The Great Melt

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After the great freeze, we woke up to the great melt. The weather got a bit warmer overnight and all the ice accumulated had started to melt.

Trees were literally shedding ice. Every blast of wind shook the tree limbs, coated in ice — it sounded like a wind chime. We were lucky: no power line snapped in our neighborhood.

Sidewalks are flooded though and yet a lot of the ice hasn’t melted, even though roads are clean now. It doesn’t just look like winter: it feels like it too. I feel trapped at home with the last few days’ weather.

Ice Power Lines (Please don't snap!)

Ice Power Lines (Please don't snap!)

Coated Tree Limb

Coated Tree Limb

Merivale Road

Merivale Road

Ice, Baby, Ice

Ice, Baby, Ice

Icy Flower

Icy Flower

...And Leaves

...And Leaves

Stop! (Ice)

Stop! (Ice)

Iced Sign

Iced Sign

Icicles

Icicles

Frozen Mailboxes

Frozen Mailboxes

Some Cleaning Required In The Neighborhood

Some Cleaning Required In The Neighborhood

Hopefully No Fire

Hopefully No Fire

Benched

Benched

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

16 Comments

  1. Your photos are great and a good documentation. It was a big change though and a bit off winter weather.

    In Oslo, Norway we still have winter weather; more snow since my last post and the weather forecast for the coming days says -20C.

    We are at our vacation home in Sweden (same weather) and it’s suppose to be clear sky at New Years Eve. That’s great since we are shooting off our own fireworks you know 🙂
    .-= RennyBA’s Terella´s last blog ..Happy White Christmas from Oslo Norway =-.

  2. I see a guy with a snowblower, so when we move there I can bring mine! Sounds petty but I hate shovelling and if there’s a lot it’s a real back killer. In my line of work -if you injure your back, you can’t work.
    I don’t think people who don’t have snow know what shovelling for hours is like. It’s like working in a mine…

  3. promise me one thing zhu. when the sun comes out, and the trees make leaves again, and little birds sing and when love fills the air, you will post photographs of those too. because all that ice makes me cold. brrr.
    .-= Seraphine´s last blog ..Beauty Rest =-.

  4. Ah, melting weather? Send the heat here in Buffalo, where we have -11 C weather right now! Thankfully, we don’t have snapping power lines whenever we have freezing rain. The last time we had that problem was during the October Storm of 2006, when wet snow fell on trees that still had leaves, and they were so heavy they snapped all the power lines.
    .-= Linguist-in-Waiting´s last blog ..Book Review: The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes by Tess Uriza Holthe =-.

  5. Sounds like a good reason to stay inside with tea or hot chocolate and look out at the winter weather. Great pics, as always.
    .-= Soleil´s last blog .. =-.

  6. @Agnes – It looks good… but it’s cooooold!!!

    @RennyBA’s Terella – Thank you! The weather was very cold in Ottawa again yesterday morning. It changes all the time… but it was definitely around -25C.

    @Khengsiong – That’s the problem, a lot of power lines snap because of the ice. So far, not ours… that’s good.

    @Rich B – We usually shovel but we have a small driveway. A couple of winter ago, we had so much snow we just couldn’t shovel anymore and we asked for help. There are always so many ads with people offering snow shoveling in the winter…! Otherwise, you can easily buy a snowblower at Canada Tire 😉

    @Tulsa Gentleman – I agree, it’s indoors weather. Why I keep on going out… that’s a mystery! 😆

    @Seraphine – Oh… spring… that’s like… 5 months ahead? 😉

    @Nigel Babu – Lucky us, our mailbox was defrosted by the time we needed to get the mail. Phew! No kidding, one winter, my first paycheck was stuck in the frozen mailbox for a year. I was sooo mad!

    @Beth – I did the smart thing: we drove to Toronto and that’s where we are spending the new year!

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – Yep, it only melted for a day… Ottawa is back to freezing temperatures now.

    @shionge – Happy new year!

    @London Caller – Or blue cheese… mmmm…. blue cheese….

    @Soleil – I wish I could stay in… but I wanted the pictures very badly! 😆

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