Could It Be Spring?
We have had a relatively mild Winter with way less snow than normal. And now it feels like the beginning of Spring, a couple of weeks early by me estimation. I am not complaining although having a Winter drought is not good ecologically if it becomes the new normal in these parts.
It is a bright sunny day with the temperature rising above freezing, currently 3C on it way to 6C later today and possibly 10C before the weekend is over. These are the best days for ice fishing just before the ice becomes too dangerous to venture on. I believe all ice fishing huts have to be off the ice by March 15. If one reads the weather report, sooner is prudent.
Heidi and I went for a walk down to the bridge on our property. The roads are showing the dirt as they begin to thaw out and hopefully dry begin to dry up.
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My house, looking back on our way to the lane at the edge of our property.
Heidi at the corner looking over to see if the young puppy next door has noticed us and might join us.
Before we travel on a good snow massage is in order. The farm in the background is my friend Leo's place.
Just before my battery in the camera died, I took this picture of the river from the corner of the Bailey Bridge. Downstream in the upper center of the photo is the log cabin we built for my son and his kids to enjoy as a summer "camp". (In Southern Ontario it would be called a cottage.)
The ice is off the river and it looks so inviting. Oh to slip a canoe in and go for a paddle. This year, with help from a friend I hope to do some repair work on my beloved canoe. Before Heidi, it was the love of my life.
Of course, in the North the seasons are each equal in length and therefore long to develop so I have no illusions that Spring days will all be lazy and pleasant. We could still get a major snowstorm or worse still freezing rain. But in the long term, the melt has begun ushering in Spring. One learns to enjoy each season, with what it has to offer which is quite varied around here.
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My grandson has managed to post a few more pictures of his adventure in
He is not as verbose as I am so he says little in his blog about his time there but I know he had a wonderful time and was thrilled to be there and spend some time with his aunt. I take it they rented an apartment unit there for he was looking forward to being in a place he could enjoy a hot tube all to himself. At 13, this is a little bit of heaven., at 67 you still hope for a little company!
Now that Dylan has experienced the big hills, I suspect he will want to venture to the more dramatic ski areas near here. There are not many in Ontario but I expect Quebec my beckon, with several great ski areas. Time will tell.
Here is a video of Big White snowboarding. It makes one wish he was young and fearless again, not worrying about breaking anything.