Friday, 3 July 2009

Happy Fourth of July!
















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.

18 comments:

steven said...

well weaver, if i were a crow and flew directly south of where i am sitting, it would be about sixty miles to the united states. through my travels (bloggy and otherwise) i have met many americans. they are good people, living in a lovely country.
i was struck by the nonchalant pose of the security guard next to the liberty bell!! have a peaceful day.
steven

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Thank you!!
We are all headed to a sunflower festival tomorrow. We can pick all the sunflowers we desire!

Wishing you a lovely weekend, too!!

Jane Moxey said...

The US is still such a young country. I think Americans are generous of heart and spirit and really mean well in all they do. Thanks for your good wishes. There will be hot dogs and fireworks a-plenty coast to coast, I'm sure. Let Freedom Ring everywhere in the world!

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Thank you so much, Weaver, for this kind and lovely post. Though it's looking like rain here tomorrow, both day and evening, that will only dampen the surroundings…not the spirit of our celebration. The joy of freedom can never be rained out!

If only all the world were free…wouldn't THAT be something to celebrate!

Heather said...

A nice idea Weaver - I wonder if their new President will be able to bring freedom to other countries.

Reader Wil said...

There are a lot of celebrations in July: Canada, the USA, France! So let all the flags fly.

Cloudia said...

Thank you for this lovely post and your generous wishes. It is a special relationship indeed between mother Britian and her former colonies. And Canada Day this week too!

I appreciate seeing my home town of Philadelphia and remembering early school trips to see and touch the Liberty Bell.

And Hawaii flys the Union Jack on our State flag; yes, a special friendship my dear Brit, my dear blogging friend, my Sistah ;-)
Aloha

Comfort Spiral

Leilani Lee said...

Thanks for your well wishes. The National Public Radio station has had a tradition for many years of reading Declaration of Independence on the morning of July 4, with many well-known voices taking part. I am glad that our two countries are no longer at war with each other!

willow said...

I was wondering if you were able to visit the historic sights in Philadelphia. It is one of my favorite cities and I'm particularly fond of the Rittenhouse area.

Thank you for the good wishes! We are hoping the rain will pass us up for our local fireworks display tomorrow night.

FireLight said...

Yes, thank you Weaver for sharing in this celebration. The Declaration is actually a very emotional document. Following that patttern from public radio, I always have my students in American Literature read it (with great dramatic direction from their crazy teacher) in voices. There are always a few kids with tears in their eyes who confess they did not realize how powerful the closing lines were!
And yes, I echo others here in wishing freedom and liberty for all who seek it. And as always, God's blessings be with all soldiers from every country who serve that cause.

Derrick said...

Hello Weaver,

Nice photographs of and sentiments for our American cousins. Are you rustling up a celebration of your own?

I shall look forward to seeing your second ten minute collage!

Mistlethrush said...

Good to a photo of the farmer

Arija said...

Weaver dear, I have left yu a little something on my blog if you care for it.

Phoenix said...

Independence is such a great gift we have..!

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

Thanks Dear! I hope that everyone everywhere (not just here in the USA) raises their flags high!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks everyone - hope you all had a jolly enjoyable July 4th and didn't eat and drink too much!

BT said...

Super post Weaver. That liberty bell is huge, isn't it? Love the photo of the farmer strolling across the bridge and that lovely 'village' green.

Woman in a Window said...

Never tire of travel photos. Only wish I could travel more myself. Hope your weekend was lovely too.