Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bon hiver! *

Ready or not, here it comes.






* Bon hiver is a traditional french greeting.  Directly translated, it means, Good Winter.  It is often used for the day the first snowfall sticks to the ground.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Marguerite! I had an email from my sister today (she's staying with her brother-in-law over by Montague) and she mentioned there was snow yesterday. I guess we're next :( Gotta get those snow tires!

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  2. So pretty! Love the pawprints in the snow! I have googled your title "Bon Hiver" and discovered it is used as a greeting at the time of the first snowfall. (Sorry for my ignorance.) What a fun expression!

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  3. Hi there!
    Just saw your comment on Laura-Jane's blog. We, too, moved from BC (Nanaimo, to be exact) to PEI. Almost three years ago.
    For us, too, the land drew us here. But unlike you, I am mostly a weed gardener, lol.
    What small island community were you from? We used to own property on Mudge Island, just off of Nanaimo.

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  4. Jane - I heard it started snowing in some places on Friday but it didn't start here until Saturday afternoon. Thank goodness we got the snowshoes put on Friday morning!

    Floridagirl - I'm sorry, I should have explained! I didn't think about it until later that most readers (outside of French Canada) wouldn't understand the title. Thank goodness for Google!

    PEIhome - Hello! We've been in PEI for over a year now. We moved from Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast but we only lived there a short time. Prior to that we lived on Bowen Island, and Vancouver city. Before meeting my partner I lived in Nanaimo for a short period while attending Malaspina and spent my teenage years on Gabriola, where of course I met a number of people from Mudge. What a small world!

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  5. we wont have much snow here until next year. I hope winter treats you nicely!
    very funny picture of the little mouse.

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  6. Paw prints in the snow. That is how I adopted both my cats, one that looks like yours.

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  7. Bon Hiver toi meme! Have not hear that expression in 30 years! Yikes. Happy shoveling

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  8. The first snow is always magical. Now I know a term for it. I will use it this year and sound all knowledge-y.

    My cats would roll over and die if their little feet had to touch snow.

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  9. fer - thank you! there are a couple cat toys on the porch and I discovered this little purple mouse left out in the snow. poor thing.

    gardenwalk - another cat lover! always pleased to meet someone with the same affliction.

    Sandra - Hopefully the expression brought fond memories of Montreal. At least you don't have to shovel snow anymore!

    Cheri - Our housecat is a perfect horror these days as he cries and cries to go outside but the minute you open the door he realizes there's snow and runs for the hills. I can't believe what our feral cats go through in winter here.

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