|We enjoyed snowdrops every February for the past 9 years living in Victoria, BC.|
In a shocking state of affairs, Linda and I are realizing that we moved from snowdrops to snowdrifts when we shifted our home base from the west coast of Canada to its eastern shores. Weather wise it could not have happened in a more contrasting time than this past winter.
While the west coast has been basking in record high temperatures this winter, the east coast has been the exact opposite. Locals in Nova Scotia tell us they haven't seen a cold and snowy winter like this for decades.
|This was our February this year near Digby, NS.|
Meteorologists confirm the local knowledge - this has been a record-breaking winter in Nova Scotia. The area has had colder temperatures and deeper drifts than any time since records have been kept out here. But it's not all bad.
This eastern record-smashing winter has been an excellent excuse to hunker down and do some serious hibernating in our new location. When we haven't been under the covers we have been huddling by the wood fire, something we have only been able to enjoy previously while camping.
Our house has felt like a back country cabin, the kind that we used to have to drive to the mountains and cross country ski to over long trails in order to enjoy. And I have had one of the best winters of my life for snowshoeing.
Our winter has been similar to our shift to simpler living - some of the changes can be difficult to make, but an improved quality of life is the result. Before long you come to love it.
Having said that, we are ready for spring. So ready. I want to see flowers in the ground, not in a vase.