One definite difference is that spring takes so.darn.long to arrive. I've witnessed four provincial springs so far; four springs in Fredericton NB, two in Montreal Qc and two in Vernon BC (and of course the 22 odd growing up in Nova Scotia). I can tell you without a doubt that spring actually *happens* in other provinces whereas here it's cold, it rains and is chilly and damp right up until the 2-4 May weekend. Yay. Buds are barely coming out in the southern part of the province come May.
I really do not look forward to spring.
This type of weather definitely makes it difficult to plan some specific environmental changes. I've been flabbergasted reading some bloggy-friend posts where they're already planning gardens and seeing greenery and buds shooting up and out. Whaaaa?? Sigh. Or taking out the bicycle, or yoga in the park...
I've come up with a few "bright sides" to this otherwise gloomy tendency for spring:
- A long drawn out non-spring means a LOT of time to plan our urban/guerrilla garden. Yep, this is THE year. I've seen our neighbours walk up the fire escape (well our upstairs neighbours actually climb in and out of their window like it's a door) to the flat roof to sunbathe last year. I am SO planting stuff up there... just have to ask neighbour A. if we have to be clandestine about it...
- Every little change in temperature (for the better) is to be celebrated. For example, the past few days have been above zero. Yay us!
- Instead of walking in freezing -30 degree (C) winds to work, I now am walking in rain. Much warmer.
- A longer non-spring means a lot of water for our beautiful lands and earth to grow.
- We can now leave our windows open since it is above freezing and I really love listening to the rain.
- We get a LOT of thunderstorms. I love thunderstorms.
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