Snowball fights

19 Dec

We were on Hawaii’s Big Island when it started snowing in the UK.  Sleeping in the jungle and being eaten by mozzies.  The children were disappointed that they were missing out on a snow day in London, remembering the wonderful day two years ago when the city stopped and the whole neighbourhood congregated on the Common to play.  We pointed out that they were missing nine months of school, which mollified them somewhat, but over the last month their one true complaint, has been jealousy of their friends on the snow front.

We’d always planned to see glaciers in New Zealand, but when we actually sat down with a map and tried to work out how to squeeze everything in, we decided that it just wasn’t possible.  But after an amazing first couple of days in Dunedin, during which we saw two types of penguin, albatross, seals, sea lions and dolphins, we decided that maybe if we shaved a day off Dunedin and a day off Christchurch, we could just about make it to Mt Cook, home of New Zealand’s longest glacier.

We told the children that they would finally see snow.  Will we be able to touch it, they asked.  Well no, probably not.  It’s right on top of the mountains, and the boat people won’t take Dickon on the lake to touch the icebergs, but we’ll see it, that’ll be good won’t it?  Can’t we fly up the mountain?  Probably not, it’s really expensive, but we’ll still have fun.

So after a bum-numbingly long drive, we finally arrive at our campsite and booked ourselves in.  While we were doing this, the woman from the helicopter company next door sidled up to me in the manner of a morrocan carpet salesman and asked if we were interested in a bargain.  Slightly nervous that we were about to be sold a carpet, or perhaps drugs, I said yes.  “We’ve got a flight leaving in 15 minutes with enough space for the five of you.  I’ll give the adults a 10% discount and I’ll take the kids for free.  How does that sound?”  That sounds marvellous, quick children, let’s go and get our thermals on.

So, we’ve touched snow.  It was good.

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20 Responses to “Snowball fights”

  1. Rosie Scribble 19/12/2010 at 8:39 am #

    Those shots are absolutely stunning. We have plenty of snow in the UK but it’s not quite as thrilling!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/12/2010 at 8:12 pm #

      The mountains were beautiful. Sadly we only got ten minutes though.

  2. Millie 19/12/2010 at 9:01 am #

    Amazing! Loving reading about your trip, vicariously living through you!!xxx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/12/2010 at 8:13 pm #

      Thank you, I love that you leave comments. Hardly anyone from home does!

      Victoria Wallop

      • Emma 20/12/2010 at 7:53 am #

        I hate that, I think some of my “real life” friends / family read my blog but apart from my Mum no one has ever left a comment!

        • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/12/2010 at 7:27 am #

          I know lots of my real life friends read it, but not that many comment. It’s nice to get comments.

  3. abglyph 19/12/2010 at 9:04 am #

    Did any of you brave the cool pools? – New Zealand is spectacular! Keep having fun!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/12/2010 at 7:45 am #


  4. English Grandma 19/12/2010 at 2:26 pm #

    Fantastic….what a brilliant time you’re all having….so enjoying all your blogs/vlogs/etc. Take care!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/12/2010 at 8:13 pm #

      Thank you!

  5. christinemosler 19/12/2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Fab! Lovely snow angel!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/12/2010 at 8:14 pm #

      Sadly didn’t have time for a snowman.

  6. TheMadHouse 19/12/2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Wow, I have never been on a helicopter, this is so amazing

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/12/2010 at 8:14 pm #

      It was my first time. Teeny bit scary!

  7. Nickie@Typecast 19/12/2010 at 8:47 pm #


  8. Rachel 20/12/2010 at 8:14 am #

    You made it! Isn’t it AWESOME!! So glad the kids don’t feel hard done by anymore 😉

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/12/2010 at 7:26 am #

      They’ll always find something to be hard done by about!

  9. Rory 27/12/2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Hi Dickon,
    I love the helicopter picture. Why did you wear the ear defenders? Playing in the snow looked fun.
    From Rory and Baxter and new Baxter and poley, and Freddie and Snuffles x

  10. Victoria 10/05/2012 at 9:58 am #

    Reblogged this on It's a small world after all.


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