So you can imagine my excitement when weeks before I moved to the UK, they experienced the coldest and snowiest winter they’d had in years- I was beside myself. I went shopping for my first ever pair of snow boots, which was a difficult find in tropical Queensland in the lead up to the summer season. I purchased a trendy black and white fur lined pair for an extortionate amount of money and wore them around the house with the air conditioning turned down to near freezing to ‘wear them in’. Yes, my winter obsession got that pathetic.
When I eventually touched down in Edinburgh, the snow was ankle deep and still falling. I felt like I was in a snow globe that was constantly being upturned. I dragged my 30 kilo suitcase through the snow to try and find my hotel and remember arriving with the cheesiest grin plastered on my face. I thought it was magical.
So, now that winter is coming (yippee!), I thought I would share some snow lessons I learnt that very first winter.
Don’t bother looking fashionable in the snow. Yes, in your head you may want to look like Claudia Schiffer in a snow suit, but in reality you are going to look like Bridget Jones masquerading as the Abominable Snowman.
Snow is best enjoyed indoors. It’s warm, dry and you can feel toes. A blizzard isn’t as fun as it sounds, and is better appreciated when you are reclining on your sofa in your slippers and onsie.
Snow is dangerous! The term ‘like Bambi on ice’ was never more fitting then when used to describe my first few weeks in real snow.
It is possible to get frozen toes even when wearing tights, socks, snow socks, fur lined snow boots and having small heated pads in your boots. True story.
Snow is best enjoyed first thing in the morning when it has just fallen and no one else has walked on it- trust me, there’s something magical about being the first to walk on fresh snow.
Snow is romantic. All bad points aside, there is something beautiful about clinging to your partner’s arm and hoping like hell you don’t slip on the ice and take you both down.
Since that first beautiful winter when I arrived, the snow fall has been pretty disappointing. My snow gear has been gathering dust in my cupboard. But, with only 72 days until Christmas (yes, I used the ‘c’ word in October), I've got my fingers crossed for an extra snowy winter this year.
Let me know what you're looking forward to most this winter by leaving a comment below.