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Yesterday was dedicated to being a beachcombing day especially since we have waited so many days to get there and had one interruption or another, but hey that’s life right?

I was brave and took my new camera to the beach, I know ah? took some great shots, amazing photos of the light and shadows on rocks, and ya I took a lot of pictures of the sea glass I found in it’s original, yup I did.  I can’t share those picture with you, no, never, they are memories left there, left behind, sad but true.  Oh, my camera is fine, I’m not sure I will be. I felt like I’d gone to the movies and not brought enough money for popcorn and could smell it all around me, disappointed again.  I left the memory card in the computer at home again, memories that’s all they are.

You remember Tamara I told you about, she is from The Netherlands and staying with us at the bed and breakfast?  Well we took her beachcombing, sort of wanted to share some of what we do with her, you know. I’m not sure I was up to sharing my age and forgetfulness but she got some of that as well.  Anyway she tells me I might be able to retrieve those pictures from my camera so I’m waiting till she wakes up and then we will see. Today she leaves to go home and she has already mentioned to me that it might be a sad day for her, but I have something planned, a surprise I think she might like it. 

I can’t send you away without a picture of PEI, so I found this from another beach-combing day, I hope you like it?

What would beachcombing be without a little seaglass, nothing more than a movie without popcorn, right?

So here are the rocks and seaglass I was talking about, found a picture from my collection to share. 

Aren’t our red rocks beautiful? From a seaglunker like me, this was a pretty good find.

Well I hope you enjoyed our memory of seaglassing on PEI. As for the memory card, well I guess I have only myself to blame as I too have become too reliant on technology and less concentrated on what the importance is in a lesson well learned. I might have missed out on some beautiful shots but I got to spend the day with two people I love, that is the true memory.

If you live by the sea, make sure to beachcomb ~ Cindy





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From my small garden tulip surprise off to Holland and over to Ottawa is the thoughts behind this mornings blog post.

These our my checkerboard Tulips


I’m not sure these checkerboard tulips have a history as amazing as the tulips we share in PEI or the millions of tulips that Ottawa receives from Holland each year but they are amazing looking.

I’m going to feature Brenda’s blog this morning as she visited PEI not long ago and shared her photos of our Tulip Festival that we have here on PEI.  So here is Brenda from Gardeningbren In Nova Scotia.

I love my little Island and the fact that Prince Edward Island shares something in common besides politics with my home town of Ottawa was a reminder of home this past week.

I have another surprise this week, in our bed and breakfast we have  Tamara staying with us from The Netherlands and she has shared stories of her home in ours. This being the month of May a great deal of our conversations have been over the tulips of Ottawa and the lovely display of tulips Prince Edward Island has this year as well.

I took an arm chair travel to Wikepedia this am to get you a little more information on the Canadian Tulip Festival.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.                   In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, in the Second World War.

The most noteworthy event during their time in Canada was the birth in 1943 of Princess Margriet to Princess Juliana at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was declared to be officially a temporary part of international territory, so that she would be born in no country and would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother. In 1946, Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.

The festival begins

Princess Margriet returns to Ottawa to attend the Canadian Tulip Festival in May 2002.

In the years following Queen Juliana’s original donation, Ottawa became famous for its tulips and in 1953 the Ottawa Board of Trade and photographer Malak Karsh organized the first “Canadian Tulip Festival”. Queen Juliana returned to celebrate the festival in 1967, and Princess Margriet returned in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the festival.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed our little trip down memory lane and all the tulips and friends from PEI to Nova Scotia and Holland. Thank you Tamara and Brenda for being part of my tulip story this am.

Enjoy your week my friends, Cindy



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