I’ve detected a tiny touch of sympathy (especially from my southern readers) regarding the ice and the accompanying cold temperatures here on Prince Edward Island.
Let me assure you – in February we love it! Now, if it was April I would be sucking up every ounce of sympathy you wanted to dish out and I might even be getting in my car and driving down to be with all you nice southerners. (You might want to remember that and be a little discerning with your invitations – I’m not kidding – Islanders get their visitors in the summer and we like to return the favour in the winter 🙂
In Feb, the cold weather is welcome for a number of reasons…
- kills all the nasty mosquito and black fly larvae and garden pests that sometimes survive when we get a mild winter.
- allows my husband to go smelt fishing. All the frozen rivers and bays are dotted with little smelt shacks.
- the sun shines more when it is cold – don’t ask me why – I don’t know – but after almost 50 years in a northern climate I have observed it. And I would much rather see the sunlight dancing on the ice and sparkling on pure white snow than watch cold rain fall from a dark sky. That tends to depress me a little. (ok … a lot – I won’t even look out the window)
- my daughter went snowmobiling and sledding yesterday and came home with rosy cheeks saying “We had the best time ever!”
- outdoor recesses – the kids at my school are busy as little Canadian beavers pushing snow around, building forts and making snowmen.
- there is nothing like a walk along the beach in winter – the ice formations change every day and they are so fascinating.
- in 6 weeks or so the ice will break up and there will be icebergs (moderate ones – nothing like the real North) Then it will be so FUN to go kayaking.
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- and of course, who could forget Timmy’s? On a winter’s day, there is nothing like walking out of the cold into “your friend along the way” for a steaming hot cup of coffee. It’s the quintessential Canadian experience!
Photo Credits – Rinda Dean