Boats in the snow!

Boats! Snow! Boats in the snow! And there you have it, I’ve revealed my process. It’s taken years…

We were so happy to see the snow still coming down last Saturday morning. The first few flakes were floating about Friday night, and at first it looked like it might be disappointing. A previously promised snow day didn’t come to pass, so we weren’t too hopeful. But this time, it was great! The total was about 20cm, or 19 better than the last “snow event” and it stuck around all of Saturday and into Sunday, although it was getting more than a bit slushy by Sunday afternoon.

Boats! Snow! A floatplane!

Children of all ages were out and about, building snowmen, sliding down hills and making the most of it. There weren’t too many cars on the roads after the first few attempts by drivers to get up the local hills. Lots of shrugs and happy realizations that it might as well be a snow day – they don’t happen too often around here. Errands can wait!

It was fun to take in the inner and outer harbour, seeing the boats blanketed in snow, and a thin skin of cracked ice broken where a brave paddler had been out in a kayak.

Kayaking?! Not today

One guy was atop his fishing boat, shovelling the snow and laughing, happy enough, but also pretty happy he didn’t have to deal with it too often. The snowy boats were a pleasant sight, something familiar given a visual twist. The comforting muffled stillness found after a heavy snowfall was certainly strange to experience close to the water. Barely a splash or a ripple, although the steady Sunday thaw brought the water sounds back, with dripping from trees and rooftops, and trickles becoming streams down the sides of the road.

Shovelling snow – on a boat

I almost forgot to mention how Scout loved it – the husky part of her was in the zone, nosing and jumping through the deepest snow banks and patches she could find. Even slushy Sunday didn’t dampen her delight! Mrs PC took this one:

In her snow zone!

By Monday morning the snow was gone, but it had made an impact over the weekend – students were buzzing, happy to share their snow stories, and excited they’d had a taste of winter.

Boats in the snow or snow in the boats?

I was snap happy with the camera, so will post some more photos next week. Perhaps one or two more boats in the snow photos, and some snowy images of the beach and forest.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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plaidcamper

I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

15 thoughts on “Boats in the snow!”

  1. Love the snowy harbor scenes and Scout in the snow zone! At this point in winter, I would happily trade my driveway of snowbanks for shoveling snow on a boat. Never thought about trying to kayak during winter, but I have seen some amazing photos from those dedicated kayakers. Enjoyed the fun and beauty of snow on the coast and I wish the snow had lasted a little longer for a snow day and another day of fun in the snow for the kids and Scout. Beautiful photos and hope you enjoyed Everton’s win yesterday!

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    1. Haha, yes, it would be an intrepid (and well bundled up) kayaker taking to frozen waters. I guess our indigenous friends further North would ask us why wouldn’t we want to be on the water?!
      I miss the cross country ski trails, and I think next season, travel restrictions allowing (goodness, here’s hoping that isn’t a thing any more) we’ll be out searching for some weekend snow.
      I enjoyed the Everton win. Might not happen at Anfield again until I’m well into my 70s… Is Mourinho safe? I haven’t looked at the sport pages yet today!
      Have a great week, and I hope you see an easing in the weather! Or the shoveling at least.

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  2. Lots of snow here in northwestern Pennsylvania. A dearth of boats, though. As a fairly simple person, it doesn’t take much to get me excited, and the fact that my local state park purchased a track setter for Nordic skiing has gotten me excited beyond a reasonable level for someone in their mid-50s. So yeah, I’ll continue to share both the students and Scout’s and yours, Adam) enthusiasm for the fluffy white stuff.

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  3. I just realized I have never seen a marina with snow. These photos were terrific! The fractured icy water, snow on the boats and sea plane. Loved seeing the boat owner shoveling snow off his boat. Can’t imagine kayaking in it, but I can imagine how cool it must’ve been to do. And Scout looks absolutely triumphant. I also really enjoyed your descriptions, pc, with the first few flakes “floating about,” all the joy and magic with the children and adults alike, the “muffled stillness” and then the dripping, and the “buzzing” students with their happy snow stories. Your joy with the snow was palpable, and truly a pleasure, my friend. Thanks for sharing this earthly delight with us.

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