Today is the first day of June and whilst the UK is at the start of their summer, here in Australia it is the first day of winter.
That picture was taken today at 4.10 p.m. about 3 minutes from where I live, looking towards an expanse of nothing much. Last week the temperature was often around 24°C but today it has dropped to a frightening low of 21°. Gosh, that’s barely 70°F. But at least it’s sunny and I’m still in shorts.
In fact, I’ve been in shorts pretty much for 18 months. There have been just a few exceptions. Those include the occasions I have gone to the city for a pub crawl. Some pubs, especially the very expensive one that sells Belgian beer, do prefer their patrons to wear long trousers during the evenings. Then there was one very posh do I was invited to recently.
And last of all, in the evenings during the deepest and darkest depths of winter, I have been known to wear jog bottoms indoors instead of shorts. But we are not yet into those deepest darkest depths, that doesn’t happen until August. But when it arrives, and the cold chill takes hold, it can last up to two weeks!
When we moved, we bought with us some coats and a coat rack. The rack is up and the coats are on it. It has become a kind of Monument, a reminder of our old life back in England. I believe all the coats on it are still in the same position that they were when we unpacked it and set it up back in January 2008.
Winters here, and in particular I mean winters in Brisbane, are just not the same as those back in the UK. Do I miss those crisply cold winter mornings, scraping ice off of the car windscreen?
Don’t get me wrong, Australians do take their winters seriously. This article was taken from my local free newspaper, “Westside News” last week. One of their intrepid reporters took to the streets to conduct a poll. He was asking the question “How do you plan on keeping warm this winter?”
Two of those questioned were wearing sunglasses and none of the answers mentioned bobble hats, gloves or coats.
I think that says it all.
Oh, I did wear long trousers on Saturday night, but I’ll tell you about that tomorrow.