SIGNS OF SPRING IN OTTAWA
I love Ottawa, it has been an honour and a privilege to live here for the last four winters. Yes, that's how we measure time in the nation's capital; not in years, but in winters.
- •It is minus 20C on the official first day of Spring.And it snows. A lot.
- •There is a thaw.Ice falls off the roofs of tall buildings, putting the lives of innocent passers-by in grave danger. You MUST wear Hunter wellington boots or Ottawans will think you are a peasant.
- •More snow.Adults start to weep.
- •Suddenly, it is PLUS 20C.Ottawans discard their fleecy layers and head to patios to drink and get their seasonal dose of Vitamin D. Everyone forgets about winter (it is a similar thing to mothers forgetting about the pain of childbirth when they bond with their babies).