1. Canada 150. For my non-Canadian readers, this July marks our country's 150th birthday since Confederation. Our new house is fortunately just up the street from Bellevue House, the brief home of our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald ("Sir John A." for short) in the early 1840s when Kingston was the capital of the united Upper and Lower Canada.
|Visitor centre at Bellevue House.|
|Gentleman on the front porch at Bellevue House.|
|Ladies under a tent greeting the public on Canada Day (July 1). This was the pre-hoop skirt era. Lots of petticoats for volume instead.|
|The orchard at Bellevue House. My son, James, spent a summer working here. One of his jobs was to scythe this grass under the trees.|
2. Lilies. I have a thing for them, and it's the peak of lily season here. Bear with me.
|Pale yellow lilies in front of Queen's medical school building.|
|A riot of colour at my local garden centre.|
|Classic orange lilies across the street from our new place.|
4. While in Toronto staying with a relative and apartment hunting with Isabel (who is now settled into her first real job there), I took this pic of a portrait of my Great Granny White. She was a remarkable lady who lived from 1835-1934. This was done in the 1850s. Her husband owned the Montreal Gazette (and several other newspapers), and became Sir John A's Minister of the Interior during the expansion of the railways. White Pass in the Yukon is named after him.
See the gold bracelet? It's now owned by Isabel, who I think is the only family member with a wrist tiny enough to wear it!