Happy Australia Day!

My snow globe can take the rest of the week off. There is too much competition in the real world! Snow started falling this morning to initial reactions of joyful exuberance, and it has continued to sweep and swirl over the city all day. Earlier forecasts of 12 inches have already been buried, along with most of the cars on the street, and unless you want to get arrested, that’s where they’ll stay. The city is a white-out and, courtesy of the Mayor and Governor, has gone into lockdown, closing shops and theaters, suspending bus and train services, and with blizzard warnings through to tomorrow morning. Fortunately Sean & I have all the essentials we need, including a new jar of vegemite. It is Australia Day after all…!

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20 Responses to Happy Australia Day!

  1. Lyndl Marshall says:

    And…you could be watching the Australian Open!

  2. Carol says:

    Great pics! What is the second last one an image of Gabrielle?
    Have a Happy Australia Day!

  3. tony says:

    the polar vortex has arrived-
    for anyone intertested its a overcast 25c in Sydney-very pleasant,extra long OZ day weekend for many.enjoy the snow

  4. Deb says:

    Great shot of the vegemite jar. It took me a little while to work out what it was!

  5. Janet says:

    Happy Australia Day to you and Sean. I don’t particularly enjoy Sydney’s heat and humidity of the past week, but this level of snow must surely try everyone in so many ways and I was saddened to hear of the deaths due to the blizzard conditions. Keep warm and make that Vegemite last.

    • Thank you Janet! It’s hard to believe how quickly everything can change from blue sunny skies to sweeping winds of snow. And it looks like this might be breaking all records. It is fun for the novelty but so extreme. And the huge dynamics of the situation – shutting down the city, getting people off the street, the volume of snow etc. How would ever want to be mayor?!

  6. Andrew Box says:

    Happy Australia day for you in New York, loved the photos, fantastic, NY City deserted. very strange.

    • Thanks Andrew. Yes, it was strange with the deserted streets and with the silence. But it didn’t last long! We are back to business as usual – well almost. Snow has been driven into huge piles and the rest of it is melting at a great pace. It is 6*C here today and going up to 8*C on the weekend – feels like Spring!

  7. Lili says:

    Happy Australia Day !!!!!
    Love the pics. NY City fantastic as always. Enjoy your Vegemite. BBQ and Cricket for you is out of the question. 🙂 🙂

  8. Roberta Baumann says:

    I am sitting in Airconditioning in Brisbane at the moments so I am jealous. Somehow, the magic of a snow storm still beats our floods or cyclones. If you are safe then enjoy the moment. I have seen the most beautiful pics of New York in this whiteout.

    • It certainly has been magical Roberta. Yesterday morning we woke to blue sky and sunshine – you couldn’t believe it could be so glorious after the whiteout of the day before. Children were out with their sleds, people were digging their cars out, snowballs were flying in all directions – and now it has started to melt so we have rivers of icy water pooling down the avenues. Bring out the boats!

  9. Kathy Cree says:

    I love N Y & this is an experience I haven’t had. Ta for sharing. I also love also love the snow globe of skyline. Where did you get that?
    Look forward to next instalment.

  10. Sue says:

    Just heard you on ABC radio and checked out thefitzyreport.com – fabulous. I love the snow pictures especially. Many thanks for your enthusiasm and great work

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