Fourth Of July At Point Roberts & The Three Rose PrincessesMonday, July 04, 2011
As we prepare for our trip to Texas I feel most exhausted today July 4, 2011. In a day that we should have spent in final preparations, I instead took Rebecca and Lauren to Point Roberts. Vancouver/Point Roberts rosarian, Linda Marie Bruce had invited the two girls to be rose princesses at the 4th of July parade at the point that just happens to be inside the United States of America. I could not say no to such a kind offer as the prospect of some good old fashioned patriotism of the friendly kind was too good to miss. And so it was.
The two girls were joined by Linda’s niece’s daughter Madison (all the way from Orange County just to be in the parade!). The three in lovely dresses complete with tiaras and long white gloves sat in the back of Bill’s (I forgot to get his last name) 1947 Ford Monarch convertible. The parade was all good fun and many of the Canadians residents of the point joined in on the festivities.
After the parade we had hot dogs, curly fries and soft drinks at the lighthouse. As we left Rebecca smiled in my direction and told me that the whole morning was an auspicious beginning to our holiday in the good old USA!
|Linda & Bill, the 47 Ford Monarch|
As we were walking to join the floats I spotted roses growing amongst thistles, weeds and tall grass. One of the roses was a fragrant yellow one which Linda said was probably the English Rose Graham Stuart Thomas. That the delicate looking rose could grow in such a tough location and so near the beach with sand and hot sun attests that not all delicate looking things are necessarily delicate.
Because I knew that I would have to post this blog on the eve of our next adventure I made sure I had some photos to place here. My iPhone is not able to handle the high contrast situation of a sunny day. Lauren concurs and had I known I would have brought sun glasses for here. She is most sensitive to light. The picures I took with the "better" film camera will have to wait.
|Lauren, Madison & Rebecca|