Here’s Sunbonnet Sue dressed as a Canadian Mountie (pattern from International Sunbonnet Sue). She’s looking chic in this red, black, and gold outfit and holding a pretty maple leaf. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Canadian Mountie. Do they really wear these red uniforms? I grew up about 50-75 miles from the Canadian border, so I’m familiar with the friendly Midwestern Canadians and their rounded “ohs” — or maybe that’s just the high plains accent, I’m not sure. In any case, I always enjoyed running into my Canadian neighbors in bars, restaurants, and other places. They were always out for a rip-roaring good time, and seemed to universally have a great sense of humor. I’ve wandered along the very edges of Canada — Manitoba and Saskatchewan — not getting too far into the interior and, of course, I’ve enjoyed the Peace Gardens, which are devoted to world peace, symbolized by the world’s longest unfortified border.
The Peace Gardens were built in 1932, as a symbol of friendship between the U.S. and Canada. Among the ever-changing floral displays, there are two that remain the same every year — floral displays representing the American and Canadian flags. There are also seven Peace Poles, presented by the Japanese government, which say “May Peace Prevail” in 28 different languages. It’s a beautiful area with lots of wildlife and birds as the park is set into the lush Turtle Mountains. Ah, I’m feeling a little homesick! But then I start thinking about the cold winters and that goes away quickly!
In any case, I hope I’ve inspired you to think about friendship, world peace, and maybe even to think about visiting the Peace Gardens. I’m not sure what flowers are being planted at the Peace Gardens these days, but I leave you with this photo of cheery yellow flowers and my wishes for a peaceful day of quilting and applique!