Sunday, May 19, 2019


Tomorrow I'll be breaking from this series for a Victoria Day post, but will be back to it on Tuesday. Here we have more views of tulip beds.

More information panels in the park examine the bond between Canada and the Netherlands, including this one featuring Crown Princess Juliana and her daughters- including Margriet, born here in Ottawa during the war.

Another panel features this panorama from the Netherlands.

I noticed this set of Shetland sheepdogs together, watching their human. The Shelties were tethered to the backpack in the shot.

Then I returned to the tulip beds.

This car was parked outside of a pavilion area, which will turn up in a post after the weekend.

More of the panels. During her time in Ottawa, Crown Princess Juliana was busy working on behalf of her people, all while raising her daughters at a home in Rockcliffe Park. Her husband, Prince Bernhard, would visit as often as possible, working with his mother-in-law Queen Wilhelmina out of Britain on the efforts to aid the Dutch resistance. 

Princess Margriet was born here during those years at the Civic Hospital. The government of the time passed a law designating the maternity suite extraterritorial, thus preserving the princess's royal status. This portrait of mother and daughters was taken by Yousuf Karsh, who operated out of Ottawa throughout his career and was by then well known. We'll see more of Karsh's work in the next post in the series on Tuesday.


  1. How interesting ! Didn't know that Juliana was in Canada during the war and I bet my Dutch DIL doesn't know it either ! She was a good Queen later.

  2. The Shetland sheepdogs are also very popular in Finland.
    Happy Sunday, William!

  3. Juliana was a good queen, I have a great respect for her!
    Have a nice Sunday!

  4. ...a departed friend of mine had Shelties, I rarely see there these days!

  5. That is an interesting royal story. The flowers are getting better and better.

  6. Such a wonderfully kept history including the royal visit, the tulips are amazing but today my favourite are the Shellie’s, aren’t they beauties!

  7. Just catching up. Three posts of tulip beds is a pleasant enough thing to look at on a wet Sunday morning.

  8. Beautiful post and those shelties are adorable. They have always been my favorite. Your header is stunning, William.

  9. Wonderful post, William, the Shetland sheepdogs and the old car are nice surprises.

  10. Made me smile to see the three gorgeous dogs tethered to the backpack William. Interesting the ties with the Dutch Royal family 🌷

  11. Love that connection between Canada and the Netherlands.

  12. @Gattina: it was deemed safe territory.

    @Italiafinlandia: they were cute.

    @David: they are.

    @Ella: me too.

    @Tom: I haven't known anyone with them.

    @Joan: more to come.

    @Laurie: they are.

    @John: thanks!

    @Sandi: lots!

    @Anvilcloud: it is.

    @Deb: thank you.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Grace: me too.

  13. An interesting post...not just your everyday tulip showing at all!

  14. Hello, the Shelties are cute dogs. Love the tulips. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day. Wishing you a great new week ahead.

  15. I will be interested in the car. The Dutch relationship has remained strong.

  16. Now I see why you have tulips in Canada :)
    That car is a beauty.
    Have a lovely Sunday William.

  17. I have enjoyed seeing the lovely tulips again this year, William. I wondered how those shelties could remain still only being tethered to a backpack. I will look forward to an upcoming post about that vintage auto.

  18. The tulips, of course are beautiful but those shelties are adorable.

  19. Those Shelties are very handsome dogs. And I love the information about the Royals. Thank you. :-)

  20. Awesome car! ~ Great photos ~ love the Shelties!

    Happy Day To You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. The connection between Canada and the Netherlands has always been a strong one. Nice to see it here William.

  22. Many thanks for the information and lovely photographs.
    Such a great selection … so much to see :)

    All the best Jan

  23. @Marie: so do I.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Barbara: definitely not!

    @Eileen: they were adorable.

    @Red: oh, I should have phrased it differently. I meant what was inside the pavilion.

    @Sami: thank you.

    @Beatrice: they were good doggies.

    @Sharon: very much so.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Marleen: thanks!

    @Jan: thank you.

  24. Such a lovely time of year in Ottawa!

  25. What wonderful and interesting post today.

  26. Tulips and shelties. A great mix. Tweeted.

  27. there is a lot of history involved with those tulips.

  28. In addition to being beautiful it's nice that the tulips have a special back story, too.

  29. The flowers, of course, are gorgeous. But they do such a nice job with their written displays, too.

  30. @Bill: that they are.

    @RedPat: definitely.

    @Liberty Belle: I agree.

    @Parsnip: thank you!

    @Joanne: I think so too.

  31. @Mari: thank you.

    @Gill: there is.

    @Sallie: very much so.

    @Kay: I agree with that.

    @Jennifer: it is, yes.

    @Jeanie: definitely.