It is Groundhog Day, a day when people in the snowy northern latitudes of the Western Hemisphere will be anxiously waiting for the outcome. Will there be an early spring, or will there be 6 more weeks of winter? Yes this is Canada, the “Land of the Great White North”. By the time January rolls into February we have already experienced 8 to 10 weeks of winter, and with those brave souls further north much more. Seed catalogues are arriving in the mail with enticing pictures of beautiful flowers, and scrumptious, organic, pesticide free vegetables that I can grow and hand pick fresh from the garden. I put the catalogue down, and look out the back yard to where the garden is supposed to be, and all I see is blanket of white.
Groundhog Day, is when Canadians and people in the northern United States await the long range weather forecast. It is all folklore with a lot of fun and festivities, like the Groundhog Day festivals that some towns host. Sometimes the groundhog is correct in his or her prediction, and sometimes well the groundhog is completely wrong. And sometimes people take the groundhog MUCH too seriously, if the prediction is NOT what they wanted to hear.
The month of February is still very much winter. However the days are getting noticeably longer, and the warmth of the sun seems stronger. March is very unpredictable, but often known for being very blustery. It could be all winter throughout all of March, OR it could be winter with some very pleasant spring jacket types of days. On March 1st I will be running a half marathon (appropriately called the “Chilly Half Marathon”), and have no idea what to expect other than it being a “cool” experience. 🙂
I love all the seasons in Canada. Each are very beautiful and unique. In winter, activities like cycling and running can still be done, but should be done much more cautiously due the slippery conditions. Activities unique to winter are skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tobogganing and snowmobiling. Ice hockey is our national sport. Although it can be played year round with artificial ice, there is nothing as wonderful and refreshing, as lacing up the skates on a frozen pond or outdoor rink. The family 2 doors down has flooded their entire front yard as a skating rink which is so neat. In fact until very recently, there was a picture of children enjoying a game of outdoor shinny on the $5 bill. There is nothing more “Canadian” than that…eh! 🙂
With my dear readers coming from different parts of the world, here is a little “get to know one another” assignment.
1. What country/area would you currently call home?
2. What is the weather like there now/ (that age old question) 🙂
3. What recreational activities are popular there this time of year?
Thanks for dropping by and reading! 🙂