08 August, 2012

Let it snow, let it snow, let it....what?

Driving to work yesterday morning, I noticed the strangest looking clouds coming in from the west. They were massive and a strange brown yellow colour...and the thought of snow did cross my mind...but living in Joburg, you know that that's extremely rare...little did I know, that just a few hours later...I would be running through the streets of Joburg, covered in white, white snow.

For those further afield...a quick explanation. Joburg Winters are very dry, every now and again {maybe once a Winter} we will get a few flurries of sleet. Even at the sight of those, we stop what we are doing and stare in awe at the white stuff.

And that's exactly what happened yesterday.

Squeals of joy started bouncing across the office, when tiny, tiny white flakes started to drop...we all ran to the window...pointed...oohed and aahed...and then quickly carried on with work.

And then withing minutes, phones started ringing, BBM's started flashing...and people started running...literally running down escalators {me included}. Word had quickly spread, that it was in fact snowing...proper snow.

And that's were our day pretty much ended...thousands upon thousands of people lined the streets and we literally ran around, arms spread wide, in the snow. It just kept on coming and coming. It was incredible. For the majority of people around it was their first time seeing snow ever...it was in describable. So much joy and laughter.

Phone calls and pictures started coming in from friends and family all over the city...Joburg came to a standstill...
During all of this time...I was so disappointed that I never had my camera with me {all of those above are from cellphones}...and that we were stuck at work...we all just wanted to go home.

So finally, early afternoon, we called it a day...the excitement had just gotten too much. The sun was already out, and I took a slow drive home...taking in all the patches of snow still lying around.
Just as I arrived at our local curry house for take-aways, out of the blue...and snow storm came through. I literally could not see what was going on around me...but just as quickly as it arrived, it disappeared. And I went merrily along my way...

Until I entered my home town...it was white, thick with snow...everywhere. People had pulled over to the side, and were playing in it, cars were stopping at green robots...to take photos. I couldn't get home quick enough.

As I drove through our suburb, I was shaking from excitement. The verges, the trees, the rooftops were white, it was so beautiful.
And this is what greeted me at home...
It was like a winter wonderland...I ran inside, grabbed my camera...and clicked away..a million and one times..

At one point,  I was so cold, my face was burning...but I just could not stay inside...I had to be outside. You could hear the kids screaming with excitement from all over the neighbourhood...people making snowmen, throwing snowballs...

It was just magical.
Today, was spent sharing photos and stories...we are still in awe of what happened.

A crazy, unbelievable Jozi day.

13 comments:

Bo said...

This may sound cheesy but it's definitely a day I'll remember for a long time!

Mrs FF said...

Hayley, I'm so jealous!!! That was a lot of snow you got in your hometown :) and the pictures tell the tale. We were not as lucky in the north as the sun kept coming up so each time it snowed it melted away within a few minutes :(

But it was still fun to see the flakes coming down :)

What I would do to be in that van reenen (not sure of spelling) area. Saw it on the news really looked like a winter wonderland.

Julia said...

Ah...Mother Nature is just such a show-off sometimes! I LOVE your pics.

Janet said...

Oh what stunning photos you took - captured so beautifully! It was amazing wasn't it? Even today, I went to a women's day celebration and it was the topic of many conversations - Snowburg! :)

MommaSue said...

Here in Kansas, we tend to take snow for granted (although this last winter was unusually mild and we didn't get much, if any, snow). This year, I think I'll remember your delight and take the snow a little less for granted!

I'm so not a blogger said...

Gorgeous!

Lulu said...

Here down the South Coast we just felt the cold - but I LOVE seeing all the pics of snow from around the country. Thanks for sharing them. Amazing.

blackhuff said...

I'm glad you got the opportunity to shoot photos with your camera at home :)

cat said...

You had WAY more than us, but as you know, Pretoria is even less likely to get snow than Joburg. Was such a very soecial day

Lynette said...

Truly a winter wonderland. You captured it so perfectly Hayley. No such luck for us on the coast...just rain, rain and then some more rain.

Ordinarylife said...

Beautiful. I lived in Scotland for a year and that is more snow than they had that winter!

kbd said...

beautiful! Looks like so much fun!

Lovely Light said...

So fun! I wish CT had gotten some snow!