Across the pond

I have been blogging since February 2013. My mother had died almost a year earlier and I was at a loss for direction. My brother and sister knew that I’d been writing a newsletter for my apartment building for almost 10 years and they suggested I start a blog.   I hadn’t any idea on how to go about that, so I googled it. Google. There’s a whole new Dictionary for the 21st-century and I’m still learning. Words like google or hashtag or bitcom were unknown only a few years ago. Now they’re everywhere. Our language has evolved. I would like to say we have evolved right along with it, but of that I am not too sure.

As I learned about blogging I too evolved.   I learned about brevity. I learned about content and I met some amazing people. I spend almost 2 hours everyday just reading the blogs I follow and my day starts with a blast! Before 8 o’clock I’ve usually had many smiles, a few tears, a couple of guffaws and quite often an education. I look forward to my mornings.

It’s moving into late fall/early winter here in southern Ontario and the mornings are quite . . . dull (and cold). There is a blog I look forward to every morning because she posts incredible pictures of flowers! It’s hard to believe but she’s literally half a world away.   As her world is turning into a hot summer, mine is turning into a cold winter. I like to be reminded with flowers and beautiful skies, that natural warmth still exists. She has asked for winter pictures to prove that cold still happens. Well, I’m very pleased we don’t have any snow (currently) so I went back a few years and pulled out some lovely winter pictures of what it does look like here in the winter.

I used to love the winter. Walking on snow that squeaked because it was so cold. The nights were quiet and so crisp you could see your breath. There would come a point when I could no longer feel my toes or my fingertips. My mother would always have hot chocolate waiting for me. Those are some wonderful memories. And then I grew up.

I don’t miss the snow, it just gets in the way of my wheelchair. I don’t miss the cold. Because I’m no longer walking, I’m not generating any internal body heat, so it’s bloody cold out there! I don’t begrudge others who love to toboggan or ski but they can do it north of me, power to them! I would love to be able to hibernate until say March, maybe April but unfortunately I have a life that I rather enjoy so I schlep on my winter coat and brave the outdoors. I can hardly wait for spring!

But because I have a friend I like, I will endeavour to provide her with the information she requires: Cold weather pictures! If you would like to check out her beautiful flowers, and so much more, you can find her at:                                         



20 thoughts on “Across the pond

  1. Dan Antion

    Well, I’ve been. Blogging longer, but I haven’t learned brevity 😏

    Yours is one of the first blogs I read in the morning. I usually have some time as I start the day, but not enough to read everything. I don’t want to miss this.

    I never thought about the additional problems winter brings to a person in a wheelchair. I’m sorry about that. Now that you mention it, it seems obvious. I admire your spirit. Sharing winter photos is fun, and some of the most beautiful pictures involve snow. I hope you have an easy winter, Pam.

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    1. quiall Post author

      Dan that is so sweet! I’m your fist! (Sorry I could not resist!) I also read your’s first thing. I enjoy your banter and of course dear Maddie. We will survive winter and blossom once more with spring.

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  2. scifihammy

    Hello! And thank you so much!! 😀
    I saw all your snow photos in my Reader and Yay! they made me so happy! Today is a really hot hot hot day, without a breath of wind, so I am especially grateful. Then as I read further I realised your snow photos were just for me! Thank you so very much. You are very good friend. And I hope for your sake that winter is kind to you 🙂

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  3. Mark Lanesbury

    Ok then Pam, I won’t mention my dressing up in a pair of shorts and t-shirt ready for another warm day 😀
    Mind you, ‘down under’ has been rather strange this year. In very early Spring we had not had any rain all winter practically, and it got temperatures up to 37C (where it would only normally be around the early to mid twenties), and then hasn’t stopped raining since with temperatures only reaching those mid twenties still. Usually by now your starting to find shade, water…anything to cool down.
    Mind you I’m not complaining…or the weather gods might compensate me, with a few of our 35C plus days to ‘cheer me up’ 😀
    Great pics by the way, it is a winter wonderland over there and I find your ‘land’ is a very beautiful country with its terrain and green landscapes. It has always ‘seemed’ comfortable, maybe I had a life or two over your way and it feels like ‘home’ 😀
    But I still haven’t seen snow, I must go next winter and have a look see what all the fuss is about 😀

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  4. Sunshine Jansen

    There’s one thing I love about winter and it’s the quiet nights hearing nothing but the occasional owl (if I’m lucky). But I have to commute by bus to work and I’m not looking forward to that… My walking stick gets along with snow just about as well as your chair! 🙂

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