Why Canadians Have a Reputation for Discussing the Weather

Okay, everybody, fling your ball cap, bucket hat, Tilley, or tuque —  whatever you’re wearing this week — up into the air, with a shout of hurrah for Gina: she got it right.

Below are two photos I took this week. First is a crop of the photo from my November 17th entry. Gina, first to comment, said: “Looks very wintery!” Second is as close an approximation as I could crop of the same tree trunks and branches, photographed this morning. Two snapshots, three days apart. There’s always something to say about the weather.

before-picture-nov-17-2008  after-picture-skinny-nov-20-2008

12 Responses to Why Canadians Have a Reputation for Discussing the Weather

  1. eyegillian says:

    Well, I think the photo on the right is much prettier. Hurray for winter!

  2. lavenderbay says:

    I agree, Eyegillian, even if I can never manage to pack the snow with the tinsel and lights after New Year’s.

  3. Shelley says:

    Welcome to Canada. If you don’t like the weather wait 5 minutes….it will change!!

  4. lavenderbay says:

    Any shaggy horse stories yet, Shelley?

  5. Gina says:

    We only get snow here about one day a year (if we’re lucky) and then only about 1-2 inches. Therefore, I always think snow is wonderful—at least to look at from afar.

  6. lavenderbay says:

    Exactly, Gina! When you’re curled up on the sofa gazing out on the white stuff, snow is the prettiest thing in the world. 🙂
    Actually, it’s been fun outside today. I took the furkids to “the front yard” with their leashes tied together so they could tussle with each onther on a 12-foot line. We did this twice, for half an hour each time. It’s Fergus’s first snow, and he seems to be enjoying it just fine.

  7. almostgotit says:

    Send some of that snow to Knoxville! No fair!

  8. livingisdetail says:

    That does look beautiful. What a difference a few days makes. Snow fascinates me because I don’t see very much of it. You can send a little to Melbourne to surprise the locals if you like.

  9. lavenderbay says:

    I understand, Almostgotit, that you’ve lived in Toronto at some point. Since you probably know what Toronto snow in March looks like, I can see your wisdom in ordering early!

    Over the past week, Livingisdetail, there have been a few sprinklings, as though God’s hand trembled a bit as he was doing his laundry, but those flakes always melt as they hit the ground. Usually the first “real” snowfall is a light dusting of icing sugar. What you see in the second photo is a bit unusual, being a heavy accumulation in one windless night to achieve the Christmas-card cotton batting effect.

  10. When I was a kid, I loved winter — I would spend the entire day out in the woods sledding down hills or skating on the frozen pond near the railroad tracks.

    Then I had to get a job.

    Driving in snow and ice isn’t so much fun. Scraping half an inch of ice off your car is even less fun. Snowblowing at 4am? No fun at all! 😦

  11. Shelley says:

    “Sprinklings”????

    Maybe down there in the ‘burbs 🙂

    We are at 2’ and growing!

  12. lavenderbay says:

    Don’t get me wrong, James, the thought of living in California is sometimes a tempting one. In a way, though, I’m lucky to have spent a good number of years in Montreal, where winter looks like Shelley’s place minus the sheep.

    Not the ‘burbs, Shelley, never the ‘burbs. We live downtown so we can walk to work. But yeah, we’ve got 2″ here and not 2’ .

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