…of ‘sex in a canoe’, & ‘sea pickles’ & ice cream…

…”You know that Canadian myth about having sex in a canoe?….” ‘Sea pickles’ Millions of mysterious sea creatures swamp US west coast”…”SUMMER screams—“we all scream for ice cream!” “….

SOMETHING ABOUT….“We love our canoes. But making love in a canoe is rare — and no, it’s not part of the citizenship test. First in a series about Canadian myths.”

Funny to see this article in another publication with the headline “Facts vs. Fantasy about Viagra-on-the-lake!”

SOMETHING ABOUT….“Huge and unexplained bloom has fishers racing to save their nets, and scientists hurrying to study the rare animal.”

Pyrosomes, they are called apparently.

Nothing quite like summer in Vancouver to sing in ‘Earnest’—–ICE CREAM!!!

Cheers to a thrilling Thursday of fine indulgences!

SUMMER!

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams

I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer… come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches. ~Oriana Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

….of ‘scaled down’, anthems, & songs of the season…

 

Vancouvera bird’s eye view!

…”Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled down speech”…”Senators who oppose a gender neutral anthem don’t understand the history of ‘O Canada’ “….

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SOMETHING ABOUT….“a departure from tradition, without the ceremonial robes and accompanied by her son the Prince of Wales, as her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, 96, is hospitalized as a precautionary measure regarding infection.”

God bless the United Kingdom & Canada’s Queen, a good wishes thought for today!

SOMETHING ABOUT“two small words.  Changing the part of O Canada that currently reads “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”

And so it goes!…a living anthem for our times, that has in fact changed several times over the years in the english version.

Cheers to a sensational summer season resplendent  with ‘sunshine‘ & song!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….of citizenship, ‘glow-in-the-dark’, & riddles…

“When the sun comes after rain”Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

….”British requests for French citizenship more than triple in a year”…”World’s first glow-in-the-dark coin unveiled to mark 150th anniversary”…”Why do we speak in riddles at work?”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“figures show applications from Brits living in France rose from 385 to 1,363 in 2016, with surge expected to continue.”

Interestingly enough, the number of Britons estimated to be living in France is between 150,000-400,000.

SOMETHING ABOUT“Canada’s new two-dollar coin, or toonie, features two canoeists under the aurora borealis – and glows in the dark thanks to special ink that contains luminescent material.”

SOMETHING ABOUT….“stopping people ‘reaching out’ for the latest buzzword is a challenge.”

” ‘synergy’, ‘ideate’, ‘circle the wagon’, ‘blue sky thinking’, ‘ideas shower’, ‘paradigm shift’, ‘rationalization’, ‘streamlining’ “, among some of the most common ‘jargon’ annoyances apparently!

Cheers to a riddle free, terrific Tuesday that SINGS!

 

 

…..of World/International Sauntering Day…

I bet you didn’t know it, but today June 19th is International/World Sauntering Day!

“The purpose is to remind people to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it. The holiday was created in 1979 by W.T. Rabe in response to the growing popularity of jogging.  It is believed to have begun at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan, USA. The Grand Hotel has the world’s longest porch at 660 feet (200 m). The idea behind the day was to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them.”

Sauntering is a verb describing a style of walking. It is simply to walk slowly, preferably with a joyful disposition. Sauntering has been spoken of most notably by many of the naturalist writers in history”

Cheers to a ‘take your time’ kinda day that sings—-my what a ‘sunny disposition’ !!!

 

 

…..of ‘hmmm’, heat, & fog…

…”Liquor policy review: Vancouver council allows grocery stores to sell booze”….”Hottest day of the year forecast for Britain this weekend”…

…..hmmm…..time will tell, some of the implications of all this!….

It seems on top of the ‘political heat’ that’s facing the nation, Britain will also experience its hottest forecast weather for the year with temperatures to soar into the 30s C in the south and south east.   Pollen levels expected to sing—nothing to sneeze at too! Temperatures expected to remain high throughout next week!

Vancouver early morning sunshine can sometimes be overshadowed by fog that seems to roll in out of nowhere!

The sky is that beautiful old parchment in which the sun and the moon keep their diary. ~Alfred Kreymborg

Though outwardly a gloomy shroud,
The inner half of every cloud
Is bright and shining:
I therefore turn my clouds about
And always wear them inside out
To show the lining.
~Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler

Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine. ~Buddha

Cheers to a Fine Friday & weekend that sings—SHINE!!!

 

 

….of ‘Brexit’, ‘Allegra’ & strawberry tart…

….”London MPs have the power to change the course of Brexit”….”All female Vancouver orchestra in the news”….”How to bake the perfect strawberry tart”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“a hard Brexit would be disastrous for the capital’s economy. The city’s 73 MPs need to start making demands, for the sake of national prosperity.”

SOMETHING ABOUT…”as one of the first all female professional orchestras in the world, the ACO’s mandate is to empower women and those who identify as women through music, maintaining the role of the artist in society to bring to light issues that need to be addressed, while provoking creative thought and solutions, first within ourselves and then in the broader context of the community at large.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“pastry, filling, & fruit & the strawberry tart is the only thing better than a box of ripe berries and a bowl of cream!”

As Spring will soon officially morph into Summer, ‘action’ is in the headlines! To do! To inspire & be inspired! To enjoy!

Cheers to a thoroughly thrilling thriving Thursday that sings— I did!

The first requirement in taking a step in the right direction is to take a step in some direction. ~Robert Brault

Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin

Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out. ~Italian Proverb

A nod,
a bow,
and a tip of the lid
to the person
who coulda
and shoulda
and did.
~Robert Brault, “A Poem Missing the Word Woulda,”

…of power, patio & pod…

A Bright Future

Jana Sofia Panem, Ontario

“I see that wind power will be an alternative energy source for Canada’s future. I believe we will have enough energy to generate power for our everyday lives such as electricity, transportation, and the internet. This transformation will greatly benefit our future generation as it will help to maximize preserving our vital nature and maintain a clean environment.”

Cheers to a fine ‘power to the people’ google doodle today from a young student in Ontario!

.…”14 Vancouver restaurants listed in Canada’s top 100 for outdoor dining”…”Canada’s first ‘pod’ hotel will open next Spring in Whistler”…

Cheers to a shout out BRAVO to Vancouver’s Bela Gelateria & Pizza, Blue Water Cafe, Cin Cin, Homer Street Cafe, Joe Fortes, The Keg Yaletown & Alberni, L’Antipasto, Las Maragaritas, Miku, Seasons in the Park, Tableau Bistro, The Teahouse, & West Oak Restaurant.

SOMETHING ABOUT…..“Construction is currently underway on the $10-million Pangea Pod Hotel, a property consisting of 88 self-contained ‘sleeping pods’ spread across several custom suites, located in the middle of Whistler’s popular Village Stroll. It is slated to open in April 2018.”

Cheers to a ‘step by step’ kinda mid-week Wednesday that keeps you away from the PODiatrist & champions all you do towards the PODium!

 

….of ‘caretaker’, ‘going goat’, & 71….

….” ‘Caretaker cabinet’ will make some bonus bucks”….”The practice of printing the Queen’s speech on goatskin is delaying the opening of UK parliament”…”How will Trump celebrate his 71st birthday tomorrow?: Past bashes have included a spaceship and Pamela Anderson”….

SOMETHING ABOUT….”a ‘caretaker mode’ 21 cabinet ministers and 13 parliamentary secretaries.  All within our parliamentary rules to appoint a cabinet, recall the House, present a throne speech when you have the most votes and won the most seats.”

All expected to be voted down in a no-confidence vote next week…..

UK are you listenin’, watchin’ ?!

And so it goes….

SOMETHING ABOUT” ‘going goat’ to prepare a draft speech that’s ready for the Queen, is taking some time!  The practice of printing documents on vellum in the 21st century isn’t quite as batty as it sounds. Vellum is prized for its durability, and many historical documents have survived to the present day in large part because they were written on animal skin. Several 800-year-old copies of the Magna Carta and the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls remain remarkably intact, while any paper copies would have long ago crumbled to dust.”

Interesting to note that “on the morning that Queen Elizabeth will give her speech, her personal bodyguard will first perform a ceremonial inspection of the cellars of Parliament — a nod to the foiled 1605 plot to blow up the chamber with gunpowder. The opening will also feature the ceremonial slamming of a door in someone’s face. It is tradition for a figure called the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to fetch the members of the House of Commons in order to hear the Queen’s speech in the House of Lords. To symbolize their independence from the sovereign, however, it is equally tradition for MPs to slam the door in the man’s face. “

SOMETHING ABOUT……say no more! Yikes!

As Tuesday follows Monday,  cheers to a ‘prime’ & ‘presidential’ kinda day that sings—taking-care-of-business!

Terrific!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….of ‘moon’, ‘games’, & golf carts….

…”Lion’s Bay nude beach exposed in popularity, problem parking”…”No. 10 refuses to confirm Queen’s speech will go ahead next Monday”…”BC village first to allow golf carts on local roads”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“Brunswick nude beach in Lions Bay was a hidden gem loved by local naturalists, but word got out. As it becomes ever more — well, exposed — there’s growing concern about the increased traffic.”

Cheers to sun & stars & moon!…….

SOMETHING ABOUT.“Decision not to confirm date is raising speculation that UK PM May is not yet certain of DUP or other party support to get legislation passed.”

Cheers to the games have just begun! ……”Tomorrow, May will travel to Paris for bilateral talks with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, before attending the England v France football match.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“Cars are no longer par for the course in the Shuswap BC village of Chase. In order to operate a golf cart on roads, you must have a valid driver’s licence, insurance and a municipal permit to get behind the wheel. Golf carts can only be driven during the daytime and must stick to roads with a maximum speed limit of 30 kilometres an hour. They are not permitted on sidewalks.”

With half of Chase’s population over age 55,  apparently, many see these as the rides of the future.

Cheers to this could give a whole new kinda meaning to “just puttering about” !!

Whatever be the ‘truth & the life‘ for your meanderings on a marvelous Monday in June, may it sing—the fair way!

 

 

….of views, news, & muse….

A bird’s eye view of Vancouver!

By now you’ve likely heard the news that it’s looking like a minority government for the UK, in a very similar situation to our recent British Columbia provincial election!

Let  there be muse:

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. ~Winston Churchill

Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work. ~Michael Novak

Democracy is like a raft: It won’t sink, but you will always have your feet wet. ~Russell B. Long

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. ~H.L. Mencken

Cheers to a Fine Friday & weekend that sings—electing for some fantastic days!