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Southerly: Things to be Grateful For: A Snowy Morning

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  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Martin Lindberg,

    Allow me to pfft in a condescending way at your "snow chaos".

    Once they closed the airport in Milan due to snow - possibly as much as 2cm - and a Finnair pilot is rumoured to have radioed in to the control tower "fuck off, I'm Finnish, let me land".

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7320 posts Report Reply

  • Sarah de Croy,

    Looks like Bob is having a great time! Very beautiful pictures but I hope you're all finding some way to stay warm.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    As a friend of mine just said on FB, the snow is the icing on the quake. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    I like "sno-dalek" of course you need a toilet plunger and an egg-beater rather than a carrot

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2031 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Excellent photos David! And Joe-

    Was talking to my mother in Oamaru a couple of hours ago. Her lawns are white, and more snow is predicted this afternoon. She had finished scraping off the snow from her front path, stopping to admire new buds on the rose bushes (yes!) and the freshly opened daffodils.*
    And then going to stock up on more wood inside- 84yrolds can do what needs to be done eh?
    Her bichon frise doesnt know what to make of snow – never encountered the stuff before. Licked it. Once.

    The sun is shining in Big O but it is shivery-cold outside.

    *June was unseasonably warm but this is unheard of in the south…

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    we’re going to go out and build a snow-dalek

    Fnahh, “Exothermiate”

    Jolisa G already contributed "Exsnowminaaaaate!"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3221 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Fnahh, “Exothermiate”

    I think they might rather Endothermiate?

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    I like "sno-dalek" of course you need a toilet plunger and an egg-beater rather than a carrot

    There was a rather testy discussion about my egg-beater. Snow Dalek.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Nice one! How did you make the balls so round?

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Lilith __,

    I think they might rather Endothermiate?

    Well, I was thinking more of how cold weather, and indeed, snowbeings, would remove heat from a body, such as mine, so my getting cold would be an exothermic process and therefore constitute a threat from such being. QED
    I did consider "Exthermiate" but thought that would have been technically incorrect...
    </pendant> ;-)
    Still on the subject of natural occurrences, has anybody else noticed the exceptional growth of bamboo this year and if so what conclusions have you drawn?.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Lilith __,

    Nice one! How did you make the balls so round?

    We have an egg-shaped plastic container, like the ones Leggs pantihose used to come in. I can't remember where it came from, but it's perfect for daleks. My partner is now adamant we need to buy a plunger and an egg-whisk.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Lilith __,

    Nice one! How did you make the balls so round?

    I would have thought they would have dropped off in this weather.
    It's Snow joke I tell you...

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Emma Hart,

    My partner is now adamant we need to buy a plunger and an egg-whisk.

    Yeah, I think you need to visit the local plunger-and-egg-whisk emporium! Wow, I remember those Leggs eggs.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    I saw snowflakes here in Waikanae for about 2 minutes. None lasted long enough to land, and the rain was washing them away anyway.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1768 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Great use for a (very) chillybin. Next time you can borrow vour toboggan. Not much use for it in the Waikato.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2269 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    Snow is melting, high tide at 7pm. Good luck out east.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1144 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    No takers on the Bamboo question then?

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    There's something warming about those photos. Thanks.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2008 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    No takers on the Bamboo question then?

    Can't help as it's too cold in these parts to grow any really interesting bamboos, though I fondly recall the fun I had when I gardened in warmer climes - bambusa latiflora got as thick as Arnie's, um, wrist in Grey Lynn. Wonderful stuff. The only mishaps were when they flowered - and, of course, died, though only the wretched running varieties ever seemed to do that. When it happened just that particular variety for miles around would bolt to seed and die.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3326 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    Perhaps it's because I'm in upstate New York at the moment, remembering the long grey winters here, but I love how even the grimmest, greyest winter vista is magically lightened and enhanced by a coating of snow.

    Not that yours are grim vistas - what gorgeous lines your house and garden have. Glad you are able to immortalise them in these images. And that Bob has mastered the art of mushing.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1408 posts Report Reply

  • Greville Whittle,

    Excellent pictures, loving the chilly bin sled. They're the first pictures from Christchurch that made me smile in a long time :)

    In other good news: Bob seems to have outgrown his resemblance to a certain ex-Act Leader from Epsom.

    Hamiltron • Since Oct 2008 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Chch, crack o’ dawn, no demolition happening

    Wow, that’s some pretty photography, Joe! As opposed to my holiday snap talents…

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 955 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    UPDATE: I have just added photographs of our post-lunch activities…

    Sarah de Croy wrote:

    I hope you’re all finding some way to stay warm.

    Despite major damage I’ve managed to keep the central heating limping along. It’s been working at full capacity all day in an effort to counteract the leakage of cold air from the numerous cracks.

    Geoff Lealand wrote:

    Great use for a (very) chillybin. Next time you can borrow our toboggan.

    Ooh, that sounds good. Mind you, not sure where we’ll be next time, alas.

    Jolisa Gracewood wrote:

    what gorgeous lines your house and garden have. Glad you are able to immortalise them in these images.

    I wouldn’t normally put up photographs of our house. But since it’s (presumably) going to be bulldozed soon, I thought it was appropriate to capture its last big snow. What a lot of snow it must have seen in the last hundred years.

    Greville Whittle wrote:

    In other good news: Bob seems to have outgrown his resemblance to a certain ex-Act Leader from Epsom.

    Something else to be grateful for!

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 955 posts Report Reply

  • Jeffrey Paparoa Holman,

    Lovely stuff David - warms the cockles of my heart in the North. I was about to ask the "no footprints" question too.

    Christchurch • Since Jun 2011 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Jeffrey Paparoa Holman,

    The other nice thing too is that this post is eliciting no controversies - just for once.

    Christchurch • Since Jun 2011 • 7 posts Report Reply

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