Saturday, 9 July 2011

Happiness is ... Snow in july

We are having a great Winter season so far down here in Tasmania.

I remember last year we had a little snow early in the season, but had to wait until August for our Family Trip to the snow. We have already had one trip as shown in my collage. I remember doing quite a bit of walking last year and was able to do so in most of my lunch breaks. This winter, so far, has been quite wet.

On Tuesday we woke to see that we had received quite a good dusting and it continued to snow on and off that day. We drove for about 10 minutes to reach the snow (spoiled much?) just to see how much there was. I instructed Miss 7 and Master 3 that we weren't getting out of the vehicle this time as the snow was really wet and sloshy still, but that they could wind down their windows and catch snow flakes on their tongues. Bless them ... they were happy to do this and didn't argue to get out once.

We did come across a couple from South Australia 3/4 up the hill, sitting in their car in the middle of the road. We enquired if they were ok. "Nope ... we are stuck." claimed the lady. They were not stuck, as such, but, not used to driving in the snow, they found that everytime they started driving down the hill in their car they would end off in a slide. After a little chat, hubby informed the gentleman to take the handbrake off as he drove (did I mention they were not used to driving in the snow?) and to follow our tracks slowly down the hill, as our 4wd wheels would pat down the snow for them. They were ever so grateful. They revealed that their plan had been to wait for someone to come along (hurray for us) or they would wait for the road to clear of snow. We didn't have the heart to tell them the road might be covered with snow for a day or two, at least.

My drive to work, when we have snow is always scenic, as I look at the hills around our valley covered in snow. As I get closer to work, Mt Wellington comes into view (unless it is obscurred by a snow storm) and towers over the suburbs looking very much like a huge Lamington.

A snow covered Mt Wellington, sitting high above Hobart. (ABC News: Stephen

A snow covered Mt Wellington, sitting high above Hobart. (ABC News: Stephen Jay)
A snow covered Mt Wellington, sitting high above Hobart. (ABC News: Stephen Jay)