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Posted on December 3rd, 2009 by Angela in Canada

I just love this post on about Canadians.



Go there and you will find some other interesting and fun facts about us. Some of them are even true. Like the fact that all Canadian women look like this:

Yep. it's true - except that it'snot often apparant 'cos of all the layers of extreme winter outerwear we have to wear to survive the winter.

Yep. it's true - except that it's not often as apparent as in this particular picture 'cos of all the layers of extreme, insulated outerwear we have to wear to survive the winter.

Okay so we Canadians have proven can laugh at ourselves.

What stereotypical images do you have of Canadians eh?

Go! Smell the Nectar.

Posted on October 2nd, 2009 by Angela in Canada

I came across this photograph I took in July.beeandbluebelljuly

Any idea how many shots it took me to catch the bee just about to enter the bluebell for a slurp of nectar?

Let’s just say the mosquitoes feasted and I suffered for my art!

Smell those hornets…..

Posted on September 10th, 2009 by Angela in Canada

Hello from Canada.

Look at this lovely abode for hornets I discovered in my back yard yesterday.hornetsnestandgardenpics 009

As much as I abhor hornets (or more precisely their tendency to sting) I have to admire their engineering skills.

What amazes me even more is the fact that, although having brushed past this little apple tree all summer, we did not notice the nest until yesterday. Thank goodness we didn’t disturb it by accident.

The quandary now is how are we going to pick the apples without disturbing the nest? I hate to destroy it – after all the poor things are going to be little ice-sculptures soon thanks to our winter climate. It’d be cool to keep the nest once that happens though!

Does anyone else have less than welcome residents in their yards?

The Flowers smell sweeter here.

Posted on May 3rd, 2009 by Angela in Canada

Hi everyone.

I am brand new to GSTF and wanted to introduce myself with my first post here. I am excited to be a part of this community and look forward to meeting lots of new friends and fellow bloggers around the world. I host a blog called  ‘once a fortnight’ in case you were interested.

I got thinking about the name of this group – Go Smell the Flowers. Living here in southern Manitoba, Canada, and I honestly think the flowers smell sweeter here than anywhere else in the world, just because we wait so long through our cold, snowy winters to get a whiff.


angela_in_canadaWhen I first came to this country winter was a bit of a shock, and at first I could not understand why everyone asks “How was your winter” in the spring. But now I understand.

We live two different lives in Manitoba; our winter ones and our summer ones. They involve different activities and sometimes even different groups of friends: like the rink friends and the lake friends.

No wonder we take all the time we can during our glorious summers to smell the flowers. I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you all flower people and wondered if any of you have ever visited Canada?

Let me know, Thanks Angela!

Go! Smell My Life: Part Two

Posted on November 23rd, 2008 by taylorblue

In Part One, I talked about how my daughter might have PTSD. Here in Canada things must be different than other places because it’s so hard to get help for this sort of thing. Here is a bit of background on why she is having so many problems.

When we left for the woman’s shelter that night my daughter couldn’t talk. She was 2 1/2 years old and couldn’t say but three words; mama, dada and diddy. She used diddy for everthing else she wanted to say. Within two weeks of leaving she had her whole vocabulary back. She was just holding back on us, I suppose. Or she didn’t feel it was safe.

Because of the abuse she suffered from my ex they say she is mentally two years younger. When you are abused you stop growing and kick into survival mode.

So now that she is the age she is (she’ll be 13 in January), I wonder if she is bi-polar. It also could be puberty kicking in too. This girls emotions flip on a dime. But to figure this all out you need to experiment. The first experiment is taking off her current ADHD medication. I have never agreed with her taking them to begin with. I have got into a lot of discussions with other parents about it to. They say she can focus better in school, so who am I to mess that up, so I keep her on the meds. The side affects are horrible though, she cries all the time, she never sleeps and she never eats. She is tiny like I used to be and needs all the extra weight she can get.

Dealing with her this week has been a huge battle but I have to keep my eye on the big picture., in order to find out the problem, we need to try different things. I guess until then I will have to bite my tongue and stay exhausted.

We do have a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday to discuss the results of the test. I will keep you updated.

(Again the picture was taken this summer when I went to the Calgary Zoo, the lemur was behind a waterfall and I couldn’t resist.)

What is something you wish you could do to improve your health?

Go! Smell Remembrance Day

Posted on November 10th, 2008 by taylorblue

November 11th (besides being the day before my son’s birthday) is Remembrance Day in Canada. I remember growing up as a kid I would really think about this day. Both of my grandfather’s would tell me their stories of the war…and even though they were so different I couldn’t help but hear the stories over and over. We used to have to go to school that day and it wasn’t a holiday like it is now. We would have an assembly where they would play a trumpet and we would say the poem In Flander’s Fields (by Lt.-Col. John McCrae). It’s funny how after all these years I can still say it off by heart.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Tomorrow, Remembrance Day will take on a whole new meaning for me. My brother left for Afghanistan in September. I think about him every moment of the day wondering if he’ll be alright. I don’t like listening to the news because I don’t want to hear how another Canadian soldier has been killed and hold my breath until I find out it’s not my brother.

I thank all the people who fight in the war to protect me. I thank the families that wait for their loved ones to come home. I thank God that my country is free.

What do you think you should remember more often but don’t???

Go Smell The Canadian Election!

Posted on October 5th, 2008 by taylorblue

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper photo credit

Here in Canada we are in the midst of an election. We only found out last month that this was happening. The day we go to the polls is October 14. And last Thursday, the same day as the Vice-President debate in the States, here in Canada we had our debate. There was one held earlier on in the week in French, and I didn’t catch much of that one. The one in English was quite entertaining. I had thought I chose who I wanted to vote for. But things change sometimes…

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GO! Meet Ed Gajdel!

Posted on August 12th, 2008 by Jim

Meet Ed Gajdel - one of the finest and highly acclaimed photographers in the world who we recently met in Toronto. Check his inspiring work out and you’re sure to spot a few familiar faces. He recently submitted one of his photographs in recognition of becoming a flower smeller:

We’ll be adding him to the flower smeller gallery we’re building up after awarding him the badge at the end of July. Maybe you know more flower smellers? Just let us know and pass it on!


When do you let your heart lead your sight? Do tell!

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