A sudden change of season

Beautiful, but not very spring-like: this is the Manse this past April 12 – as it happens, our fifth wedding anniversary. (Photo by Ruth Steele)

Lovely to look at, but not very spring-like: this is the Manse a little less than three weeks ago, on April 12 – as it happens, our fifth wedding anniversary. (Photo by Ruth Steele)

May Day seems to have marked a change of season here in Montreal, and I gather across many other parts of central and eastern Canada as well. As I write this in mid-evening it’s still 25C, and the sun has shone brightly all day. The buds on the trees are bursting before one’s eyes, the tulips and daffodils are springing into bloom, and (as of a few minutes ago) the chairs are out on our deck. One has to love weather like this.

But a very short time ago – April 12, our wedding anniversary (you can read about that here) – things looked very, very different, in Queensborough at least. That was the day the Big Ice Storm of 2013 struck Central and Eastern Ontario. Tree branches were heavily weighed down with thick ice, and an awful lot of them snapped off – many striking hydro wires. (The power was out in Queensborough and area for three days.)

A blanket of white, and our little garage in the midst of it. (Photo by Ruth Steele)

A blanket of white, and our little garage in the midst of it. (Photo by Ruth Steele)

We weren’t there for all the excitement, but late last week our Queensborough friend and neighbour Ruth sent us some photos she’d taken that first day of the storm, to show us how the Manse had looked on our anniversary. And all I can say is: yikes! Not exactly what one thinks of when one pictures springtime in Queensborough.

But is certainly is beautiful, is it not?

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