I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists
as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.
~ Queen Victoria (May 24, 1819 – January 22, 1901)
Still celebrated, Queen Victoria is now recorded as the 2nd longest reigning Monarch (Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest). Canadians look forward to the Victoria Day long weekend in May.
Often referred to as the “May 24 Weekend” or the unofficial start of summer. Gardeners rejoice as it is deemed to be the “safe” time to plant tender annuals as the risk of frost is past in Southern Ontario. Campers usually celebrate in one of the Provincial or National Parks. Families embrace the time together with BBQ’s and picnics.
And as my mother used to say:
The 24th of May is the Queen’s birthday
if you don’t give us a holiday
we’ll all run away.
If a tree dies, plant another in its place.
~Carolus Linnaeus (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778)
During my recent tour of the 2019 Canadian Tulip Festival we saw that several trees had been destroyed by storms in the last year with nothing by large stumps left as a reminder of their greatness. This oak tree stood tall with branches outstretched, not yet starting to sprout leaves.
Plant trees as an investment in the future.
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
~Gerard De Nerval (May 22, 1808- January 26, 1855)
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
~Henri Rousseau (May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910)
I cannot paint. But I practice the art of painting with light – photography.
A single tulip among 300,000 on display is caught with fresh raindrops.
Yellow petal edges highlighted in red with a bokeh of soft unfocused of reds and yellows.
Friendship, Joy, Hope, Caring……
It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.
~ Honore de Balzac (May 20, 1799 – August 18, 1850)
This quote reminded me of my recent visit to the National Gallery of Canada and the amazing sculpture of a mother nursing her child. The detail was complete down to the shoe laces.
Local residents can borrow a pass for the National Gallery of Canada from their Local Library for the week. We took advantage of this and headed out to this National Collection of Treasures.
Parking beside the Rideau Canal we saw the flooding that still continues as water still covers many of the paths along the river.
Inside the National Gallery of Canada we took our time examining paintings and sculptures. The Inuit Art was amazing.
The entire Rideau Chapel was moved inside the Gallery. It is unfortunate that the sound system was loaned out so we couldn’t hear the wonderful acoustics.
Since parking was for the entire day, we walked through the tulips at Parliament Hill, ate Pho in a Vietnamese Restaurant near ByWard Market and toured the neighbourhood.
Pain makes man think.
Thought makes man wise.
Wisdom makes life endurable.
~ John Patrick (May 17, 1905- November 7, 1995)
Love makes life worthwhile.
Time alone is irreplaceable. Waste it not.
~ Douglas Southall Freeman ( May 16, 1886 – June 13, 1953)
Waste not time?
or Waste not time alone?
The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick.
~ L. Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919)
Remembering the author of the Wizard of OZ.
Although the road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick,
the paths that I follow are covered with wood, mud and leaves.
I seek quiet places to replenish my soul in the depth of the forests
before I return to the joy of my family and the cities.
Celebrating 75 years of the liberation of the Netherlands 300,000 tulips are planted with the hope of blooming for the Canadian Tulip Festival May 10th -May 20th. Cool damp weather has slowed the opening of many of the tulips, but without large crowds this morning we enjoyed a wonderful personalized tour for only $5 each. Due to the weather outside music was cancelled. But the restaurants in the Dow Lake Pavilion were open so we enjoyed coffee and watched cormorants vanishing below the surface to catch fish.