Sunday, January 03, 2010

Winter Living

We have fairly long and cold winters here in the Ottawa region, so it's really best to make peace with that fact and embrace the weather as best one can. To that end, Cuppa and I gave the kids a sleigh for Christmas. Nikki Dee was the first, and so far the only grand, to try it out. With Buppa as the horse and even attempting to sing Jingle Bells to the bonnie wee lass, out we went the other day. As the picture tells, Nikki Dee was quite content to ride whilst Buppa Horse pulled her back and forth and forth and back.



As my bald pate might reveal, it was relatively warm on Friday, but yesterday and today were bitter, with the low temperatures being aided and abetted by a harsh, north wind. Nevertheless, we stopped by Canadian Tire to get her a little snow shovel so she could help Buppa clear the driveway. It was even colder when we finally got around to our shovelling in the evening, but we all bundled up and felt better for the outing. She didn't quite grasp the concept of shovelling onto the pile and not off the pile, but that's okay.




Then, she'd put some snow into my shovel and I'd fling it into the air to great cries of excitement.




Cuppa took some dark an grainy video clips of our work session.



After shovelling, Buppa Horse was called back into action. We had a decent video clip that got lost somehow, so pictures will have to do.




We had another frosty session this morning before lunch. The kid had got up at the unearthly hour of six o'clock and was tired but fought a morning attempt to have her nap. So, we decided that another session in the cold followed by lunch might do the trick. It did; she napped for an hour and a half after lunch.






Cuppa got into the spirit of things too. The lady can shovel it with the best of them, I tell ya.



I also have a video of Cuppa shovelling, but this is me taking pity on you ...

11 comments:

Ruth said...

You have twice as much snow as we do, but less blowing by the looks of it. I love the way she puts snow on your shovel :-)

Mary G said...

Yeah, in bitter winter weather alright. But it still is good compared to the poor inundated Atlantic Provinces.
Love the little pink shoveller!

Bernie said...

I would embrace the winter as well if I had a little helper as you do. What a kid she is and I love how much you and Cuppa enjoy her, it shows through everywhere....hugs

Serenity said...

See! This is when I like snow! Look at the sheer delight and joy on that little ones face... and yours too! I love these pics so thanks for letting me join you on the snow shovel session!
daffy
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jinksy said...

I don't think I've ever SEEN so much snow! I've certainly never had to dig a path so's I could use a doorway. My mind boggles...
You certainly seem to have had some fun, though.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I see you are a serious shoveller with a ergonomically designed shovel. I guess you need it. I think you get more snow than we do.

These are lovely pictures of you and the kids embracing Winter. Children don't know they are supposed to hate the cold weather. Just to be out there sharing an experience with you is rewarding and fun.

It will not be long and you will be taking the Cuppa and kids down to the Rideau Canal to skate and eat beavertails and hot chocolate.

Miss Moneypenny said...

This could definitely have been Norway! It's like seeing the excitement and joy in my own two kids these days!! :-)

Mara said...

Snow shovel? They are sold out over here. As are sleds and soon the skates will also be sold out, since the weather is getting colder and colder.

Debra said...

Anvilcloud! How great it was to see you at my blog today. Long time no hear from! :) Thanks so much for your comment about my home--I was wondering if you'd visited my farm blog which shows more pictures? If not, it is here:

http://tanddfarm.blogspot.com/

Thanks again for letting me know you'd come visiting! Oh, and what a cutie-pie you and Cuppa have there! I can only imagine the fun you must be having...! Blessings, Debra

Turtle Guy said...

Brilliant production - and some wonderful photos, not to mention, SOMEONE'S been playing around with Photoshop, methinks :)

Donna said...

Hahahahaaa.....throwing snow in the air even made Me 'wanna jump for joy!!
hughugs