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The Pancake Chronicles: Winter Vestiges

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Winter Vestiges

     Last week I went out a couple of times into the back forty and was amazed at how quickly the landscape was changing. I haven't really posted anything from then and thought I'd better put some photos up quickly because already, in a way, the pictures are irrelevant. I can't find a spot of snow anywhere. Lake ice is slush. Trees are thinking of leaves. The pussy willows have sprouted. Evenings barely dip below freezing. I haven't worn socks for a few days. SPRING has arrived in Yellowknife and is unpacking it's things. You would laugh though, I think. The first day that it reached 10°C (50°F) skin appeared - as in short skirts, short shorts, sandals and tank tops. Yes when your winter has included several weeks of -40°C(-40°F) to -50°C(-58°F) trust me 10°C is balmy, baby. And most of said skin is blinding white - like light being switched on in the dead of night. You blink, your eyes constrict and eyebrows furrow, cars swerve. Watch the road for the love of all things beautiful! You should SEE the vitamin D-deprived epidermis we've got going on up here!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Sonya said...

I'm so glad for you that spring has arrived at long last. I'm sure you'll be enjoying every single minute of it!

20 May 2008 at 19:03  
Blogger Rachel said...

You have to wait so long for 10 degrees....I feel a tad sorry for y'all.
Funny how one gets aclimatized (sp?) to their environment. There was one year when I was a wee thing that we spent a week in Dec. in Palm Springs. We were swimming in the pool and the temp was over 70 degrees at least. They had a local newspaper out there taking pictures and photographing us Canadians all whilst wearing parkas and mitts!

20 May 2008 at 20:00  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

Sadly, I do get to see a similar sight every time I look in the mirror!

But YAY! I'm so glad spring finally found you! We expose our skin so soon I think to squeeze every livin-lovin' minute out of the sunshine while it is here.

It's like, as soon as the sun arrives, we all explode out of our little house-shells like butterflies from a cocoon, live our manic, twenty-four hours in the sun, then go and die the small death that winter brings as we too quickly have to hibernate back in our caves. Sigh.

Let's just soak for now. Let's not think about what will happen in a few months.

Hugs.

21 May 2008 at 00:31  
Blogger Nan - said...

Those pictures are so clear! Amazing photography, Colleen. Do you read Elaine's blog, Random Jottings? She did a very funny piece about white bodies in spring that maybe shouldn't be seen. You may read it here:

http://randomjottings.typepad.com/
random_jottings_of_an_ope/2008
05/sunday-rambling.html

22 May 2008 at 12:58  
Blogger arminda said...

"vitamin D-deprived epidermis"...fabulous. :)

23 May 2008 at 12:48  

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