Holding onto winter

While spring blossoms in people’s  hopes, some of us are too busy holding onto winter. First, get a neighbour with a big spade and a special igloo-building bucket and then round up the kids on the street…


Work all afternoon with miniature-sized  helpers… (Wear a helmet in case of falling ice bricks!)


Let the kids go in for tea, while the artistic neighbour with the big bucket and spade continues working until it is dark.


Get up early on Saturday morning and continue building the igloo. Make sure it is big enough for the kids to stand up in. Oh – and don’t forget to build a door and a little window. Lay down a carpet of pine branches and put four children-sized chairs inside the igloo. Stand back and admire the result!


Let the igloo stand there in proud defiance of the thaw that is just starting. (Make sure you eat your veggie hot dogs in there before it melts!)

Yup – some of us find it hard to let go of winter. We just want to enjoy its very last moments — to the full!

32 responses

  1. Wow – awesome igloo! And the pirate flag is a nice touch! I’m definitely ready for spring, but if I had an igloo I might reconsider.


    March 17, 2009 at 14:00

  2. This sort of adventure is what the best of childhood memories are made from.


    March 17, 2009 at 14:03

  3. The weather man says winter is scheduled to return here just in time to coincide with the first day of spring. Maybe an igloo building kit would help us cope.


    March 17, 2009 at 14:27

  4. This is the best igloo I’ve ever seen! Totally awesome! I love it — I want to play in it! I know that just building an ordinary snowman is hard work (at least it was for me — all that crouching and rolling did me in) so I can only imagine how much effort went into this!


    March 17, 2009 at 14:40

  5. That looks like great fun. Any room for another little un?


    March 17, 2009 at 14:42

  6. Meg

    Yarrrrrrr. This be the Jolly Igloo, maties.


    March 17, 2009 at 14:56

  7. That’s awesome! My boys would have been there, helmets on, ready to help in anyway possible, and would have worked until dark with the grown-up set. What fun!


    March 17, 2009 at 15:06

  8. Amy

    That is SO COOL!!!! Almost eskimo quality and certainly better then anything I’ve ever witnessed first hand!!! What lucky kids!!!


    March 17, 2009 at 15:47

  9. That must be where all the trolls came from! Still can’t believe you were the one who sent them to my studio but then again you do have a fairytale name.


    March 17, 2009 at 16:14

  10. Hmmm. We have some winter remnants that I’d like to send your way, please!

    Actually, if I had a super cool igloo like that I might want to keep winter around a little longer, too!


    March 17, 2009 at 16:58

  11. hold on…let go….hold on … let go… oh, I am getting dizzy!!


    March 17, 2009 at 17:09

  12. Oh, nice igloo! I’m impressed!

    I’m ready for spring though…VERY ready!


    March 17, 2009 at 17:20

  13. What a cool igloo! (Well, obviously cool otherise it’d melt). When I were a kid, I loved making igloos and stuff like that when English winters permitted.


    March 17, 2009 at 17:24

  14. Oh, now that is very cool. I don’t think we’ve ever had enough snow here to build something like that!


    March 17, 2009 at 17:25

  15. Jen

    I love that, my Uncle, and my Dad used to make us giant snowcaves, and GIANT snowman. Makes me wonder who the kids really were.



    March 17, 2009 at 17:34

  16. How fancy is that – your own private igloo. How do they stop all those ice buildings melting (isn’t there an ice hotel somewhere in your neck of the woods?)


    March 17, 2009 at 18:09

  17. THat is the coolest thing! I can’t imagine how much fun it would be to be a kid and have your own igloo! It looks like a ton of hard work. And what a nice neighbor you have!


    March 17, 2009 at 18:35

  18. OH I LOVE THIS!! Never saw one actually created. Only heard about it. The Wild Man will be in raptures and envies. Can’t wait to show him when he gets home from choir. 🙂


    March 17, 2009 at 19:20

  19. Po

    Love the flag. Snow pirates.


    March 17, 2009 at 20:17

  20. What a wonderful way to spend the day! 🙂


    March 18, 2009 at 02:49

  21. Wow! I’m amazed! I’m from Canada but I never made any igloos. Hahaha.


    March 18, 2009 at 07:12

  22. Bluefish

    Oops…wrong ID…that’s my photo blog ID.


    March 18, 2009 at 07:13

  23. SirPe

    It was a lot of work, but it looks like it was worth it. Three cheers to our very cool neighbour!!


    March 18, 2009 at 11:37

  24. Great igloo!!!


    March 18, 2009 at 13:59

  25. While I am definitely NOT a Winter Girl, I must agree that that igloo is pretty cool. (pun intended)


    March 18, 2009 at 14:51

  26. I am actually quite impressed that you built a full igloo. Your children must think you totally kick arse.


    March 18, 2009 at 15:05

  27. How amazing! I’ve never built an igloo or even seen one. This sounds like it was a lot of fun! Could you post pictures of the inside too?


    March 18, 2009 at 16:43

  28. Absolutely wonderful! (In particular if you are not required to do a lot of work yourself. 😉 )


    March 18, 2009 at 17:05

  29. mother of the cousins

    Wonderful. Can you pack straw round it so it’s still there when we come?? hehe


    March 18, 2009 at 18:44

  30. WHAT a fabulous igloo! I love the spring that has arrived here in Italy already, but I also miss our evenings by the fire.


    March 18, 2009 at 21:22

  31. That awesome! What a great fort. Wow what a difference, here it was in the 70’s so beautiful and warm. May Spring and warmth find you soon my friend.
    I also wanted to thank you for your thoughts and prayers. For the loss of a great friend.


    March 19, 2009 at 03:38

  32. That looks totally fun!


    March 19, 2009 at 13:34

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