Where have all the sidewalks gone?

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Marilyn Whiteley on December 26, 2007

After a record-breaking snowstorm, our son and many of his neighbours quite understandably gave up the struggle to keep their sidewalks clear!

Richard Ryer on December 27, 2007

"Long time Passing...." PP&M ;-))

Greetings Marilyn, We get these obstacles right after the snow, but then it warms up and they go away. Nice thing about snow in Denver.....a bit like Camelot. Some places will be looking at their record snows well into March :-(

Happy New Years to you and yours.



Lecleire Jacques on December 27, 2007

That kind of snow we never have it in Belgium, so much. Congratulations with your picture. The most of the time we dont see snow in winter...

Greetings, Jacques

Daniela Brocca on December 27, 2007

Hi Marilyn,the same here in Italy.Last time we had so much snow it was in January 1985.But here it's the town council who pay people to clear the sidewalks.You have to clear only the walk in your garden.Greetings Daniela

Marilyn Whiteley on December 27, 2007

Thanks, Bruce, Rich, Jacques, and Daniela, for your comments. In the Ottawa area they are accustomed to large amounts of snow, so usually they can handle it. This time, however, a great deal came within 24 hours. David and Fiona have a very small front yard, and they have to clear the driveway to their garage and also a parking place that they rent to a nearby office worker. When there is a lot of snow, there's not enough space to pile it! (The parking space is where I took the animal tracks photo.) Cheers, Marilyn

Margrit M. Berger (S… on December 27, 2007

That looks like a lot of concretelike snow, Marilyn! I know it of bad experience, because, when we have such a lot and they plough the snow, the piles get solid like concrete until they melt again. I have to be on the lookout to shovel it off, before I can't handle it anymore, or I am locked in. That's why I don't ask for lots of snow. ;)

Cheers, May

Marilyn Whiteley on December 27, 2007

Rich, I'm glad that you heard the tune in the title.

You're quite right, May, about the problem. I think it's particularly bad if traffic compacts it somewhat before it's ploughed or if the temperature gets up to freezing so that it melts a bit and freezes again. Definitely like concrete!

I hope, May, that you had a lovely Christmas birthday. Cheers, Marilyn

©Würmer on December 27, 2007

well, if one waits THIS long to get started...

...we, too, are digging out after the second snow...cough...storm of the 20007-8 season -- and we are at a latitude even 4 degrees further north !

heh! (-;

Marilyn Whiteley on December 27, 2007

Yes, bartowian, the latitude correspondence (or lack of correspondence) never fails to amaze/amuse me. I'll acknowledge that you had snow--but not 37 cm. in one day as they did. (We didn't have that much, either; we're another two degrees farther south of the Ottawa area.)

©Würmer on December 28, 2007

giant's tracks in our driveway...

...and of dino's decendents on our balcony.

Giving up all hope... ;-)

©junebug on December 28, 2007

Wow! Looks like people are almost 'locked-up' in the snow! I have never seen that much snow here, not even in years with 'a lot of' snow! If we had these amounts of snow here, I'm sure traffic and everything else would break down! Greetings, Anne

Marilyn Whiteley on December 28, 2007

Yes, Anne, a lot of snow! My husband's parents lived very near there, and at least one winter driving onto the street was a two-person job. One person drove the car while the other stood on the street and signaled when it was safe to come. The piles of snow were so high that the driver couldn't possibly see whether anything was approaching! Cheers, Marilyn

Lilypon on December 29, 2007

Now that is the kind of snowfall that I remember us getting (and often) when I was a child!

((((David and Fiona))))!!!

Marilyn Whiteley on December 30, 2007

Those were the days, Pam!

To Bruce, I never mentioned that until June, our daughter-in-law worked in Aylmer, and often rode bicycle to work. Nice territory. She now works closer to home, for Parks Canada, in Gatineau (which includes what used to be Hull and Aylmer).

Irina Stenina on December 30, 2007

With the best wishes from Russia. Happy New Year!!! Ira

Marilyn Whiteley on December 30, 2007

Thank you, Ira, and best wishes for the New Year! Marilyn

Roger Sandvik on January 5, 2008

Hi Marilyn :) This looks like southern part of Norway at the moment. Gusty winds and heaps of snow. There were no snow yesterday about 20 hours back, now it's getting a foot and a half. So this is what we get after I wished for some snow to make winter images, he he he. So far I haven't made it out yet. There's chaos on the main roads, especially since the town I live in is a harbour port for continental Europe and there's a lot of long semi trucks having problems on the roads. They skid across the roads, and sometimes off the roads as well according to the news. No way I'm gonna challenge that :) But tomorrow when and if the roads are clear I'll go out and make some pictures and of course angels in the snow, he he he he.

jeeheff on October 8, 2009

That picture is in front of the library right?

Marilyn Whiteley on October 8, 2009

Close, but this is taken on Rou Bourque in front of our son and daughter-in-law's house.

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    by Marilyn Whiteley
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