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
It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” Rainer Maria Rilke After a month in windy, rainy Melbourne, I arrived in Sydney to feel the nurturing warmth of 20 degree plus days…and it’s not officially spring yet. But in Sydney, Mother Nature has decreed that it might as… Read More It’s (Almost) Springtime in Sydney
” Sorry, we dont stock that line since….the flood” “They’re not here anymore but have moved out of town..to Goonellabah (the hill above the town)” This was a frequent refrain from residents of Lismore, the Northern Rivers town which suffered major flooding in March 2017. It’s only a little over six months since it happened… Read More After the flood
It was a glorious day- to use an old Aussie expression it was a “pearler of a day”-to be exact. The temperature was mild, the sky both sunny and brilliantly blue and for the first time in weeks there was an absence of the harsh wind which had been whipping up the sea. There was… Read More You Are Beautiful!
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
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…..