Spring Is Coming

Reply Mon 22 Dec, 2008 06:15 pm
nights are getting a little shorter , daytime a little longer !
it's still bitterly cold in eastern ontario - around MINUS 15 C .
but there was brilliant sunshine this afternoon and i think i noticed that there was just a little extra daylight !
while it's been bitterly cold over the last several days - down to MINUS 20 C with windchill near minus 30 C , there is hope !
by tomorrow the temperature will start to moderate and the long-range forecast predicts that by january 5 , the daytime high will reach PLUS 12 C ???

i don't mind winter as long as temperatures don't drop too low and as long as we have SUNSHINE .

now that the daytime will gradually increase , i am looking forward to spring -
and mosqitoes and flies ... and cutting the lawn ... and sitting in the shade reading a good book .
let spring and summer come - i'm ready for it !
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Reply Mon 22 Dec, 2008 06:44 pm
Only 58 days to go Smile
Reply Mon 22 Dec, 2008 07:00 pm
I LOVE the Spring...it is my favorite time of year. I don't need the cold after New Years - bring on the Spring!

Reply Mon 22 Dec, 2008 07:23 pm

hamburger's like this every year - winter's almost over before it gets a good chance to get started
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Reply Mon 22 Dec, 2008 07:35 pm
I love you hamburger!

I needed a happy springtime thread to remind me that there will be a thaw.
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Reply Mon 22 Dec, 2008 08:18 pm
to all of you :

sure , there has to be winter - even some cold days and nights are o.k. - but when the days are getting a little longer , the sqirrels start running around again and the birds arrive again , i know : it'll be spring again !

i'll have to smile when i think about our first few months in canada .
we arrived in august 1956 - to us the heat and humidity seemed unbearable -
no air-conditioning - our "bedroom" was a small room off the attic in a friend's house - i'm sure the temperature in that cubbyhole must have been in the 90's (we hadn't gone "metric" yet ) .

december came and it turned cold quickly - we now had "our own" two room appartment in another friend's house - what luxury !
i had "advanced" from a job on a construction site to an office job - nice and warm !
we had brought our fancy european style trenchcoats and proper hats .
one of our first purchases was a "farmer's cap WITH earflaps" - ahh ! nice and warm !

now we have a look at the thermostat and have to decide : do we want it a degree warmer ? a degree cooler ?
it seems that our comforts have increased considerably !

our first car was a VW BEETLE with a heater ... that didn't heat !!! no rear defroster - but if it wouldn't start , i just pushed for a few feet in neutral , jumped in , 1st gear , clutch out ... ROAR !
if i'd do that on our honda there would probably be a $5,000 repair job .

.. ... waiting for the warm breezes off lake ontario !

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Reply Sat 14 Mar, 2009 04:21 pm
AND SPRING IS COMING ! ... even in eastern ontario .

daytime temps are finally above freezing and nights only about minus 5 to 8 C - we have switched from the down duvet to a regular one !

brilliant sunshine the last few days , so today we went for a little drive down the st. lawrence river - about 50 kms .
it was nice and cosy in the car but we had to put our parkas on when we went for a walk by the st. lawrence river - a strong westerly picked up the cold from the ice that's still sitting along the edges of the river .
this is the perfect weather - cold nights/sunny days make the sap rise - for "sugaring off" (tapping of the maples and boiling the sap for maple syrup ) .
might take a drive to a " maple bush " next week .

from today :

looking toward the united states from the canadian side of the st. lawrence river


a little museum (closed for the season) with some momentos from the 1812-1814 war


one more look across the river before heading home


btw ship traffic won't resume until early april after the canadian coast guard cutters break open a safe shipping channel for lake and ocean-going vessels
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Reply Sat 14 Mar, 2009 05:45 pm
Spring - pah! Not here, it ain't Crying or Very sad
Reply Sat 14 Mar, 2009 06:14 pm
on the way home , briefly stopped at our city's waterfront on lake ontario .
a recent westerly storm had tossed huge chuncks of ice ashore and heaved sections of the adjoining sidewalk . it'll be a while before these chunks melt away - but SPRING IS COMING !

the kingston yacht club is hidden behind those chunks of ice


but still ... SPRING IS COMING !

the daffodils are sticking their heads out , but i covered them carefully with some bark .

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Reply Sat 14 Mar, 2009 07:46 pm
Mild day like today and still vaguely light at 7:30pm, it might as well be spring, already. Day by day, different shrubs and trees begin to bud, and the days just keep getting longer. Suddenly, it's June and they're getting shorter. Time to start fixing the leaky windows you discovered last winter, darn it, winter's here again, and we haven't done a thing all summer. My glass is all empty again, and it's going to take another half year to get if full.
Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2009 03:34 pm
it's been relatively mild sunday and today :plus 10 C - so we took some nice walks along lake ontario .
spotted the first gulls , ducks and a lonely cormorant - the first of the season .

still plenty of ice piled up along the shoreline


the warm air caused a bit of a haze to lie upon the lake .
in the distance is "wolfe island" - largest of the 1,000 islands .
78 wind-turbines are going up on the island to catch the mainly westerly winds and provide electricity for sevaral hundred homes - they are expected to be on-line by june - in time for "air-conditioning season "


Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2009 02:41 pm
nobody can hold spring back - forever - not even in eastern ontario !
and spring rains over the next several days should make things a little green/purple/yellow ... again .

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Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2009 02:54 pm
same down our way


Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2009 02:57 pm
spring has a long way in coming to eastern ontario - but it does come !
very bright and sunny the last few days - which made for cold nights .
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