Tag Archives: snow

A virtual tour of snow, lots of beautiful snow

There have been a number of blog posts lately lamenting unusual weather patterns.  A blogger in the UK posted a spectacular field of snow drops, but voiced concern that, though stunning, they are blooming too early because of very warm spring … Continue reading

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Hugh Learns to Love Winter, a new pre-Robby Robin story

This story may appeal to kids 18 months – 3 years, especially if they’re not convinced that playing in the cold and the snow is a good idea!   Hugh Learns to Love Winter “Oh look,” said Daddy, “it’s snowing … Continue reading

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Let’s think of snow and cold as stress relievers

In a bid to take a break from the anguish of the world according to Trump, I’m switching my focus to reflecting on the simple joys of winter. We’re lucky this year; there’s lots of it to make us feel … Continue reading

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The winter that keeps on giving, and it’s not even winter until tomorrow

Winter has come early to lots of places. We’ve had snow and cold temps since the latter part of November. But we’re the lucky ones. Ottawa has been under a blanket of snow since early November and, according to my … Continue reading

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Watching the snow, thinking of the sand dunes of Morocco

One of the most characteristic features of a steady snowfall – when it isn’t accompanied by howling winds, power outages, or the need to get somewhere when you should be staying home – is the quiet. If you are one … Continue reading

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Celebrating spring in the northeast: a pictorial essay

The ice is out of the river, the sun has been shining for three days, and today the entire world has been out enjoying the fine day.  Thanks be to God, to Mother Nature, and to anyone else who might be … Continue reading

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10 Travel Tips for Grandparents

For the second time this winter season, we have returned from a week or so away in warmer climes to find one – or even two – new dumps of snow. If our absence had anything to do with these … Continue reading

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Lessons learned from farming in winter: snow fences work, eventually

After a pleasantly mild fall and then a lovely warm week on a beach over Christmas, reality has set in.  There is no longer any doubt about what season this is; the instant piles of snow and very cold temps and wind (-20C/-4F) … Continue reading

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