Monday, February 24, 2014

Walking on Snowshine . . .

Yesterday, I left my cozy fireside seat to walk around the island with my camera. Since then, we've had another 5 to 10 centimetres -- yes, we woke this morning expecting the snow would have been rained away, and instead, the Wonderland is even whiter and the snow is still falling.
 Rising temperatures suggest this beauty isn't for long -- the rain should start by tomorrow morning, latest, and the island will be an icy, sodden, muddy mess.
 But these images show you why I'm going to try my best not to hold a grudge. . .


 And since the snow conveniently fell during Reading Break, and I have all kinds of work to do at home, I'm going to settle in and enjoy . . .

 Poor Pater, meanwhile, is shuttling between shovelling the snow off the roof (our skylights are darkened by several inches of snow at the moment), then clearing the walk, then heading down to the docks (a kilometre of unplowed road away) to shovel snow out of our boat. . . .And by the time he gets home, it's almost time to repeat the cycle.
I've urged him to dig out his cross-country skis -- several of my neighbours swished by me on theirs yesterday while I was out walking.  . .



















As for me, though, my next task is to fetch some kindling. One cozy woodstove fire, coming up . . . I do hope you enjoy these photos. . .

22 comments:

  1. These are great photos!! I just showed my husband and he said he wished we were back there. We do love the quiet, coziness of snow. Enjoy!

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    1. It is so quietly cozy, yes, as long as one can stay indoors! ;-)

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  2. Hmm...looks so pretty.
    We've got a light dusting down here and my sister has several inches as she is in the Highlands which shares same weather zone as the Malahat.
    Keep warm and cozy.

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  3. These are such lovely, peaceful photos! I'm glad we finally have a bit of snow again here and am hoping that we don't get a melt-off this week, as the temperatures won't get high enough to get rid of all of it, and I'm not a huge fan of landscapes filled with dingy grey snow.

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    1. Snow continued last night after all day yesterday, but it's melting today in the sunshine at several degrees above zero . . . There will surely be mud and dingy snow everywhere. . . ;-(

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  4. The photos are lovely. I love that hush during a snowfall. Hope things aren't too miserable the next few days.

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    1. I'm trying to focus on the beauty and the hush, but there's considerable potential for muck and misery. Today, though, all is glittery sunshine, amplified by the bright, bright snow. . .

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  5. White is the dominant colour out my window today. But the spatters of rain/ice on the windows tell me that the snow won't last long. I'm glad I'm able to stay home today, too. Enjoy your beautiful views over the water while you read/mark/plan.

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    1. Isn't it pretty?! I suspect ours will be around at least until the weekend. . .

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  6. Lovely photos Mater - definitely keep them in mind as you navigate the slush in the days to come! We had a bit of a thaw at the end of last week, then it froze again and the sidewalks were extra slippery. Today - a bit more snow. I was emailing with someone in Germany today - she said she had breakfast on the terrace yesterday, wearing a t-shirt and cardigan. Doesn't seem fair, does it? :0)

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    1. Well, I can't really say much about fairness, given what you've suffered through this w\inter. We get off pretty easily. Take care on those slippery sidewalks -- don't want to re-injure that back!

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  7. Snowed in and it's reading week? Sounds like nature's way of telling you to slow down, stay in the warm and pick up a book or crack out some knitting.

    Enjoy

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    1. Thanks for echoing and interpreting Nature for me, Ceri. I am very willing to listen to that message!

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  8. Beautiful! And especially that one with the blue bench...

    I hope your spring starts to show soon. We had veritable summer today.

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    1. We had crocuses blooming just last week, so I know spring is just ready to step onto the stage. Enjoy the warmth where you are!

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  9. Your photos convey the muffled, isolating sense that a gentle snowfall can create. It almost makes me wish I were there.

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    1. It's a very particular atmosphere, isn't it? Those who haven't experienced it can scarcely imagine as it's so much more than the visual. You describe it well with your adjectives: "muffled" "isolating" "gentle"

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  10. Fantastic photos! I do enjoy them. Shame that you're going to miss the David Hockney exhibition but there's tons of other good stuff on. Richard Hamilton at Tate Modern is brilliant & Matisse cut-outs are coming soon. Also, David Bailey at the NPG. And we must meet up!

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    1. It looks as if the Bailey finishes just before/as we plan to arrive, and the Hamilton a week or so earlier. Darn! I do know about the Matisse -- saw a travelling exhibition of the cut-outs in Vancouver about 10 years ago and saw another big show of his stuff at the Pompidou year before last. Hockney would have been fabulous, but there's always going to be something v. cool in London -- and meeting you! I'd love that to work out!

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  11. That's such a delicate effect snow coating branches. Spring is a good ways away here with the wind chill in the -20s.

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    1. It's so pretty, isn't it? I come home from each walk wishing for better photography skills!
      I must admit that I feel embarrassed going on about snow given what you Easterners live with, but it's an Event here. . . . Stay Warm (that new coat is perfection!)

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