Water meets Land (Travel Theme Challenge)

Okay, so the actual Travel Theme Challenge set by Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack? is Land meets Water. However, when I look at this photograph I took whilst visiting Niagara Falls, Water meets Land perhaps is more apt!

Cold at Niagara

Before arriving at Niagara that spring, I was so disappointed that we weren’t going to be sailing under the water as it was still classified as winter. On seeing this though…boat ride, what boat ride?

This was just the most amazing phenomenon I’d ever seen. The mist from the falls that was blown even in the lightest breeze, landing on anything close to the water’s edge, then froze. This happened again, and again, and again.

Slowing building up over time creating this masterpiece. Talk about a winter wonderland, so incredibly beautiful!

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Frozen balls… the last thing I imagined to see at Niagara Falls!


Following our chat last Friday Miss P, this one’s for you my dear. It’s the Negative version of my submission a little earlier for this week’s Travel Theme Word Challenge: Subtle that I’d been playing with when you made the suggestion that you did, lol!

Miss Ps frozen balls

These ice balls that have formed on what one can only assume will be some sort of foliage at Niagara Falls come the summer, when processed like this remind me of those exotic mushrooms you see in the veggie section of the grocers.

Great, now I feel like stir-fry for supper…




Niagara’s Ice Balls (Travel Theme: Subtle)


This week’s word from the Travel Theme Challenge by Where’s my Backpack is SUBTLE and what did I think of… Niagara Falls! Doesn’t everyone think of a raging waterfall when thinking of subtle? No?

On arriving at Niagara Falls, once our sense of wonderment from the sheer size and thunderous sound had subsided, but only just, we began to appreciate the forms the frozen mist had created around us.

The Subtle mist of Niagara Falls!

With water still cascading down the falls, one could see the mist at the actual falls themselves as it rose high into the air but what we failed to appreciate was the SUBTLE mist in the air which created these wonderfully unique sculptures.

These ice balls which had simply formed on top of the pruned branches of nearby bushes, particularly piqued our interest!

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What on EARTH is leaking???

When attempting to corral the cats back into the house yesterday I kept hearing what I thought was a cat moving on a frozen plastic tarp. Turns out, it was water from my hose cracking under the warming sun.

Nope, I have no idea either as the tap was off yet this is what I found…

A leaking hose, maybe...

I just don’t understand why there was so much water.

Leaking Hose... what is going on?

What is going on?

Leaking hose huh!

It might have been cold outside but the sunlight was still enough to have these icicles dripping!

Leaking hose dripping in the sunlight!

Guess I should be concerned but right now, it’s kinda pretty huh?

The beauty that is a leaking hose!

Honestly, I don’t know how our cats do it as after taking just these few shots I was FREEZING yet only one of the two cats wanted to join me back inside… “Miss Poppy, how much longer?”

What a view!

Our EPIC Spring Break Vacation began last night with the red-eye flight from Vancouver to Toronto, yee-hah!

Once again as we were making our way through the airport I questioned my wisdom with this decision of the red-eye but we arrived in Toronto with our shuttle waiting for us, and miracle of miracles, our room at Niagara Falls at 9am ready… BOO YAH… it was SO the correct decision!

This is the view from our room… shocking isn’t it?!

Niagara Falls from our Window

Then tonight in the other direction it looked like this…

Niagara at Night from our Room!

But not before we went walked around Table Rock to see first-hand some of the amazing ice formations made as the mist comes off the falls. I love how only half of the trees form ice!

Guess which way the wind is blowing?!

The grass growing on the falls side of the stone and ironing fencing looks as if it should be growing on the ocean bed.

Alian grass forms!

These balls on the pruned bushes although I didn’t understand the how or why, I sure as heck appreciated the beauty and wonder of mother nature!

I have to ask... what the???

The icing of the fences certainly makes them safer as neither of my buddy little climbers could achieve footing in an attempt to get closer to the falls!

Iced Fences!

For dinner tonight we treated ourselves to an amazing meal at the hotel’s restaurant, Watermark. It was just magnificent (if only we’d taken the camera, lol)!

It never ceases to amaze me the look of astonishment on waiters faces though when our children ask for their steaks medium-rare then proceed to eat every morsel. Oh how I do love our little carnivores!

Having taken the red-eye flight last night we were all so exhausted we couldn’t even stay awake to see “The Illumination” show of lights on Niagara Falls. We were that tired there was not even once utterance of… “mum, how much longer?”

It’s officially COLD!!!

There’s an Arctic arc or something that this Canadian accent is not allowing me to grasp hanging over our region but I do know that its cold and it’s only going to get colder!

It was meant to be getting down to minus 18 last night. I had my doubts as at 11pm it was only at -7CEL so my plan was to set the alarm for every hour just to see. Darling Hubby, on using some very choice words, allowed me to see the error of this plan so I set the alarm only for 2am since his was set for 5am. At 2am it had dropped to -8CEL. By the time the children left for school it had dropped to -12CEL.

The weather forecasts kept assuring us the temperature was going to keep dropping with the wind then picking up this afternoon. The wind chill factor would be almost twice the day’s forecast of -18, it would -33CEL, brrrr. It was even cold enough to issue frost-bite warning – now THAT’S cold!

It does however make for magical icicles when combined with snow that’s been blown from the roof and stuck to the ice!

Master Ten left for school this morning but not before standing on the top step announcing that he didn’t really think it was that cold. Oh, I can’t wait to see the look on his rosy red cheeks when the wind picks up. Man he’ll know he’s alive then and will be wanting the cold to stop. I can just imagine the first question I’ll get when that happens… “mum, how much longer?”