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Old Oct 27th 2004, 9:56 pm
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I just watched a great programme on BBC2 about the Ukatak adventure race, which covers 500 Ks starting in Quebec, over what they described as 'frozen wilderness'. What a race!

The sight of all that beautiful snow has made me jealous, though. I wish for it at about this time every year when the weather starts to turn colder, but living near the British Edmonton, we hardly ever see any.

Does anyone have any recent snowy pictures they could post?

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Old Oct 27th 2004, 10:03 pm
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Not recent but here goes..

http://britishexpats.com/photopost/s...cat=500&page=2

http://britishexpats.com/photopost/s...cat=500&page=2

http://britishexpats.com/photopost/s...cat=500&page=1

Cant say i am waiting with baited breath myself.

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Old Oct 28th 2004, 2:58 am
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Originally Posted by sandyback
I just watched a great programme on BBC2 about the Ukatak adventure race, which covers 500 Ks starting in Quebec, over what they described as 'frozen wilderness'. What a race!

The sight of all that beautiful snow has made me jealous, though. I wish for it at about this time every year when the weather starts to turn colder, but living near the British Edmonton, we hardly ever see any.

Does anyone have any recent snowy pictures they could post?

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We've had two weeks of snow and sub-zero highs so far ... personally I'd like to see a chinook.
 
Old Oct 28th 2004, 3:08 am
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Originally Posted by sandyback
I just watched a great programme on BBC2 about the Ukatak adventure race, which covers 500 Ks starting in Quebec, over what they described as 'frozen wilderness'. What a race!

The sight of all that beautiful snow has made me jealous, though. I wish for it at about this time every year when the weather starts to turn colder, but living near the British Edmonton, we hardly ever see any.

Does anyone have any recent snowy pictures they could post?

Sandy.

I said exactly that this time last year when I was still living in the Uk. Moved over in January 2004 and by the end of April I was begging for the snow to go. As much as I love it, I don't wish for it too soon!!
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I'm in training for the Yukon quest http://www.yukonquest.org/ This has been an ambition of mine for the last few years.
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My lil fella was clomping around in his ski boots last weekend trying to wish the snow to fall - only 6 years old and a complete ski fiend!

But in sunny Vancouver (well, it was today!) I think it'll be another 6 weeks before the snow really hits the mountains!

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My lil fella was clomping around in his ski boots last weekend trying to wish the snow to fall - only 6 years old and a complete ski fiend!

But in sunny Vancouver (well, it was today!) I think it'll be another 6 weeks before the snow really hits the mountains!

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I'm in training for the Yukon quest http://www.yukonquest.org/ This has been an ambition of mine for the last few years.
Just checked the website. 1000miles of dog farts, wee and poo spraying in your face.......nutter springs to mind hawkeye!!!!
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I'm in training for the Yukon quest http://www.yukonquest.org/ This has been an ambition of mine for the last few years.

WOW!! Well the very best of luck hawkeye, although I'm sure it's more about determination than luck! Hope you manage to do it, and it goes well for you.

Iaink, thanks for the photos, they helped ease the craving.

Maybe when we finally get to move, I'll be like ukjo and mr and mrs G, and get fed up with the snow, but I seriously doubt it...

Like your son, ClareBC, I've got my boots ready to stomp, but mine are pink and furry It's really nice that your son is looking forward to skiing, though. I'm not sure if it's a particularly British thing, but I know so many children over here whose idea of sport is sitting in front of a Playstation

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I'm in training for the Yukon quest http://www.yukonquest.org/ This has been an ambition of mine for the last few years.
Having done some dogsledding... I have no desire for 1000miles of smelly dogs arses as my primary view...

Plus as I'm sure you know.. they shit and piss on the run... so Its active arses you get to watch too... complete with splash back and when the runners hit the shite at speed its non too pleasant....
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Diary of a Snow Shoveler
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December 8: 6:00 PM.
It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9:
We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the Whole World? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life.

December 12:
The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we'll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man I'm glad he's our neighbor.

December 14:
Snow lovely snow! 8" last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn't huff and puff so.

December 15:
20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.

December 16:
Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ass on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17:
Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20:
Electricity's back on, but had another 14" of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling. Took all day. Goddamn snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.

December 22:
Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white shit fell today, and it's so cold it probably won't melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to piss. By the time I got undressed, pissed and dressed again. I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter; but he says he's too busy. I think the asshole is lying.

December 23:
Only 2" of snow today. And it warmed up to 0o. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she nuts!!! Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she's lying.

December 24:
6". Snow packed so hard by snowplow, l broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the son of a bitch who drives that snowplow, I'll drag him through the snow by his balls. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I've just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas Carols with her and open our presents, but I was busy watching for the goddamn snowplow.

December 25:
Merry Christmas. 20 more inches of the [email protected]@!x!x1 slop tonight. Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. God I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's an idiot. If I have to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" one more time, I'm going to kill her.

December 26:
Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She's really getting on my nerves.

December 27:
Temperature dropped to -30o and the pipes froze.

December 28:
Warmed up to above -50. Still snowed in. THE BITCH is driving me crazy!!!!!

December 29:
10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

December 30:
Roof caved in. The snow plow driver is suing me for a million dollars. The wife went home to her mother. 9" predicted.

December 31:
Set fire to what's left of the house. No more shoveling.

January 8:
I feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?
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I guess we all look forward to that first snow fall but it sure changes after Jan31....and we wish it would go away. I still love a good snowstorm, love it when they tell us we are going to have 25cms....we just put another log in the woodstove and sit and wait for the snow to start falling. Then the days you get thoses huge snowflakes that just stick to ya!
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sitting here with a silly grin, I'm sure my coworkers are wondering what I'm reading !
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excellent, very funny... looking forward to our first canadian winter with slight trepidation!
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