As Canadians gear up for a long weekend with Monday’s ‘Victoria Day’ holiday, the British Columbia flag will fly high at the provincial capital’s Victoria legislature building on Vancouver Island.
Traditionally, across our land, from east to west coast, it’s this weekend that’s the ‘official’ beginning of ‘camping & cottage’ season!
The camping gear gets revitalized.
The cottage shutters come off.
Anticipation sings a song of weekend refreshment!
‘Victoria Day’ you say?…yes, in honour of Queen Victoria, who, until this year had been our longest reigning monarch.
Her long reign now surpassed by our own present day Queen Elizabeth II, the Her Majesty that keeps her ‘sonshine-in-waiting’ !! What think ye, ladies?!…
Spring Goes By…
The winds that on the uplands softly lie,
Grow keener where the ice is lingering still
Where the first robin on the sheltered hill
Pipes blithely to the tune, “When Spring goes by!”
Hear him again, “Spring! Spring!” He seems to cry,
Haunting the fall of the flute-throated rill,
That keeps a gentle, constant, silver thrill,
While he is restless in his ecstasy.
Ah! the soft budding of the virginal woods,
Of the frail fruit trees by the vanishing lakes:
There’s the new moon where the clear sunset floods,
A trace of dew upon the rose leaf sky;
And hark! what rapture the glad robin wakes-
“When Spring goes by; Spring! Spring! When
Spring goes by.”
Duncan Campbell Scott, Canadian poet
May your Friday & weekend be full of adventure, steeped in rest & relaxation, & may gratitude be your song!
A ‘win-win’ for everyone!