Thursday, May 07, 2015


We're well into autumn here now because in the temperate areas of Australia we use the European pattern of four seasons. That means winter starts at the beginning of June which in turn means it's only a few weeks away. You wouldn't have thought it from the weather until the last couple of days. It's been glorious - sunny days with temperatures averaging in the low to mid twenties and nights ranging from around 10-16C and it usually continues on like this for all of May. As a result it has been quite dry as well with the garden needing to be watered.

But there's been a change - and a very sudden one. On Sunday we were deluged with blessed rain - and, almost magically it seemed, the garden changed. Now everything is fresh again. The leaves look greener than they've been for months and, once the flowers had shaken the rain off their petals, they were reinvigorated. These are just a few of my pot plants.

As if that wasn't enough, it was followed by a plunge in temperature with the nights dropping to 4C and even lower in the hills area behind the city. The shock to our systems! Wardrobes were raided for warm clothes, winter quilts replaced summer blankets and heating was turned on for the first time. Pisces and I scurried around closing air conditioner vents (we have an evaporative system with vents linked to a roof top unit so cold air can seep in) and dusted off the gas wall furnace. It's warmed a little since then but we've been reminded that winter is close and that we need to prepare. At the shops this morning I stood behind a woman at a department store checkout. She was loaded up with an armful of winter pyjamas and thick bed socks. I'm a little better organised but I will still need to fill a few gaps in my winter wardrobe. 

Those who live in colder places might think we're being a little precious but relativity is important. Our summer temperatures of high thirties and low forties mean that when the temperature dips this low, even in mid winter, we tend to be somewhat surprised. Even then it's a fairly rare occurrence, so you can see why we react as we do.


Jo said...

I know, it's a shock to the system. We, of course, are entering spring and summer, hopefully, so will be putting away our winter things. I have gradually started getting my skin used to that hot stuff from the sky. Getting my doses of Vitamin D.

Helen V. said...

I remember that wonderful transition when there's suddenly signs of growth from when I lived in England for a while. We never get that here.