Snowy Doors …

Well, I guess it is February, after all.  But I can help but feel this is a little bit of Karma.  We’ve had such a mild winter up till now!  Weirdly mild. And I LOVED it. I even started to brag about it. I began to dream about an early spring. Maybe even a longer than usual growing season.

And then, BAM!  Winter!  The past seven days have brought 3 snow storms and dumped about a metre of snow.

It’s hard to know exactly how much because most of it fell “sideways” as it was accompanied with strong winds blowing the snow all over the place.  Mondays blizzard came with winds that gusted around 120 km/hr.
Yup. Those are some strong winds and they made for some interesting snowdrifts. Annnnnd power outages. We were without power ourselves for 24 hours. (Happy to have a fireplace and lots of candles)


Yesterday, I dug a path to the chicken coop, which suddenly seemed really far from the house. This morning, my path had completely disappeared. Last nights snow fall filled it all back in.  So, back at it.


As I drew closer, rapidly loosing steam I must add,  I could the hens inside cheering me on. I’m sure they were! They were rewarded with some extra cracked corn. And I got some eggs.


The positive thing (the ONLY positive thing) is that all that snow provides a nice blanket of insulation over the garden. And I suppose, a slow melt will help to keep the water table healthy.


But a melt, of any kind, seems a long way off.  Because, right now, yeah …. it’s snowing again.

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Thursday Doors

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From Up High to … Underground

Last week I dug myself out of the snowbank that is Nova Scotia, and followed my traveling husband to Toronto for a couple of days.  He was off to work….. I was his sidekick.

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Our “home-away-from-home” was the snazzy new Delta Toronto Downtown.  That’s some pretty high living for a girl from the country.  High indeed!  Our room was on the 46th floor – the top floor.  And we had access to the Signature Lounge – I could get used to this.  The expansive windows of both our room and the lounge opened up to some pretty spectacular views over the city, a still partially frozen Lake Ontario and Toronto Island.  We looked down on the airplanes landing at the small airport there.

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From those heights, we went off to explore the PATH – that underground walkway that covers over 30 kms (19 miles) of Toronto – under Toronto.  It’s pretty crazy:  these tunnels connect 50 building/office towers of the financial district and provide 371,600 square metres (4 million square feet) of retail space.  Thats 1,200 shops and services – looking around, I couldn’t think of a single convenience that was missing.  Except, maybe a public library – but there are book stores!

The idea is that a person can get from a subway stop or the railway terminal to work, or a hotel (there are 8 connected to PATH) or any number of cultural venues and conveniently shop and eat (I can’t say “dine”) along the way.  All without ever stepping out doors.  Which is very sensible – Toronto is a northern city, and the PATH “provides a safe haven” from winter’s cold and snow and summer’s extreme heat and humidity.

I can vouch for the convenience – I made my way through the PATH nearly every day we were there (me, and 200,000 or more other folks).  But, I can’t help but feel there is a little something “sci-fi” about it.  It’s like a whole other city beneath a city – all comfortably climate controlled, but without the benefit of sunlight.

I also had a little trouble orienting myself underground.  Eventually, I recognized “landmarks” and was able to move through pretty efficiently, I think.  But for a while, I know I went round in circles 🙂  For me, the signage wasn’t clear.  Apparently, though, there is a system.  According to the website, each letter in PATH is a different colour, each representing a direction. The P is red and represents south. The orange A directs pedestrians to the west, while the blue T directs them to the north. The H is yellow and points to the east.

Now you tell me!!! Simple – When you know how.  I’ll have to keep that in mind for next time.

More on this trip soon…..