Today is Canada Day, the birthday of my country. “Canadian Confederation was the process by which the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into one Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.” (Thanks, Wikipedia!) This year marks the 150th anniversary of that momentous day. (Lest we forget, the Indigenous peoples had been inhabiting this magnificent land centuries before the European settlers arrived).
When I think of Canada, I think of the herons and lakes and cross-country skiing; of cold water and huge maple trees. And I think of family. Here’s some personal photos that capture my love of country and family.
a favorite photo of my dad and my nieces – pretending to be asleep under the maple leaf blanket
My nephew ice fishing
Loons on the lake
Another loon on the lake
Happy Canada Day and cheers to the true north, strong and free!
For years now, one of my favorite online resources for design has been Apartment Therapy. I’m sure many of you know of this excellent site as well. Today I am thrilled to have had one of my bathroom renovations featured in their “before and after” series.
You can check it out here
Private residence in Philadelphia, PA. Image for Mel McDaniel Design use only. Images for press, portfolio, and pr use.
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There are few pieces as entrenched in the Canadian mystique as Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. I grew up not only reading her resplendent novels but also watching the now iconic Kevin Sullivan films, which originally aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1980’s (did I just age myself?). Many an after school hour was spent re-enacting scenes from the books and films. I was amused to learn that a friend who grew up with these same Prince Edward Island stories has since named the plays of his basketball team after characters from the books. Picture a group of 10 year old girls shouting “Rachel Lynd” on the basketball court.
I met the news that Netflix (in conjunction with the CBC) had commissioned the excellent screenwriter Moira Walley Beckett to adapt the books into a new series with more than a bit of hesitation. After glowing reviews from esteemed publications and viewers alike, it seems that my fears can be put to rest. Anne has arrived in strong form for a new generation. The gauzy, romanticized lense through which older adaptations saw Green Gables has been replaced by a slightly harsher view of Anne’s world.
The way I see it, If there ever was a time where the world could use a good dose of Anne’s gumption, now is it. Among its many strengths, the new Anne sees the redheaded orphan as a defiantly positive, intelligent and determined girl in a world where women had barely a place at the table. Add the plight of being an orphan on top of those grim circumstances and the odds were certainly stacked against her. Nowadays one might put it as: “…and yet she persisted.” Whatever version you prefer your Anne, here are some ideas on bringing this kindred spirit into your home.
A lovely watercolor, featuring one of Anne’s most inspiring quotations
A card from my collection of Anne quotations, lovingly made by a dear friend
A quote pack currently available on Etsy
Another piece of Anne art, this one available as a digital download
A photograph of Megan Follows as Anne,
framed for my friend’s baby and displayed with some cute shoes!
What a bosom friend this fictitious heroine has become to so many. Happy binge watching!
It has always amazed me how close you can be to something wonderful and not realize it. Take, for instance, that little gem of a bakery that is on the other side of the street than the side you walk down daily, or the park that you drive by on your way home but is out of view from the road.
I’ve been driving by a place named Bryn Athyn in Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania for years now. Always rushing to a client or back to the office, taking the time to stop never seemed like an option. The other day I stopped. Oh my – what a treat! The overcast day only added mystery to the beauty surrounding me. Here are three of my favorite photos from what turned out to be a very special place.