Many great things have happened on May 7th throughout history. To name just a few, on this very day in 1429, Joan of Arc ends the Siege of Orleans, pulling an arrow from her own shoulder and returning wounded to lead the final charge; in 1664, Louis XIV of France inaugurates the Palace of Versailles; in 1812, Robert Browning is born in London; in 1824, it is the world premier of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna; in 1833 composer Johannes Brahms is born in Hamburg; in 1840, Tchaikovsky is born in the Ural region of Russia; in 1908, the University of British Columbia is founded in Vancouver as a branch of McGill; in 1919, Eva Peron was born; in 1920, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto opens an exhibition titled ‘The Group of Seven’ with paintings by Carmichael, Harris, Jackson, Johnston, Lismer, MacDonald and Varley…their first exhibition; in 1985, the Edmonton Oilers take their second Stanley Cup. But one of most special things to ever have happened on this day was the birth of my very dear friend Cheryl over at Free Range Living. So, my very, very dear friend, for your birthday, I present you my magic lamp with genie intact and three wishes. I used up my final wish to wish you a most wonderful and magical garden on your new property.
To everyone else, if you have a chance, please do pop over and wish Cheryl a very happy birthday. And as old Bill Shakespeare says, " With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come." (Cheryl...not that am wishing you wrinkles...but when they do come, let them be a testament to the happiness in your life.)