Today (July 1) is Canada Day, and my wife Jan and I marked the occasion by placing Canadian flags in the planters on the front steps of our home in Daglan. Have a look:
As patriotic Canadians, of course, we had to go further.
Since today was also the last of our weekly French classes until September, both groups partied afterwards with our excellent teacher at one of the class-member’s homes in the country. Everyone brought a dish or two — from frittata with red peppers, to samosas, to quiches, to cheesecake with raspberries — and there was lots of wine to quaff.
And in between one group singing Nini-Peau-d’Chien and our group singing Voici venir le joli mai, Jan and I performed a rather rousing rendition of our national anthem, O Canada. Even better, we were joined by an Irish woman who — as she explained later — had lived for two years in the city of Oshawa, east of Toronto.
Small world, isn’t it? And a pretty great world, when things are going right.
Happy Canada Day!