Thursday, February 19, 2015

{pretty, happy, funny, REAL} Snowstorm!

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Ok, so this post is all REAL, with some pretty, happy, and funny thrown in there too!

I'm talking a REAL SNOWSTORM. It blew threw Eastern Canada on Sunday and Monday, but hit PEI the hardest, where we had a whopping 86.8 cm (34 inches) of snow and 120 km/hr (75 mph) winds!! The snow began Sunday morning, and the island was basically shut down. I'm writing this on Ash Wednesday, and some roads on the island still haven't had even one track ploughed through. Schools are still cancelled for Thursday. Some of the pictures are pretty crazy!

Here is what the storm looked like at our place. A lot of it just blew on past us! I hope you like pictures of snow. :) Me, I like a good storm, as long as everyone is safe and snug.

Here's what we woke up to on Monday morning, 24 hours in:

Happy Islander Day!

Still snowing and blowing, and bushels of fun

The car and the steering wheel of the tractor!

Front porch drift

Yes, that's a woodpile buried beside the shed

Monday afternoon as the winds died down. One track ploughed through our road, and we were one of the lucky ones, being on a fairly main rural road. We had two lanes by Tuesday afternoon. Our road was not all that bad, compared to some roads I've seen pictures of, with cuts through of 16 feet! The smaller roads around us didn't even get one track till Wednesday. 

Our means of snow removal :)

Here's where the northeast winds just whipped around the side of the house. The packed snow there is maybe a foot deep.

By Monday evening we figured it was worth going out to do some shoveling. The kids thought it was pretty cool to be able to reach the top of our lamppost.

Starting the channel.

Walking on (frozen) water

I stayed out to finish the path to the car.

The path dug through the drift, with probably a foot of hard packed snow underneath.

The car is in sight!

There was something very peaceful about being out in the calm and dark after the storm, just me and the shovel in the glowing light of the house and the lamp in the yard. Winter nights like this remind me of a childhood winter spent in Saskatchewan, walking through much the same sort of drifts, reading John White's Archives of Anthropos series in the dark evenings, sensing something very real and deep just beyond the throw of the light's reach. The pull of the distant, starry heavens just about equal to the pull of the house's cheery warmth, and me suspended between. The still. The silence. The wonder.

Tuesday we went out to play!

There were fox tracks through the back and front yards.

The building to the right is our chicken shed. The door to it was completely buried! Just keep moving, foxes...

As of Wednesday night, our driveway has been blown out by our farmer neighbour and his big tractor, the car is free, and the road to town is clear, though I hear it is pretty difficult still to get around in some places in Charlottetown. Other rural neighbours are still rather dramatically snowed in. The island was basically shut down Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but we are digging out, and I'm sure this storm will not be forgotten! 

Meanwhile, inside...

Don't worry, it's only very mild cabin fever. :)



  1. Beautiful pictures! I just can't imagine all that (frozen) water to stand up high like that. Making memories!

  2. Wow, this is a storm to remember for sure! I love that last picture of the kids :-)

  3. Wow, this is a storm to remember for sure! I love that last picture of the kids :-)

  4. I love your pictures! Snow storms are such a cozy time...but I think 34 inches would have had me a little nervous! Luckily it brought lots of fun for the kids!!
    Love your lamp post also --very Narnia!! :)

  5. Hi Lindsey - My Mom grew up in Quebec and she would tell us stories about how high the snow would get. How she and her sisters would climb out their bedroom windows and slide down the snow to the street. Your pictures really give me a visual! In some of them it looks like a different planet altogether!! Wow! They are great.

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  7. Wow I love your snow photos! So, so pretty!

  8. That's a lot in one storm! The Army has us stationed in the (US) South, but my husband is from Canada (Ottawa/Montreal) and I'm from Chicago. We get so desperate for real winter weather, but I don't miss getting up in the dark pre-dawn hours to shovel so my Dad could get out the driveway for work. Here things shut down if there is even a half inch of snow. We laugh at our Southern neighbors, but do enjoy what little dribbles of winter weather we can get! You've got our most recent storm beat by several feet!


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