Today being St. Patrick’s Day and all, it was only natural that Raymond would rummage around in his growing flag collection and replace the Ontario flag that normally flies from the front porch of the Manse with the Irish tricolour. I mean, when you have a flag collection, why not celebrate various national holidays that way?
Also, Ireland has a strong connection with this area, as with all of Canada, in that many early settlers here came from that country. Queensborough is, in fact, named for Queensborough, Ireland – a place that, judging by its lack of representation on the internet, is probably now a suburb of the nearby city of Drogheda. The Irish Queensborough – which is close to the mouth of the River Boyne, which empties into the Irish Sea – was the last place in his native country that one Daniel Thompson saw when he set sail, in the mid-1800s, for Liverpool and then Canada; Thompson eventually made his way to a place two blocks from where the Manse is today, and basically turned himself into the founder of our village. And named it to boot. (He was the first postmaster, so he was allowed that privilege.)
So there’s a good Irish connection for you!
But another fun thing I discovered as I prepared to write this post was this: Contrary to the doubts we are probably all feeling at the end of this very harsh winter, there will be a spring. And grass and plants and trees and things will grow, and be ever so green. (Like in Ireland.)
Here’s how I found this out. I did a search through my old posts here at Meanwhile, at the Manse to see if I’d written about St. Patrick’s Day before – I wouldn’t want to repeat myself – and came across this post wherein I’d mentioned Raymond’s flag collection. It was written on June 24 last year, St. Jean Baptiste Day in Quebec, and on that day the Manse sported Quebec’s Fleurdelisé. (And I mentioned other possible flag days, including St. Patrick’s Day.) But people, look at my photo!
Look at the lushness! The greenery! The geraniums! Is it not balm to the eyes after this winter we’ve had? And in contrast to the dirty snow and mud that are all around us on this St. Patrick’s Day?
Spring will come. The world will be green again. I’ve seen the proof. Right here at the Manse.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!