Thursday, July 9, 2015

Leisure and celebration.......

The art of life lies in constant readjustment to our surroundings.
                Kakuzo Okakura


So, with the haying season on hold because of rain, rain and more rain, I had found myself in unfamiliar surroundings and circumstances. I was in the city far away from the farm and enjoying a time of leisure. Yes, that in itself was very unfamiliar to me, at least for this time of year. There was to be no haying for a while, so I had taken advantage of the situation, and went to see what others do while I would normally be baling in the hay fields.


Well the city of Hamilton Ontario threw a big holiday bash celebrating July 1st  our Canada Day, a birthday party for our country. There were lots of sights to see from high atop the mountain. Off in every direction and as far as you could see, on a perfectly clear night, there were fireworks going off. The sky was filled with lights and flashes.

A steel plant, where workers were still working hard inside, and a beautiful steady flame shooting high in the sky from its smoke stack, reminded us all that our country was built on hard work, and the belief that this would keep us strong. Looking over that city filled with tiny houses where generations had worked, and still work very hard, all living their lives and still some may struggle. Houses lined up in a row as far as you could see, where everyone was celebrating our freedoms. It was a truly beautiful sight.


All I could hear was the popping of the fireworks and the sound of a happy crowd oohing and aaahhing. There was a crowd of the very young, the very old and everyone in between standing with me, everyone celebrating a country that we all love, and enjoying every minute.

I thought about where I would normally have been celebrating this holiday, if not for the weather back home. I would have probably been sitting at the kitchen window on the farm. After a long hard day of work, baling hay on the land, I would have been dragging myself off to bed before the fireworks seen off in the distance, and all that celebrating had ended.


Sometimes, you just have to stop working and get out and surround yourself with others and see what we are truly working so hard for and celebrate that. That was finally my opportunity to celebrate the people that work so hard for what we have.


Thank you Hamilton for showing me, something which I have always believed; that being, that if we all continue to work hard, respect each other and never forget how, why, who and what was sacrificed to get us all here, we will always be able to celebrate and are all going to be just fine all together.

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33 comments:

  1. A lovely post with great lights and fence from the city however your last paragraph I would agree with whole heartedly.

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  2. Wonderful post and words! The fireworks are pretty. I am glad you were able to get out and join in with the Canada Day celebration. Enjoy your Thursday!

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  3. You are so right Buttons. Sometimes we have to get out of our familiar and get a front view seat away from home to see what our great country is all about. Hard work and friendly people who gets to celebrate our country's birthday. I stayed in downtown Hamilton and the people we had as host were he best,

    Enjoy your mini vacation. I hope the rains stops soon so you can resume haying...
    Hugs,
    JB

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  4. A delightful way to celebrate Canada Day, Buttons!

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  5. Yes, yes....a terrific time had, and the work baling hay will wait 'til it dries up. In the meantime you got to witness a grand celebration.

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  6. I'm glad the rain gave you a break and the opportunity to get away. Sunshine today. Back to the haying. They took the alfalfa off our north field yesterday.

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  7. Whenever I see fireworks popping in the sky, I will also oooh and aaah when they are so beautiful. It is good to get away and do something different.

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  8. WOW what a great post and your words ring so true. Love this and your pics. Thanks for sharing. Glad you enjoyed a special Canada Day!!
    Hugs, cm

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  9. i like to "mingle"...travel a little, see life from all its different sides. but my favorite is coming home, there's no place like home!!!

    we saw some beautiful fireworks on the 4th at the hershey hotel!!

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  10. very nice. an unusual canada day for you, but a very good one. thanks, buttons!

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  11. What a lovely view over the city! I tend to avoid going out on such big occasions, but i do enjoy watching the fireworks and hearing the sounds of people from my window sill :)

    ~ K

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  12. Wonderful photography! And it looks to have been a wonderful party too ;p ! xoxox

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  13. Ahh, this is what I did in the summer last year too B!! I liked that big flame too x

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  14. What a nice way to spend your Canada Day - I like that last shot with all the city lights, very pretty.

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  15. Yea for having the opportunity to do something new. Hope things dry out and you can start haying soon.

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  16. Hi Buttons - so glad you got to have a nice leisurely Canada Day. I especially enjoyed this post considering I was not in Canada myself on July 1. So nice to experience some of the celebrations through your story and pictures!

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  17. I do love coming to visit.
    Your images and your words are fireworks of understanding. And beauty. And laughter. Hard to ask for more...

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  18. This is a beautiful post with lovely sentiments. It makes us all think! Enjoy your week. Hugs, Diane

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  19. Happy Belated Canada Day! I hope you went by McMaster and Jackson Square.
    Thanks for visiting my site today.
    Have a Wonderful Day!
    Peace :)

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  20. A lovely, spot-on, sentiment Buttons. Speaking of brightening someone's day!

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  21. I have never really explored Hamilton before. Actually thinking of it I haven't been in Hamilton for a while, a visit is due!

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  22. You are so right. sometimes you just have to take a break from everything and look at something completely different...different walls, people...fireworks.

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  23. B,

    Happy Canada Day!!!! Another lovely post :-)
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  24. Happy (Belated) Canada Day! It IS nice to step out into someplace different every now and then.

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  25. Enjoyed your post and the photos are great!

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  26. I'm glad you had a chance to finally get a break, and do some relaxing, although I'm sure you were thinking about that hay at home! Glad you are finally able to get started with that big job. Hope it's going well!

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  27. Looks like a big city! I hope you enjoyed your time away:)

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  28. Sounds as if you had a good time...Hugs M xox

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  29. Grace, my hay is still standing due to rain, rain, rain and am hopeful this week sees it cut, kicked, baled. A trip to the big city sounds fun and you're so right...hard work builds anything worth having whether it's marriage, a city or a farm. We're blessed to have the gift of living on a farm...hard work and all.

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