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!

3 comments:

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.
Olga

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.