We got up before the crack of dawn at 3am, quietly dressed and bundled Rei Baby into the car for our three hour drive to Tenterfield in New South Wales. It was a dark drive with lots of twists and turns in the roads, but at this time of the day we pretty much had it all to ourselves.
About an hour into our drive, I checked the weather forecast hoping the chance of snow had increased from 60%, only to be disappointed that it had decreased to only 30%. So we kept on driving, hoping that we would find some snow at the end of the journey.
Just before daybreak we spotted some snow flakes drifting in the bright beam of our headlights. Yay! We were so excited, we jumped out of the car and giggled with delight. Then a bit further up the road we hit the jackpot. There was an actual mound of snow piled nicely on the side of the Bruxner Highway. Oh yeah, this is what we had just driven three hours for.
But the closer we got to the town of Tenterfield itself, the snow just increased to the point that almost everything was covered in a blanket of white. We saw kids, adults and their pets joyfully running around snow covered yards, building snowmen and using makeshift taboggans.
JUBILLE PARK | TENTERFIELD NSW | JULY 2015
We stopped off at The Kitchen Garden Cafe for some breakfast, warming up with a delicious coffee before exploring the town further.At one point we got to experience an actual snow blizzard. Okay maybe not quite a blizzard, but falling snow is still pretty amazing. Bloody freezing too.
Rei Baby had her first snow experience. Initially this delighted her, until she realised how very cold and blowy it was.It was my first snow experience too. I can not tell you how magical it was. For me, snow is now right up there with fireworks and Ferris wheels (I’ve been on the breathtakingly 112.5 metre tall Tempozan Ferris Wheel in Osaka, Japan) and I can’t wait to go again. Although next time I will be a bit more prepared with some gloves, boots and proper wind-shielding snow clothes.
And incase you were wondering, yes I took lots of photos. It’s so hard to choose just a couple for this post, so I’ve added a few more below.
Did snow fall at your place? If it did I’d love to hear your stories and see your photos. Feel free to comment below or on my Facebook page.
Enjoy the cooler weather!