Posts tagged ‘spring’

April 21, 2017

“Clang-clang-clang!” – it’s spring in northern BC

A sure sign of spring in Northern British Columbia: northern flickers hammering away on metal chimney pipes and lamp post caps!!

The northern flicker is a member of the woodpecker family, and, according to Wikipedia, woodpeckers often drum on trees or metal objects to communicate and declare territory. The louder the noise, the better, apparently — hence the metallic clang-clang-clang-clang “song of spring” in northern BC!

February 18, 2014

Observed on the street: A sure sign of spring in Canada

Canada’s The Weather Network today posted the following informal “Question of the Day” on its website:

What is your sure sign of spring: Robins, tulips, melting snow, or other?

Several respondents opted for “other” and used the comment section to remark that their sure sign of spring was the return, around the middle of February, of the Tim Hortons Roll Up the Rim to Win contest.

Only in Canada! 😉

Photo of a losing Tim Hortons Roll Up the Rim to Win cup

April 4, 2013

Why I love (northern) B.C. – A peculiar sign of spring

From a local newspaper in my northern B.C. community:

Spring is in the air.  One way to tell is the number of people you see shovelling snow from their lawns back onto their driveways.

Ha! 🙂

(For those of you who don’t know:  Snow melts faster when it’s spread out in a thin layer rather than piled in huge mounds.  Moving snow from the tall piles alongside your driveway — where you shovelled it during in the winter — back onto your clear driveway surface — where it will melt and evaporate during the day — means that you’ll see your lawn a heck of a lot sooner than you would otherwise!)