Friday, May 20, 2016

Oh! Oh!




    This is what I woke up to this morning! Yes, a little snow and temperature of plus 1 C(34 F). When I went to bed it was raining and it rained in the night. Sometime in the early morning it turned to ice pellets and that's what you see in my newly planted garden.

    Now this is the start of what we call in western Canada the May long weekend. Other Canadians call it Victoria Day weekend which is a time to celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday. Yes , we still have a Queen! I'm not sure why. I did see her a couple of times. Now I think it's more to celebrate the present Queen's birthday..

    We joke about camping on this May weekend and how often we camp in very inclement weather. Usually we're around campfires with our winter jackets on. However, being eternal optimists we continue to go camping on a weekend that has big odds of very poor weather. Oh, it's going to be cold in the tent tonight! Now I admit that I'm not going to go camping. I haven't gone out on this long weekend for close to 40 years.

    Now Buttons at Buttons thoughts had a good post on our May weekend. Go over there and read her excellent piece.

34 comments:

  1. And here I thought Canadians could handle any inclement weather.....:)

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    1. We're not half as tough as we think we are.

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  2. I hope your garden will recover, since nothing has come up yet. We had a very cold and wet day yesterday to celebrate our Memorial Day a little early. Glad to hear you're not going camping! :-)

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    1. Now problem with my garden . I'm glad I worked hard and got it in this week. It was very dry so the moist came at the right time.

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  3. My goodness it is going from one extreme to the other isn't it? Here at home I was just telling the post man how nice it was not to have a raining long weekend. Every year here for as long as I can remember it rains over the May long weekend. As you pointed out many go camping over this long weekend. Well they are lucky here this year. It is bright and clear but a bit cool with the wind we had today.

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    1. We've had above temperature for six weeks and it's been incredibly nice so we can't complain.

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  4. I am pleased to learn that many Canadians still celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday but I am sorry to have to inform you that she died on January 22nd 1901. If she were still alive today she would be 197 years old and in no mood for partying... or camping come to think of it.

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    1. Oh, she died? How about that. we'll have to change our calendar. we do say that it's for the Queen's birthday and we all think Elizabeth but the calendar says Victoria. I wonder when they'll sort this one out?

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  5. This time of year the weather is so unpredictable and unexpected snow is not unusual! But thankfully, we didn't get any here :)

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  6. Our kids are glamping in B.C., with mother-in-law's camper! I plan on turning over the garden, maybe!

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    1. We've had a six week stretch of above average temperatures. We are very dry.

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  7. I shall stop complaining about the wind and rain and balmy 7℃ here!

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    1. We've had above average temps until three days ago so I shouldn't complain.

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  8. This will be the first year that I'm not out planting before Memorial Day - as usual, completely ignoring my wise husband's advice to the contrary.
    He's a Massachusetts boy and knows how iffy our weather is, as compared to me, someone who's lived in MA for 42 years and should know better, but who's a Virginia girl at heart.

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    1. You're slipping if you're not getting your garden in before Memorial Day!!!

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  9. I've been seeing reports of snow on other Canadian blogs. Winter seems to be hanging on for dear life in your part of the world.

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  10. This is why I want to move to Canada someday...I WANT SNOW IN SPRING!!

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    1. We can guarantee spring snow!

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  11. goodness! hope the weather turns a bit better for you. :)

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    1. We've had excellent weather until three days ago so I shouldn't complain.

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    1. Our spring has been excellent until three days ago.

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  13. OH, no, poor garden. I bet you are glad you weren't camping that night. I just came back from Minnesota where I was wearing my winter parka just 7 days ago.

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    1. I have just planted the garden so the rain came at the right time.

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  14. Anyone who goes camping on a cold night I take my hat off to them. I am an admitted whimp, always have been ;) As for that weather you're having, oh my!

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    1. We've had it very nice until three days ago so I shouldn't complain.

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  15. I'm not a nasty person. You'll just have to believe that. But I have to laugh at you enjoying your summer as I complain about the onset of winter. Seems I've missed something. Seriously, I hope your plants survived and your warm weather comes along soon.

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    2. That's an excellent comment. I guess I left myself open to that one and a sharpie like you caught it. I guess it's me enjoying winter!

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  16. We are coming up on Memorial Day weekend, the official beginning of the summer camping season. It is notoriously cold and rainy here, but people insist on going camping anyway. Not me. We stay home.

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  17. Oh that is bad to get the ice again. It is a strange spring here too. rain, sunshine, hail, every day something different.

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  18. That sounds too cold for this time of year. I can only imagine how it feels during winter

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  19. Just got back from camping, it was chilly at night, but i am in shorts today

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  20. Snow on May 20th? That's amazing! Granted, in Chicago they say you shouldn't plant anything until Memorial Day. I always did though.

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