Winter? What Winter?

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You’d see Ottawa today, you wouldn’t believe it’s the same city that was stuck in winter weather just a week ago. After my rant last Friday about the awful weather, things got suddenly much better. The day after was chilly but nice, the Sunday was gorgeous—I started the day wearing my winter jacket but by 5 p.m., I had stripped to my t-shirt and sandals. By Monday, you could see people wearing shorts, kids playing outside and restaurants setting up outdoor seating.

And it wasn’t just us Canadians being delusional—it was actually warm, up to 20°C.

I think I can start dropping Mark off at daycare without a snowsuit and not risk frostbites and the ire of his teachers.

The snow melted incredibly fast, in a matter of days, and I declared the playground “open”. Yes, for the past few months, it’s been “closed” because I’m missing the Canadian gene that prevents me from freezing while Mark digs his way through the snow to the slides and swings.

As usual, spring wasn’t a season but merely a quick transition. It’s still chilly and it will take me a little while to switch to summer clothes, but I think we can forget about snow for a little bit. A few months, at least. … Please?

You can check out Ottawa’s spring here on Flickr.

Pine Cones

Pine Cones

No Snow!

No Snow!

The Forest

The Forest

Green and Blue

Green and Blue

First Buds

First Buds

Planting Flowers Already

Planting Flowers Already

Early Bloomer

Early Bloomer

Soil on Sale

Soil on Sale

Blue Sky

Blue Sky

Sure Sign of Spring: People Switching to Ice Coffee

Sure Sign of Spring: People Switching to Ice Coffee

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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.

30 Comments

  1. Ce qui permet à vous autres Canadiens de survivre à ces hivers, c’est le fait d’avoir une mémoire à courte durée. Vous oubliez vite ! 😀
    Blague à part, l’arrivée du printemps à Montréal avait été l’une des plus belles sensations de ma vie !

    • Here is a French saying (proverbe) for you: Après la pluie, le beau temps 🙂 It is not meant to be taken literally, it means that after tough times, there are often good times ahead 🙂

      • “Après la pluie, le beau temps”

        Merci beacoup! C’est bon proverbe 🙂 Je le partage avec mon groupe qui apprend le Francais. Merci encore 🙂

        Excusez-moi pour les fautes

        • Il ne faut jamais s’excuser pour les fautes 🙂 First, your French is pretty good, second you get a free pass for learning a such a complex language!

  2. Finally, there’s warm weather! Here the temperatures are also climbing up, and the trees finally have green on them. I am happy that this winter is finally over for you!

    • … The only issue is that I had forgotten that “spring” is also “pouring rain” season. It’s been raining for a few days now!

  3. Ah oui ça a bien changé en 1 semaine! 🙂 Le printemps arrive pour vous après un hiver interminable! 😉

    Bientôt les tulipes seront ouvertes et la Reine viendra vous faire babaille! 😀

    Gros bisous Zhu et profites bien de ton printemps! 🙂

  4. Oui c’est incroyable! Nous avons passé le dimanche dans le jardin, Billie ne voulait plus rentrer, elle aurait bien dormi dans l’abri 🙂

    • Pareil ici! Mais depuis dimanche, il fait froid et il pleut. J’espère que vous allez éviter les averses à Montréal… c’est des trombes d’eau ici!

  5. I was in Paris last week and it was hot, around 25°C.
    So I thought summer is here and got out the girls summer clothes, packed them in suitcases as the girls were going to their grandparents. But when I arrived in Bretagne, the temperature dropped and it was chilly , and my in laws told me to not trust the weather the day I pack. Bref, I don’t know how to pack in this weather, it could be sunny in the morning and chilly in the evening.

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