so much for having fun with the neighborhood kids, huh, John?
They just wanted to get warm.
At least they HAVE a fireplace.
I remembered I went to help my brother to make an Igloo!
Ah yes the old joke: “Can we go outside?” Five minutes later… “Can we go inside?”
I remember making snowhouses as a child. My father and the father next door would take all the snow from the driveways and make a huge pile and then help us burrow it out.
Aaah, John was having such fun too!
That’s called a “quinzhee” snow fort that John and the kids built.We made a lot of those as kids growing up in Winnipeg.They’re quite cozy too,with 3 or 4 candles to warm them up.
I think snow houses are discouraged now a days. It’s the danger of it collapsing on the kids. Happened to my sister 60 years ago. Luckily she wasn’t playing alone….she had big sis to pull her out by the legs, which was all that was showing. She was 6 years old.
Without any experience at all with that; it looks like fun but dangerous.
One year, the snow in Lynn Lake, Manitoba was perfect for snow forts. The temperature was above -15C, a rare phenomenon in this northern town. My husband took a shovel and followed Aaron, who must have been about 6, out to where there was a snow bank piled up by the grader. He dug and dug, and was so excited about his snow fort that Aaron got cold watching him and came home. He continued to dig until he realized he was alone. Then he continued to dig. The fort had become his! It must have been funny to see a grown man out there happy as a clam, full of fantasy, just being a kid in the snow.
If you’re wondering, -15C is +5F.
My brother and I made a lot of snow houses when we were kids, among other outdoor activities. My parents were conspicuously absent during these adventures. It never would have even occurred to me to drag my dad out to make a snow castle for me. He’d probably have made me shovel the driveway, instead.
Being from AZ, I can’t imagine staying outside for an extended time in the snow. M family owned a cabin up in the mountains and I remember playing in the snow for maybe 30 minutes at max. It was just not fun trying to make something with gloves that end up soggy and wet and my nose frozen and immediately got drippy when indoors. For us, cold is when it is 40 – 50 degrees and that is perfect. Nice and cold and no snow. Snow is beautiful to look at indoors but awful when in it. I will take our 115 degree summers anytime.