Sunday, November 9, 2014

It Is Just A Matter Of Time

"There are two seasons in Scotland. June and winter." ~ Billy Connolly

"Ah, the intractable Canadian problem. Winter and finery are basically incompatible." ~ Russell Smith

"Getting an inch of snow is like winning ten cents in the lottery." ~ Bill Watterson

"Could we possibly arrange for this to be the snowiest winter in the last fifty years? I'd be ever so happy." ~ William Kendall, Canadian rascal

Regarding yesterday's post, the church can be glimpsed in the first shot at this post. Click on the image, look at where the river disappears around the bend at the left, and directly above it you should see the golden dome of the shrine. It also gives you a sense of the parallel paths between the river and the canal.

This cold and snow covered marsh in the above photograph is in Guelph in southern Ontario, taken last December. I post this because on Friday we had snow falling for the first time in the day; we might have had some snow in the night here a few days before that. Anyway, I'm always happy to see the first flakes on my coat at this time of year, and I anticipate a long, cold winter with lots of the white stuff.

If I happen to meet a bad end.... well, let's just say at this point the suspect list will be getting pretty long, but it'll include a few people who for some strange reason don't like winter.

Snow, snow, snow, snow!!!!


  1. I just hope we get at least one good snow here this year. We didn't last year. I hope you do get a lot there and will share it with us.

  2. I see what you want now is that it snows, you says it only fifty times. (It is a joke).


  3. A very revealing set of quotations and an image that explain hem all...

  4. I think they've taken snow out of our forecast this week, although not the cold coming from out of the north. Could you Canadians possibly light a few more fires this season.

  5. Oh, I like snow too, it is only a bit difficult to move around when ther is too much of it. We will see if snow is coming here, so far it has been too warm .

  6. I am not sure I am ready for snow in any form. Real or pictures. ;)

  7. I've given money to a shady looking man in a dark suit....just saying!
    Jane x

  8. After December, you can take winter and just shove it! And I done really mean with a shovel. hahaha

  9. Did you feed the cuss jar for that last bit of profanity?

  10. the quotes made me laugh - good luck surviving if your wish comes true, you rascal!

  11. @Stuart: we get plenty!

    @Tomas: fifty times would be too few!

    @VP: every once in awhile quotations seem to work.

    @Revrunner: I paraphrased The Hunt For Red October the other day: a polar vortex every now and then is a good thing.

    @Marianne: it's been a relatively cool fall here.

    @Luis: I'm looking forward to the first real storm.

    @Jackie: but it looks so neat and clean and fresh and white!

    @Jane and Chris: I'll keep an eye out!

    @Birdman: snow should last into the last week of April.

    @Norma: yes!

    @Tex: thanks!

  12. I'd say you live in the right place if you love snow that much. Me? I'll stick with the heat and sand.

  13. I also like snow and we've got lots of it this morning s it snowed overnight.

  14. Snow can transform a dull scene into a fairyland of sparkles! Too bad it's so cold.

  15. I love winter! I love the changes. I like shovelling it. It means I don't have to go do a workout!
    I love snowshoeing on the wetland. I can't travel on it otherwise! AFter teacing 25 years, every day I don't have yard duty, watching teens in t-shirts freezing, or whacking each other, is a good day! Of course, my cats love winter, too!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  16. William, I like snow when I don't have to move. For example 25th and 26th of December. Hope your wish will come true. Cheers, TilburgDailyPhoto

  17. ~William Kendall, Canadian rascal :))

  18. I guess I'm one of those who does not like winter, at least in a big city. Once I get out and see its prettiness in the country, I'm fine! Agree though with Peter; when I don't have to go out in it, it's fine. Love your Canadian rascal comment....

  19. I'm game for all the snow you've got. If only three snowflakes didn't mean chaos here...

    Okay, okay, that's another glimpse. GLIMPSE. Hint, hint... :-)

  20. I'm not looking forward to it at all!

  21. @Sharon: I can't imagine heat in February.

    @Red: we've had the odd flake, but it'll still be a few days before we see a serious snowfall.

    @Judy: the cold is a good thing!

    @Jennifer: I imagine the cats do come in much more often though!

    @Peter: my mother once was in the Netherlands during the winter when a good snowfall happened. It shut down the country.

    @Mariusz: and proud of it!

    @Bibi: I love getting out in it.

    @Ciel: I'll just have to make some time and go over there when I've got a spare hour.

    @RedPat: for some strange reason not everyone loves winter!

  22. Snowed here this weekend and the tree is up. LOVE IT.

  23. Love the last quote by W K ! Good luck for this winter ...

  24. I like snow okay. Especially when it isn't around me. Hope it all lands in your area this winter!

  25. I will have to agree with W.K. quote - we need a good snow storm here - last good one was the year I graduated n 1996 it was a huge one, thought I would never graduate, but u c I did. ha. ha!!!

    your silliness is too much! too great n my book! ( ;

  26. I like snow, now and then. We don't get a lot in Portland, so I'm OK with that because it's the now and then I've just mentioned. I'm glad that you live somewhere where it happens more frequently, since you love it. About those baked beans in my breakfast for lunch, I found them to be tasty. I've bought a can of them from our World Food store but have yet to open it. I can't imagine how I'll be able to eat all of them prior to their going off.

  27. @Whisk: that's still too early for a tree!

    @Anna: I'm looking forward to plenty of snow.

    @Cheryl: we can handle it!

    @Beth: I specialize in silliness.

    @Lynette: I imagine winters over there are more of the wet and rainy variety in the Northwest.

  28. I look forward to your snow photos.

  29. Celebrate Winter Prince!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

  30. It will be here sooner than we know it.

  31. I'm one of those strange people. I not only do not like winter, I detest snow and ice.

  32. Love the William Kendall quote! I'm with you. I do like a cold, snowy winter. I just don't like it to last forever!

    Greensboro Daily

  33. I assume Norma heads that list !
    I like our two months of winter, snow in the mountains sun in the valley.

    cheers, parsnip

  34. I don't like to say too loudly that I enjoy winter.

  35. I like winter weather, last winter wasn't cold at all overhere, so I hope we'll have a cold winter with a lot of ice and some snow. At the moment temperature is still about 11 degrees Celcius, and there is nog winter in sight.

  36. I tend to agree with you about snow and winter, William. I'm not fond of ice on walkways, though. :)

  37. @Linda: I look forward to taking them!

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Randy: it's just a matter of time before the temps drop and stay down there for the winter.

    @Mari: I don't care for heat and humidity, but we didn't really have any of that this summer.

    @Janis: I like it as long as it lasts!

    @Parsnip: definitely!

    @Denise: good, I'm not alone!

    @Jan: it's rare for you to get the kind of winter weather we get.

    @EG: that's one thing I don't like about it- I'm wary of slipping.

  38. stay warm
    Im one of those strange people (according to you) that prefer Summer lol

  39. William, the only thing I can say is that a love of snow is a good thing for a man living in Canada.

  40. We DOlike winter a LOT and this is why we are planning to relocate from the VA eastern shore to Ndew England in the very near future!

  41. Oh well I won't be on that list then William, j'adore winter and feel very deprived that we never get snow here in Perth :)

  42. Well, we are one of the owners of the winter. . White and beautiful. I both like and dislike. We also had snow one day last week, but it was only a few hours, now we have 10-12 degrees again

  43. Very funny. When I find myself starting to snivel I remind myself that there's at least one person in this world who's happy in winter. It gives me perspective and cheers me a bit. Congrats on making it through another summer...

  44. Cool pic! I love to see chilly wintery images like this (as long as I'm warm and cozy in my Californian home, wearing shorts!) :o)

  45. @Jen: I love winter!

    @Jack: it is!

    @Beatrice: winter rules.

    @Grace: it's the best season.

    @Spiderdama: we have snow today.

    @Kay: thank you!

    @Darcy: thanks!