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I’m Dreaming of a White February?

18 / 02 / 21

It is that tricky time of year again. We made through December with little signs of any real winter. January came and brought us a little taste of winter, but nothing too concerning. Then, February arrives. We on the Island start thinking about Valentine’s Day and Family Day, about flowers, blossoms, and spring. And we forget that we are very much still in Canada. Family Day weekend becomes a long weekend of watching snow fall to the ground, and wondering where we parked our snow shovels. 34 centimeters of snow in Nanaimo this past Saturday and Sunday. Over 1 foot for those of us who still think  in Imperial measures. That is a lot of snow!

We shovelled, we plowed, and we survived.  Now the rains are busy washing away the last of the white stuff, and the tulips are seemingly unphased by this brief winter interlude.  We know that we may get more winter still, but I think we all believe that spring is nearly here for the Island. Only time will tell for sure.

Now, as much as we dislike the snow, with all the inconvenience it brings, the winter season brings a lot of visitors to Long Lake. For brief periods during the coldest part of the winter, we have a family of swans grace us with their presence. They are truly magnificent.

We also see a lot more of our web footed otter friends in the winter. They do pass through at all times of year, but we get to watch them much more during the winter. They always seem to be having so much fun that its impossible to watch them and not smile.

 

We also have a wide variety of waterfowl winter on Long Lake, and there is always something to see on the water here. So maybe winter isn’t so bad after all.

Merry Christmas

24 / 12 / 20

It is hard to believe that Christmas is upon us. It may not feel as festive as in years gone by, and we may not be able to celebrate it as we have in the past, but it is still a special time of year. Many of us are unable to spend time with the family we would love to see, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot be together in spirit this year.  Thankfully we live in an age where technology has made communication easier that it was in the past. We have the ability to Zoom, or Facetime, or one of the many other options to see and speak to each other over the miles this holiday season. Maybe we should take some of this “alone time” to write an actual letter to someone we care about-when was the last time any of us did that? And when was the last time most of us received a personal letter from a friend or family member?

While Covid has certainly changed EVERYTHING in our lives’, lets remember it is not forever, and better days do lie ahead.  We are not quite done with this pandemic, but it appears we are closer to the end than to the beginning.  Let’s all do our part to make sure that it does not  cause any more deaths that could have been prevented in the next few months while we await the vaccines to finally put it in it’s place. Until then, lets mask up, sanitize, and social distance. We can do the hugs and handshakes next year, after all.

 

I’m Dreaming of a White February?

18 / 02 / 21

It is that tricky time of year again. We made through December with little signs of any real winter. January came and brought us a little taste of winter, but nothing too concerning. Then, February arrives. We on the Island start thinking about Valentine’s Day and Family Day, about flowers, blossoms, and spring. And we forget that we are very much still in Canada. Family Day weekend becomes a long weekend of watching snow fall to the ground, and wondering where we parked our snow shovels. 34 centimeters of snow in Nanaimo this past Saturday and Sunday. Over 1 foot for those of us who still think  in Imperial measures. That is a lot of snow!

We shovelled, we plowed, and we survived.  Now the rains are busy washing away the last of the white stuff, and the tulips are seemingly unphased by this brief winter interlude.  We know that we may get more winter still, but I think we all believe that spring is nearly here for the Island. Only time will tell for sure.

Now, as much as we dislike the snow, with all the inconvenience it brings, the winter season brings a lot of visitors to Long Lake. For brief periods during the coldest part of the winter, we have a family of swans grace us with their presence. They are truly magnificent.

We also see a lot more of our web footed otter friends in the winter. They do pass through at all times of year, but we get to watch them much more during the winter. They always seem to be having so much fun that its impossible to watch them and not smile.

 

We also have a wide variety of waterfowl winter on Long Lake, and there is always something to see on the water here. So maybe winter isn’t so bad after all.