Australian Climate


It’s been a hectic but fun weekend here. As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, it was my daughter’s fifth birthday this week. On Saturday we had a party. We kicked it off at about 6 p.m. and had 12 adults and nine children around. I fired up the barbecue and we all sat [...]

meter maids

I made a post about the parking space trick a short while ago in which I mentioned the Meter Maids of Surfers Paradise.  I didn’t have a photo of any of them at the time, but I did promise you I would get one.  Well, today we went to Surfers Paradise to chill out.  And, [...]

mt nebo

As the UK enters spring, we have just begun autumn. The 90°F heat of today, if our usual weather patterns prevail, will gradually fall down to a steady 75°F (24°c) by the end of May. Then it will be winter. Brisbane’s autumns are just fantastic.


I recently mentioned the Australians’ penchant for shortening words and ending them with “o”. You probably think this is laziness and slang. Here are some more examples in a short story. Perhaps you and a relo (relative) decide to go to the bottle-o (liquor shop, off license). But when you get there you realise you [...]

As bushfires still blaze out of control in Victoria, the floodwaters are starting to recede in North Queensland. Yes, Australia is a big country. It’s astonishing that two completely contrasting disasters can occur during the very same weekend in the very same country. At one end of the country there has been no rain for, [...]