|This is the kind of taxi we won't be using anymore|
|I really like this kind of bus, it's awesome|
|I don't really like this kind, I can't see out the windows|
|The black rubber is the bottom of the window|
|I can see out the window|
|There's loads of room for us, plus several more people in the big bus.|
Last weekend was a busy one, Saturday we went to PetSmart to get some toys and a special surprise.
|You see that green toy, Sunki had one like that, that's why daddy won't let me have it near water|
|Don't worry we got a toy for Chewie too|
|This is what happens when that green toy gets in water, it turns the water into toxic waste|
|Daddy got us a new kind of hay to try|
|This is the surprise daddy had, a picture with an Easter Bunny|
The very next day April 9th was a very important date in history both military and Canadian. 100 years ago the first world war was at a stalemate, both sides had dug in and thousands of miles of trenches had been dug across the French countryside. The Germans had dug in and fortified a ridge in northern France near the town of Vimy. Vimy Ridge was a thorn in the sides of the allies, both the French and British had tried to take it, and both suffered more then 100,000 casualties in the failed attempts. The allied commanders tasked the Canadians to take the ridge, what would be different? The Canadians would use planning, advanced intelligence gathering, and new combat techniques. The Canadians used aerial photography to make new maps of the trenches, they use those maps to make exact scale models of the battlefield, every single man would know the battle plan, from the lowliest infantryman to the highest ranking general.
The artillery launched a nonstop bombardment for weeks in advance of the battle, at 5:30am on April 9th 1917 15,000 Canadian troops (the first time all four Canadian divisions had fought together), went over the top. A creeping artillery barage preceded the infantry. On April 12th, three days later, the Canadian's had taken all of their objectives and taken the heavily fortified ridge. However they suffered heavy losses 10,000 plus killed or wounded.
|In my tartan vest|
|This is a Maxim machine gun that was used by the allies|
|This is also a Maxim machine gun, only this one was used by the Germans|
|The entrance to Fort York|
|Poppies grew wild in France and thrived on the battlefields because they love to grow in chalk.|
|This is a Casualty Clearance Center, a first-aid station|
|Aid stations used triage, sorting the wounded based on severity of their injuries. Triage is still used today in modern hospitals, which is why someone gets taken in before you, even though you arrived first.|
|WW1 was the first war where motorized vehicles were used alongside horses|
|Horses gave way to horsepower|
|Now horses are used more in a ceremonial roll|
Tomorrow me and daddy are going to my Granty Flo's place to watch movies, then on Sunday we are going to watch an Easter parade, hopefully they'll have better looking Easter Bunnies then PetSmart.