The Long Melt – 2015

It seems like forever since the snow was here, but I wanted to add my visual chronicle of “the long melt” for the 3rd year in a row: you can see 2013 and 2014 if you want to compare

Although this winter was less snowy than previous winters (really, check out 2013 to see some snow), the snow did linger as March was cool as was April and the winter had been cold, and really this is Ottawa, we are just ready for spring when it comes, and it never seems to come fast enough. And we never seem to remember that it just takes as long as it takes for the snow to all melt.  As usual I’ll start the photos on March 21, the last day of winter/first day of spring and continue until all the snow in the back yard was gone.  This year was pretty typical of the last 3 yrs with the snow all melted by about April 19th.

March 21, 2015 - !st Day of Spring - When will the snow melt? (Deck)

March 21, 2015 – !st Day of Spring – When will the snow melt? (Deck)

March 30, 2105

March 30, 2105

April 3, 2015

April 3, 2015

April 4, 2015

April 4, 2015 (snowfall! a small setback)

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April 7, 2015

April 8, 2015

April 8, 2015

April 11, 2015

April 11, 2015

April 12, 2015

April 12, 2015

April 13, 2105 - SNOW FREE ON THE DECK!

April 13, 2105 – SNOW FREE ON THE DECK!

Now for the Garden Melt.. it takes a little bit longer to finish.

April 21, 2015 - 1st Day of Spring - Garden

April 21, 2015 – 1st Day of Spring – Garden

April 30, 2015

April 27, 2015

April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015

April 3, 2015

April 3, 2015

April 4, 2015

April 4, 2015 (snowfall! a small setback)

April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015

April 8, 2015

April 8, 2015

April 11, 2015

April 11, 2015

April 12, 2015

April 12, 2015

April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015

April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015

April 19, 2015.  Snow free day in 2013, but not quite in 2015.

April 19, 2015. Snow free day in 2013, but not quite in 2015.

April 21, 2015.  All the snow is finally gone from the back yard.  exactly one month after spring started.

April 21, 2015. All the snow is finally gone from the back yard. exactly one month after spring started.

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Only Natural: April Photo Challenge

I have spent the month of April wondering what the photo challenge theme was.  I was convinced that nobody sent out a theme.  Then at the end of the month Dave (another member of the group) sent out a set of photos under the theme “Only Natural”.  Something twigged in my brain, that yes, I probably had seen this theme before.  Too bad it’s already the end of the month and I didn’t take any photos with the theme in mind because I had totally forgotten what it was.

However, I did have a little instagram photo challenge of my own for April which fits the theme (a nice broad theme will do that). So I will share it as my April offering.  The photos actually start on March 22, the first day of spring, and document the melt of snow from my back yard.  I did the same thing last year, and although this winter started a month earlier than last winter, the snow on the deck was melted on the exact same day, April 19.  The photos are taken looking out the back door at our deck and at our veggie garden.  The garden is where we pile the snow we shovel from the driveway all year long, so it takes a bit longer to melt than the deck – it’s covering of snow is “only natural!”.

March 22, 2014 - the deck

March 22, first day of spring 2014 – the deck

March 25, 2014 - Deck

March 25, 2014 – Deck

March 31, 2014, deck

March 31, 2014, deck

April 3, 2014 - Deck

April 3, 2014 – Deck

April 10, 2014, Deck

April 10, 2014, Deck

April 14, 2014 - Deck

April 14, 2014 – Deck

April 15, 2014 - Deck

April 15, 2014 – Deck

April 17, 2014, Deck

April 17, 2014, Deck

April 19, 2014 - Deck

April 19, 2014 – Deck

And the Garden…

March 22, 2014 - the garden

March 22, 1st Day of Spring 2014, Garden

March 25, 2014, Garden

March 25, 2014, Garden

March 31, 2014, Garden

March 31, 2014, Garden

April 3, 2014, Garden

April 3, 2014, Garden

April 10, 2014 - Garden

April 10, 2014 – Garden

April 14, 2014 - Garden

April 14, 2014 – Garden

April 15, 2014 - Garden

April 15, 2014 – Garden

April 17, 2014 - Garden

April 17, 2014 – Garden

April 19, 2014 - Garden

April 19, 2014 – Garden

It’s “only natural” that the snow would melt… eventually! Now if it would only warm up, we could really start to enjoy the spring!

Adventures with a two year old.

We spent a week at my parent’s place because the Man is going to a conference nearby.  It was a good chance to visit friends in this part of the province as well as have a little holiday.  One morning, the Boy and I went for an “adventure” out at our cottage.  He enjoys the outdoors and we want to encourage that.  In the city we don’t get out to the forest as often as we might, so I thought we’d try going for a little hike. I wasn’t sure if the Boy would want to walk as far as I thought he should (and really hoped that I wouldn’t end up carrying him home) – but we was a great little hiker.  Hopefully we can encourage him to walk some more and slowly be able to stop having to use the stroller.

Every adventure should start with a good collection of sticks.  Luckily there were lots to be found as we started out on our walk.

Every adventure should start with a good collection of sticks. Luckily there were lots to be found as we started out on our walk.

Mommy - look at my sticks, look at my sticks mommy.  It is very important that mommy sees all the sticks and acknowledges how many are being carried.

“Mommy – look at my sticks, look at my sticks mommy.”  It is very important that mommy sees all the sticks and acknowledges how many are being carried.

Oh look - Canada's Economic Action Plan is hard at work out here in the middle of the woods.  Thank goodness for this useful sign, otherwise, I might not have known all the great things my government is doing.

Oh look – Canada’s Economic Action Plan is hard at work out here in the middle of the woods. Thank goodness for this useful sign, otherwise, I might not have known all the great things my government is doing.

We arrived at the other side of the lake and traded the sticks (which we threw into the lake) for rocks (which we threw into the lake).

We arrived at the other side of the lake (where my cousins have a cottage) and traded the sticks (which we threw into the lake) for rocks (which we threw into the lake).

Bloop!

Bloop!

Someone had carefully set stones on the top of all the posts.  I hope they weren't important because we threw them all into the water.

One of my cousins had carefully set stones on the top of all the posts. I hope they weren’t important because we threw them all into the water.

After a while we went back.  At the top of the hill there was a patch of snow.  Still.

After a while we went back. At the top of the hill there was a patch of snow. Still.

We very carefully walked around the snow. We didn't want to get our feet too wet, and it was pretty slippery.

We very carefully walked around the snow. It was pretty slippery.

Then we walked back down the other side of the "Mountain"...

Then we very carefully walked back down the other side of the “Mountain” through the tree tunnel…

And threw sticks off of all the docks between there and our cottage.  The water is pretty high right now.  Some of the docks were just about underwater.

…And threw sticks off of all the docks between there and our cottage. The water is pretty high right now. Some of the docks were just about underwater.  I had to keep a close eye on the Boy to make sure that he didn’t charge into the water in order to go to the very end of the dock. That would have ended very badly.

Last dock back at home.  Time to throw our last few sticks and then...

Last dock – back at Mom and Dad’s cottage. Time to throw our last few sticks and then…

...go and have a snack on the deck.

…go and have a rest and a snack on the deck.

It was a perfect adventure for a two year old and a fun way to spend the morning with the Boy. I should look for some short walks around home and check them out when we get back.  As long as there are sticks and something to poke with them, I think that we’d have a pretty good time.