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Fourth of July 2020 — Jul 4, 2020

Fourth of July 2020

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends! With the current political climate in the United States, it’s more important than ever to never forget the words of your founding fathers and the promises your country was built on – the promises of freedom and equality for all. I also support our American allies in their resistance against tyranny and the hope that the nation will emerge from this crisis stronger and even more hopeful. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Happy 4th of July

Canada Day 2020 — Jul 1, 2020

Canada Day 2020

(IAMP/PC) Canada Day 2020
(IAMP/PC) Canada Day 2020

It’s Canada Day again! Though we may not be able to get together and celebrate it this year as we did before, the feeling of pride can be felt in homes all over the country. To celebrate the day, I’ve created some special fan art of Canada from Hetalia: Axis Powers and his provinces and territories from the I Am Matthewian Project!

While I usually draw all the provinces and territories together, I very rarely actually draw Canada with them – unless it’s Canada Day, of course, which is today. He even has his “pet” Kumajiro – a white polar teddy bear – with him, which he is often seen carrying around with him in the Hetalia anime and manga. I created the suitably patriotic background by placing the Canadian flag behind everyone and setting it to an opacity of about 60%, so that it adds to the feeling of Canadian pride without being too distracted from the main event – which is Canada and his provinces and territories.

Happy 153rd birthday, Canada! You don’t look a day older. ๐Ÿ˜Š


Canada Day balloons

Truro and Yarmouth – First Anniversary (2020) — Jun 15, 2020

Truro and Yarmouth – First Anniversary (2020)

Truro x Yarmouth - First Wedding Anniversary
Truro x Yarmouth – First Wedding Anniversary

Today is a very special day for Truro and Yarmouth Deuville; it’s the first anniversary of their wedding. Though it’s been a year, it still feels like yesterday that they walked down the aisle, exchanged their vows, and shared their first wedded kiss. (June also happens to be Pride Month – a double celebration for LGBTQ+ couples just like Truro and Yarmouth!) ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

I drew them here in their wedding outfits as a throwback to that happy day, the memories of which are contained in this mini-gallery:

Happy first anniversary, and may you celebrate many more anniversaries in the years to come!


The Great Nova Scotian Easter Egg Hunt (2020) — Apr 12, 2020

The Great Nova Scotian Easter Egg Hunt (2020)

The Great Nova Scotian Easter Egg Hunt

Spring is here, it’s time for the Great Nova Scotian Easter Egg Hunt! ๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿงบ

If you’ve been following my blog for the past couple of years, you may recognize the setting of the egg hunt; it’s the exact same place where Truro and Yarmouth had their wedding party last summer; the same bandstand, the fence, and the hydrangea bushes. Even the entrance arch still has wisteria growing on it, which was planted as part of Truro and Yarmouth’s wedding arch, but of course the buffet table and audio equipment are no longer there. There are, however, eggs of all different colours scattered around the garden, wild daisies popping up, and even a bunny as part of the Easter theme.

Truro & Yarmouth's Wedding Party
Truro & Yarmouth’s Wedding Party

Due to current events surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), epidemic, why not have an Easter egg hunt at home? Simply hide some chocolate eggs in random places around the house (or even around the garden, if you have one), then send your family off on a fun hunt around the home. The results will be just as tasty!

Have a very Happy Easter, and don’t overdo the chocolate! ๐Ÿคฃ


St. Patrick’s Day Around the World — Mar 17, 2020

St. Patrick’s Day Around the World


Although St. Patrick’s Day marks the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, it’s celebrated across the world by everyone of Irish descent. (At one point, the celebrations were bigger outside of Ireland than in it!) The day is mostly celebrated with parades and dressing up in a sea of green, but some places have their own way of “going Irish”.

Totally Irish in London

On St. Patrick’s Day, many world landmarks are illuminated in a green light. This is a rather recent tradition, only being started in 2010, with the Opera House in Sydney and the Auckland Tower being the first to adopt it. The illuminations are part of a campaign by the Irish tourism board for the world to “go green” for St. Patrick’s Day.

Porte des Bombes illuminated in green on Saint Patrick's Day of 2014

Many cities with a river often dye the water green. The most famous “green river” is in Chicago, but many other cities also colour their rivers green, including London. In 2008, during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, the water fountains in Trafalgar Square were dyed green. However, London surprisingly does not have the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in Britain; instead, the parade in Birmingham is said to be the world’s third biggest after Dublin and New York. There are also significant parades in Liverpool, which has the highest population of Irish descent on the British mainland, and in Glasgow, thanks to a large influx of Irish immigrants in the 19th century.

The Chicago River dyed green

2009 St. Patrick's Day festival celebration in Coatbridge, Scotland

St. Patrick’s Day parades are also held in many more places around the world, including some which you wouldn’t expect there to be a lot of Irish expats. Japan has a surprising amount of parades on the day, as does South Korea and Argentina, which has the fifth largest community of Irish immigrants in the world. Despite the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is now a worldwide celebration, not just an Irish celebration, it is only designated as a national holiday in three places around the world: the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Canadian province of Newfoundland, and Ireland itself. The beer brand Guinness is part of a campaign for St. Patrick’s Day to be recognized as a holiday everywhere.

Wherever you are in the world on St. Patrick’s Day, get your craic on!


St. Patrick's Day global

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