May 23, 2011

May Long Weekend Wrap-Up

"The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them."
~ Victoria.  Queen and cool chick.

This weekend has been May Long Weekend or Victoria Day Weekend in Canada.  This is the official kickoff to Summer and the "safe date" for vegetable planting here in Southern British Columbia. 

Victoria Day is the Monday on or before May 24th when we honour Queen Victoria's birthday (and also the celebration of the reigning Queen Elizabeth's birthday.)  Locally, it's more of a first-party weekend of the Summer, and less of a celebration of the monarchy.

On Saturday I went to our local farmers market and then headed out for some shopping.  I didn't get a Farmers Market Saturday post up (my excuse is that I was too busy watching for raptured people floating by) so here is a bit of info I like to post each year about finding a market in your area:

I like to find sites that let people track down a farmers market locally.  This site Farmers Market Online, lists open-air markets found in North America.  It's not complete by any means, but gives a good idea of markets in your Province/State.  You can also search for local markets online by your city, or check with your local tourist bureau.

Yesterday I took my mom to the garden center for her yearly Mother's Day gift of plants.  We had so much fun wandering the greenhouses and garden trails.  I even came home with some lovely plants for myself.  I'll post the pictures tomorrow when I get them downloaded.  The picture at the top of this post is just a teaser!

Today is a nice, mellow holiday Monday.  I need to finish planting my tomatoes and peppers, and then a friend is going to give my insanely long hair a good Summer trim.  I think potato salad is on the menu tonight, with green onions and radishes from the garden, and eggs from my friend's chickens down the road.  Then, I'm off to watch the Hangover 2, for a good laugh to end the day.

Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend!


Robin Larkspur said...

Yum, potato salad. Wishing you a super garden, that will bring you a bountiful harvest. I love your Queen Victoria quote!!

Wizardess said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday! Cheers from the Wizardess.

TMC said...

sounds like a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Your weekend sounds simply divine...thanks for sharing :o))

the wild magnolia said...

Thanks for the "Farmer's Market Online".

Sounds like you are into the swing of summer.

Wishing you a happy week.

Tamara said...

I love your quote from the Queen. :) Have fun finishing your tomatos and peppers.

Mina said...

Thank you so much for your sweet well wishes. It means so much.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yeah, Queen Victoria kicked ass. If she lived today, she'd be a biker chick. With a big "Prince Albert Forever" tramp stamp tattoo.