Snow Day

Note: I wrote this on Monday, 16th February, then ended up going to bed before posting it. It’s sunny and cold today–though we have a storm warning for Thursday!

Walking the dog yesterday--Notice the blue car behind the red truck. Photo courtesy Tim Goddard.

Walking the dog yesterday–Notice the blue car behind the red truck.
Photograph courtesy Tim Goddard.

Today I walked the dog.

Or rather, I snowshoed and the dog gallumphed–I think that’s the best description for how she was moving, a sort of slow gallop through the drifts and banks of snow. There was so much snow, in fact, that I snowshoed right over the top of my car on my way down the driveway to the main road.

Well, major road. It wasn’t ploughed. Neither was the other main road–which you’d think would be, as it’s one of two routes the Mounties can take from the station up the way (the other being onto the highway; I don’t think that’s been ploughed, either)–though someone had taken their snowmobile out for a spin.

Neither the truck nor the car have moved since yesterday. Photograph courtesy Tim Goddard.

Neither the truck nor the car have moved since yesterday.
Photograph courtesy Tim Goddard.

We had 80 cm of snow Sunday and today. The record-breaking cold currently sitting over southern Ontario and Quebec is probably coming next, though it’s jousting with another major low currently spinning itself into a winter storm along the Atlantic seaboard to the south of us.

I don’t really have any complaints. It was a holiday, anyway (Islander Day! Nobody was moving except the odd snowmobiler), and there’s a fire and electricity and warm clothes and a lazy dog who felt one gallumphing session was probably enough today, though I expect she’ll be rather stir crazy tomorrow. So will we all–though it remains to be seen whether anyone will be going anywhere first thing!

We do have some forced forsythia from the bush in the back yard to remind us that while winter may come, spring does too. Photograph courtesy of Tim Goddard.

We do have some forced forsythia from the bush in the back yard to remind us that while winter may come, spring does too.
Photograph courtesy Tim Goddard.

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