This week at ABC Wednesday, R is the letter of the week.
R is for Louis Riel, as well as the Red River settlement and Regina, Saskatchewan which figure in Riel's story
Louis Riel has always been a controversial figure in Canadian history. He was born in the Red River settlement of what is now Manitoba, in 1844.
He became the spiritual and political leader of the Metis and in 1885 would lead a second rebellion against the Canadian government. He was captured and stood trial in Regina for treason. Judge Richardson sentenced him to death and he was hanged on Nov. 16, 1885.
Check here and here for much more info on this Canadian hero.
This week at ABC Wednesday, P is the letter to focus on.
P is for parks.
Most cities have numerous green areas and these parks take on many roles - for walking, picnics, playing sports, holding special events. They could be small local community parks or large city-wide parks.
We enjoy visiting parks - to walk, see the ducks and geese, to catch an outdoor concert, or to have a picnic.
Now with fall finally arriving, the trees are changing colout and parks are wonderful places to see the colourful leaves.
This week at ABC Wednesday - N is the letter of focus.
N is for National Parks
This year Canada celebrates its 150th year since Confederation. As part of the celebration, all national parks have free admission. (Visit here to get your free pass) What an opportunity to visit all the wonderful parks in Canada.
I have only been to a couple of the 39 National Parks or 8 National Park Preserves. There is at least one in every province and territory.
K is for Kingston, Kapuskasing, Kenora and Keswick - towns/cities in Ontario that I have visited
As well as Kamloops and Kelowna in B.C. that I haven't visited.
But K is also for Knit the Bridge, Cambridge.
This event took place in September 2010 and was a huge community effort.
People donated thousands of scarves, hats, and afghans, which were sewn together and covered the bridge in Cambridge.
Be sure to visit here to see what others around the the world are doing for K.
This week at ABC Wednesday, J gets the nod.
J is for Jasper National Park.
The park is west of Edmonton and north of Banff National Park. At over 11,000 sq.km., it is the largest National Park in the Rockies.
You can visit lakes, icefields; hike in the mountains and visit the town of Jasper.
I've been once and was blown away by the beauty.
Another week has sped by and it is time once again to share a few pieces I have completed this week.
I enjoy several challenges which post themes either weekly or monthly. It gives an opportunity to challenge oneself and interact with other bloggers.
Sunday Postcard Art
The theme this week at Sunday Postcard Art was "Books and Reading" - one of my favourite pastimes/passions.
Linking this postcard as well with More Mixed Media Challenge - with the theme "Anything Goes"
The theme for the next two weeks at Tag Tuesday is "Paris". I've never been but would love to go sometime. I studied French all the way through school and having passing ability.
Here are the last 3 faces I have drawn for the challenge at "29 Faces"
Mini Scrap Notebook
Here are 2 collages I did this week in my small collage notebook:
Full Moon Dreamboard
This week there was a full moon and I decided it was necessary to create a full Moon dreamboard for the Full Harvest Moon.
Jamie Ridler hosts monthly dreamboard creations and the question she encourages us to focuson during the creation of it was:
"What dreams do you wish to bring to fruition?"
As I searched through my stash of words and images, I was surprised to find several of my past OLW - Shine, Joy,Bloom, as well as the word for this year - Cultivate.
With just a few more months til the end of the year, it is well past time to cultivate those dreams - creativity, health, faith and home.
I is for islands - especially Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland - two of Canada's provinces. (although technically, Newfoundland includes Labrador)
I have visited Prince Edward Island - over twenty years ago- and still remember the beauty of this island. We swam in the ocean, walked the long beaches, visited the home of Anne of Green Gables and traveled around the east coast.
I have never been to Newfoundland - but it is on my bucket list. Viking sites, whale and iceberg watching, gorgeous scenery all await.
Visit Newfoundland and Labrador here
and Prince Edward Island here.
Be sure to check here to see what others around the world have done for I.
A new month begins and a return to blogging. I have taken an extended time away from posting, from writing, from art. And I missed it - so it was the right thing to do.
I am returning with my regular feature "ART on Friday" and although I have not created much this week, I have a few things to share.
I haven't done many collages at all this summer so decided to work again in my mimi scraps notebook.
Here's a simple collage of scraps.
29 Faces/ 365 Challenge
A new daily challenge at "29 Faces" has started and the theme to begin with is Princess Di. Hard to believe it has been 20 years since she passed away.
I am using my 365 challenge book to create the faces this month.
This week at ABC Wednesday, H is our letter of focus.
Well, I have not been too happy today - difficulty with my computer and my new internet provider have hindered my ability to post. But, even if I lack photos, I am posting!
H is for cities and towns in Ontario that start with H and that I have visited.
H is for Hamilton - home to the Hamilton Tiger Cats (football team), Dundurn Castle, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton - to name just a few highlights. Hamilton also has the hospital where my husband had his kidney transplant and still attends transplant clinics several times a year.
H is also for Haliburton - a lovely town that hosts a summer of art courses at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. For many years I attended a week of classes with my children - a fabulous way to spend a holiday- with art and cottaging.
H is also for Hastings,Havelock, Hearst and Holland's Landing.
H is also for Halifax, Nova Scotia - a city I have not visited but am so eager to too.
B is for Banff - a wonderful town, located in western Alberta, in the Canadian Rockies and in Banff National Park. It is a well-known resort town, about 128 km west of Calgary, a very scenic drive of under 2 hours.
We visitedBanff on our honeymoon and I had been there several times when I lived in Alberta. Surrounded by mountains, lots to see and do!
Banff from the gondola
What a view from the street
Fairmount Banff Springs Chateau
Be sure to check here to see what others around the world did for B.