The walk too and from church this morning was invigorating. When we left it was -14C, but a balmy -9C when we returned. Definately Long John, scarf, mitts and Parka weather, but weather that makes you glad to live in such a climate. With more of these temperatures and not much more snow, the Rideau Canal skateway will soon be open.
The willows in the photo above are the kind of willow I harvest either in the fall or the spring for my basket making. The long, narrow "Whips" are ideal for making the ribs of my rib baskets.