. . . luv 'n stitches for our tired old world

summer in Canada ♥ flowers, flags, fireworks & song

front yard in summer—vertical panoramic view

Canada Day (July 1st) was on a Tuesday this year. And it was an extra-long weekend for us, since we were off work Monday as well! Add to that all the super-summery weather we’ve been having (weather we’ve been waiting all winter for) and you get what feels like a real stay-cation 🙂

Admittedly, this blog has shared its share of snowy pics during the months of November thru March/April. And so for today’s post, I thought it might be nice to balance that out a bit with a glimpse of what this place looks like without snowbanks! One snowy scene you may recall is the view from our front door. Here in this vertically panoramic photo, I’ve stitched a few pics into one. By mid-winter, the sight of all this flourishing shrubbery under the clear, blue, blazingly hot July sky will be like soothing therapy for the soul 🙂

As you can see, our neighbours across the street have a Canadian flag in their backyard. I love to look outside and see it flying freely in the breeze 🙂 The little flag on our lawn was planted by a Canada Day volunteer. Every year on Canada Day, our entire city wakes up to find Canadian flags in each front yard…. gotta  ❤  that! All these photos were taken with my iPad, including the sunrise—dated just past 4:30 AM on July 4th, 2013. What can I say? The sun waits for no one and that’s the last time I managed to wake up early enough to catch pictures of a summertime sunrise … lol… As well, there are four (4) videos attached to this post. That’s a lot, I know… but hope you will agree they are worth it! First up is the inaugural illumination of a locally historic bridge, plus fireworks display. The fireworks did not start until 11:20 PM. It would’ve been a very late night, if we’d gone to check it out in person. Fortunately, this video offers a great view without the crowds and traffic! Next up, is Chris Hadfield (former commander of the International Space Station (ISS) aka my favourite down-to-earth Canadian astronaut) and his brother Dave with their “In Canada” video 🙂 Seriously, this tune has been stuck in my head all week. Happily humming it right now, in fact… lol! And finally, ending this post on a literal high note, Chris Hadfield’s out-of-this-world cover version video for David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” is performed aboard the ISS… How C@@L is that!?!

smilin’ in Canada 🙂  Jackie

14 responses

  1. Welcome summer! I hope you really enjoy the summer in your country.
    Lovely pictures taken from Ipad. It’s a great medium for taking photos.
    Oh, I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog. Thank you!


    July 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    • Hey Azura 🙂 Thanks so much for the nomination! Yes, summer is always more than welcome here!!! 🙂 ❤ ❤


      July 7, 2014 at 11:53 pm

  2. Hi again! Just checking in. Been on a word press break for some reason. Just plain busy it seems. I will enjoy all the video as work awaits. Glad all is well with you.


    July 8, 2014 at 6:13 am

    • Hey Carol, glad to hear all’s well with you 🙂 I’ve missed you around here! Hope you find the videos are worth making the work wait 😉 ❤ ❤


      July 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  3. Lisa

    That song is stuck in my head too! Happy Canada Day (belated) from the East 🙂


    July 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

    • And a Happy (belated) Canada Day to you in eastern Canada too, Lisa 🙂 Global News called Chris and Dave Hadfield’s song the ‘most Canadian music video ever’ and I must say I agree hum-heartedly with that… lol!!! 😀 ❤ ❤


      July 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  4. KwH. this is such a lovely post. Needless to say I adored the Light the Bridge clip!


    July 9, 2014 at 2:25 am

    • Thanks so much, Jean 🙂 I figured/hoped you’d like that! And the bridge will be a bright spot during winter’s shortest days of the year 🙂 ❤ ❤


      July 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

  5. Loved this post!!!


    July 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    • Thanks so much! I’m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed it 🙂 ❤ ❤


      July 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm

  6. Wow, stunning photographs. 🙂


    July 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm

  7. sandra dorey

    I am so happy to hear about your sunny SUMMER!!!!! Hard to imagine how so many plants survive under their snowy blanket.


    July 10, 2014 at 1:02 am

    • Thanks Sandra 🙂 Yup, it’s been super sunny and the heat is forecasted to continue!!! Some of the plants looked like they might not make it this year, but bounced back after a good dose of rain+hot sunny weather. All our plants are zoned for extreme hot to cold temperatures 🙂 ❤ ❤


      July 10, 2014 at 1:22 am

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