When I peeked out of the curtains this morning and saw the snow I was ready for the day in less than 30 seconds. I love, love, love, snow on the beach and I had to go and see it. It is just such an odd juxtaposition.
The snow kept falling in enormous flakes but Mr Pigalina needed to head to his work to retrieve his laptop to carry on with a project. He headed in in my car, vowing to return shortly, and then decided to stay there.
I have been forced stay at home, by the fire, watching “Diana, Her True Story”.
We awoke to snow in Hawea which almost meant a whole day inside keeping warm. It soon stopped so the day’s plan – a trip to Queenstown was back on.
We headed to Below Zero, a bar in a refrigeration unit where the seats, sculptures and glasses are made out of ice. My fingernails felt like they were going to drop off and Daddy Pigalina’s juice froze solid.
On the way back to Hawea we stopped off in Kawarau Gorge where Mummy Pigalina did a bungy jump! Not our average Saturday.
The Pigalinas spent the afternoon hanging three sets of “jumbo” curtains in the lounge. The ones we bought back in March and have talked about since 2011.
It is amazing how much the curtains have affected the lay out of the room. My pot plants have nowhere to go, the DVD rack has had to move, the phone and camera charging station (every home has one, right?…) is no more and the log basket floats with no permanent home.
To celebrate the shortest day Dunedin held its annual Midwinter Carnival and lantern festival. The lanterns get bigger every year and this time round the stars were the swan and castle lanterns.
Due to the wind the fireworks were cancelled meaning the new years fireworks should be doubly spectacular.
*Fun fact* Pigalina and two friends, aged 15, attended Dunedin’s first Midwinter festival. We were pictured in the newspaper wearing our mid 90s grunge chic and holding candles. We were then chased down Lower Stuart Street by rogue fireworks. They have since learned their lesson and pay attention to the wind.
We had a talk at work this morning about “Winter Wellness” and we were told to take some vitamin D on any days you don’t get any sun. Well this is all the sun I got to see today so I may need to start bathing in it.
This was the view out of the window at work after most of us had ventured in. We then spent the day wistfully looking out of the window hoping to go home and build snowmen (and sing the song from Frozen). By the end of the day it was brown slush and any hopes of a snow day tomorrow have turned into dreams of an ice day.
Yesterday a storm whizzed through and we had a two hour power cut. Luckily the power came on just as the candles had started to melt the bucket I had put them in. Other parts of the neighborhood only had power restored this evening so we got off lightly.
Tonight we had tea at Mr Pigalina’s parent’s for our niece’s 16th birthday. Tobias was glad he had his coat on as it started snowing while we were there. Tobias is pictured here with Mr Pigalina’s Dad, enjoying some cuddle time.