If you are from England you understand the menaing of the title and the words I have tactfully omitted – if not, let’s just say that it has been rather cold lately.  We are currently “enjoying” a period of deep Arctic cold with daytime temperatures around -22degC (windchill below -30degC) and night tempereatures somewhat cooler.  If this continues to the weekend, as they predict, it will be the coldest period in Montreal sonce 1955.

Usually the arboretum is full of dog-walkers when i go to work, but when i dropped in at abut 07:30 this morning I had the entire place to myself – any ideas people may have about the hardiness of Canadians are false.  However, along with this chill comes blue skies and bright sunshine – very nice too.  When it gets this cold the sound of the snow when you walk on it changes due to the different crystal structure … it’s a sort of scrunch-scrunch noise and highly characteristic.  Suffice it to say that coats are being worn thick and heavy this week.

So here are a copuple of pictures taken early this morning and one on the eay home tonight … bracketing the day, as it were.  I am now home in the warm anticipating alcohol and a rib-sticking dinner.

Moonset over the arboretum

Moonset over the arboretum

... and sunrise in the same place

... and sunrise in the same place

Sunset at the end of the day - St-Lawrence River at Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue

Sunset at the end of the day - St-Lawrence River at Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue