Saturday, May 17

Fun at the Farm

Good Morning to all of my friends and readers. This is a long weekend here in Canada. Monday is the 24th of May also known as Victoria Day. For those of you who don't know about this holiday, it has been celebrated since the time that Queen Victoria reigned. Remember, that Canada was a British Colony and for years we were under Britain's rule. Queen Victoria declared her birthday to be a holiday for her subjects. When she died, the tradition continued and when Canada declared its independence from Britain, we kept many of those holidays, including this one.

When Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II took the throne upon her father's death the holiday might have been changed because her birthday is in April. However, she felt it was fitting for the holiday to remain the same. This holiday has been part of Canadian tradition for over 100 years.

In other news, the boys and I set out to the farm on Thursday. Even though we were late setting out I did remember my camera. When we arrived, the boys headed out for the trampoline. I saw the horses were in the corral and headed there with the camera.

I can't remember the name of the horse above, but when I approached, she was interested. Possibly she thought I had a treat. Why didn't I bring a bag of carrots or an apple or two? The boys would have loved feeding the horses a treat.
Isn't she a beauty. I love her rich, brown color and she is so friendly. She posed for me, just like the lady she is.
Some of the other horses wanted to get in on the photo session, so they too came to the fence. The one with her head looking back at the brown one kept kicking the steel gate with her hoof, as if to say she'd like out into the grassy area for a snack of fresh grass.
After taking the photos, I headed back to the trampoline where the boys were having a fun game of dodge ball. When the ball fell into the chasm (as they called it) the other fellow got a point. Then they decided that a game of Monkey in the Middle would be fun. They were on the trampolines and Grandma was on the ground. However, this old lady fooled them and got the ball from them several times. There was lots of laughter pealing across that field and we made a few memories.
As we were leaving, these two ladies came to the gate once more as if to bid us farewell until Tuesday. The boys scratched and pet them and then we were on our way. It does both the boys and I good to get out in the fresh air and sunshine and have a bit of fun.

As ususal we are to get some rain for the 24th of May weekend. It is usually rainy and chilly for this holiday, but we are certainly in need of the rain. Water levels are low here even though we've had a good amount of rain this spring.

Many Ontarians will be heading north to open their cottages for the season. The police are out in droves to try and make sure that the roads are safe for travelers. They have their work cut out for them. Last year 7 people died on Ontario highways on this long weekend. All of the fatalities were because of speed or impaired driving.

Wherever you are this weekend, if you're traveling, drive the speed limit and don't drink and drive. The life you save may be your own. Be safe! ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. The long weekend is very early this year and the 24th isn't until next Saturday! I wonder if it is safe to put out annual flowers yet? I think I will wait. Happy Victoria day.

  2. "Happy Victoria Day!"


    P.S. - I like your new banner!

  3. I lived in Newmarket England for three years in the early 60's... I love the English way of life back then...... We went into London many times and saw many sights..... I saw the Queen once , she was about a block away,, She was riding in the horse drawn carriage with King Faisal in 1965... I loved my years in England...... Very gracious people..
    .... anyway..... enjoy your Victoria you do anything special......

  4. "Happy Victoria Day" enjoy the long weekend!

  5. I love to share your days on the farm with you, you are making such wonderful memories for the boys!!!
    I hope you have a great Victoria day on monday...
    enjoy your long weekend...

  6. It's taken awhile but I've managed to "catch up" with you. I hope you're doing alright. I loved those pictures of the horses and would have loved to be there patting them too. I hope you enjoy your long weekend! Will you be doing any fishing yourself?

  7. The horse photos are heavenly. I do love being on a farm. My father in law loved the Palomino breed. [is that how it's spelled? The spell checker is saying no!] the horse photos. LOL

    And the boys look like they are having a blast on the trampoline. And grandma got in on the action? Well now, good for you! I bet the boys enjoyed their outing with you. Wish I coulda been with.

    Enjoy your long holiday weekend. Got any special plans?

    Have a great day Mary.

  8. Mary
    First Happy Victoria Day.
    Secondly, what a wonderful Grandma you are.
    Third, that picture of you as Monkey in the Middle and laughter ringing on the farm was Priceless.

  9. Happy Vistoria day. I enjoyed your pictures of the horses. Enjoy the long weekend!

  10. Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!! I love the new You....... it is nice..... really nice................!!!

  11. I love your new look!!! WOW! How nice!! Ok I need to e mail you and Thanks for your prayers!! Love and hugs Grams

  12. Loved the pictures of all the horses! They look happy and well cared for. What fun on the trampoline, did you try that out too????? I'd like to give it a try but would probably land on my head. Happy Victoria Day! I roomed with a gal from NB and at one time knew all of the holidays.

  13. I like the way you redid your site.Take care and I hope that you are haveing a great day!

  14. I love your new look by the way...

  15. Happy Victoria Day, Mary!

    Love reading about your visits to the farm. The horses are beautiful, and the boys look like they are having a great time, as usual.

    I read about the bullying of the boys at school, and I hope the school has done something about it. No child should have to be afraid to go to school.

    I loved Eddie Arnold, too. It's sad to see all the old favorites passing away.

    Have a good weekend, Mary.

    Love and blessings,


  16. Mary,your site is absolutly beautiful,really enjoyed my visit.
    God bless.

  17. Happy Victoria Day my friend. The horses are so beautiful.

  18. "The 24th of May is the Queen's birthday. If they don't give a holiday we will all run away".

    I hate it when holidays are moved so as to make long weekends. If a day is important to be a holiday then it is important enough to celebrate in on the actual date.

    It has been raining all weekend so all those cottager and campers are having a wet time of it for a first long weekend. I am glad I live in a wild enough place I do not need to go anywhere to enjoy Nature.

  19. Mary,

    What fun with the boys! I just love it when we "grannies" get the better of the young folks. They always seem so surprised. LOL

    I love the photos of the horses. The brown one is especially beautiful!

    I hope you had a great Victoria Day holiday. :-)


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