Category Archives: Canada

Context is Everything

Any idea what this might be? Cotton batting? Styrofoam? Without context, it’s difficult to say. As it happens, this is a swimming pool. Yesterday. Needless to say, no one seemed all that enthusiastic about actually swimming. The good news is … Continue reading

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58 Days and Counting

In the fall they lower the water level in the Rideau canal and let the surface freeze. Once it gets cold enough, and the ice is thick enough, they sweep the ice and flood the surface most every night. As … Continue reading

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Who Would Have Guessed

The ice sculpture competition at Winterlude attracts artists from around the world. You have the usual suspects for ice sculpture – Canada, USA, Russia and such – but the competition also attracts artists from less obvious places. Like Japan, where … Continue reading

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Bringer of the Sun

According to Latvian legend, at the winter solstice a horse brings light and wisdom to the earth for the coming year. I think this ice sculpture eloquently captures this theme. In case you’re wondering about the Latvian connection, the Latvian … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

If it’s cloudy when the groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2nd, spring will come early. On the other hand, if it’s sunny, and the groundhog sees its shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter. Or so … Continue reading

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When Life Gives You Lemons

Obviously I don’t mean that literally. Life in this climate gives you many things, but a freshly picked lemon is not one of them. Unfortunately it just doesn’t have the same ring to it when you say “if life gives … Continue reading

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Guilty Pleasures

I love fruitcake. There, I’ve said it. Not just any fruitcake, mind you. I mean really good fruitcake. Preferably¬† homemade fruitcake that has been properly aged. By now you probably think I’m a fruitcake. You may also be wondering why … Continue reading

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