Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Saturday, 22 June 2013

My Wish List for Cold Weather Goodies


Today more snow fell in the south, and nearer to us on the Central Plateau. My short legs will struggle to get through any snow, far less the 18 inches, to one metre or  more, much more further north near Lake Tekapo. I heard tonight there is so much snow, it will have to be taken away by trucks before it melts, or else there will be huge flooding, but  not  quite as dramatic and dangerous  as I saw  on TV, in Calgary. Rain and snow melt, then there is  way too much water.

A few more photos from Otago, taken today, after another fall of snow made driving just that much more.. Exciting? Dangerous?, would walking in it be any better?? Sledding tomorrow, weather permitting!!!

non ploughed road 22 June

The Road Home 22 June framed

This looks like deep snow, thank goodness for a plough, that makes the driving easier!!!

snow ploughed road 22 June Framed

My wish/need,winter clothing … list has grown to include  necessities such as…

Courtesy of the internet and thanks to Google….

#1, Snow shovel

#2 ,Snow Boots

#3, Taller snow boots

#4, Snow boots with heating!!!

# 5 , down filled winter coat

Snow Shovel

These are for the days when the snow level is low!!!

Sorel  Boots

Now, these are for deep snow treks!!!

Merrell Boot

Now, this is the Ultimate, It has  rechargeable heating inside. Plug the battery into the charger, and bingo!!!

Women's Bugaboot with Electric!!!

We have passed the shortest day, and now daylight hours might slowly start to be longer, Solstice has been,  but temperatures will be colder. They hovered between  0  Celsius, and 1 Celsius,  down south, and  tonight down to –12 Celsius in inland and Central Otago and in Canterbury. Here we are almost tropical with about  6 C out, and a very warm 21 C  inside.

Quotation of the day, author unknown,

“ Put on your thick socks, lace up your  boots,

and you can walk in any direction you choose”

Greetings from Jean


Susan Heather said...

It does look cold down there. Beautiful though.

Kat said...

We just had our longest day and the heat / humidity is in full force. I love your snow photos, they make me feel just a little bit cooler. Stay warm and dry, my friend!

TexWisGirl said...

i like your wish list!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Snow boots with heating?? I've never heard of such a thing, but what a "thing" they would be to have--There have been a lot of times I could have used them!! Your snow is beautiful, enjoy your day and stay warm!! :-)!!

Carol Mattingly said...

Such a contrast in weather from the weather here in the States. Love your heated boots!

Linda said...

Hi Jean, I am intrigued! Snow would be welcome here right now in Montreal (well, for myself, anyway, LOL!) but alas, we are due for a dangerously humid heat wave, beginning tomorrow. It could get as hot as 40 celsius.

Nancy J said...

Thanks for lovely words. The photos were taken by our daughter, showing the farm where she lives, in Otago. In some areas, the heaviest snowfall in decades, 3 feet to over 6 feet,causing huge problems for farmers, families, and road transport. Where we live, some 1600km (1000 miles) including a 3 hour ferry crossing , north from the farm, it is 3 Celsius this morning, rain and no wind. Yes, those boots, pure luxury, but maybe in this snow, necessity. Greetings to all, Jean.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hi Nancy!! Oh what a lot of snow!! We have warm about +20 C today. Pups are gone and its a Little sad
Great Pictures in your last posts

Maureen said...

Hi Jean - great photos from your daughter - we saw that Tekapo was snowed in on the news yesterday evening. I do still miss the winter snow which we had back in Lancashire UK.

Nancy J said...

Lindsjo, your home will be a little quiet, I'm sure they all have wonderful new homes; Maureen, yes, Tekapo has huge snow, 2 metres at the top areas. 2.4 C here earlier, and a little fog. Hope for some more snow pics tonight, lovely when I can post some of the southern scenery here, email, digital cameras, B,Band and all else is wonderful. Greetings from Jean.

Terri said...

I would add a snow plow to that list. So strange to see your snow sitting here in 90 degree heat!

Nancy J said...

Terri, you are so right, that would be Hugh's dream wish, and of course the huge tractor to go with it. 90 degrees, that is so hot for even our hottest summer day here. Lovely to "meet" you, and will add to my list. Greetings, Jean.

Jim said...

Don't forget a few IceBreaker garments Jean!!
Br-r-r! Just can't get my head around this as we are having humid weather here....too early for us!!
I have a brother and a niece and nephew in Calgary. All are fine and just managed to escape any flooding near them. My niece is a nurse and has to get to work where there is flooding along the way!

Nancy J said...

Yes Jim, definitely add Icebreaker too. We watched the Calgary flooding on TV, what a huge disaster, that is what the officials in Tekapo are thinking about, and plan to maybe truck all the snow out from the township area, 1 to 2 metres high, so a massive amount.Hope your niece is safe on the roads, does she have a 4WD? Your weather looks so warm when I check my favourite places on "wunderground". Take care, Greetings to all from Jean .

Lori Skoog said...

I agree...near 90 here and you are having 3-6 feet of snow! Amazing.
I sure do appreciate all your visits to my Journal. Yes, that is a clematis and it had blossoms through October last year.

Nancy J said...

Hi Lori, I so enjoy your blog, and all the daily events, love the horses driving, and likewise I so much appreciate your words too. I have a friend in the South Island who does driving too. Too hot where you are for me!! Greetings, Jean.

Janet said...

Enjoy the snow! You lucky person...

Nancy J said...

Hi Janet, just wish I was way down there too, we don't have any snow where we are, all from our younger daughter's place. If I was there, would be a magical wonderland ( till it melted). Maybe if/when we move, will be able to get photos myself. Cheers. Jean.

Barb said...

We are in opposites of weather - I'm finally getting a chance to venture outside without a fleece!