Thursday, July 1, 2010

Canada Day

William Hamilton Allan built his homestead NE of Nanton, Alberta in May 1904. Today, his grandson, James Coutts, keeps this beautiful property, it's buildings and gardens with dedicated care. Jim is, among many things, a patron of the arts. He has given almost 200 works from his collections to The University of Lethbridge. Today, one of mine was purchased to join his donation.

I had the pleasure of joining Jim, mutual friends and his guest, Patrick Gossage, in a lovely luncheon.

Between courses we all stepped outside to sing Oh Canada accompanied by Annie Froese's husband, Herb, on his trumpet.

Afterwards, we toured the grounds and their secluded rest spots under and between the trees. We admired decomposing willow chairs, outdoor art, flowers and native grasses which make up the extensive gardens. Below we are in Jim's studio/guest house.

Open gates were very inviting and my senses were stimulated.

Quite a spectacular way to spend Canada Day, wouldn't you say?

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