Not winter

In might be cold enough for boots and scarves and even winter hats south of here, but in the subtropics in Queensland it is still resolutely NOT WINTER. I had high hopes this morning when I woke up to a grey and drizzly day but still I’m in summer pjs, deciding what to wear today so that I don’t get too hot. We never get a proper winter really. Perhaps a week or two or three when the maximum temperature gets down to low 20s/high teens and single figures overnight. But that’s it.

Apparently, there are some people who hate winter and love the Queensland summer. Quite frankly, I don’t understand these people. Clearly, they’ve never spent a disgusting three days in Rockhampton in late December melting in the heat. Or perhaps they’ve never enjoyed the delights of sweating while sitting perfectly still in their own homes on a *glorious* summer’s day in late February. Sure, there are a few things to love about summer like watermelon, sitting in the air-conditioning watching the Australian Open on the telly and… I can’t think of any others. I’ve heard that some people love going to the beach in summer. For the life of me I can’t understand why. The sand burns your feet. The salt water makes your skin itchy. The sun gives you skin cancer. And it’s hot. The beach is far nicer in winter. For walking along…with shoes…and a cardigan…in a cool breeze and gentle, non-life threatening sunlight.

But winter, real winter, as I have experienced in other places much further north and south of here is excellent. Drinking hot drinks of all kinds without breaking into mess of perspiration. Walking outside in the middle of the day without breaking into a mess of perspiration. Wearing excellent boots, socks, cardigans, jumpers, scarves, jackets, winter hats and gloves without breaking into a mess of perspiration. Eating big hearty meals and then actually wanting to go into the great outdoors full of vitality and energy without breaking into a mess of perspiration. Coming home to a lovely cosy house and sitting in front of the fire or other heating instrument, drinking tea or wine or another beverage without breaking into a mess of perspiration.

Basically, doing anything without breaking into a mess of perspiration sounds good to me.

To be fair, we have had a month or so of what I believe in other parts of Australia is autumn. Apparently, autumn is associated with stunning autumn colours and other such delights. Here it just means you can wear clothes with sleeves without wanting to die of heat in the middle of the day. So having skipped autumn, and with no sign of winter, perhaps I should get ready for the few weeks of spring we experience in September (or sometimes late August) and brace myself for another long, hot summer.


5 Responses to “Not winter”

  1. Jodes says:

    Disgusting is a great word to describe Rocky’s weather most of the year! I had to come back to Qld for family reasons, but I really miss the weather down around Orange/Bathurst. Yes, it can get hot as hell in summer, but without Rocky’s foul humidity, and the winters are long and cold and snowy. I can’t see the stars aligning for me to get back there in the immediate future, but long term I’d like to.

  2. tony says:

    Gloating from Melbourne where it is grey, drizxling and quite chilly!

  3. 2paw says:

    Oh I can’t understand people who like the heat either. Sadly, it is not Winter here yet at all. It’s still Summer dress and a light cardi weather. I long for Winter, it is the best part of the year: hot water bottles, hot drinks and soups, all the handknits I own worn at once.

  4. Jackie says:

    First day of June and it’s actually COLD here. Quite the surprise after the “hottest May on record” that’s been in the news. But climate change doesn’t exist, right?

  5. Wendy Davis says:

    @ Jodes….yes I agree it’s the humidity that is the real killer in the heat stakes. I’ve had days in the mid 30s while in Tassie in summer and it was surprisingly bearable 🙂

    Ha @ jackie …of *course* there’s no such thing as climate change…Glad you and @ tony are enjoying the Melbourne cold though!

    Dear 2paw…I hope your winter arrives very soon so you can enjoy all those excellent things. I love soup in winter!!

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