scotia day

July 24 1963,  The ship Bluenose II was launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The schooner is a major Canadian symbol.  Bluenose II is a replica of the fishing schooner Bluenose which was built in 1963 as a promotional yacht for Oland Brewery and became Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador in 1971. The bluenose II is also featured on the canadian 10c coin, the dime.

i don’t think a lot of people really know this story about sidney crosby, so i’m going to tell it i guess. my next door neighbours have 4 kids and 3 have cystic fibreosis, the oldest being 9. their grandfather helps run the golf tournament the crosby competes in. so he told crosby about his three grandchildren and amongst his hectic weekend of parades and camps and all kinds of things, he made the time to meet all 4 kids personally & sign things, etc. and i think that’s really nice. there’s a cute short story for y'all.

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Plants of the Day
Thursday 18 August 2016

In the Tangled Garden, Nova Scotia, the Lysimachia clethroides (gooseneck, gooseneck loosestrife) was making a beautiful herbaceous hedge with Polygonatum × hybridum (Solomon’s seal) under this informal fence. These plants grow in humus-rich, moist soil that does not dry out in summer. They will thrive in full sun or partial shade and can be invasive or make a large colony - depending on how you see it!

Jill Raggett

Happy Canada Day!

Taking today to celebrate North America’s officially bilingual constitutional democracy—that became autonomous from its imperial forebears without war* or insurrection; the same tenacious nation that was at war with Hitler years before the US committed, seized Vimy Ridge after her allies failed miserably, and has sent its brave into bloody, foreign lands with the western nations in two World Wars as well as in subsequent satellite wars in Korea, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo; that sovereign state that saved American hostages from certain death in Iran, and has been helping the world with aid, innovation, and force, in countless humanitarian and peacekeeping missions throughout the twentieth century; a nation that has arms in space, its fists and firsts in professional sports, and its people protected by a phenomenally nuanced and effective constitution, rule of law, and healthcare system; a country that refuses to boil to tasteless its immigrants, and invests, instead, in diversity… 

Happy to call it home. And thank you all for making this little Tumblr nook homely for this Canadian.

*War against France or Britain. Of course these two nations fought bitterly against one another.