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Enough already! I thought I had passed the ‘Winter Test’ this year! We have endured the blasts from the Arctic Vortex, had metres of snow thrown on us and braved the sub zero temperatures!  We had just begun to thaw and had enjoyed a few days out in the garden and have even sipped our first of the season sundowners on the deck. The hesitant sun had begun to warm our frosted lily- white winter limbs. Our mood had lifted and there was a spring in the step. But it was not to last…….

The morning scene.....

The morning scene…..

We woke up this morning and the world outside was all carpeted in snow! Oh no! It was hard to assimilate that we had regressed back into winter over night.

So out came the liquid sunshine, the ‘must have’ vitamin D tablets, at breakfast. I had pushed that right to the back of the tray as I felt they would not be needed for a few months. How wrong I was! Warming Jungle Oats would be at the top of the menu once more rounded off with a cup of hot chocolate. There would be no walk for our canine member of the family either. I just could not get myself out of that door to duel with the wind. Josh had that ‘gatvol’ expression on his face as he went out for his morning ablutions on his snowy patch. He had reveled in the sun over the weekend as he rolled in the grass and luxuriated on his back in the sun. Now all he could do was jump straight back into his warm basket and sulk.

I fumbled in the dark coat cupboard for my tried and tested and ‘very sick of wearing’ blue padded jacket. When I first arrived in Canada I could never understand the reasoning behind having so many coats. I used to listen to locals discuss their ski coats, walking jackets, evening coats, weekend coats and spring coats. What on earth was a spring coat? Initially I decided that this was surely extravagant and I could manage with far less. I muddled on for the first winter and even the second as they were both mild. But then the ‘big guns’ hit us…….this last winter! It did not take me long to realize that my sensible repertoire of 2 coats in the mudroom cupboard was just not enough. I would feel an attack of SADS coming on when I reached into the cupboard and selected one from my meager choice! Then the warm boots were reluctantly pulled on too. Oh for a pair of peep toe sandals!

I long to give my summer sandals an airing!

I long to give my summer sandals an airing!

So as the sun breaks through those clouds and the snow begins to melt yet again, the prospect of spring becomes a reality once more. We can look forward to new growth and new life! But in the meantime a couple of mallard ducks have set up home down at the river at the bottom of our garden. There has been much courtship and spring shenanigans going on.  It looks like there is soon to be a batch of baby chicks. What a lovely way to celebrate Easter!

Our mallard ducks make whoopee in our stream.

Our mallard ducks make whoopee in our stream.

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The street lights catch the sparkles of snow like slivers of diamonds. We are out walking Josh late at night all bundled up in layers. Sometimes cabin fever just takes over and you just have to get out.  I kick the mounds that have built up over the last few months and watch the light. Part of it fascination for the crystal formations and part frustration at the length and severity of our winter here in Canada.  The almost weekly dumps have had us digging ourselves out of our driveways and adapting our lifestyle to the impending weather changes. It is definitely a case of…..enough already!

Enough already.....

Enough already…..

It is amazing how the human spirit can look for the positive in any situation although sometimes I am pushed to do so. I find it does cheer me up to dig deep for those positives when the vitamin D levels are somewhat depleted. So today I need to remind myself which things still make me rejoice when that Arctic Vortex comes whistling down upon us here in Ontario. Hopefully this reminiscing will see me through till spring!

I ran into my supermarket the other day for a few supplies and was greeted by a wonderful surprise. Some enterprising young entrepreneur had managed to ‘force flower’ some tulips in a hothouse. Oh happy day! Just to see the splendour of the iridescent pink and the promise of spring. It lifted my spirit immediately and I now have one proudly displayed in my kitchen. One glance in its direction is all it takes. It is to be the medicine for my soul till spring arrives. 

Our icy stream at the bottom of the garden.

Our icy stream at the bottom of the garden.

My garden is a blanket of white with heaps of snow along the driveway and pathways. Snow moguls cover the shrubs all cocooned and safe and bulbs wait patiently under the surface for the first glimmer of spring. I dream of my summer garden as I perch myself at my writing table which overlooks the front garden.That anticipation of new growth is a wonderful ‘pick me up’…..like having a healthy smoothie in the morning!

Thank goodness for technology as we have a warm house and a few added perks that help to make winter bearable.  One of our cars parks outside over night. As you can imagine, it is freezing to get into  if you happen to be the first to drive out in the morning. But thanks to advancement, you can start the car with the push of a button while you are in the house……..no hijackers yet in our area! It purrs away for a few minutes, turns on the steering wheel and seat warmers and is deliciously cosy. Early morning drives in this vehicle are no problem.  Nothing quite like the experience of warm hands and a warm butt in this weather either!

A fine merlot in the snow....only in Canada!

A fine merlot in the snow….only in Canada!

So we continue to savour the delights of winter….a glass of a fine merlot at the fire, a good book, a hearty meal and the company of friends and family.  But never far from our minds is the memory of the warmth of the sun on our backs…….

 

(A special thank you to David Morkel for the props and photography. He now knows his mother is crazy!)

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