Friday, 18 May 2012

Happy early Birthday Queen V

This weekend is a long weekend in Canada.
We celebrate Queen Victoria's Birthday
To most Canadians this weekend is known as The May Long Weekend 
To others its known as Victoria Day.

When my niece moved to Houston Texas they all wanted to know what a Maylon weekend was.
Ha! (and she thinks the Texans don't enunciate!)

She  (Queen Victoria, not my niece)  would have been 193 years old on the 24th of May - had she lived.

People say she didn't smile as she ate too much sugar and her teeth paid the price. 
I don't know that to be true.
I do know that I have never seen a picture of her where she is smiling.

Here are some of the things she said throughout her life.


Her thoughts on marriage

• When I think of a merry, happy, free young girl -- and look at the ailing, aching state a young wife generally is doomed to -- which you can't deny is the penalty of marriage.

• I feel sure that no girl would go to the altar if she knew all.

Her thoughts on children (maybe I should have posted these on Mothers Day!) 

• An ugly baby is a very nasty object, and the prettiest is frightful when undressed.

• I don't dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting.

Anyway it is she we are celebrating this weekend.

This weekend at our house  there will be no birthday cake, or fireworks or probably even one thought of her but hey, it's an extra day off.

So to all you Canadians out there Have a Great Victoria Day!

and to the rest of you .....
... feel free to gloat when you get a holiday day and we don't.


Glamour Drops said...

She seems such a sad character, and yet she was so influential in developing Britain and her empire into the industrial powerhouse which it became in her time. And changed western history so much in the process.

I have seen images of her looking a little happier than these - but they don't seem to be as numerous as these sad, sour ones.

Enjoy your long weekend - though - such a treat. xx

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Happy Two-four Weekend! Have you ever heard that nickname? It references both the 24th of May which is usually around when Victoria Day falls and how many bottles of beer are in a big case of beer, Canadians' favourite pastime on this holiday weekend!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

happy weekend to YOU!

Busy Bee Suz said...

She looks miserable, and the didn't have a nice thing to say.
perhaps she had a perpetual bar of soap in her mouth???
Enjoy your weekend!!! Oh, it is almost over now. :0

Pearl said...


And a Happy Maylon Weekend to you!!