Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Sunrise, 7:59. . .
Of course, winter is quite manageable here, most weeks, and we may scrape through without any significant snowfall . . . . although our snow often arrives in February, and given the coastal potential for precipitation, when it arrives clad in white in can seriously shut us down (Ah, she sighs, perhaps a snow day?)
Meanwhile, the main form of white between horizon and sky here is cloud and fog. Below, a misty scene I shot with my cellphone from the ramp down to our little island commuter ferry a few mornings ago. Note, to the right, a sailboat that capsized after a winter storm and has been abandoned. We're all waiting to see when it's going to be dragged away. . .
Also meanwhile, of course, most of my country is submerged in serious winter, and earlier sunrises are hardly convincing. January and February and March test the spirit, I know. . . .
So I'm off to apply some ice to my shoulder now, and I will think of you and imagine how well I would bear up in so many months sub-zero. Tell me, though, would you all, what are the signs that most convincingly tell you that spring is on its way -- and when does that usually happen, chez vous?