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Wintery Walk in Kelowna

Until we arrived, there hadn’t been a whole lot of snow in Kelowna. One afternoon, though, there was a sudden flurry, which sent me scurrying outside with a camera.

Lantern in SnowWith the heavy cloud cover and swirling snowflakes, both sound and light were muted and even without converting to black and white, the world did appear in soft shades of muted grey.

Tree BarkExcept, of course, these trees… I think they are Douglas Fir Ponderosa Pine trees, but maybe Kelowna locals (or tree buffs) can help me out [thank you Karen, for your comment. I knew someone would set me straight)! Brilliant red blistering hot against the cool backdrop – they were spectacular.

BarkClose-up, the bark seemed ancient and very alive surrounded by all that wintery dormancy.

It was such a pleasure to take a good camera (thanks, Dad!) and wander around with no purpose other than to take a few photos. Though my iphone is great and does an amazing job of capturing the many moments of the everyday, it’s a whole other experience to be outside looking, looking, looking. Everything seems suddenly fascinating in a way I rarely take time to notice.

Icy WaterNote to self: More photo walks next year, please. That was fun!

Welcome, Babar! Go Away, Snow! (NABLOPOMO)

Welcome, good sir...

Welcome, good sir…

Babar the Cotswold ram arrived today and is now in with the ewes to be bred. Given it was a perpetual motion kind of day, it’s actually a minor miracle I managed to get this quick (terrible) shot when our new boy arrived in the sheep shelter. It didn’t help that he had no interest in posing, but immediately dove into the grain bucket…

After polishing off the few morsels of grain left in the tub, he shot out the door and chased the girls around. I'm sure he's thinking he's arrived in a pretty cool place!

After polishing off the few morsels of grain left in the tub, he shot out the door and chased the girls around. I’m sure he’s thinking he’s arrived in a pretty cool place! This did not, however, make for a relaxed photo session.

Rushing around for the humans continued after the ram delivery – had to do a bit of Christmas shopping (it’s never too late to get started…) and then convince all the Christmas turkeys that, yes, they really were going to bunk up together even though they hardly know the rejects from the breeding group. How, exactly, they can tell each other apart, I don’t know – but they certainly keep track of who’s who and today there was an awful lot of restructuring going on in the turkey hierarchy.

Then, the rest of the evening chores by headlamp as the turkey rodeo went on for far too long and darkness overtook me before I was done… A very long sigh when I spotted Olivia’s piglets ambling around nonchalantly with the adult hogs (what!?). Nothing to be done at that point except open up all the gates between the pens to make sure everyone could find room in a proper shelter during the night.

Good thing I did so because when I went down to the barn to do the late hay rounds for the horses and goats, it looked like the farm had been transplanted into the inside of a snow globe.Okay. Thank you. That's enough snow now... Okay. Thank you. That’s enough snow now…

No relief in sight (except, perhaps, for the snow… the temperatures are supposed to stay mild, so I doubt this will stick around for long). Busy, busy for the next few days and right into the holidays. Despite myself, I am feeling most definitely festive!

NABLOPOMO – The Littlest Snowman

I was hustling down to the sheep field in the dark in search of a couple of stray ducks when I nearly stepped on this cute little fellow:

For scale, his eyes are about the size of raisins...

For scale, his eyes are about the size of raisins, his arms the size of matchsticks…

Perhaps six inches tall, his spindly little twig arms looked to be in desperate need of a sweater! (I know there are others out there who are suffering truly dreadful temperatures, but we are sitting at -4 C with 50 km/h winds so it feels quite a bit colder than that and, keep in mind, we are not used to such wintery weather!) Despite the cold, we didn’t get much snow which is probably why the neighbor’s children could only scrape together enough snow to make this adorable micro-snowman.

It did make me wonder about snowmen and their origins. Turns out the first illustration of a snowman was found in the margins of The Book of Hours dating back to 1380 [this, according to Wikipedia).

Bethel, Maine seems to be famous for its massive snowman – in 2008 they defended their World’s Largest Snowman title by building a 122 feet 1 inch snow-woman dubbed Olympia Snowe after the senior Republican US Senator representing Maine [again, thanks to Wikipedia for this nugget of snowy trivia].

HUGE snowperson in Maine.

I remember many nose-run-inducing sessions spent outside as a child (when I actually did live in legitimately cold parts of Canada – places like Banff, Calgary, and Fort McMurray…) building various snow people, snow forts, snow tunnels, and snow benches. But never (perhaps because of the abundance of snow available) did I ever think to construct such an adorable diminutive version of the species. It makes me want to go outside right now and build a little army of them marching up the side of the driveway.

Though, not enough to actually bundle up – again – and brave that nasty north wind. Instead, I’ll post a public thanks to the kids out there who don’t seem to mind grovelling around on the ground, rolling and pushing and shaping and moulding all that wet, white, cold stuff into delightful quasi-people for the rest of us to enjoy.

Here's the cheater version - no need for mittens, boots, snowsuits, shovels, or excessive nose-blowing. If you squat down and squint a bit, you could almost fool yourself into thinking there was an actual snowman out there...

Here’s the cheater version – no need for mittens, boots, snowsuits, shovels, or excessive nose-blowing. If you squat down and squint a bit, you could almost fool yourself into thinking there was an actual snowman out there…

Does anyone know if it’s possible to post photos into the comments? If so, please feel free to post photos of your friendly neighbourhood snow people. If not, then a link would be the next best thing! That way I won’t even have to go outside to enjoy their frosty faces!