Records are being broken; yes its summer but unlike other summers past. The seasonal heat, its intensity, duration and coverage, has changed making it hard to enjoy the beauty and languor of the summer holidays in Australia. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-18/bom-warns-of-scorching-sydney-weather-with-top-of-45c/10723824 How we live our lives during such a time has changed-aircon is essential not optional, (thank you… Read More Saturday Morning, Sydney Harbour, Heatwave Hangover
Bathers, togs, cozzie, swimmers; all AustraIian names for swimwear . It’s that time of year when you reassess your swimming gear in preparation for the swimming season ahead. Of course if you’re lucky enough to be in a warm climate where the weather is living up to its seasonal expectations, then you are able to… Read More Swimming Season
In the top half of Australia there are only two seasons-wet or dry. No delicate evolution into Spring or Autumn for this tropical climate; it’s flagrantly dry, meaning extreme heat-or wet, meaning saturating rain. But on this visit to Cairns, approaching the end of the wet season, Mother Nature has excelled herself producing the heaviest… Read More The Wettest Season
My lips are chapped by the winds of Change Sarah Vowell The winds have been raging along the coast for three days now, whipping up the surf into a creamy frenzy. The authorities have put out warnings to surfers, sailors and fishermen and women but still some people like to take the risk and be… Read More Wild Surf and The Winds of Change
Australia is a land of extremes but last weekend was a killer. It was 45 degrees where I was staying and reached an unheard of 47 degrees in Port Macquarie, a town on the North Coast of NSW. These were first time records as 80 fires erupted throughout the state. Clearly, this was not the… Read More In Celebration of Small Things : A Cool Change After The Inferno
« I love a sunburnt country…. a land of flooding rains” Dorothea McKellar My Country Australia is a land of excess. Its a place where a drought can last for twenty years to be broken by saturating rains that produce once in a lifetime floods. Climate change has only exacerbated these extremes. Last… Read More The Green, Green Grass of….Australia?
In Celebration of Small Things : Sunshine in Winter “It is the artist’s business to create sunshine when the sun fails” Romain Roland It makes all the difference to the quality of your day and over time, your life. When that golden orb starts to penetrates the clouds, my body responds with a smile and… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:Sunshine in Winter
W is for Weather and Words to describe What cats think as they look through Windows “His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name: His ineffable effable Effanineffable Deep and inscrutable singular Name” T.S. Eliot ‘The Naming of Cats’ It’s one of the… Read More W is for Weather and Words to describe What cats think as they look through Windows
In Celebration of Small Things: Making My Day Here in Australia we are approaching the end of a very long, very hot summer and for the first time in many years, I’m glad. Usually I love the heat and enjoy being close to the sea or at least in close proximity to a swimming pool.… Read More In Celebration of Small Things; Making My Day
We’re Having a Heatwave…. ‘I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me! ‘ From ‘My Country’ by Dorothea Mackellar This week we had… Read More We’re Having a Heatwave…..