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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Tulips and the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands

We didn't plant any bulbs last Fall, but we did get a few
tulip stragglers.
I decided to bring them in the house to enjoy.
As I was deciding on where to put them, I remembered that it is
 the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.
The Dutch celebrate the anniversary every year on May 5.
They are so grateful to the Canadians for coming.
Thousands died the winter before to starvation.
Many died just because they were Jews.
Many died for trying to help the Jews, or trying to save their country.
The children are taught about this in school and join in on the celebration with appreciation.

There are still some veterans who travel to the Netherlands for the annual celebration,
but there may not be any for the next big one.
Every time my father met a veteran he would offer his sincere gratitude.
Children learn by watching and hearing.
The Queen fled to Canada and stayed in Ottawa during the war.
Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa
 and as a show of appreciation to the Canadians for taking them in and looking after them,
they send hundreds of tulip bulbs each year.
You can read the story here.
They come in so many beautiful colours.
I've noticed that since having a more neutral colour in my home,
flowers stand out a whole lot more.
And it doesn't matter what colour your flowers are cause they will always work.
Flowers look lovely together or on their own.
I think I mentioned in another post, but I'll say it again.
Flowers make my heart smile.
We had a beautiful day today.
 Warm sunshine.
Smell of cut grass.
Wearing sandals.
Good deal at the thrift shop.
Have a beautiful week!

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  1. Dear Diane, I loved the history you shared about this! And yes flowers also make my heart happy! We all have so much to be grateful for!
    Loved the photos! It all looked so vintage...
    Hugs, Roxy

  2. Diane, thanks so much for sharing about the History of the Liberation. I love reading and learning all that I can about our History.

    That's one thing about the tulips, they really don't bloom long. They are so pretty, in any color! Flowers make my heart happy as well. I have many different ones starting to bloom and trying to take as many pictures as I can. I am patiently waiting for my roses to start blooming, they seem to be taking their sweet time this year. Oh well, I better enjoy all the others first. :)

    Your photos are beautiful! I love how vintage they look.

    I hope you have a lovely week! Hugs, Amy

    1. I don't have a green thumb either. I don't even know the names of most flowers or bushes. I see what I like and try to do something with it...and try to remember to water it!. Thanks for stopping by! Diane

    2. What a beautiful post--I had no idea of the regular celebration of the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands. It's so important that we remember our past; I'm afraid there's not enough of that going on. Visiting from The Art of Homemaking :)

    3. Thanks Diana! That's how thankful they are! The stories have been passed down and the children are as grateful as the parents and grandparents. My parents lived there during the war but lived on farms in the country so they had food available but still have stories. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I didn't know this story. What a pretty way to celebrate!!!!!!

    1. Yes, the Dutch are a grateful bunch. Over 7600 Canadians lost their lives. My father taught me early on by always thanking a veteran. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Interesting info about the Netherlands- I had no idea they celebrated liberation day.

    1. Hi Michele! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, they are truly grateful. Have a great day!

  5. Thank you for sharing this wonderful celebration with us. I love that each generations learns from this celebration too. Lovely photos, thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

    1. Thanks for visiting Katherine! It's like seeing a celebrity when the kids see a veteran. Many of us could learn from them. Have a great weekend!

  6. It's interesting to read the history behind the tulips. I didn't know about that celebration on May 5th.

    1. The history of the tulips go back hundreds of years, but it is known at the flower of the Dutch and our capital city gets to enjoy them compliments of the Dutch Royal family.

  7. A lovely tribute. My daughter in law is Dutch.


    1. Thanks Yael! A little Dutch in the family is always good! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Flowers do the same for me! I love them both indoors and out. Your pink tulips are a gorgeous pop of color against your checked curtains. I enjoyed learning about the Dutch celebration. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. I enjoyed the story of the Dutch celebration too. Lovely! Thanks for sharing at HSH!


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