Yellow Snow

Yellow Snow

There is more snow on the way!

When I came home after work today, I turned onto our road from the highway. Then I came to abrupt halt. The snow plough was advancing towards me. The road has become a one lane road, as the snow banks have collapsed in on the road behind the ploughs, narrowing it each time it is ploughed. There was no getting by the snow plough. Obviously he could not back up. That left it up to me to get out of his way. There was no place to go, with six foot high snow banks on either side of me. So I slowly began to back up towards the highway. He still could not get by me when I reached the highway, so I had to back up onto the highway to let him by. I was risking my life to do this. There was zero visibility as to oncoming traffic, I could have been backing up into another vehicle travelling at speed. It was horrifying. Thank goodness there was no oncoming traffic!!! As soon as he got his truck past me I moved quickly off the highway.

If I had know he was there I would have driven by our road and turned around about 15 kilometers down the road in a ploughed area. But with the snow banks as high as they are, I could not see the snow plough until I had actually come around the snow bank and turned onto the road.

Today I decided to take a few pictures of the snow at our house. Two weeks ago we had a thaw, which left the roof and the deck clear and dry, and compacted some of the snow that carpeted the ground. I have altered the colours in the pictures to try to display the features of the snow, which blend together into a a great mass of white in photographs, at least the photographs that I take.

I added a yellow tinge to the snow for this picture. We have lots of space to pile this white stuff into, but in the village the banks are about eight feet high in places.
2014 jan yellownsow
This is our woodshed. In the autumn, when we are stacking wood in this shed, we walk through this opening, which is a bit higher than a normal door.
2014 jan 28 woodshed

Worldly Distractions


Date: 3:27 PM EST Tuesday 28 January 2014
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Visibility: 10 km
Temperature: -14.3°C
Dewpoint: -19.2°C
Humidity: 67%
Wind: SSW 22 gust 34 km/h
Wind Chill: -24


“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
John Ruskin
[I would wager that Mr. Rushkin, who was born in England, never experienced personal responsibility for snow removal.]


  1. WendyNC

    Oh, my. So very much snow! We’re having a dusting right now and may get 2-3 inches and our world is already going into “get home and hunker down” mode. Makes me feel like a right proper wussy!

  2. It is a lot of snow Wendy, the infrastructure here is beginning to fray around the edges, like our narrow road where two vehicles cannot get past one another. 2-3 inches of snow can cause a lot of havoc, when it is coming down.

  3. Bex

    I used to kinda want to move to Canada… not so much any more. At one point when it was snowing and windy and cold, I actually uttered the words “I’m starting to think Florida might be a good idea…” but then I took it back quickly and slapped my face for even thinking that thought! I’m over it now. We hardly have any snow left here in Massachusetts, at least on the east coast. I wish you a nice long thaw…

  4. Bex, Canada is great, and I would not want to live anywhere else. BUT, I would like to choose another part of Canada to live in!!! The Niagara area is described by my sister as “God’s Country”. I looked at the web cams for the highways down there this morning, no snow! I LOVE Toronto, Ontario, but cannot afford to live there. There are beautiful places all over Canada that would be seriously awesome places to live.

    If you had to live where we are, I would wish upon you copious funds for snow ploughing, and winter getaways to southern climes. You may have heard the term “snow birds”, Canadians who spend their winters in the warmer USA states, and return to Canada when the weather is nice.

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