The first day of Spring is not a real spring. We still have snow and frost. However there are a lot of small things showing that spring is coming.
Have a nice weekend my Friends.
Christmas is the main and most picturesque holiday of the year. A lot of people are waiting for that dreamy time with anticipation. It is a magic time with beautiful Christmas Trees, Santa Clause Parade, wonderful decorations everywhere, Christmas songs and carols. People are excited with the Christmas shopping to make gifts for their families, kids and loves. Everybody dreams of a White Christmas like in Irving Berlin song. But sometimes unexpected events overshadow that lovely holiday.
On the night of December 22 in Toronto freezing rain broke Christmas plans for many people. In a few hours trees and bushes covered with a thick crust of ice. Electrical lines and wires could not carry so heavy weight and start to brake. Trees fell down. City and Province of Ontario dived into the darkness. In the morning about 350 thousand people did not have power at their houses.
In everyday life we do not realize how we are dependent of electricity. If it happens to lose it there is a terrible sense of discomfort. But when it goes on for long hours and days the sense of feeling discomfort turn into disaster. In the wintertime that situation is getting worse because of lack of heat. And finally short and gloomy winter daylight drives people in state of depression. Such feelings were observed during the Christmas period in many places of Toronto.
Fortunately, not the entire city was in darkness, and people could move to their relatives, friends, and acquaintances.
City and provincial authorities and services actively worked on troubleshooting, but the damages were huge and many people did not have power until December 29. Even today, December 30, the day of publication of that post, about two and a half thousand people remain without electricity.
But the world around looked beautiful. Crystals on the trees and bushes were magic. When a few days later the sun came out everything was shine and sparkling.
Snow whirled and fluttered in the air and laid over the frozen ground.
Over the past few years White Christmas came to Toronto for the first time.
Yesterday was frosty day with heavy snow. Blizzard raged full day long. In one day city was covered with white coverlet. Through the window everything looked black and white. Frost decorated windows with beautiful drawing. Unlike that home Christmas decoration is warm and colourful.
That was lovely tradition in Toronto to have Cavalcade of Lights for four weekends prior Christmas. Unfortunately, for few last years that event takes place only once by the Holiday season. Toronto people love that picturesque show and Phillips Square where that happen usually full of citizens and guests of the city. The Firework firing from the roof of the City Hall an all building is under the fire and smoke. Sounds of Firework and Music from the stage at the feet of building, people wowing, applauding and laughing everywhere create excitement and even ecstatic in this whole organism. With the last volley it gains its highest level. Suddenly everything comes down like nothing happened few minutes ago. It is saddest moment of the event. Another year has to pass to get that half an hour emotional energy charge.
December already came. It is winter in the calendar although the official winter in Canada is going to come on December 20. We had already in Toronto and area snowstorm and frost but it is like a reminder from the nature that we have to be ready for the real one.
This is why we have to say final good bye to Autumn and celebrate its last warm and sunny days. It is hard to believe we had that kind of day just couple weeks ago.
People enjoy themselves with the last sunny and warm weekend. On the bank of Lake Ontario there are a lot of cozy places to relax and rest of the weekly routine.
The third day of November was the usual partly cloudy and sunny day in Toronto. There were no rain and wind. But it was the last chance to see the fall colour. Next day rain and wind washed all that beauty out. Now we have mostly grey and rainy November days. The nature is waiting for the white winter attire. My daily companion iPhone helped to save this day for your review.
It is going to be white and green very soon with the snow and pine tree. Good bye Autumn! Welcome Winter!
Modern Toronto is a typical metropolis and it is difficult to know Canada through it. There are certainly some unique features that distinguish Toronto from other large cities in the world, but the spirit of Canada located in small towns.
Peterborough is one of those places. Cute and charming town situated on the banks of Otonabee River. There are two of the most distinctive and remarkable places it the town –
Lift Lock and Del Crary Park.
Otonabee River is part of the Trent-Severn Waterway, providing a link from Lake Ontario to Lake Huron. Also, Trent Canal runs through the very eastern portion of the city and is home to the Peterborough Lift Lock the largest and highest hydraulic boat lift in the world (65 feet or 19.8 meters).
Peterborough parks, canal, alleys picturesque covered with autumn colour.
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