True patriot love


I woke up this morning to birds chirping. My dog and I had a peaceful walk in the neighbouring orchard and then my husband and I had a leisurely breakfast on the deck, eating the cherries we picked from our tree and enjoying the panoramic views of farm fields and Okanagan Lake in the distance.

I putzed in my gardens today; first the vegetable garden, where we have tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants, various lettuces and some herbs. Then I did some tidying in the edible flower garden out back, listening to the hum of the bees and the trickle of water into our little pond. All summer long we will have edible things growing on our little property.

We are conscious of our water consumption, living in an arid climate, but even when restrictions are in effect we can still water plants and drink from the tap.

Hubbie and I stopped for an ice cream cone this afternoon. We could easily afford two scoops each and we chose from over 2 dozen flavours. Like many other decisions here, I could pick whichever one I wanted, without judgement. It didn’t matter that hubbie and I chose differently, and next time I could pick something else. I don’t need to defend my choice, or changing it.

Being a Canadian doesn’t mean I have to shout my patriotism from the rooftop – it is true that many of us are more reserved, less demonstrative than folks of the neighbouring United States. But that doesn’t mean we are any less proud of our nation.

I am so very pleased that I was born and live in a place where life can be good for so many people, and there are so many beautiful corners to enjoy everything from wilderness to urban jungle. I am proud we have farmers and fishers from coast to coast who work to provide us with so much bounty. We celebrate them every day, honouring the land and the sea that surrounds us.

I hope as we move forward that our country can be a good example of how to work towards sustainability.  How great would it be for Canadians to not only be polite and kind but also good stewards of our planet?

Happy Canada Day!


About happygourmand

I am a professional gourmande - a lover of life. Not only food and drink, but life in general. I love experiencing life to its fullest, and I love sharing my adventures with others.

Posted on July 1, 2019, in food, holidays, summer, sustainability and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What a wonderful day. You just described the kind of life I really, really want. My husband, on the other hand, would rather hang himself from that cherry tree. He is waiting to win the lottery and buy yachts and planes and God knows what else. I’m sorry to say he’s and idiot. I am so tired of my current situation that I think by the end of the year I will simply pack up my car and head out into the world on my own. Meanwhile, I am hanging in here in South Carolina enjoying the beach and exploring the Farmer’s Market. We’ll see what the end of the year brings, maybe he will win the lottery. If not, aufweidersen. Enjoy your day! Love your blog.

    • Well I’m glad you are enjoying the beach. I do hope you find your full happy self – I just yesterday saw two friends who recently got out of bad work situations because all that was left was the money; they were stressed and not having fun anymore. My experience has been that all the stuff doesn’t bring you happiness, and trying to stock up for “someday” often means you miss out, both on day-to-day enjoyment and possibly even on that “someday” as so many people just get sick or their lives change and the opportunities pass them by.
      As one of my favourite authors, Tom Robbins, once said, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”

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