Hawthorn Sunset

Last Sunday afternoon I went for a walk in the fields south of here just before dusk. I love the silhouettes of the hawthorn thickets, it reminds me of a German painter called Friedrich whom I love, and playing with the photos this week I thought of Mondrian as well. I meant to post these that night, but when I got home the whole street was in darkness. A semi-trailer somehow managed to knock out our power, and it didn’t come on again until 1am. So, better late than never I suppose. I’m rushing to get into town this morning and drop off a resume so the photos will have to speak for themselves this time. Enjoy!

Snow Day

We woke to another eight inches or so of snow on Friday morning. With what was left from Monday it’s over a foot deep in places. I had to postpone my naturopathy appointment because it was snowing like crazy and Richard barely made it out of the driveway. Poplar Road didn’t get ploughed until mid-afternoon, when our neighbour Jeff had already used his backhoe to clear the road and everybody’s driveways. I went for a walk before breakfast, determined to find Cama Llama and get the pictures of her that friends have been requesting. When I went round the side of the house to the gate, I saw what the snow had done to my lilac. Gorgeous. Now it’s Sunday morning, and we’ve had another inch of fine powder to top it off. I might wander over to the fields south of here with the camera. Never made it over there last year.

Snow Fix

Yesterday, after almost six weeks of unusually warm weather, we finally got the snowfall we were hoping for. (Well, we wish there was more, and that it hadn’t started warming up again right away, but some is better than none.) I was thrilled to find it’s the sticky, perfect-for-snowmen kind of snow, which is more rare up here. We had three feet of snow in our yard by last February, and not an inch of it would stick together enough for even a snowball. So before dinner last night I bundled up and made this cheerful fellow. As my optimistic younger sister in North Van reminded me, there’s a good chance of a great snowfall in February, so I’m not giving up on having a good foot or two of snow in my yard still this winter. What I’d like to know is, does anyone plan to come up and enjoy winter with us? I’m just guessing, because the weather so far has been even more unpredictable than normal, but I’d say we’ve got about 6 weeks of winter left, at least as far as enjoying cross-country skiing, tobogganing or horse-drawn sleigh rides goes. Watch the forecast and let us know if you’d like to come up – we’re taking reservations for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of February. Following are some more photos for inspiration!