Our homes stay warm because they are very well insulated, plus we have triple pane windows (helpful in the summer time when it is so hot). Our furnace is natural gas, forced air. It is very dry here, so it really doesn't seem as cold as other places I have been.
The summers are lovely; temperatures in the high 20's, low 30's (Celsius), and this is one of the sunniest places in Canada (that is why it is so cold too, no insulating clouds). It is sunny in the above picture , but it was foggy this morning, which is rare, everything was covered in hoarfrost, which was beautiful.
We really don't have much of a spring (or fall) here, once it starts warming up the snow will be gone pretty fast. Not in the near future though, we are expecting another storm tomorrow - 70km/hr winds, snow and wind chills of -30C! But at least it is Spring!
I thought these partridge tracks made an interesting pattern.
The tracks look different now that the snow is slowly melting - the tracks are raised.
There are lots more tracks in another part of the yard.
Today is the last day of winter!
Phyllis asked me if it was normal here to have so much snow. This year has been a record breaking winter! We have had more than double the amount of snow than normal; it has been the second coldest winter in 100 years; the frost has gone twice as far into the ground as normal (lots of freezing pipes and no water for hundreds of homes in the city). Time wise for winter, this is normal though - the snow really doesn't start to melt until the end of March, beginning of April.
Right in the centre of the picture is the first Canada Goose I have seen this year (the picture was taken from the car). Seems a little early, I hope he/she survives and finds food, but maybe a good sign that spring is coming.