“Il fait un temps de chien” French expression meaning “The weather has gone to the dogs!”
In this last month of summer in Sydney, the weather has been atrocious. It’s normally a time for enjoying the last of the warmer weather and final swims as the coolness slowlys enters the air. But no! Its been raining-heavily-every day so far in March and with only a week to go until the end of the month, the prospect of the earth kissing summer goodbye in a light and lingering kiss has been completely washed away. Of course complaining about the weather, though natural, is a futile activity. But the situation explains why I have not been able to venture out much. The biggest achievement in getting out and about has taken the form of daily dog walks around the block-if they weather gods allow.
So instead of focusing on the mushtooms, storms, flooding, damp dog smell and perpetual wetness, I try to make each walk a special and positive experience. I recently read a blogpost from a fellow blogger, Rachel Mankovitz, on the topic of “100 blessings a day” (https://www.rachelmankovitz.com) and thought I would apply it to my daily walks.
It may be relatively easy to choose one thing, however small, and show gratitude but trying to (genuinely) list 100 was quite a task initially until I opened my eyes and saw the beautiful and diverse trees which surrounded me..
I’m staying on the leafy North Shore of Sydney where trees of all kinds create a distinct and beautiful landscape in an otherwise bland suburban area. I started noticing their differences and looked forward to identifying new ones each time-not in a botancial sense becuse Im no botanist but merely with an appreciation for their being, and yes of course I talked to them but did they talk back? I think so in their own unique way. I can say that the experience has certainly changed my outlook on my stay here and what if the weather had been fine? Would I have experienced the wonder of these trees or passed them by in my rush to enjoy the last of summer?