By now, regular readers will be familiar with Raymond’s penchant for using the Manse’s conveniently installed flag bracket to fly different national and regional flags for different occasions. If you live here in Queensborough you’ll know that what flies out front at the Manse most days is the Ontario flag, which we kind of adopted after moving here from Montreal. But, as I’ve reported before, on Dominon Day the Canadian flag comes out, on the Fourth of July the Stars and Stripes, on Quebec’s Fête Nationale (St. Jean Baptiste Day, June 24) the fleurdelisé, on Bastille Day the Tricolore, and so on. Why, Raymond even put up the Scottish flag, the Saltire, to mark the day of Scotland’s recent independence referendum. (And the day after that, in light of the failure of the independence push, the Union Jack flew from the Manse.)
For people happening by the Manse and pausing for a moment to note the different flags flying, the reasons behind them – generally to mark a significant date – have been (relatively) easy to guess. This latest flag challenge from the Manse, however? Not so much.
The flag that you see flying in the photo atop this post went up just as the daylight was dying out today; the mission was to have the new flag in place all day tomorrow, because tomorrow is the key to what that flag is. The only other clues I will give you are these:
One, the flag has something to do with Raymond’s heritage;
And two, it is a rare flag and was not easy to come by. When Raymond finally found this one, it had to be shipped from a long way away.
But it got here to us at the Manse (thanks to Jim, Queensborough’s friendly and ever-reliable UPS driver), and here at the Manse it will be flying all day tomorrow – Oct. 14, 2014.
Can you guess why?