Yesterday I took the children to the snow and the beach on the same day. There are few places in the world where you can do this and I don’t count Auckland as one of them because the snow was fake snow at Snow Planet. Christchurch is just such a place though. Although the beach is probably too cold for swimming except for the most hardened of surfers.
Somewhat paradoxically, I found myself feeling hot at Snow Planet and cold at the beach. The discomfort at snow planet was quickly and easily remedied by the removal of a couple of layers of clothing. There was no remedy for feeling cold at the beach because you can’t exactly add a few layers when swimming in the surf: they’ll get wet. So we left.
Snow Planet was terrific and both kids had a ball. Elizabeth now loves going up the magic carpet and down on the tube. The minute we get to the bottom she starts saying, “again, again”. The beach was an irritating mix of sand everywhere, sticky sunscreen needing application to 3 bodies and a too-bright sun. Give me snow over beach any day.
S.A.D = seasonal affective disorder, is a disorder that supposedly affects people who live in the northern hemisphere. The long, dark days cause depression in some. I on the other hand suffer from Summer Affective Disorder. I hate summer. My ancestry is a mix of Scottish, Welsh and English and my genes have adapted to over tens of thousands of years of a cold climate with gentle lighting. I am not made for hot summers.
Today we all went to the ice-skating rink for some cool. Daniel was a star and really got into it for the first time. It was Elizabeth’s first go on the ice and on skates and she was very wobbly. For some reason she was expecting to see penguins there so ended up being disappointed where she saw there were none.