Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ABC Wednesday - T

This week at ABC Wednesday, T is the letter of the week.

is for Toronto - the capitol of the province of Ontario.
I grew up in Toronto, worked downtown and traveled often by subway and Go Train. There was always so much to see and do.

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the fourth largest in North America by population., with almost 3 million people.

The Invictus Games were held here in September.

There are numerous sports teams:
Baseball:  Toronto Blue Jays
Hockey: Toronto Maple leafs
Basketball: Toronto Raptors
Football: Toronto Argonauts -  The Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders meet next Sunday for the final game to win the Grey Cup. Should be a great game.

My Top Ten Things to see in Toronto:
CN Tower
Ripley Aquarium
Casa Loma
Royal Ontario Museum
Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto Zoo
Hockey Hall of Fame
Toronto Islands
Ontario Science Centre

Check here to see more about each.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ABC Wednesday - R

This week at ABC Wednesday, R is the letter of the week.

R is for Louis Riel,  as well as the Red River settlement and Regina, Saskatchewan which figure in Riel's story

Louis Riel has always been a controversial figure in Canadian history. He was born in the Red River settlement of what is now Manitoba, in 1844.

He became the spiritual and political leader of the Metis and in 1885 would lead a second rebellion against the Canadian government. He was captured and stood trial in Regina for treason. Judge Richardson sentenced him to death and he was hanged on Nov. 16, 1885.

Check here and here for much more info on this Canadian hero.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

ABC Wednesday - Q

This week, Q gets the nod, for ABC Wednesday.

Q is for Quebec, as well as its capital, Quebec City, which dates from 1608. The official language is French - there are still separatists who seek to separate from Canada.

I lived in Quebec for eight years as a child and have visited Montreal numerous times since. I have only been to Quebec City once, visiting the old part of the city.

There is much to see in Quebec - from old buildings, rivers, and  falls, to battle grounds and churches.
My favourite site was St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal.

Be sure to visit here to see what others around the world have done for Q.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest

7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest 

Hard to believe this is the 7th Hallowe'en short story contest - hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill.
The rules are here  The stories must be posted between Oct.27 - 31.

Here's my entry: 

Candy Corn for  Monster

 Monster jumped. What was that horrible black creature? He breathed out. Oh – only my shadow. Am I really that big? Oooh, who can I scare?

Monster shuffled towards a group of creatures – they certainly looked weird. As he raised his arms and opened his mouth, the smallest creature screamed.

“Go away Monster!” She dipped into her bag and threw a handful of candy corn at him.

Several hit his nose. “Ow! That hurt! That wasn’t nice!” Monster scooped up a few corns and popped them in his mouth. “Yummy! Any more?”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ABC Wednesday - P

This week at ABC Wednesday, P is the letter to focus on.

P is for parks.
Most cities have numerous green areas and these parks take on many roles - for walking, picnics, playing sports, holding special events. They could be small local community parks or large city-wide parks.
We enjoy visiting parks - to walk, see the ducks and geese, to catch an outdoor concert, or to have a picnic.

Now with fall finally arriving, the trees are changing colout and parks are wonderful places to see the colourful leaves.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ABC Wednesday - O

This week at ABC Wednesday, we celebrate O

O is for oceans

Canada is surrounded on three sides by oceans - on the left, the Pacific Ocean; on the right, the Atlantic Ocean and to the north, the Arctic Ocean.

I have been fortunate to have dipped my foot in all three oceans. Traveling this great country of ours has been a blessing. Still more to see and experience though.

The Canadian motto in Latin is:  "A mari usque ad mare"  (It translates as "From sea to sea) 

Pacific Ocean - Torfina, VI   

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ABC Wednesday - N

This week at ABC Wednesday - N is the letter of focus.

N is for National Parks

This year Canada celebrates its 150th year since Confederation. As part of the celebration, all national parks have free admission. (Visit here to get your free pass) What an opportunity to visit all the wonderful parks in Canada.

I have only been to a couple of the 39 National Parks or 8 National Park Preserves. There is at least one in every province and territory.

My favourite - Banff National Park

So much to see and so much to experience.

Visit here to see more of the national parks.