It’s Not All Mary Poppins

What a weekend!

One might even say, what weekend? We broke records for single-day snowfall here in Ottawa: 37 centimetres.

But it shore is purdy. Check out my sweetie’s pictures: one of the view from in front of our house, looking down the sidewalk, and the second of my (beautiful) youngest child, fresh in from an invigorating 30-minute flounder through the non-existant sidewalks. (WE, being former Torontonians*, may shovel our walks promptly after a snowfall, but most of our wussy neighbours wait for the sidewalk ploughs.)

The sidewalks are impassible, the roads are snarled, the bus stops require pitons to get over the enormous windrows, the traffic is moving at a snail’s pace … but I work from home, and get to savour the beauty of it all without any inconvenience to me at all. And today? Today I have only one tot, so that’s good, too.

It’s not so bad.

*In Toronto, at least when I lived there, homeowners were expected to shovel their walks within x hours of a snowfall. I forget how long, exactly. Of course, we also get a whole lot MORE snow here in Ottawa, so there’s that.

December 17, 2007 - Posted by | Canada, Ottawa

6 Comments »

  1. Neat eh? And though I agree it’s pretty…I could do without the -23 degree windchill.

    Oh, and if you haven’t checked the upcoming forcast yet…it’s supposed to be +6 on Saturday. That’ll be interesting.

    Comment by Sheri | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. Southern England grinds to a complete halt under an inch or two of snow. We have no idea!

    Comment by Z | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  3. We were forcasted to get over two feet of snow but the winds changed and we ended up with only about 13 inches.
    Geesh, I know I’m getting used to Rochester when I use the word only in relation to over a foot of snow.
    My parents were hyper because they had almost 2 inches.

    The pictures were beautiful. I chose to stay in and survey the snow through the windows. Jeffrey has a cough and a very runny nose so I thought it best to keep him indoors.

    Also, your daughter looks gorgeous. All windblown and snowcovered. 🙂

    Comment by Dani | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  4. Sidewalk plows? You have sidewalk plows??? Wow- I wish we had such a thing here! (Well I mean, of course they exist, but the city doesn’t use them on the public sidewalks or anything)

    Comment by Allknowingjen | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  5. Well, we DID get about 25 cm here!
    Providing the picture is suitably cryptic, I am going to post a picture of Pumpkinpie going to daycare by sled this morning. The drifts are huge! It’s lovely from inside, and now that it’s warmer and less windy, even from outside if you are not struggling through the snow too terribly.

    Comment by kittenpie | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  6. It’s 12 hrs in Toronto, with a $105 fine if you do not.

    Our sidewalks are very close to the road, so after we cleared them, the snowplow filled them back in. I wonder when the timer started on my 12 hours for clearing that mess!

    I was one of the very few lucky people who tracked down a snow blower on Monday. We moved this summer, and didn’t realize just how large an area we now have to shovel with more frontage. Thanks to our kind neighbor who helped out with his snow blower we got through the weekend without to many back complaints 🙂

    Comment by Monica | December 18, 2007 | Reply


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