Point & Shoot: Shopping in a snowstorm

Navigating Snowdrifts

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ur weekends generally follow a familiar pattern: breakfast like kings, lounge around in PJ’s until the afternoon, then get out and do something with the remainder of the day.

Like groundhogs we stay holed up long past the time everyone else is up. Most Canadian families are early weekend risers, groggily driving kids to distant ice-rinks and shivering into their coffee while hockey coaches hone the next Gretzky. There’s an advert running at the moment that portrays this group effort beautifully. #WeAllPlayForCanada


This weekend we had errands to run. (It’s funny, ‘running errands’ was a phrase I never used before we moved to Canada, but everyone says it here and it seems I’m becoming assimilated!)

With T’s birthday a week away we still needed to pick up a few things so after a hearty breakfast (that saw K spread butter on his warm muffin – is someone else assimilating?) and some GORGEOUS Costa Rican coffee we headed out into the snowstorm.

In Canada you don’t let a trifling inconvenience like a blizzard interfere with your plans. The snowfall seemed to ease so K shovelled the drive before we left – not that you could tell by the time we got home.

All in all a productive day: grocery shop done (with dancing), party loot bags sorted and, an extra, never-before-known bonus – Valentines cards and favours bought well in advance (makes a change from my usual modus operandi: leave it till the night before).

Before we knew it the weekend was over and we were wading through snowdrifts on our way to school…

Enjoy the pictures!




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By Aisha Ashraf

An autistic Irish immigrant in a cross-cultural marriage, Aisha Ashraf is the archetypal outlander, writing to root herself through place and perspective. Published in The Rumpus, The Maine Review, River Teeth, HuffPost and elsewhere, her work explores the legacy of trauma, the nature of being an outsider and the narrow confines of belonging. She currently lives in Canada.


    1. Us too, my husband is always mentioning it (he works for royal bank of canada) but I don’t know if we would ever do it!!

      That snow seems to be lasting forever out there!! beautiful pictures though

    1. It’s wonderful – though many commuters would disagree with me. If you’re not a snow-plow driver it’s only hard work in as far as you have to shovel the drive (and the pavement directly outside your house if there is one – you’re liable if anyone falls and injures themselves).

  1. Wow – what super snowy pictures. I would love to visit Canada as have family out there – but I don’t really get on with the snow as my wheelchair grinds to a halt. I’m sure I would find a way around it 🙂

  2. Oh they are amazing snow pictures. Apparently there was a bit of snow down the road in Worcester last night so we are keeping our fingers crossed for some still.

  3. I so love your snowy photos – that powder looks awesome! Reminds me of our trip to Canada albeit a long time ago now. Seem to have completely bypassed the snow so far, it is chillier though so I may eat my words 🙂

    1. *Glances shiftily around and shuffles feet* No we didn’t 🙁 Just not economical so close to changing our vehicle – but we do rule out certain trips based on our potentially inadequate wheelwear. Next car will DEFINITELY have them…

  4. I’ve always thought it must be amazing to live somewhere that you can actually get proper snow gear and just wear that all Winter and not bother about a bit of snow because it’s just normal. In the UK everyone seems to think they’re so much bigger than Mother Nature and complain about every bit of weather we have! Enjoy the snow…and the dancing 😀

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