Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton
A week ago this past Saturday we decided we wanted to embrace winter and go for a walk where it wasn't slippery. It was a mildish day but so cloudy and damp and raw that one had to be bundled up against the cold and/or keep moving.
You can see that the sidewalk is not bare so one has to be careful of their footing. I don't know how those with runners on do it without falling or injuring themselves.
The Christ Church Cathedral is opposite 'the green' along the St. John River which flows through our beautiful capitol city of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The green is a very popular place to walk, run and bike pretty well all year around and is part of the Trans Canada Trail, along with the Bill Thorpe walking bridge, formerly the train bridge.
The Bill Thorpe walking bride across the St. John River.
It was a bit too cold to sit and enjoy the view.
Looking back down the sidewalk from the overpass.
Looking across the walking bridge. No trains allowed. 😁
Looking down river at the Princess Margaret Bridge. You can see that the river is open here. It doesn't freeze over very often due to the flow of water from the Mactaquac Dam 20 km. west of the city but when it does freeze it is not safe to be on due to water movement and fluctuations.
You can see the Westmorland Street Bridge, the only other crossing in Fredericton, in the distance.
A pair of mallard ducks don't mind getting their feet wet or cold in the water!
Here we are on the other side of the bridge and there are a lot more people out enjoying the winter air.
Christ Church Cathedral's tall spire reflects in the icy cold river.
Fredericton's downtown isn't as pretty as in the summer, at least on this grey day. Fresh snow on the trees would even look prettier.
And we are back on the slippery sidewalk to the car. Lots of construction going on downtown. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is undergoing a major addition which is why you see the signs and the orange structure on the right.
You may have heard that we had a terrible ice storm here, in New Brunswick in particular, last week. Power was knocked out to over 160,000 customers and there are still over 12,600 without power a week later. There was so much ice on the trees and power lines that trees bent over the lines and took them down and poles snapped taking lines down as well. Linesmen from neighbouring provinces have come to help as well as 200 troops from CFB Gagetown. We were grateful that our area of the province wasn't as hard hit with the ice and didn't lose power.
I didn't get out for a few days so these photos are of the ice on our pergola.
You can see how thick it is on the top boards.
You can see the ice on the branches in my arrangement on the deck.
We had mild temperatures here the two days after the storm so the ice pretty well melted and fell off but in other areas the trees etc. are still coated in over an inch of ice.
Thank you for your comments on my last post. I did get over the dreaded 'man' cold. So much for trying to do something healthy and embrace winter. 😜 By Thursday I was doing well and back out and about. I hope you are all well and have avoided the cold/flu so far.
We haven't had much snow for January but tomorrow is February and we are to get a few centimetres of snow. The temperatures will be dropping to COLD on Friday and for the weekend. The crust on the snow is so hard one can walk on it or even drive the snowmobile over it without it breaking through! I still haven't gotten out snowshoeing.
I'll be back soon with some photos of the deer that have been visiting our yard. Until then, take care.