On Friday, it was nearly 13 degrees celsius - a beautiful sunny day. Things were melting so fast that you could hear melt water rushing off roofs all over the city. It was also really windy so it felt like it was raining continuously in our backyard with all the water droplets being blown off the roof. Very strange and obviously the canal had to close.
Usually I cheer the first signs of spring, but family friend Angie was due to arrive from England to skate on the canal and winterlude wasn't over yet. So we all prayed hard for cold weather and were very pleased when part of the canal reopened early Sunday morning.
Janice, Angie, Elizabeth and I decided to skate home from church. We admired the somewhat melted ice sculptures, and noticed that quite a number of them had either disappeared entirely or had pieces missing. New sculptures were being carved while we walked through. I have to say that while I was disappointed with the lack of sculptures the first weekend, the strategy did pay off. There were new sculptures being created pretty much throughout the entire Winterlude festival, giving people a chance to see how they were done and preventing the weather from interfering with the sculptures too much.
The canal itself was crazy crowded ("rush hour on the canal"). We laced up next to an older gentleman who allegedly was wearing Bobby Orr's old skates and hadn't skated in thirty years. He had a wrist brace on one arm from a "nearly healed" wrist fracture that he'd received skiing. I told him to be careful but wished he had someone or something to hold on to because I was nervous he was going to break something else!
When we got home Uncle Dave found a strange lump in our couch. Then the lump decided she'd like to paint so we tried out Crayola's "mess free" Color Wonder fingerpaints. They are a little strange. I think they'd be better if the paints weren't all clear goo when you put it on the paper. I have to admit that they ARE less messy, but I'm not sure I'd buy them again. I missed the visual feedback of real paint (and being able to actually mix the paints together).