Monday 21 May 2018

Happy Victoria Day

    Following her death in 1901, Queen Victoria’s birthday was celebrated on her actual birthday, May 24. That remained so until the early fifties when it was changed to the first Monday preceding May 25. Seems to me they did something similar with the first day of each season. It used to always be on the 21st of the respective month and now it isn’t. This is a conspiracy to further confuse us as we age isn’t it?

      We never travelled over the Victoria Day long weekend but if fireworks are the common connection then the 4th of July marks a similar celebration south of the border. I remember a western US trip that took us through Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 1994.

      We had been driving for nearly a week so we selected a place to stay for a couple of days. We knew nothing of the area but needed to recharge before continuing our journey. Located in the Panhandle, along the eastern boundary of Washington State, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is the state’s second largest city. It was there on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene that we decided to take our rest. It was a wonderful choice because, as this internet photo illustrates, we were able to relax and enjoy the fireworks over the lake in the evening.


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