The calendar tells me it’s the first week of Spring but it’s actually been colder here than the first week of Winter was back in December! We’re feeling a bit trapped between that no-mans land between Winter and Spring, hence the “Spring-ter” in the post title if you haven’t figured it out yet.
Whilst the weather makes up its mind which way to go I thought I’d show you a few photos of the last days of Winter, a bit late as they’re from the first two weekends in March, but I’ve had strep throat and my step-father is in hospital in England after suffering a nasty fall. No broken bones, amazingly, but he’s pretty banged up and needed stitches on his face, he’s being kept in for a few days for observation and to make sure that he’s able to get about under his own steam again.
These first few are from our skiing trip to Petoskey. We forgot the camera on the first day, which is a shame as it was beautiful and sunny and just so pretty. These are from the Sunday when it was grey and show showery all day, it wasn’t very cold though, not much below freezing and the snow conditions were perfect. And as Andrew always says, it doesn’t matter how dull the day, or how many people are on the slopes, he can spot me a mile off!
And as you can see, on Sunday we practically had the place to ourselves. Anyone who had come up for the weekend was leaving by Sunday lunchtime for the drive home, but as we weren’t leaving until the Monday it worked out perfectly.
And on the Monday, before leaving, we walked along the harbour in Petoskey as it was a stunning day. Actually, let me rephrase that, we walked ON the harbour in Petoskey! Little Traverse Bay was completely frozen over, there were tire tracks on it from trucks heading out to do some ice fishing, and snow-mobile tracks too plus lots of footprints!
Back at home a weekend later and the weather couldn’t have been more different, highs of 21C soon put paid to all of our remaining snow.
Since then we’ve been back down to -8C, mostly after the official start of Spring, but at least that’s given us plenty of indoor time to continue ripping out the bathroom, which is now a big empty space, warts and all. And we have a lot of work ahead of us! But more on that another time.