Another Fine Day

[Updated 8/1/06]

When I woke up this morning at 7:30 there was not a cloud in the sky. I’ve
seen that happen so many times down here. At 7:30 it is clear. By 9am it is
completely overcast and I had given up hope of it being a beach day.

However, the strange weather conditions continued and by 1pm there wasn’t
a cloud in the sky and it turned into a beautiful afternoon. Probably a couple
of degrees below perfect, but very nice nevertheless.

It made me think about how the weather on holiday changes my mood. Yesterday
afternoon I just read but ended up with a "stuffy" head. It was
nice for one day to catch up with reading. But by this morning I was feeling
down about the thought of another day to cool to go to the beach. I guess
it’s just tied up with my earliest memories of summer holidays.Summer holidays
are about the beach and if I can’t go to the beach, then I don’t feel I’m
on holiday.

Anyway, three of our girls joined us down here yesterday and we all went
to the beach.

After that a BBQ dinner at the Coogoorah
and now we are back at the house with the girls watching Grey’s
and playing Trivial
in the ad breaks. Outside, the crickets are singing reminding
me that it is summer in Australia.

New Year’s Day

It’s 1pm and it’s been raining for an hour in Anglesea. Judy and I are down
at the Surfing Albatross and the usually quiet cafe is packed. All the people
who would normally be in the courtyard are inside and some extra people have
come in because there’s nothing else to do. Everyone’s go wet hair and several
people have beach towels wrapped around themselves. Quite a few people have
waterproof jackets on. And the surest sign that it’s cold and wet is the number
of toddlers in pushers. It’s an amazing contrast to yesterday which was itself
an amazing day.

We had a mild day but all around us the state was sweltering. In Melbourne
(North East of here) it reached a New Year’s Eve record of 42, 46 in Horsham
to our West and 41 in Ballarat to our North West. At 10:30 the Bureau issued
an ammended predicted maximum of 32 because the wind had turned to the south
but, after a brief pause, the mercury continued to climb until the maxium
was reached at 5pm

After the change last night in Melbourne it dropped to 25. That’s Melbourne.
Sweltering hot one day and raining cool the next.