Sunday, 7 February 2016
Some what paradoxically, house plants do very well in the winter here. That's probably because, while the days are short and it's cold outside, usually it's very sunny. My two hibiscus get a growth spurt most years around now, while my lantana that never blooms outside in the summer because there's so much shade, sets out a few blossoms.
A couple of years ago I took this photo of a restaurant window where flowers were bravely blooming even though the snow was piled deep on the street. There's a lesson there, I think We manipulate our living conditions with both good and bad consequences.
Saturday, 30 January 2016
This is a water colour she did of a snowcat with the snow falling, and her name written on some of the snowflakes. Quite delightful, says Grandma!
Thomas, two years younger, isn't as adept at drawing yet, but Thursday when I picked him up from day care he had a drawing that he wanted to take home. Looked like a bunch of squiggles in red pencil, but he had a wonderful story about the firemen in it who were climbing ladders to get to the fires. Quite delightful, Grandma repeats!
Sunday, 24 January 2016
What more can be said? Snow removal is one of those many things that governments should do. We grouse about how well it's done up here, but at least we are agreed that all of should contribute.
That's why I love this graphic representation of what happens when people don't help each other out in the most basic ways possible--by having government foot the bill to keep our lives going.
Otherwise we're reduced to getting the kids to do it, right? (The photo is of Lukas a good 30 years ago when he enjoyed moving snow!)
Saturday, 16 January 2016
Today I doubt if we'll get any skating done, but there is new snow to shovel in the backyard, so I'm sure they'll have a good time.
Saturday, 9 January 2016
My opinion certainly hasn't changed this winter. We have temperatures above freezing today, with even higher ones forecast for tomorrow with lots of rain. This means that the snow, which fell in abundance before New Year's, is likely to melt and leave grey sidewalks as well as grey skies.
So this is climate change? Don't like it.
Saturday, 2 January 2016
Thankfully that seems past and now we can take up where we left off a week ago, eating delicious things. So tonight there will be sill and rye crisp bread on the table, beer to go with them, and the prospect of a nice white wine for the endives wrapped in ham and smothered in béchamel.
Oh, how I love to eat! It's so nice to feel good!
Sunday, 27 December 2015
Nice to to see the ground white. Seems more normal. But unless things get a lot colder, we're not likely to have a White New Year's.
Stand by, I'll keep you informed.