October 12th is National Gumbo Day!

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Five Food Facts about Gumbo:

  1. Gumbo is the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana.
  2. There are several different varieties of gumbo based on the type of thickener used to create the dish.
  3. Creole gumbo contains shellfish and tomatoes whereas Cajun gumbo is generally spicier with shellfish or chicken.
  4. Gumbo may have flavors rooted in Native American, African, Caribbean, Spanish, and French cuisines.
  5. No one is certain behind the dish’s origin; the oldest mention is by French explorer C.C. Robin on the Acadian coast in 1803.

Other events:

–Florida: Farmer’s Day
–St. Edwin, patron of tramps and parents of large families.

Today’s Food History

  • 1492 Columbus Day. Christopher Columbus arrived at the Bahamas
  • 1810 The first Oktoberfest is celebrated in Munich. Oktoberfest originated as a horse race to celebrate the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria (later King Louis I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Today it is a 2 week…

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Thursday Doors – October 12, 2017

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button below. 

Habitat 67 – Montréal

Okay folks I will be the first to admit that this post is going to be a little sparse on doors and that among the doors included this week, 0% of them are sexy 😀

However, this post does contain some fascinating history and one of the most original and iconic pieces of Montréal architecture ever produced.

But first a little backstory:

In 1967 as part of the celebrations for Canada’s centennial, Montréal was chosen to host the World’s Fair.

Opening in April, Expo 67 was…

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Thursday photo prompt – Tower – #writephoto

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Every Thursday at noon GMT, I publish one of my photos as a writing prompt. Ifyou know where the photograph was taken… please keep it to yourself until the challenge is over 🙂

Throughout the week I will feature a number of the responses here on the Daily Echo as space allows. Every week, a full round-up of posts will be published linking back to the original posts of contributors.

You can find all last week’s entries in the weekly round-up. Please visit and read the stories and poems and explore the sites of their writers. I feature as many contributions as I can on the blog during the week, but given the volume of contributions that may not be all of them!

Use the image below as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon (GMT)  Wednesday 18th…

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Walking The Marsh, Spoonbills


Finding a flock of Spoonbills is always exciting. And then you quickly need to figure out what to do about the photograph. It’s so much easier to capture just one.

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Get a large flock and you either can’t get them all together or have to cut the images in spots that ruin it.

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This was just the right size and they didn’t bunch together.

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