Saturday, May 16, 2009

Victoria's Day

Queen Victoria 1842

Victoria Day commemorates Queen Victoria's birthday and is always celebrated the Monday before May 24. Today, here in Canada, we are just beginning a three day weekend. The first long weekend of the season and commonly celebrated as the blast-off weekend to summer.

Early on a Friday, people leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, only to hit the hustle and bustle of the highways. Their destination is Cottage Country, for May 2-4 (as we so affectionately call this landmark weekend) is the date marked on our calendars to "open the cottage".

............or, the trailer

"Opening" these summer residences, requires a lot of cleaning to clearout the cobwebs (and mice visits) of the winter months.

Taking a break from all that rug beating, it is always fun to venture into

the closest little town for a spot of lunch.

...and then maybe stroll down to the beach to check out the action

For the younger people, May 2-4 heralds the beginning of summer parties

All too soon, the weekend comes to an end and we return to our everyday lives, looking forward to the next long weekend that is circled on our calendars.

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Safe Victoria Day Weekend


As Seen Thru My Eyes said...

Love these photos, Sue! Thanks for sharing them.
Happy Victoria Day to you!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you a relaxing weekend! ☺

Tristan Robin said...

I didn't know about Victoria's Day! I love that idea ... I wish we had that one instead of Secretary's Day!

Your photos are fabulous! Love the rug beatin' women!

I directed a production of "Psycho Beach Party" a few years ago, which is a parody of "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Marnie" - and I wated that Beach Blanket movie about 20 times. Argh! LOL

Have a nice holiday weekend!

Zan Asha said...

Oh, very sweet. Alas, Queen Victoria isn't big here in the States. Our summer "starts" Memorial Day Weekend, but it seems we all do similar things on our long weekend! :)

Sue said...

Quite often, our Victoria Day weekend and the US's Memorial Day weekend coincide, but this year we are a week ahead of the States.

Tristan, I would have gone bonkers having to watch Beach Blanket Bingo that often. I saw it once when I was little - looking at the clip now, it seems rather surreal (not to mention
cheesy! LOL)

3rdEyeMuse said...

I love the images you choose to illustrate your posts. they always make me smile. happy May 2-4!

Anonymous said...

Love the photos! The cottage picture is Atlantic City near where I grew up, unfortunately that house was gone long before my time. Happy Victoria's Day.

Baroness Bijoutery said...

Sue those pictures are great..Happy Victoria's Day...

Kims Art said...

My kind of Holiday! All of the pictures you found for this post are wonderful. Happy Victoria Day!