The days are getting longer and much brighter. Hope
seems to be in the air.
It has been a very long winter with snow still piled
Song of Solomon says, “Lo! The winter is past, rains
are over and gone (in our case, snow) flowers appear on the earth”. We have
such a beautiful city and the tulips and daffodils will soon be appearing. There is some very interesting history behind
the tulips in Ottawa.
The tulip festival celebrates a 70+ year friendship
between two countries.In 1940, during
the Second World War, Princess Juliana of The Netherlands and her two daughters
came to Canada to be safe from the fighting and to provide a place where the
work of the government of The Netherlands could be carried out if need be.While in Canada, Princess Juliana gave birth
to her third child, Princess Margriet.In order to provide her with Dutch citizenship, the government of Canada
permitted a room in the hospital to be turned over to the Dutch temporarily so
that Princess Margriet could be born on ‘Dutch soil’.Upon returning to their homeland after the
war, the Dutch government sent a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada in
appreciation. Those bulbs
were planted around the city. Here are some pictures.
God Bless You, Carole
This page is for week 12 in 52 Weeks of Gratitude at Inspired Stamps.