Officially, Canada's summer starts this weekend - the Victoria Day Weekend.
Queen Victoria, bless her heart, knew how desperately Canadians needed a three day weekend after the long winter. Of course, she wasn't born in May but giving the people a long weekend is a good enough reason to change the Queen's date of birth to a warmer time of year. Royalty has the power to do these things and Canadians have been thankful ever since.
Affectionately, the weekend is known as the 'May 24'. Way back when, the '24' stood for the date given to officially represent the Queen's birthday. In our times though, the '24' has come to represent the 24 bottles in a case of beer -the park and patio drink of choice for many Canadians this weekend.
My 'May 24' starts today with a trip to Stratford. I'm meeting up with family, including my soon-to-be 90 year old Dad and his 'lady friend', for a picnic along the Avon and a matinee of Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate.
It would have been great to be able to sling 'Sit Com Cardi' over my shoulders to ward off any chill. I tried. The great join has been passed. but I'm a long way from the cast off.
Visiting, watching the play and knitting are how I intend to spend my weekend. However you spend your 'May 24', "Have a great one!"