I C Ice
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So, the storm is finally over, 30cms of snow all in all.
We saw in the Winterlude book that there was a free pancake breakfast so we were up nice and early on Saturday and made our way down to Confederation park where it was. I was excited because I hardly ever have pancakes, not even on pancake day. Turns out they weren't English pancakes. Maybe I was just being naive but I kinda hoped you know? Never mind, they were perfectly edible and me being me they weren't wasted. Although mine were cold, and so was the maple syrup they poured on them. Not sure if they were both meant to vbe warm, or just one, or neither *shrugs* ah well. After our free breakfast we headed to the Museum of Nature, it was free before noon so we decided to check it out.
The nature programme was one that the BBC had made, narated by Sir David Attenbourgh (one of my heroes) and it made out the Dung Beetle to be some sort of secret agent, sent out on a dangerous mission to save there world.
Yesterday we checked out the Winterlude festival. The weather was pretty good, the sun bright and strong in the sky, I had to take my hat and gloves off at one stage because it was so warm! There was a lot of people at the Park, drawn out by the mild weather and there was plenty for them to see. There were ice scupltures everywhere, from the one block challenge sculptures sitting in a circle, with rosettes for the winners, attesting to their skill to the individual multi block sculptures, which unfortunately were wilting under the intense glare of the sun. Water dripped from each sculpture, here and there at the base of the sculpture were shattered pieces of ice, where parts had given in and fallen, showing just how fragile these detailed works of art really are. By far the most elaborate were the pairs multi block sculptures. Each pair had been given thirty hours to create a work of art out of 18 blocks of ice, and they had come up trumps. Towering figures and images, each more detailed than the last were standing side by side, these magnificent pieces thankfully protected from the sun under tents.
Rachel and I wandered around admiring all the pieces and then decided to try one of the local fares, a Beavertail. No I haven't fallen off the veggie wagon, and if I did it wouldn't be to eat something as tough and horrid as a beaver's tail! Its a type of pastry thats flattened to resemble a beavers tail and glazed with butter, then covered with a topping of your choice. We settled on just sugar, we didn't think chocolate or garlic & chesse would appeal to us. It was not bad, I've had better but when in Rome huh!