Been crazy-busy around here and I'm not sure where to start.
In mid-May, went on my annual trip to Ottawa to visit my brother. In past years I've visited during the freakin', frigid, Winterlude Festival. After my last sub-zero visit I declared that I would not be returning to Ottawa in the winter.
So this year, I timed this visit for the Tulip Festival.
|My nephew Keith and his family came up from Toronto.|
One day after I arrived the temperature hit a scorching 29 C. (That's VERY hot in Fahrenheit !)
The sudden heat brought the Tulips instantly into full bloom. Luckily it didn't stay that hot or they would have been dropping their petals in no time !
|The displays of Tulips were stunning and the crowds that came to see them swelled when the weekend arrived.|
|I loved this colour combination.|
|Don't know who this is but she was|
cute as a button in her sun hat.
|Yup. It's a Tulip Festival but those are ...|
|Lots of uniquely painted, overly-large, Tulips.|
|I loved this one, that was created by|
the E.B. Eddy matchstick company.
In 1945 the Dutch Royal family sent The City of Ottawa 100,000 Tulip bulbs to thank Canada for shielding the Princess Juliana from the Nazis during the previous three years. In 1943 she bore a child -- Princess Margriet at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. To ensure that the baby would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother, the maternity was was declared be officially a temporary part of international territory !
|And oh, the marvellous scent wafting off thousands and thousands of Tulips!|
That initial gift has been augmented with 10,000 more Tulips arriving annually from The Netherlands, resulting in the over one million Tulips that greet the 500,000 visitors that attend the Festival each year.
Thank you to The Netherlands for this wonderful gift.