearty Happy Canada Day, pc. I am indeed grateful for the sanity, calm, and beauty of your adopted nation being on our upper border. I enjoyed this post and the wonderful photos. Really studied and enjoyed the clever fish roasting set-up at the campfire. I hope you are enjoying a fun weekend, and have a great day tomorrow, my friend.


    1. Thanks, Jet! Yes, there was a lot of learning on that method to cook salmon – we were taught by a Nuu-chah-nulth colleague – he is a great teacher, but the way the fish was prepared is a skill it’ll take me a fair few attempts to get close. I don’t usually eat fish, but did try some and it was very good.
      Definitely a red hoodie day here today, as the promised sunshine makes a very late appearance…
      Enjoy your week ahead, especially the 4th of July!

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  3. Oh, but if only your southern neighbors could exhibit a shred of Canada’s collective insight…well, I can dream, can’t I? That Cutthroat looks delightful – Happy Canada Day, Adam!


  4. Lovely to see the kayaks and marina filled with boats!! I continue to mull over the daily reminders on the news of the ways we are failing in “striving to improve” and will try to maintain hope in the coming year as the 2020 election season kicked off last week with the first debates. I may have to stock up on wine!! I did not think it was possible to be a curmudgeon in Canada with the fantastic scenery, maple syrup and hockey, but bad neighbors could have that effect on anyone. Appreciated the content, especially the long sentences, and loved the Tree Brewing Company label and caption. Have a wonderful Canada Day!!


    1. Thank you! Yes, it’s hard to listen to the news (most days) but you’ve got to hope there’s a change for the better coming. Hope fuelled with wine and crossed fingers might get you there…
      Have a Happy 4th of July – just don’t watch the “presidential” address!

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  5. No country’s perfect but it sounds like there’s plenty there to make you still love it and want to stay. Have to be grateful for the small things. Happy Canada day PC from an Aussie who’s never been but would love to one day. Cheers 😊


    1. Thanks, Miriam! I love Canada, probably the same way you love Australia, as a country generally striving to get things right for the people living there.
      One day, you’ll visit Canada, and we’ll visit Australia…

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