Snow Days

SnowThis cartoon was inspired by my recent trip to Canada, but seems equally appropriate for the UK at the moment.  I’m certainly unused to extreme cold weather and although it was a relatively balmy -14 degrees Celcius in Canada, I suffered from chill blains on my fingers and frost nip on my legs.

Every morning we discussed the temperature over breakfast then dressed accordingly.  The mere act of getting dressed for a day out in Canada is a process in itself, and there is something to be said for an organised approach.  It wasn’t until the third or fourth day of the holiday that I realised you need to have all your essentials ready first. Then and only then should you get on with the business of donning your outdoor gear.  Even when I’d mastered that element, it was another day or so before I learnt to avoid expiration by putting my had, scarf and coat on last.   Yes, I’m slow!

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January Canadian Scenes

 

These colours are completely natural.  I haven't tampered with the image at all!

Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka

Lake Louise

Snow covered trees

Lake Louise

Birch Trees

Banff

View from Bow River, Banff

Castle Mountain

View of the Rockies from 1A

I’ve just returned from a week in Canada and am suffering from a colossal case of jetlag.  Our ten hour prison sentence, ahem, I mean flight, was marred by the seemingly unbreakable vocal cords of a small, unhappy child.  That, and being squeezed into a space more suited to a cat than a human, meant sleep was unattainable for over 24hours!  On the plus side, we did manage to see the fabulous Northern Lights through the airplane window, which I’d have missed if my eye were shut!  Why thank you small, screaming devil child!

On arrival in the UK, all the stories of heavy snowfall were confirmed and although the flight wasn’t delayed, the plane’s hold doors froze shut so it took an hour and a half for our bags to arrive!  Surely they must be prepared for this type of scenario? It took so long that I started to have visions of baggage handling crew frantically licking the hold doors in a desperate attempt to free our bags!   I’m sure there’s a cartoon there somewhere.

Anyway,  apart from that, the holiday was fantastic.  The food was more than ample (as per North American quotas) and the scenery was breathtaking.  I have a few cartoons that I’m mulling over, but before I put pen to paper, I thought I’d share a few travel snapshots.