It is, after all, July 1st and a little celebration is in order. Yes, winter can seem at times just a little too intense and long. Yes, some of our politicians are not the paragons of virtue and vision that we might desire. Yes, we face ongoing issues of poverty, environmental degradation and intolerance. Canada, like democracy, could be easily criticized for its shortcomings. And yet, as Churchill said of democracy… “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Canada is, with all its foibles and flaws, still a very blessed land and one we can be thankful to call our home.
It is an annual event that our children and grandchildren make their way to our little corner of the country to celebrate Canada Day together (chosen date this year June 28th). And, if the weather is at all hospitable, the entire clan will pay a visit to our nearby beach. This year the weather was perfect if the water just a tad too refreshing (evident by the number of bathers not bathing). Anyway, here’s the pictorial version…
Because it is Canada Day and because this is a blog devoted to things musical (in part), a Canadian song might be in order. And there’s little more Canadian than Gordon Lightfoot performing The Canadian Railroad Trilogy. This was recorded in England ‘way back in 1972… a point at which Lightfoot was enjoying some of his greatest commercial success!
To update… last night (June 30th) Goderich hosted an impressive fireworks display over the harbour and a beachfront concert by a band (“The McCartney Experience”) paying tribute to… do I really need to say?
This morning (July 1st) we were awakened about 5:00 a.m. by
a) a rather noisy thunderstorm and
b) three dogs who are no fans of such thunderstorms and who wish to remind us of that fact each time one occurs.
We decided to “celebrate” our early rising with a walk at one of our quieter area beaches. A suitable way to greet the day, I suppose…