This is the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada. This is the weekend Canadians come out of their houses after a long hard winter to enjoy life outside. Deciduous trees are beginning to leaf out. Brown is turning to green. It was 80° F today. It was windy. The farmers were beginning to complain it is too dry. Cottages will be opened tomorrow. Boats will be launched. Everyone will heave a sigh of relief and say, "Thank God winter is over." Gardens will be planted. Green houses will do a huge business. Barbecues will be fired up. Steaks will be cooked. Beer will be drunk. Summer will begin June 21st. That day — next month — will be the longest day of the year. Then, the very next day, we in the northern hemisphere, all of us, even Americans, will start the long downward slide toward winter.
The image above depicts Victoria when she was young and the British Empire was ne plus ultra.
This is a big weekend in Canada. BIG!