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A Night Under the Stars….

I’m not entirely sure whether it was Holly or her Mum who most wanted it, but with some of her birthday money, Holly bought a great 4 man tent for "all of us to share."

Camping in the Garden

We spent Saturday night under the stars, sure to hear wildlife lurking around outside – nothing came. Our only entertainment came when Sam, whilst still "asleep" thought he would dive across our bed. Why, I have no idea. We all slept well, apart from Leigh she says. How we spent so long sleeping on floors on inflatable mattresses after leaving London, I’ll never know. (Inflatable mattress I hear you shout?!?! Ah well, you see, camping in the 21st Century is a whole lot more appealing now We even took the laptop to watch a film when the kids had gone to sleep!)

Anyway, we got up at around 7am, for pancakes and coffee in the tent. More camping to come….

The Organic Garden

A bit of annoying news, our organic veggie garden seems not to be bearing fruit, or veggies. All the various plants seem to be flowering well, but….

The tomatoes, despite the plants shooting up thanks to the climate, would appear to be lacking in calcium and the carrots seem to be going the same way. It’s a shame, after all the work Leigh has put in to getting it going. Any tips from our readers would be appreciated, although it’s probably too late for this years crop.

Things coming soon – Leigh has her vine weaving exhibition with Annabel coming up in September (Check out the gallery link at the top of the page for pics of some bits and pieces), her Canadian Residents permit arrival "should" be imminent, although Canadian Time seems to run at a different speed to the rest of the world and we have our "One Year in Canada Anniversary" coming up at the end of August. What happens then, we don’t know as yet….

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Holly’s 7th Birthday Party….

So our little princess is now 7. Who would have thought she would have made it this far! (She’s still a little madam, which, if I’m not mistaken was told at various times "Oh, that’ll be the terrible two’s. It’ll pass!’)

The crown in the photo was made by our friend, from flowers and leaves in her garden. It’s been dried out now and hangs in Holly’s bedroom.

Holly

As usual, what to do? Well, if you are short of ideas, who better to consult than the Fairy Godmother. And better still, she’s even in the phone book!

Holly & her Fairy Godmother

So, coming highly recommended, all duties where handed over to her, whereby everything from the invitations to the party bags where taken care of. The Princesses and Princes Party was on.

She arrived, and set about the kids making things, from "wish pots" to candy kebabs, by way of crown making, face painting and of course, the obligatory pass the princess parcel. Food was served at the "Princess Banquet" followed by the Fairy God Mum leading the procession for the handing over of the gifts. Then she was off.

The 2 hours of a birthday have never seemed to fly by as quickly.

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Skool’s Out for Summer…..

That’s the school year over with then, the kids survived it. Now the summer holidays begin….

First up this weekend, we have Canada Day. On June 20, 1868, a proclamation signed by the Governor General, Lord Monck, called upon all Her Majesty’s subjects throughout Canada to join in the celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st. The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day.

There is no record of organized ceremonies after this first anniversary, except for the 50th anniversary of Confederation in 1917, at which time the new Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, under construction, was dedicated as a memorial to the Fathers of Confederation and to the valour of Canadians fighting in the First World War in Europe.

The next celebration was held in 1927 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation. It was highlighted by the laying of the cornerstone by the Governor General of the Confederation Building on Wellington Street and the inauguration of the Carillon in the Peace Tower.

Since 1958, the government has arranged for an annual observance of Canada’s national day with the Secretary of State of Canada in charge of the coordination. The format provided for a Trooping the Colours ceremony on the lawn of Parliament Hill in the afternoon, a sunset ceremony in the evening followed by a mass band concert and fireworks display.

Another highlight was Canada’s Centennial in 1967 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended the celebrations with Parliament Hill again being the backdrop for a large scale official ceremony.

The format changed in 1968 with the addition of multicultural and professional concerts held on Parliament Hill including a nationally televised show. Up until 1975, the focus of the celebrations, under the name "Festival Canada", was held in the National Capital Region during the whole month of July and involved numerous cultural, artistic and sport activities, as well as municipalities and voluntary organizations. The celebration was cancelled in 1976 but was reactivated in 1977.

A new formula was developed in 1980 whereby the National Committee (the federal government organization charged with planning Canada’s Birthday celebrations) stressed and sponsored the development of local celebrations all across Canada. "Seed money" was distributed to promote popular and amateur activities organized by volunteer groups in hundreds of local communities. The same approach was also followed for the 1981 celebrations with the addition of fireworks displays in 15 major cities across the nation.

On October 27, 1982, July 1st which was known as "Dominion Day" became "Canada Day".

Since 1985, Canada Day Committees are established in each province and territory to plan, organize and coordinate the Canada Day celebrations locally. Grants are provided by the Department to those committees.