Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Name that Leaf

Do you know what kind of leaf this is? If you said "Maple", you are correct, of course, but you may be surprised to know that not what they're called around here. For any child under the age of five and north of the 49th parallel, this is, ever and always, a

CANADA LEAF.



12 Comments:

Blogger Haley said...

Genuine Maple, or Manitoba Maple? How do you tell the difference? (Some Canadian I am that I can't distinguish a true Canada Leaf from a fake one!)

10/04/2005 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

And a fine specimen of a Canada Leaf it is, too. I feel all patriotic just looking at it.
Q

10/04/2005 01:31:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

"Do you know what kind of leaf this is?"
Dead????
I guess that's what I get for growing up south of the 49th.

10/04/2005 02:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Haley: "Genuine" as in sugar maple? Nooo idea. I think Manitoba maples are less defined, more triangular in shape, and generally smaller. Norway maples are purple-y. And that's my entire store of Maple knowledge.

Q: You almost always make me laugh out loud, you know that? On the blog, anyway. In person, my response is more...diverse! xoxo

Jeff: Dead! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! It is indeed a dead leaf... But Delaware isn't that far south - I bet you've seen a few. No?

10/04/2005 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger The June Cleaver Diaries said...

We have a job interview in London, Ontario next week. I'd better teach my kid the proper name for a maple leaf.

10/04/2005 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

So Not Martha: Oh, London is a beautiful little city! I lived there for a year when I was in teacher's college, many moons ago, but I'll bet the river and the university campus are still just as lovely.

10/04/2005 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

It's looking more and more as though we should emigrate. I have family in Toronto, very old family friends in Cheltenham, Ontario (so cute when we were living in Cheltenham, England!) and of course silentmum and precious god-daughter in Alberta. And I think I even have a couple of distant cousins in Quebec.

And I do know to stay off the maple candy - talk about a sugar rush! That stuff should come with a warning! :-)

CQ

10/04/2005 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

CQ: It's a gorgeous country - but the winters are COLD, cold like you just don't get over there! Day after day after day... However, it's not nearly as damp, which does make it more bearable. It's also very big. If you lived in Toronto, you'd be in the same country as silentmum, yes, but you'll still probably choose to fly to visit!

I agree with you about the candy: much too sweet! My teeth itch just thinking about it. I do love maple syrup poured over melted butter, though, on the rare occasions I bother making pancakes. Yum...

10/04/2005 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

We have just had news of the first snowfall in Calgary - silentmum was outraged! :-)

Luckily it seems to have passed now :-)

And the UK have just had a Severe Winter Warning from the Met Office - snow and lots of it.

CQ

10/04/2005 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous joliesonline.com said...

My (almost 5 year old) daughter was just talking about Canada today (we live in Detroit), so it is funny that I should stumble on your blog. I told her all about the "canada Leaf".
Great blog!

10/04/2005 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Meantime, we in Ontario have been having astonishingly warm weather. Twenty-seven degrees this afternoon, absolutely unheard of!

Do I recall that last winter you were getting temperatures that consituted typical Canadian winter temps, come to that - thirty below (C)? Or is that my imagination?

10/04/2005 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Jolie: You must have posted your comment while I was responding to craziequeen. Welcome! A new name in the comment box - how exciting! Glad you found something to share with your daughter, too.

10/04/2005 06:52:00 PM  

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