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Sunday, May 24th, 2015
10:06 am
May flowers
Not too sure why it's been so long - most of the way through May and the spring has finally exploded. Sunny most days but still a trifle cool at night (frost was promised night before last but I don't think it materialised here). Tulips and daffs more or less over now:
   
but they were attractive while they lasted - it's now down to the dandelions:
   
Rob has been active and the garden now has a range of hanging baskets plus some planted flowers.
   
Elsewhere Minette is climbing the screens:
   
and the Hoya is happily flowering again:
   
Now, if only I could manage to take a decent picture of it...
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
11:30 am
Post-Easter
After a cool Easter Day (snow first thing):


we've had a couple of decent days - but this morning we had some freezing rain followed by heavy rain and just this minute a peal of thunder.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
11:15 pm
Out like a lamb?
Last day of March and it's another bright and sunny one. Still dipped below freezing overnight but up to 5° this afternoon. We've managed two 24 hour periods (though not consecutively) above zero in the last couple of weeks - but had some flurries yesterday afternoon.On to April...
Monday, March 9th, 2015
12:14 am
Something positive
The clocks went forward yesterday morning - and today we had warmer weather: 6° at 4 pm.
Friday, March 6th, 2015
11:49 pm
And into March with... snow
After a record low for the date (-34.1°) on February 20 closed schools for a severe cold warning (below -35° with windchill forecast for over two hours) the weather has continued cold but gradually warming up. Currently, after a fall on Tuesday, there seems more snow piled up than has accumulated for much of the winter.

This morning it was -23.3°, a new record (since 2007) for this date in Kitchener, though Guelph was colder. A little warmer during the day - sunny but a bit of a breeze. The forecast is approaching highs of 0° and by the end of next week may even be above that.
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
10:50 am
Warming up
... but not for long! Yesterday's high was -7°, with a low of -18°; very sunny and pleasant indoors! Rob was back a t work - and had to shovel snow to give access to the crossing. Some minor falls overnight. Overcast this morning - damp; up to -3° before another cold snap tomorrow.
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
9:46 am
Snow Day!
Finally Rob's long-awaited Snow Day arrives - snowed much of yesterday and all night; around 9 in on the windowsills - more on the ground. It was -15° earlier but the sun is now out and it's comfortable indoors! 
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
1:05 pm
Juno - and other weather systems
The news at the beginning of the week was full of dire predictions of record snowfalls blanketing New York as Juno worked its way up the east coast, with cities closing early and transit systems in shutdown togerther with travel bans for Tuesday. As it happened, Boston seems to have borne the brunt and elsewhere got off lightly. Here in Cambridge we had a very light dusting which may have come from the very edge of that system and that was that.
Today we are expecting snow from the west - an Alberta clipper has been making its way towards us and snow was forecast from 0900, though more was expected for the evening rush hour. As the town hall clock was striking 9 it did start to snow - but stopped almost immediately. Rob has a PD day tomorrow so it looks as though the timing for a snow day is a bit adrift...  
Sunday, January 18th, 2015
6:22 pm
Winnie the Pooh Day (I am informed - AA Milne's birthday)
Fairly rapid warming last night - up to 5° when I went to bed - and rain overnight and this morning has washed away most of the not-very-much snow that was lying around. Cooling off again (a half-hearted effort at snow while I was out shopping) but still above zero (1°, so only just... ).
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
12:19 pm
Another bright and sunny day - but very cold. It seems to have bottomed out at -24° around 0800 but the cats and I were warm and toasty indoors while Rob was at work. Warming up (-17° but colder than that with windchill, to -23°).
Monday, January 12th, 2015
1:02 pm
Snow continues
More snow, though not a lot. Currently -2° but the temperature is set to drop this evening (to around -20°) for a few days of intense cold. Guess who's not going out for a bit?
Monday, January 5th, 2015
10:32 am
And cold
Saturday's snow is still here - and it's cold (-14°) for the next few days at least. Bright and sunny, though - just the sort of day to stay in, in fact, so that's just what I intend to do!
Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
2:22 pm
Change?
Warmed up a little (-2°) - snow this morning but forecast is for freezing rain later.
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
10:34 am
After several slightly warmer (above zero!) days it's cooled off again - some light snow locally yesterday and again overnight. It's -1°, likely to warm up over the weekend.
Thursday, December 11th, 2014
10:50 am
And snow...
After a week or so of temperatures around zero it's finally snowed - not a great deal, Waterloo region being on the edge of the system bringing weather from the north east: heavy rain on the east coast (flooding in New Brunswick has closed schools) turning to snow inland (Montreal hit badly) and on to the GTA. Forecast has snow for the rest of the day but none for tomorrow - sun and high(er) temperature (up to 1°). Meanwhile the west coast has heavy rain battering Vancouver and some flooding.
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
6:12 pm
December - snow and decorations
A cool (-6°) but sunny morning; overcast this afternoon and a temperature spike after 4 allowed some snow. The Square now has a tree, the City hall has lights, and Rob is decorating our tree as I write.
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
10:51 pm
And warming up

Cold for much of the last week - only getting above 0° yesterday. Regular snow - though tiny amounts compared to Buffalo (which had the lake effect dumping 1.5m+) and where there is extreme likelihood of flooding as it melts. Rain late today has removed most of what we had. Currently 4° and likely to get warmer still until late Tuesday.

Friday, November 14th, 2014
11:18 am
Snow
After a warm spell (up to 16° on Tuesday) it's cooled down again - a light dusting of wet snow yesterday which didn't settle and more overnight. The street looked attractively seasonal first thing - to go with the lights decorating the streetlamps - but had mostly melted by 11. Now sunny, though still cool: forecast to be a high of 0°. We are in a snow squall warning area!
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
8:10 pm
Clocks change
Clocks went back last night, so we're back to the usual 5 hours behind England. Sunny today, though cool - but warmer than yesterday which was windy and, when I woke up, snowing. Didn't last, of course - stopped by 9 and had melted by 11. Impossible to take a convincing photo of snow falling but here's the evidence:
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Hallowe'en on Friday was damp - no blackout this year, though; stayed in and listened to The War of the Worlds broadcast (again, it seems - Rob says that's what we did last year... ) and had festive pizza and beer. Rob in the swing of things (for the kids, he claims):
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And we now have a slightly pink cat...
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
4:57 pm
September
It's cooling down a bit (14°, rain earlier but now just overcast; due to go down to 4° overnight) but not nearly as much as Calgary...
forecast
Monday afternoon's forecast - and it got worse, with between 20 and 30 cm snow on Wednesday.

Rob considering bringing in the plants from the garden - and taking out the A/C... so autumn fall is definitely on the way!

Here's a pic of the new arrival:

Minette

Minette - actually she's been with us since August 28. Tiny scrap of a thing and cute as the proverbial button - into absolutely everything and has today realised the climbing potential of trousers. Buster still not convinced but he's not actually eaten her yet - although he does tend to hide away in odd corners and sulk.
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