Here's wishing all my American blogging friends (you know who you are!) a very happy July 4th tomorrow. To begin the celebrations I thought I would post a few more photographs from my recent holiday in Canada and US.
The North Bridge in Concord is supposedly where the first shot was fired in the War for Independence (the shot heard round the world (Emerson)). Over the bridge (the farmer is in the photo crossing it) is the statue of the Minute Man. It was here that a brief battle took place in 1775. The fight then moved on to nearby Lexington - now such a pretty, peaceful place - here is a photograph of the "village" green.
Philadelphia became the nation's temporary capital in 1790. Today it is a lovely city with wide streets, lots of trees, beautiful buildings and lots of history! And finally I could not do this post without adding the Liberty Bell. That icon of freedom (its voice has never been stilled). It was first heard in 1753 when it stood on top oof the Pennsylvania State House. In 1776 the colonies were proclaimed "Free and Independent States", Thomas Jefferson drafted the declaration and it was adopted on July 4th - the colonies were now sovereign states, well on the way to becoming one nation.
So dear friends - 233 years later - have a fantastic celebration tomorrow. We shall be thinking of you all.