OK, for those of you who are sick of snow, please forgive our fascination with its novelty. Here is some background. We returned to Canada for Benjamin's birth in the summer of '06. The WHOLE summer Sophie and Annie talked about the snow they would see in the colder months to come. We waited, and waited, and got only a few short-lived flurries and LOTS of rain. Of course, when we travelled to the States for a month it snowed in Toronto, but all melted by the time we returned to prepare for our departure back overseas. Its OK, we thought, we usually get at least one good snow each year back in our adopted city...winter 05-06 was no different....It snowed the week BEFORE we returned and, YOU GUESSED IT, melted before we landed!
All this background to say that when the snow finally came earlier this month, we welcomed it. This snow was unusually deep, at least 12 inches, and lasted two weeks! This made for beautiful winter cityscapes out our windows, but also kept us virtually housebound as there is no public snow/ice removal for the city streets. WHO WANTS TO DRIVE ON A TWO INCH THICK SHEET OF ICE?
Some of you may remember "the mosque out our window"....at times we couldn't quite make it out the snow was falling so thickly.
For those of you who are already sick of the snow you've got, please forgive us! For those of you who have yet to see a single flake, drag yourself in front of an open freezer or fridge and enjoy these pictures vicariously!
Not having a backyard, these sisters were content to play on the balcony.
Sophie didn't need the message on her hat to remind her to "smile", the novelty of the snow was enough!
Snow-angelling...a new verb for Webster?
A familiar winter sight with a twist...this is his ROOF our neighbor is shovelling! The weight of the snow must have been too much for this flat tarred roof. The snow also took out the power of several city blocks (ours included) for several hours on different occasions...Thankful for gas heat in the freezing temperatures!