The Internet has affected our views of the world and for the past month or so I’ve ‘experienced’ spring in many locations on our fair planet as people talk about flowers popping out of the ground, birds chirping, etc. In Quebec spring is a bit different. It’s a time when temperatures fluctuate a lot. One day we’ll be in shirt-sleeves and the next we’re back in our heavy coats. Spring is when the snow melts, though, and we’re left with a bunch of brown, matted grass and no green on the trees. When the trees finally flush, it seems they do it overnight and summer begins.
So, while we “know” it’s spring, the birds haven’t shown up yet and there aren’t those flower indicators of it. Instead, our indicators are big blue trucks. All winter the city’s efforts to keep us moving involves regular gravel/dirt treatments of our roads and sidewalks. Spring snow melt leaves a coating of the stuff everywhere and so the big blue trucks come along, with nice guys in orange coats who wash the sidewalks with power hoses. later, other big blue trucks (actually streetsweepers) come along and suck up the gravel from the streets.
A couple days ago they came and while they weren’t in one place long enough to sketch, I took a couple photos and did this quick, for me, sketch of the activity. We like it clean in Quebec City.