When Raymond and I became the proprietors of the Manse, a bracket-type thing on one of the front-porch pillars came with it. I paid it no mind. But Raymond recently informed me that it was for a flagpole. And then we started talking about having a flag there (which was a little odd for me, because I’ve never been big on flags). But I kind of came around, and since they had flagpoles and Canadian flags on sale at the Madoc and Tweed Home Hardwares this weekend (for obvious reasons), we went for it. So Lester Pearson’s beautiful Canadian flag now flies proudly at the Manse, and this photo is Raymond putting it up. But be prepared, passersby! On July 14 (Bastille Day) it may well be the Tricouleur; and on June 24 (St. Jean Baptiste, Quebec’s “national” holiday), the fleur-de-lys; and on the Fourth of July – well, Raymond’s from Massachusetts, where the American Revolution was born (“One if by land and two if by sea” and all that) – so be prepared for a brief but proud showing of the Stars and Stripes.
But meanwhile – a happy Dominion Day to all!