Here in Nova Scotia we’ve been pummeled with one snow storm after another. It shouldn’t be such a surprise I suppose since it’s been this way before the first settlers, be they Native American/First Nations or European. The Maritimes are known for predictably unpredictable weather.
One can view the snow like the first Europeans here viewed the trees and forests: something to be plowed away to make room for fertile , usable ground. On the other hand some winter enthusiasts see the snow as a means to sport and fun. Actually both views are correct. It depends on your situation. unless you have no need to go outside and get to a job or obtain flour ,dried beans, coffee, sugar and other basic provisions then you’re fine but when the cupboards get bare and the medicine cabinet wants then snow isn’t so much fun…at least in my opinion.
Then there’s the cold..C.O.L.D. as in temperature. The temperature can literally be 9 to 10 above 0 celsius (50 F) and then drop to 10 – 15 below C (about -14 F) within 24 hours! This is often accompanied by atrocious wind that makes it feel ( wind chill factor) twice as cold. All this being said ( grumbled) the snow is beautiful when it lays still on the ground and flocks heavily laden trees. To come in to a warm room on such a day makes one truly thankful.
To commemorate Summer, though, I have included a painting of a boat I did a few years back. It was purchased from me by Mom -in-Law who has always been a great supporter of my work and family , of course.
They say that colours are more brilliant shortly after a rain. In the same way Spring and Summer are dearly appreciated here in Nova Scotia succeeding Winter. The painting is based on a small fishing boat beside a wharf in Jordan Bay ( Sandy Point, Shelburne County NS). A trip around Sandy Pt. Rd reveals much natural beauty ( painting of Sandy Point Lighthouse). If you’re willing and able to go off the beaten path a little you can enjoy breath-taking maritime coastlines.
So, here’s to Summer…no hard feelings Winter…