Down here in New Zealand summer was officially over on 1st March, and overnight the temperature plummeted ( haha) from mid thirties to high twenties. It felt cold, alright?
We have had the hottest summer on record over most of the country, and here in Marlborough the temperatures have been in the thirties for a couple of months, rather than the usual few weeks. We had about four days rain in as many months, which was a problem for many in our area as we rely on rain water for the house. Fortunately our property is piped into the best yielding stream in the bay but not all our neighbours faired so well. My biggest concern, however, has been the risk of fire. We have pine forests and native bush coming within thirty metres of the house and the sheds are basically in the trees. There have been a few massive fires in the region that destroyed thousands of acres of forest. The Aussie girls will be rolling their eyes – they deal with this every year.
But despite all that summer has been awesome. We didn’t get the usual strong winds that usually spoil sitting on the deck with a glass of wine. I’ve been out on the kayak more than ever with the water so calm it was unbelievable. Hopefully I get a few more weeks paddling yet. As the kayak is a sit on rather than sit in (I’m terrified of drowning and the whole idea of having to get out of a tipped over kayak gives me the frights) I get soaked so don’t use it in winter.
Then there’s the fishing. Yesterday we went out in search of a snapper or two, but they’d taken a break and weren’t playing the game. Who cares when the water looked like this and it was so quiet we could hear the birds on shore.
We got so much fruit on our trees this year that the freezers are choke full. I can’t even fit in an ice tray any more.
This is what we’ve also been doing in the last month. Preparing for those low temps that move me inside from my office for three months, and thinking about soup instead of salad.
Yep, winter is coming but I’m hoping it’s not in a hurry because I’m not ready to put on jeans instead of shorts. I love all the seasons but this year I am so not ready to give up summer.
At least we’re still having wonderful weather and next summer is only eight and a half months away. Are you enjoying your seasonal change, or are you like me and reluctant to let the last one go?