White Christmas Sneaks In

Our friend and neighbour Paul Knettig took these photos from below his house just before Christmas when we had another one of those wild windstorms that like to lash us  throughout the winter on Vancouver Island. The road on this narrow spit leads to a wider piece of land that has a military base on it. It serves as a cadet camp in the summer time but is maintained year round. It is important to them to keep the road passable, but on occasion, extra high tides and strong winds combine to  make a storm surge that overflows the road. Last week parts of the road were looking a bit dicey as you can see from the photos.

Goose Spit road

Goose Spit road

Not a good day for a swim

Not a good day for a swim

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Driftwood floating and tossed around

Driftwood floating and tossed around

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In the photo above, see the kite surfer on the upper right corner? Brave or foolish? Regardless, they had fun.

Churning waters


Churning waters

Spilling onto the road

Spilling onto the walkway

Shower anyone?

Shower anyone?

You may think that the photo that follows is out of place. Well, it is, in a way. After this wild windy weather and tons of rain, it looked as if Christmas Day would be a dreary affair this year. But what a surprise we had when it started to snow and kept on snowing all morning.
The photo below was taken by me and is by no means of the quality of Paul’s photos (above), but I wanted to show the contrast of the weather, and how it changed in a very short time.

Christmas morning


Christmas morning

By early afternoon it was raining again and all the snow was gone by evening. That suited us fine because although the snow is pretty to look at, it’s not much fun to drive in. But at least it turned out to be a perfect Christmas Day.

What will the future bring us?  More of the everchanging sameness, I’m sure. Wind , then rain, followed by rain, then wind. A little snow squall in between.

35 thoughts on “White Christmas Sneaks In

  1. Hey..you got our “expected” White Christmas/ which never happened.
    Love the surf and wild Ocean photos..it reminded me of Sea Ranch and how we loved to walk the bluffs when the Ocean was roaring.

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  2. Thanks. My friend Paul who took these photos has a lot more skill with the camera than I do. It’s one of my goals to get a better camera and learn how to use it. And you’re right, these storms are impressive when you can take the time to admire them and not think about the power outages that often come with them. The snow was a nice touch just for Christmas morning.

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    • In the summertime, yes. It’s a popular beach. Also on either Boxing Day or New Year’s Day they have the polar bear swim for fools who want to jump into the icy water for a few seconds to prove… I don’t know what.

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  3. Cool photos. Is it common for Vancouver to get snow? If I ever get the courage to get on a plane again, Vancouver is my first stop. It looks so beautiful there, at least in the summer time or fall. 😉

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    • Not really. Vancouver might get a dump or two through the winter but normally it’s rain and wind. Vancouver is a nice city, as cities go. We live on Vancouver Island, across the water from Vancouver, so we don’t get the big city bustle as much. If you ever come to Vancouver in the winter bring an umbrella.

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    • This is exactly our problem here. We don’t get snow often enough for people to learn how to drive in it very well. We have TERRIBLE drivers when it snows! Best to stay home and wait for rain. But you can’t do that in a country where the snow stays all winter. I wish you all the best for the New Year, Bente. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. “See you” next year.

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  4. Finally had time to play catch up on your stories. I so enjoyed reading them and the pictures are always so perfect . I think you always better and already great talent. Thank you for sharing it.

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