Spring is starting slowly in St. John's this year.
(Actually, that's a lie. It's starting normally - but last year, with its fantastically early and warm spring, has spoiled us).
We had a false start on March 24. I made a video.
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And, with the warm weather and rain, it really did seem like spring would be early again.
There was even some flooding from the rain and melting snow in the hills.
And it just kept getting warmer and warmer.
And construction continued to boom...
But then the wind started to pick up, and things started to turn grey...
It seemed as though something bad would happen, but then, suddenly, it stopped. And things were nice again.
And the little nooks and crannies where the snowplow drivers would pile up the winter snow were suddenly accessible again.
And people even went outside to enjoy their backyards.
On streets with cute names.
The annual ritual of painting homes and businesses began again.
They kicked out their housecats, and put up their Gay Pride flags.
And aired out their factories-turned-condominiums.
Yes, things were really looking up.
They even elected a non-supervillian Pope, to the delight of Roman Catholics...
...in their poor-man's-Baltimore neighbourhoods.
Even the wealthier Anglicans were enjoying it.
And they started tending the gardens on their nonsensically-terraced blocks.
But then Mother Nature said... nah, MOAR WINTER!
And construction slowed.
And the snow kept falling...
And the wind blowed so hard that it was impossible to stitch together a panorama because the boat moved too much between the two shots that comprise it...
And it picked up all the snow and turned everything white.
Everyone hid in their houses and coffee shops.
Until the wind stopped.
But then the sun started to warm again...
Which brings us to TODAY!