Here in Canada mother nature is not ready to give up the winter weather and we’ve had a few heavy snowfalls this week. While much of Europe is seeing signs of springtime here in Canada we are still waiting for the snow to stop. We still have wind-chill in the minus teens this weekend and huge piles of snow linger on the streets. I must admit it did look stunning on Thursday morning when I opened the bedroom curtains to see the trees thick with snow and even in my pre-caffeine state I managed an audible “Wow”.
If the long term forecast is to be believed this may be the last of the sub-zero day time temperatures so with crossed fingers I am posting what I dearly hope will be the last of my snowy pictures for this winter.
As our winter temperatures are so cold our climate is extremely dry, our snow is almost grainy and more like the texture of sand (useless for building snowmen!) The dryness also causes build up of static everywhere and I get a shock every time I get in and out of the car and it is awful for your hair and skin. As the temperature has been creeping towards zero this week the snow has turned heavy and wet and I have spent at least an hour and 20 minutes this week shoveling the damn stuff! After a particularly tough 40 minutes shoveling on Wednesday a couple of the neighbours came to give me a hand, I tried, in my polite British way, to tell them I could do it but the truth was I was completely done in, it wasn’t getting the snow off the drive but lifting it up onto the pile which was already 4 foot high. After we’d finished and I went inside I caught my reflection in the mirror and was horrified to see my face the colour of beetroot and my mascara running halfway down my cheeks! No wonder they came to help me I looked like I was about to drop dead of a heart attack!
I think I can speak for the rest of the country when I say bring on the spring 😀
I didn’t intend to do another photo blog quite so soon after the last one but I really wanted to share the photos I’ve just taken down by the lake. After yesterdays ‘major winter storm’ which dumped a tonne of snow on us the temptation to get out there this morning to take some pics was just too much to resist. It took a bit of effort as the snow was so deep and my short legs struggled a bit but funnily enough it was my long legged husband that ended up taking a tumble!
The sky is just so blue today
It’s been a while since I posted my pictures of the lake in different seasons and I thought it needed updating. The lake can take on dramatically different appearances depending on the time of day, time of year, weather, wind direction, all sorts and I love popping down there at all times of the day and night to see what it looks like. My neighbour told me the edge of the lake freezes in winter and I was desperate to see what that looked like. Having spent years living on the coast in England I just couldn’t imagine what it looked like to see a huge body of water that is constantly moves frozen around the edges. Ironically, our first winter here is the mildest on record and nicknamed ‘the winter that never was’. I have to say it seemed pretty darn cold to me, we had plenty of snow and plummeting temperatures but I think what set it apart from other years was that every couple of days the temperature would pop above freezing and melt everything. This year has been more ‘normal’ by Canadian standards where the temperature fails to turn on the positive side for weeks at a time so after a week of windchill in the -20’s and daytime high’s of -15C I finally got my wish to see the edge of the lake turn to slush. So like a true Canadian I leave the warmth of the fire, wrap up in my thermals, put on my snow boots, cover every inch of skin and camera in
hand glove I slip and slide my way down to the lake to capture the view.
Hard to believe we swim here in the summer when it’s 35C, isn’t it?
As an adult I have always lived by the sea so when we started looking for somewhere to live in Canada it just seemed natural to look along the shores of Lake Ontario. I love being near the water regardless of the time of year, I enjoy walking along the edge of it, bike riding near it or swimming in it. Whether its +30 or -20 I don’t care I just love being by the lake!
The lake’s appearance changes vastly throughout the seasons so today I thought I would share some of my lake photos.
A crisp breezy day in November
A bitterly cold windy day in January, -20C wind chill Brrrrr!
A snowy day in February
A beautiful hot morning in July
A glorious scorching day in August
Looking moody in the calm before the storm as the leading edge of Hurricane Sandy approaches