The first touch of winter came in much more gently this year. Instead of the drama of 2013’s “Snowmaggeddon”, the ice storm that knocked out electric power for whole sections of Toronto and had tree branches crashing down on vehicles and sidewalks, we just got seventeen centimetres of snow.
I took advantage of the fresh snow covering to let Viggo do some off- leash rambling down along the stretch of the Don River which runs through our Riverdale neighbourhood. Knowing that meeting cyclists and joggers is close to zero makes it that much more enjoyable as I walk with my Icelandic Sheepdog on the riverside trail.
Here are some pix from our walks – starting with the overcast first morning of snow. We walk up our Riverdale Street to Broadview, head for the footbridge that goes over the Don Valley Parkway, and then take the steps down to the trail that runs along the river.
The snow fell most of the first day. We returned the next day – and as the pix will show – the snow had stopped falling and the sun was out. So were the kids making use of two of the city’s best hills for snow sliding.
We headed over the bridge to the steps that take us down to the valley trail. I looked over to the other excellent sliding hill – the one by the Riverdale Farm – and could see a few kids already at play. Here is what my camera captured as i pointed the lens at the sun!
On thing about the sun in December – when it sets it sure does so in a hurry. As we approached our front steps I looked back up the street and saw a stunning red sky. The afternoon’s ramble was done.
Update: Well, so much for the snow! It stayed for less than a week. And the forecast for Christmas Eve? Plus10°C and rain! So we can forget about that postcard “white” Christmas. It looks like we’ll have to wait until the New Year for the next installment of snow. Here are some other pix of our walks along the river and the neighbourhood on following days –
A little secret revealed here – to get Viggo into the picture I sometimes toss a treat in the spot where I want him to be. Well, this time the treat got lost in the snow and the Veegs is looking none too happy about it. He got a replacement morsel!