At our Auberge in Havre Aubert, they had imported an Italian white wine made by Stefanini Ficelle which produces a Soave in the Veneto region, West of Venice, nice, dry, pleasant, really enjoyed this Italian wine, perfect for fish or seafood or vegetarian dishes.
Then for coffee, I like a good espresso and sometimes I will ask for a Macchiato which comes from the Italian verb Macchiare meaning spotted or stained. The waiter asked me if I wanted my macchiato in the Italian fashion or in the Quebec fashion. I knew exactly what he meant, Quebec fashion would have more milk than in the Italian fashion which is just stained with milk, also did I want a longo or corto. These little details help make your meal so much more enjoyable. The Iles de la Madeleine are known to have the best fresh water in all of Quebec, which is very important when making an espresso. We cannot say that of Charlottetown where the water often smells of javex.
So this past weekend was the celebration of the Platinum Jubilee 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II. The whole thing over 3 days was well done and enjoyable. I thought that Prince Louis at 4 years of age was quite the mischievous one, his mother Princess Catherine had her hands full, his brother George and sister Charlotte who are older were more quiet. Love the Paddington Bear and the Queen having tea, whoever thought up this one did a superb job.
Finally today got my second booster shot, so now I have received 4 shots total against Covid. So if this does not do it, nothing will.
Today Sunday 6 February 2022 is the 70th Anniversary of the accession to the Throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was woken on the morning by her husband Prince Philip who had been informed by a Aide of the death during the night of HM King George VI, her father. The Official Trip in Africa and Australia was cancelled and the return to London was arranged. In the meantime Palace Protocol had sent a plane with mourning clothes for the new Queen and since they had to stop on the way in Malta, this is where the Aides where waiting. This way upon arrival in London stepping off the plane the Queen would be in full mourning black dress. She was 25 years old and this photo shows HM at arrival in London. HM did say that Accesssion Day was never a happy day for her, she loved and was close to her father the King and had looked up to him as an advisor for her future role. I cannot imagine that today would be despite this milestone, a happy day now that Prince Philip is also gone. Though the announcement last night that it was her sincere wish that Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall would assume the title of Queen Consort when in due time Prince Charles becomes King. This is the pragmatic side of Queen Elizabeth to ensure smooth passage from one era to another.
6 February 1952, London
Yesterday we went to the Club and had a great time, we usually drive the 4 blocks but last night with the drifting snow and the streets no cleaned, we decided to walk it. Some member who live across the river in Keppoch, had to drive but they said it was easy, little to no cars on the road. There was a nice fire in the Lounge and we had drinks and someone ordered pizza. Good conversation, we avoided talking about the circus in Ottawa which is in its 9 day. It is all too depressing, it does expose some weakness in our system. The Prime Minister cannot order the army in and he cannot order the police to act. Neither can the Mayor or the Premier of Ontario. It is all up to the police to take action, in this case mistakes were made at the beginning, no one believed that the protest would turn into a hostage situation and an occupation of the Capital. Now the Chief of Police, Sloly admits that the Ottawa Police Force is completely under resourced and unprepared for such action. So in order to resolve this situation the Premier of Ontario Doug Ford (Conservative) would have to call the Prime Minister and demand officially the intervention of the RCMP and of the Army, but Doug will not do it, he hates Trudeau and is happy to look the other way. The Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson who is a decent fellow, is retiring and he has no power to act. In the meantime the resident of the neighbourhood around Parliament Hill launched a class action Lawsuit against the 3 leaders of this demonstration. GoFundMe has now refused to release any money, however the protest organizers have launched a new funding initiative through a Christian Fund raising company associated to Trump.
The demands of this protest group cannot and will not be met, that is pretty clear. One demand is that the Governor General dismiss the Prime Minister and Parliament, something our GG cannot do under the Constitution, she has no such powers. The other demand is that the GG rule Canada with the 3 leader of the protest. Hello what kind of lunacy is this? Another demand is that the Police and the Army join the protest? Really, how? The protester claim that if the police do not join them, they are betraying their Oath of Office to the Constitution, the big problem here is that the Oath of Office is to HM the Queen and the Royal Family, not the Constitution, for the last time Canada is a KINGDOM not a Republic. I know I took that Oath of Office. As for the Health Mandates and Vaccination this is strictly a Provincial Matter, the Federal Government has No jurisdiction in any of this, go see your Premier in your Province.
In the Meantime from the 4th to the 13 February, it is time for the Quebec Carnaval. The largest and oldest winter carnival in the world is a must-see event that attracts thousands of visitors each year. For this 68th edition, the Québec Winter Carnival brings back its festive hub in the heart of the city. Bonhomme will also liven up all corners of the city with his finest snow and ice sculptures. The Ice Palace and the parade and all the other events, it is truly wonderful, if a bit cold.
Telling the stories of the history of the port of Charlottetown and the marine heritage of Northumberland Strait on Canada's East Coast. Winner of the Heritage Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation and a Heritage Preservation Award from the City of Charlottetown