To say that the kids were excited about the beginning of winter is an understatement. In one of the few places in Australia where winter means snow and skiing, this is undoubtedly their favourite time of year. When we woke up, then, on the first morning of winter to a landscape transformed by a blanket of snow, their surprise and delight was immeasurable. The snowfall here had not been forecast; the afternoon before we were out paddling the canoe in the sunshine. The 15cm of powder snow that fell in the night took us all completely by surprise. Moreover it is very unusual to have any snow here so early in the season, let alone so much.
There was no question in anyone’s mind, it had to be the work of Jack Frost spreading his winter magic about.
The normal rule regarding no snow play before breakfast was cast aside and the first hours of the day were spent joyously playing in the new snow. The policy here is that if the school bus can’t get to you, you don’t have to go to school (a policy we exploit as often as possible as our 4WD vehicle can often make it through). And so, on days such as this, there is nothing for it but to completely relish the snow. And relish it the kids certainly do!
And in spite of having spent nearly all day playing outside in the cold, and in spite of sodden clothing and throbbingly frozen hands, they were still out there at sunset, making the absolute most of this fabulous gift of the first winter snow.