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Snow In June?

Updated on January 25, 2015

It's Snow in June!

It was 2012 and the Northern hemisphere was sweltering in unprecedented heat...do your remember it? I was set a challenge to write about 'melting'...those in the heat were thinking of the melting ice creams, the melting crayons and so on from the hot, hot days! While here in New Zealand we were experiencing winter so I thought I'd share the snow with my fellow community hoping to help cool them down a bit!

While that June's snow was not as severe as the previous year's dumping it did cause havoc. Yes, it all melted away quickly! These are photos I took in 2012. I didn't really venture out too much in the snows from the previous year but have a few which you can see below..

Being originally from a hot country (Zimbabwe) I find snow fascinating when it's falling, beautiful when it's settled but oh sooo cold and not too pleasant to be in, especially when it's melting. However, I know that a lot of people love snow...each to their own! And, to be honest I recall at age 11 visiting Switzerland and being fascinated by the snow...even built a snowman and had a snow fight with my brother. I guess when you get older (not telling you my age!) you view it differently.

I would say it's the melting snow and the ice I find hard to cope with.

This photo shows our entertainment area. Pretty as a picture!

All photos, unless stated, are taken by and belong to Lyn Bell

A tree in the snow
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road cone
road cone

No Snowman This Year

In the winter of 2011 we had people coming out in droves to build a giant snowman in the reserve across the road. He had a road cone for a hat and a stepladder was used to reach his head. Yes, it was that tall! You can see it (from a distance) in the photos I've added below. This year no one made a snow man for me to photograph!

Someone even made an igloo in 2011. Sadly I didn't get a photo of that though.

To be honest there wasn't that much activity the next year. Probably because the snow didn't settle as long...yes it melted away too quickly!

Yes, this is winter in Christchurch New Zealand - when it snows - it doesn't snow every year of course. However, from my experience most winters we have had snow. And with the earthquakes we had it means there a lot of road cones around the place! They still decorate our landscape as the rebuild happens. Wouldn't mind a share in a road cone business! They even served as vessels for flowers on the anniversary of the February quake.

It's now 2015 and those orange road cones still decorate the roadways! There seems to be even more these days as they are used to mark the lanes on the road. Pot holes do still suddenly appear so cones warn of holes to avoid.

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Our garden in the snow
Our garden in the snow

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The Reserve

The reserve in snow
The reserve in snow

Walking the Dog

Walking the dog
Walking the dog

There are certain duties that you must do even in the snow! Jamie loves the snow, but tends to want company so I must take him out! He leads the way...looks a bit slushy don't you think? More icy than watery though. And yes, I had a fall or two during our snows.

I'm really not used to walking on ice. You tend to think no one is around but when you go down people dash to help you from everywhere...well, two guys rushed to help! Very embarrassing but pleased to have a helping hand.

We are really lucky to have a beautiful reserve across the road from us. You can see the reserve in many of the photos here. It's great having such a lovely 'front garden' that gets mowed for you! There's even a BBQ area with a shade cloth. The cloth was taken down in the snows of 2011 as it was deemed to be dangerous as it was sagging down with the weight of the snow. It eventually ripped so had to be repaired anyway. The council put tape and notice around the area before the cloth ripped so that was good. I don't think it would have been very good having that dumping of snow on you...

Walking Jamie - "Come on! I can't wait for you all day!"
Walking Jamie - "Come on! I can't wait for you all day!"

Snows of 2011

I found some photos I took in the snows of July 2011 so I thought I'd share them with you too.

The snow is thicker and it definitely LOOKS colder...BRRR.

All the captions on the photos say things like 'from the front door', 'from the bedroom window' and so on...you can see I didn't really want to venture out can't you?

Oh yes, memories captured on film for us to look at in years to come. Especially when we think about the dry days and drought we are having at the moment (2015)!


Snowman melting
Snowman melting
'Taking a bow'. Plant weighted down - taken from the bedroom window!
'Taking a bow'. Plant weighted down - taken from the bedroom window!
Another view from the bedroom window
Another view from the bedroom window
From the front door
From the front door

Let me know you dropped by to cool off!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Oh how the bones in my body do not like the cold!

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      I am the original human snow man.. I love the stuff! Oh and its 32c and sticky here today in Oz!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @Keepingscore: lol...or go outside to walk the dog!

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      Keepingscore 5 years ago

      A reminder why I moved, snow is great to watch as it falls while sitting in front of a large fire having a stiff drink. The problem comes when you have to go outside to get more firewood or booze. The white &*f# is wet and cold, and before you now it you are as well. Then it melts and becomes mud. This lens is a perfect way to experience snow, the next best snow experience comes from putting icecubes in a blender to make a variety of beverages.

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      Refreshing!

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      sarasentor lm 5 years ago

      I do not think there is a person who do not like snow.

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      It's great on a hot day to remember snow!

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      A very cool lens. :-)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens... makes me miss snow a little bit. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      It's going to be another warm day her in Northern California. Thanks for a bit of a cooling off with this lens.

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      Avid-D 5 years ago

      Snow's o.k. it's the salt they put on the roads here in NE U.S. that destroys our vehicles. Would be fun to visit New Zealand.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I love this lens and your pictures are beautiful. I'm in London, so while we've not had much of a summer so far this year, I am still wishing for snow. Thank you for this lens. *blessed*

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is a very cool lens. You have a very nice and beautiful picture here. I wish I could touch the snow by now.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      These are great photos of the snow.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Ahhh, the snow looks so beautiful and refreshing!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Blessings, you make me feel better... Just yesterday we had 100 F

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      allystuart 5 years ago

      I really like snow! :)

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed! :)

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      zigpop lm 5 years ago

      In an area with a heat wave, drought, and 100 degree temps, this lens was a great find. Helped me keep my cool ha ha. Great lens!

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Awesome photographs!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Lovely photos. Makes me want to build a snowman and go play outside.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just love New Zealand. We used to go there for conferences. It was really fun.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I enjoy seeing snow, but not being in it. Great lens.

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I'd like to own the company that makes all the traffic cones. This has been my lifelong ambition. When I do, I will give one free to every new university student. I'll even put my signature on each one. Please, you can keep the snow for now. At least until we've had one day of summer.

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      being in florida, your lenses did make me feel cooler, thank you

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      It's so strange that I'm always taken aback by your seasons. :)

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      themeaparty 5 years ago

      That's too cool! Well, to me anyway...I'm not the one getting pounded with the white stuff (yet)!

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      ranntg 5 years ago

      Looking at these pictures makes me really miss winter. I can't stand the heat, so I can't wait for the winter to come.

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      WriterDave 5 years ago

      Love snow but I live in Florida... :( Great lens!

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Love looking at your snowy pictures! It has been so hot and humid here. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      Thanks for the pictures of snow. It is 95 degrees and hot today---so this was refreshing!