The weather forecast on Wednesday turned out to be wildly optimistic and we finished the week with temperatures of nearly -30c and a blizzard. It's hard to imagine the warm damp winter in the UK, when here in Ralston, we're starting our fourth month of continual snow cover.
We're not sure when winter ends either. The ski resorts in the Rockies are open until late May, but people in the village say that May is when the weather really warms up, so I'm not sure how both can be true!
Blackie the cat has shown very little inclination to venture outside since we inherited her. The occasional cold blast of air through the front door as we come and go sends her running back into the warmth of the sitting room. Whatever adventures may await her in the garden can clearly wait till the spring.