Louise Queen

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A few snowy snapshots from round n’ about!

In My day to day on January 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm

So after a very green November and December, Nova Scotia is once again starting to look like a winter wonderland. Here are a few random snapshots we’ve taken whilst out and about the last few weeks.

Snowbanks at Walmart

Snowed In!

Follow the leader

Cameron

Snack time

Cameron spent 2 hours this morning shoveling the driveway! We have to admit that as much as we love our ocean view we are looking forward to moving back into town next month – more on that soon…

Snowshoeing

In My day to day on January 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm

According to Wikipedia… “In the past, snowshoes were essential tools for fur traders, trappers and anyone whose life or living depended on the ability to get around in areas of deep and frequent snowfall, and they remain necessary equipment for forest rangers and others who must be able to get around areas inaccessible to motorized vehicles when the snow is deep. However, today snowshoes are mainly used for recreation, primarily by hikers and runners who like to continue their hobby in wintertime. Snowshoeing is easy to learn, and in appropriate conditions is a relatively safe and inexpensive recreational activity.”

Our experience with snow shoes began this Christmas when Cameron’s parents kindly bought us both a set – only for recreation, no fur-trapping!

Traditional Snowshoe

Traditional Snowshoe

Our new Snowshoes

Our new Snowshoes

Christmas here was a non starter, with only patches of the white stuff available, however almost a foot of fresh snow in the last 24 hours made today the perfect time to try them out.

Bigfoot!

Bigfoot!

Adventuring

Adventuring

Too nasty a day to go very far, but a couple of circuits of our garden and driveway already showed us how much easier these big feet make winter walking. Neither of us fell over, even in the deeper drifts so we reckon our first adventure was officially a success!

Snowy feet

Snowy feet

Frost Heaving

In My day to day on April 18, 2009 at 11:18 am

It may sound like a nasty disease but do not fear. Frost heaving (or frost heave) is the process by which the freezing of water-saturated soil causes the deformation and upward thrust of the ground surface.

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example 2

As the ground surface is thrust upwards this in turn has an affect on trees, plants, driveways, house foundations and other similar structures.

So what actually is happening…
As the mean air temperature drops in the fall of the year, the surface of the ground will freeze. With the lower air temperatures of approaching winter, the freezing plane slowly penetrates the soil. In a fine-grained moist soil a peculiar phenomenon occurs. At the freezing plane, the water in the soil turns to ice. This is, in effect, a drying action and water in the unfrozen soil beneath moves toward the freezing plane in the same way that water will move from moist soil to dry soil. This water, on reaching the freezing plane, is able to flow through and around the soil particles there and to join the ice crystals above, thus adding to the growth of a lens or layer of pure ice. Pressure is developed so that the ice and soil above it are lifted.

All I really know is that a lot of the roads around these parts are not all that much fun to drive on at the moment. However, as things gradually keep warming up the roads supposedly even out again (well at least until next winter).

Where has the Lake gone?

In My day to day on February 4, 2009 at 10:00 am

Sunday = another bright, sunny, gorgeous day will plenty of snow if you know where  look for it….

Track to Lake Mushamush

Track to Lake Mushamush

Cameron and I decided to pack us some sandwiches and head out for the afternoon..

Us

Us

After lunch it was time to head up the track and see what we could find. Lake Mushamush is located approximately 5 miles from Bridgewater and couldn’t be more different from the town. It is a haven for relaxing, canoeing and walking. And looks beautiful covered in snow/ice.

The Lake

The Lake

Here we are standing on the beach and behind us is nothing but water (under enough ice to support half a dozen snowmobilers, however thick that is).

After a little stroll, Mr Queen, decided that it was playtime…

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Getting Ready for Winter

In My day to day on November 15, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Here are all the logs that we had delivered the other day in preparation for the next few months – the forecast is for the coldest winter here in a while. I would like to point out though that I didn’t leave all the hard work to Cameron and his Dad, I did my share and even have the bruises to prove it 🙂

Wood Arriving

Wood Arriving

Stacking them up

Stacking them up