PhotoHunt: Orange

This week’s PhotoHunt theme is “Orange”.

For most of the last 150 years, Orange Lodges had been a fixture in most Canadian communities and were the most prominent political and social organization. The first Orange lodge was founded in 1830, in Brockville, Ontario by Ogle Robert Gowan.

On early maps of Ontario, aside from churches and post offices, the Orange Lodges were marked. Since I spend a lot of time driving around the countryside, I often see buildings which I suspect may be former Orange Lodges. This was the first one I identified. It is disused and was moved from it’s former location some properties away.

Apparently, despite the date of 1888 on the marker on the building, Loyal Orange Lodge No. 69 of Mansfield received its official warrant from the Grand Lodge of British America of Kingston and Brockville in 1847 but the lodge was in existence before this official recognition. Presumably, the 1888 is the date of this building. The Mansfield Orange Lodge was the social centre of community activities in the Mansfield area, namely the area of the sixth, seventh and eighth concessions of Goulbourn between current-day regional road five and the Munster Sideroad.

Loyal Orange Lodge #69, Mansfield, ON, 1888

When we moved, we had to leave behind our beautiful, well-established honeysuckle. A few weeks ago, the chair of the Landscaping dug it up and took it into her yard. I was so mad because it probably won’t survive the move. I bought a pink one. I can only hope it does as well as my orange one did.


Perhaps my favourite annual is Nasturtium. Not only is it bold and beautiful, it is also versatile. It is a lovely addition to salads. The leaves are hot and spicy and the flowers sweet.



  1. Lorna said,

    August 16, 2010 at 7:04 am

    lovely flowers, good history. Worth the trip.

  2. carolina mts said,

    August 16, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Neat info on the lodges. Great flower shots.

  3. August 15, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I love your pics! And thanks for stopping by my blog. =^..^=

  4. julie said,

    August 15, 2010 at 6:42 am

    great entries, the flowers are lovely 🙂 the building is awesome for surviving all these years 🙂

  5. Mama Zen said,

    August 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    That honeysuckle is gorgeous. I would have hated to leave it behind, too.

  6. Frances said,

    August 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Okay, now what I want to know – and I will google this – is why they picked orange?
    Maybe orange was Ogle’s favorite color or perhaps he had a bucket of orange paint handy or perhaps the first building they moved in already had orange trim…
    Your honeysuckle photo is so pretty – I can practically smell them.
    Thanks for sharing

    • mudhooks said,

      August 15, 2010 at 1:57 am

      The Irish Protestants are represented by orange and Catholics are green (hence, orange and green for the Irish flag). Protestants are called Orangemen. The Irish Protestant settlers brought with them their organizations and the Orange Lodge was part of that tradition. Catholics probably had their own organizations but since Upper Canada (the part of Canada upriver on the St. Lawrence River) was predominately Protestant, we see more of the Protestant tradition.

      The Orange Lodge wasn’t (and isn’t) solely an Irish thing. Here, in Canada, it became a political/cultural organization and welcomed anyone who was United Empire Loyalists. Since Mohawks from Southern Ontario were supporters of the British during the Revolutionary War and the wars of 1812 and 1837, there is an Orange Lodge on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, near Brantford, Ontario and at Tyendinaga Reserve, near Belleville.

      The first Six Nations lodge was established in 1830, during Joseph Brant’s lifetime (Joseph Brant was the chief of the Six nations and leader of the Mohawks who fought alongside the British during the Revolutionary War) and one in 1840. There are a number of Orange lodges in communities around Six Nations (one source says “more than a dozen in Ontario”). I am not sure how many of them are. In the 1890s, The Progressive Warriors was a political organization, members of which were Protestant, and Orange Lodge Members.

  7. marta said,

    August 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Interesting about the Orange Lodges. Definitely a bit of unique Canadian information.

  8. Stephani said,

    August 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    This info about the lodge is quite interesting and I love any old buildidng especially when you can figure out the history. Orange is such a great color especially on flowers. Happy hunting!

  9. Carver said,

    August 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Very interesting information and shots of the orange lodge. Nasturtiums are a favorite of mine too and I love to put their blossoms in salads for that slightly peppery taste. The orange honeysuckle are lovely.

  10. Annie said,

    August 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    The lodges are very interesting. Good luck with your new honeysuckle. I love nasturtiums but haven’t had any luck growing them. Wonderful “orange” collection!

  11. Lilian said,

    August 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I love the shot taken when it was snowing! Lovely.

  12. August 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    So fun to see another version of LOL out there. For years I couldn’t understand why people were saying “Little Old Lady” so often. . .

    Nasturtiums are a wonderful flower! I love the color, and the flowers make a wonderful peppery and pretty garnish for salads too.

  13. August 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    what a great history lesson and I love, love, love the first photo. Very engaging post. Happy Saturday.

  14. Marites said,

    August 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    interesting bit of info and those flowers..they’re just beautiful!

  15. August 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    what an interesting post and great shots for the theme.

  16. Sue St Clair said,

    August 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Fascinating post! I like your take on it with the “orange lodge” that was very creative and an interesting read to boot 🙂

  17. August 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    An interesting post! The old Orange Lodge photo is fascinating!

  18. August 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Beautiful photos of the flowers, honeysuckle and nasturtium. I did not know that you could use nasturtiums in salad.
    I was wondering if anyone would have a take on Orange meaning something other than the colour. Your post is the first. Was it snowing when you took the pictures of the Orange lodge? ( I find winter to be a hard time of year for photography. It is so easy in summer though!) Cute little house.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Weekend!

    Anna’s PH-Orange

    • mudhooks said,

      August 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks. Yes, it was snowing. I don’t find winter any worse than any other time of year… except that when it is minus 30c and you have a metal cased camera and aren’t wearing cloves, it can be a little nippy.

  19. August 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Ooh the flowers are so beautiful! I can’t say I have ver been inside and orange lodge// but then my family is catholic and from SW Ireland!

    • mudhooks said,

      August 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm

      Neither have I. I’m more interested in their historical context.

  20. azahar said,

    August 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Wow, I’ve never seen orange honeysuckles before – lovely!

    The LOL house is cool too. 🙂

  21. Criz Lai said,

    August 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I love the taste of honeysuckles. Nice cooling effects for the body. 🙂

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