I hear ya, Lynx! I grew up in Montreal, so I know what you're talking about! Only a couple of minor adjustments...
[quote]Originally posted by LynxSpring. Specifically, late spring - overlapping in to early summer. [quote]
I always loved the early spring -- when the ground was just starting to wake up and for the first time you could smell the mud -- not even a particularly pretty smell, but it was the first sign of re-awakening -- and it's the only thing I miss about the eastern climate.
[quote]Winter is a disaster in Canada. I miss days at work because the country roads are unsafe. I used to like snow untill I was old enough to have to drive in it. [quote]
And nothing more annoying than shovelling your car our from the snowdrift, going out to do an errand that really does need the wheels, and coming back 30 minutes later to find that precious spot occupied.
[quote]Plus nothing is more unbearable than being chilled to the bone.
Summer is slightly better because it's a very social season. But at least when you're cold you can always add another layer of clothes. You can only get so naked. I'm not a fan of extreme temperatures.[quote]
[quote]Fall is okay, but it's sort of grey with the foreboding feeling of the winter ahead.[quote]
Well, the leaves are pretty nice!
[quote]My absolute favourite time of the year is when the leaves are fresh on the trees, you don't have to wear a jacket, and the world feels so energized. Early spring (like right now) is kind of yucky, what with all the mud, grey skies and rain. From mid-April to June is my perfect time of year, when colours are intense, the sun is friendly and everyone is happy to be outside. [quote]
There aren't the extremes here in Vancouver, and I certainly don't miss them. But Spring is still my favourite, right from the first over-eager blossoms that think they should start in January -- but especially right now, when all the flowering trees are a riot of colour -- I think flowering trees are Mother Nature's way of saying "Wake up, silly humans! It's not winter any more!"
Here's a shot from a couple of weeks ago, one of my favourite clumps of flowering loveliness, on the UBC campus...