After Loretta and I left Hycroft on Thursday, we took the bus back to The Bay which is a big Canadian department store. We had a lovely lunch and then we browsed through their Christmas section. It was much smaller than in years past but they had a lot of darling things for sale.
Tartan teddy bears, they are so cute!
OK..now only in Canada would you find this as a display in the Christmas decoration section...lol
Pom Pom tree garland, it was very interesting looking!
I think Loretta found what she wants for Christmas!
On Thursday my friend Loretta and I made our annual Christmas visit to Hycroft which is run by the University Women's Club. It is an old mansion, the McRae Mansion and it sits just off Granville Street in Vancouver. I heard people talking that the man who wrote "In Flanders's Fields" was a cousin of the original owners. Every year for one weekend the house is open to the public (at a price) and they decorate and invite vendors in to sell their wares. We found the prices much higher this year and we were actually in and out quite quickly as most of the stuff being sold was jewelery or scarfs and we weren't interested in either so we looked at the decorations and then headed back to The Bay where we enjoyed a lovely lunch. We used to lunch at Hycroft however they changed caterers and moved the lunch area into a tiny, cramped corner and it wasn't nearly as inviting as it was in 2009 before they changed caterers, in 2009 when we went they sold hot lunches and had plates of Christmas goodies for sale and you could sit and enjoy a hot cup of tea with a plate of goodies. That was such fun! When I viewed the photo below, I noticed the lady in the back ground in capri's...oh my....it was freezing outside and actually was snowing heavily when I drove home...
I have been a member of the Smart Canucks Community for quite some time www.smartcancucks.ca and there are a lot of members on the lookout for those fabulous deals out there that aren't advertised in many places. I check in on their website regularly to see if there are any deals as I love a good deal. Recently someone posted one of those deals that kind of sounded too good to be true but as it was from Kraft Canada, a number of us, actually a ton of us decided to give it a try. It was for a Samplicious package and we just had to pay shipping which was about 9.99 plus tax if I remember correctly. This morning this lovely box awaited me when I got up!!!
Many packages of all the latest new products by Trident Gum, two new flavors of Chips Ahoy cookies, 2 boxes of new flavors of Triscuit crackers, Mac and Cheese and coupons for FREE aMooza cheese twists, FREE Philadelphia cream cheese and FREE Kraft refrigerated salad dressing. An addition of Kraft's What's Cooking magazine was also in the box and there is a coupon for a buy one get one free aMooza cheese twists. Thanks Kraft Canada, we are going to enjoy trying these fabulous new products!
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Inspiration for “In Flanders Fields”
Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery. (1)
During the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2nd May, 1915 in the gun positions near Ypres. An exploding German artillery shell landed near him. He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit as a friend of his, the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae.
As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis because the chaplain had been called away somewhere else on duty that evening. It is believed that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem “In Flanders Fields”.
For the story behind the inspiration for “In Flanders Fields”, see our page at: Inspiration for In Flanders Fields
To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning. It is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true. To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,To know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon. To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,The innocence of a child's eyes and the beauty of an aging hand,for it is through their teachings we learn to love. To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us, When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again. To believe is to know we are not alone, That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it. To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen, And all our hopes and dreams are within reach. If only we believe.
I am a mother of two grown sons and gramma to 4 darling little grandchildren. When I can find the time I enjoy reading, gardening, sewing, walking, visitng friends on my computer and my doll hobby. I also enjoy travelling. I lived in Hawaii for many years and miss being there a great deal. In recent years our destination of choice has been Southern California where we always have a wonderful time and the weather is fantastic. Computers are not my strong suit, nor is technology so I am just stumbling my way through and learning as I go along. Thank you for visiting my blog!