Sunday, April 26, 2009

Walking the Plank

It's truly now Spring... Today it seemed as if the city came out of hiding, wearing t-shirts and roller skates. I guess I can finally take the snowflakes off the kitchen windows and door! 

During the winter, wooden planks such as the one above provide a safer alternative to the icy sidewalk. Once the ice melts, the planks give you a drier path than walking ankle-deep in water or slush. 

I think it's finally safe to rip up the  wood! Yay!


Anonymous said...

Hm, never seen anything like that.
There is an old (my age old) bard song about small northern towns with sidewalks made of wood, other than that I have never heard of it in the city.
There is other, very old type of the wood pavement, I have seen it deep in the North - it is call "gati",I think. It is made as a pavement of small tree trunks cut to size, usually over swamp. I walked old road like that ones -it is very interesting. It gives you sort of feeling like New Hampshire saying "You can not get there from here", but much more literal.

Rachael said...

I remember some planks in St. Petersburg when we were there in December and again in March (of 2 years ago). I thought they must have been doing construction! Interesting. It all makes sense now.

But, the larger question remains: will it be warm enough for sandals in a week and a half? Yeah, yeah, I know...probably not, but just checking.

The Expatresse said...

I actually walked around yesterday in short sleeves! But there is still ice on the ponds at Tsaritsino and Patriach's Ponds.