Happy Canada Day!
147 years ago the True North Strong and Free came into being, and, if I do say so myself, it has been a pretty good run so far!
I am lucky to live in a (generally) peaceful country whose citizens, according to the latest poll, value our universal health care system and Charter of Rights and Freedoms over all else. Yes, we are polite, but we are a good time at a party and we are kind. We are not in your face, but we can go the distance.
It is hot here again today so we will likely swim and then head downtown this afternoon, where there is music and food a-plenty.
Happy Canada to my fellow Canadians!
I am currently obsessed with some things that I feel the need to share!
The documentary Tim's Vermeer.
We stumbled upon this on apple TV on the weekend and were gobsmacked, it was so good!
The synopsis from the official website:
This is part adventure/part mystery/part magnificent obsession/part genius in the best way possible and it made me so grateful that a) there are people like Tim in the world and b) Penn and Teller thought to make a documentary about it (and good documentarians they are, actually!).
I can't recommend this enough!
I finally got around to reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert this past week.
Well, I read it over 2 days actually, because I was so caught up in the world that she has created out of one woman's seemingly small, and at times tragic, life.
We fall in love with Alma Whittaker from the get-go. The book is sweeping, brilliant, and timeless in its storytelling.
This was sort of on my radar last year, but got lost in the accolades for The Luminaries, The Goldfinch and The Interestings. This book belongs in that company, I am happy to say, and now that it is out in paperback, I highly recommend picking it up. I cried my way through the last 15 pages, though I am a softy....
FIFA World Cup
Until 2 weeks ago, I had never really watched soccer (or as the vast majority of the world knows it as, football, which makes a lot more sense to me and I nominate that american football be renamed carryball forthwith! No hate letters from American and Canadian football fans please!) except for the Canadian women at the last olympics.
To be fair, until this world cup, I had been too busy to be follow much in the way of sports, but I am obsessed, obsessed I tell you! I love watching the play, love the fitness of the players, the almost operatic acting as they fall to the pitch. It is my kind of game!
And I have a crush. An unlikely bloke perhaps, but I loves him nonetheless:
Arjen Robben of Team Netherlands:
He is mesmerizing on the field, a looping Mercury on the pitch, weaving this way and that among dumbfounded opponents. And while others tire as the match proceeds, he seems to dig deeper and deeper, finding unimaginable sources of energy to keep going.
It was always going to be Netherlands for me, and here's why:
In 2008, our family visited the Netherlands for the first time. It was a pilgrimage of sorts; Barry's great-uncle had been killed in Germany, near the border with Arnhem, and was buried in the small village of Holten in the Netherlands (which is absolutely lovely by the way and worth a visit). One evening we left our B&B on the outskirts of Arnhem and went to dinner in a lovely local bistro. It was a gorgeous night and we were the only ones there. We left the restaurant and wandered around the neighbourhood. Not a person in sight.
For persons like ourselves, ever vigilant for zombie epidemics, it was eerie..
However, when we returned to the B&B, our host Jurgen explained that there was a euro match on and everyone was home watching. Everyone. I asked who the Dutch were playing. "Oh we're not playing," he explained patiently. "Germany is playing. We all stay home to root against Germany."
That my friends, is dedication AND a grudge.
I could kind of relate to that..
And frankly, the Netherlands is the most lovely country I think I have been too, at least from a gardening perspective. The Dutch are orderly and adore beauty and while I aspire to the former, I am completely besotted with the latter.
Now I need to find some orange before the quarter-finals....Hmm, wonder if any of our sports shops have a jersey...
Have a wonderful Canada Day and a special shout-out to Miss Gigi, who is celebrating a birthday today!
stay safe out there! We stand on guard for thee! xoxo wendy