The one-day Winter Celebration at Rideau Hall is to celebrate winter traditions, sports, and foods from various Nordic countries and Inuit groups. I heard about this event last year and have yet visited Rideau Hall since I moved to Ottawa, so I thought today is a great opportunity to do both things.
After the school semester ended in mid-December, I continue to stay in Ottawa to work on my research, as well as taking care of Mertensia seeds and bumble bees for myself and others in the lab, and helping another graduate student with her project on spiny lizards. I did the same things even in Christmas and felt I needed to get out of Ottawa and take a break. Thankfully, a friend from Trent kindly invited me back to Peterborough for a few days and I had a great time there (I just returned from there this afternoon).
I went out for two short walks around my neighbourhood this past weekend. I didn't see much of anything, but I did come across this poem that perfectly described the feeling during my strolls. The poem is titled Winter Uplands by Archibald Lampman.