It’s Not All Mary Poppins


Went to bed, there was moderate snow out there. Woke up this morning to an exuberance of snow. Look at this! Look right…

Look left…

Gorgeous, isn’t it? What the pictures don’t show is how heavily it’s still coming down, though it’s suggested by the mistiness in the distance, which is not mist, but merely billions of fine flakes. Here’s a better indicator: See these steps?

We shovelled them an hour ago.
(Er, that would be the Royal “We”, and Stephen is a prince!)

January 21, 2006 - Posted by | Ottawa, outings


  1. I’ll be there in, oh, 6 hours? Get the sled ready for me!

    Comment by misfit | January 21, 2006 | Reply

  2. I can see how fat the snowflakes are. We didn’t wake up to quite that amount, but we certainly have a winter wonderland this morning!

    Comment by jen-o-rama | January 21, 2006 | Reply

  3. Man, that is gorgeous. I wish we had that here, but with competent drivers. When it snows here, the whole world freaks out. Oklahomans. I swear.

    Comment by Kristen | January 21, 2006 | Reply

  4. Oh, I love snow, and miss it. I hope your back is feeling better — I figured it wasn`t you shoveling!

    Comment by L. | January 21, 2006 | Reply

  5. I’m beginning to believe we won’t get any snow again this year. And my poor daughter has been obsessed with Frosty since Dec 2004! Looks like you could build an army of snowmen.

    Hope your exercises continue to help your back.

    Comment by Chag | January 21, 2006 | Reply

  6. Misfit: We’ll be ready. It’s a good weekend for visitors – with the stepkids at their mom’s, we have a bunch of extra beds. Sorry about the dirty socks underneath them…

    Jen: Displaying my ignorance here: I didn’t know you got snow down there. Or maybe I have you placed wrong? Time to double check the MAP! (I’m still getting such a kick out of that thing.)

    Kristen: The really sad thing is that every winter the first snowfall brings a rash of traffic accidents, as if, somehow, the snow comes as a SURPRISE, each and every year… A week later, everyone’s remembered how to drive in it once more – and put their damned snow tires on – and we’re all good to go again. Ottawans, I tell ya…

    L: It’s pretty, pretty, pretty. It was very mild as it was falling, too, and so it was damp, damp snow. Heavy as heck to shovel, but great for making snowmen, snow forts, snowballs… Lots of fun!

    Chag: An army of armies. And, in the parlance of children hereabouts, it’s “packy snow”. So bring the kids up and we’ll have a snowball fight!

    My back improves steadily! Wahoo!

    Comment by Mary P. | January 21, 2006 | Reply

  7. WOW!

    We’ve been in the 50’s here for a couple weeks and no snow since the beginning of December. Crazy weather!

    I’m glad you got all that snow and not us though…I like lookin’ at it..but not driving in it.

    Comment by kimmyk | January 21, 2006 | Reply

  8. Wednesday we had it snow for a little bit (enough to blanket the ground), then melt when the same came out, and this pattern repeated itself like 3 times throughout the day… and in the morning the roads were like a skating rink!

    I don’t mind if it stays as long as I don’t have to go anywhere, but down here people forget in between storms how to drive, so it’s a rather fun adventure going out right after a storm!

    Comment by Angela | January 21, 2006 | Reply

  9. It’s so beautiful and bewildering at the same time. I’ve never lived somewhere where it snowed, and am fascinated.

    We have a projected high of 64 F in Phoenix for today, and we’re whining that it’s cold. Bah!

    Comment by Andie D. | January 22, 2006 | Reply

  10. It gets cold in the UK, but to be honest I don’t think its a scratch on Canada, and that, I hate to say, makes me glad I’m not there.

    The wierd thing is, I’m not particularly fond of hot weather either. I lived in the desert for 6 months and it was hellish hot.

    Comment by Si | January 23, 2006 | Reply

  11. Kimmyk: This has been a very strange, and for us, exceedingly mild winter. Strange because the temperatures have been all over the map: one day it’s -22, the next it’s +5, then -15, then +6!! Bizarre. (All temps. in celcius, of course.)

    Andie: Though we all gripe of the cold, there’s no denying how beautiful it is. Cold is relative, too: When it’s -6 (21F) and up in January, we call it “mild”. (In the interests of saving on gas bills, we keep our house temperature set to 68F most days!)

    Si: Define cold, so we can compare. I expect temperatures of about -30 for three solid weeks in January. This year has been very mild. One day last week we broke a record with a temp. of +6. As I say, anything from -6 and up is mild. -10 is getting there; -15 is cold. (-30, our usual temperature for January, is stinking cold!!)

    Comment by Mary P. | January 23, 2006 | Reply

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