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Canada Day 1st July 2019

July 2, 2019


I enjoy celebrating Canada Day as it is my new homeland. We are lucky to have a deck overlooking part of the parade route so can sit in comfort and watch it drive past. Canada is a young country, becoming the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. This is in direct contrast to my former homeland, Britain which was founded a lot earlier.

United Kingdom = England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Kingdom of England was founded in 927 AD and The Kingdom of Wales was founded in 1283. They joined together in 1536 so Britain was founded in 1536. The Kingdom of Scotland was founded in 843 AD.

I do miss the history and pageantry as well as the ancient sites, historical houses and castles but have been fortunate to have traveled quite a lot of the province’s of Alberta and British Columbia by way of road trips. When I first came to Canada, I had no real sense of the vastness of the continent until someone showed me this view of the whole of Britain easily fitting into Alberta. This is just one province of ten!


I have seen wildlife and plants I would never have observed, spectacular scenery and many objects purportedly to be the largest! Here are some of them.

I also ‘discovered’ a passion for writing in Canada, which may never have been part of my life elsewhere. It was a happy accident walking into that first sharing meeting of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County in 2009. Not only do I have something that interests and absorbs me but it has also given me some incredible friendships. I am making up for ‘lost’ time publishing (to date) seven books, with several in the pipeline but it is the process of creating that engages me and having the opportunity to share my stories.

Here’s to many more years discovering this country, writing stories and enjoying family and friends.



What a Lovely Word : Flummery…

July 20, 2013

Flummery – definition: 1) soft jelly or porridge made from meal 2) unsubstantial writing or talk : mumbo jumbo

Isn’t this a wonderful word? I want to use it often.

If any of you have tried this jelly, please let me know. It’s not something I have ever tasted but it looks good. It is a starch-based sweet soft dessert pudding,  popular in Britain and Ireland from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. The first known use was in 1623 -Welsh llymru – if only I had known when visiting Wales recently.

As a child I ate junket, which is a milk-based dessert, made with sweetened milk and rennet, the digestive enzyme, which curdles milk. Different to jelly (jello) and available in lots of flavors.









As for the second definition, I’m sure we have all experienced mumbo jumbo at one time or another. Legal documents are regular culprits for confusing a subject, which could so easily be explained in ‘plain’ English. Baffling someone with extraneous explanations or technical speak, does not garner us as knowledge but rather pompous and, to be frank, unkind to our audience.

The word was used in this sentence by The Edmonton Sun (2003) : Poring through reams of bureaucratic flummery, however, makes people’s brains hurt.

Do you have an example of flummery to share?

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