Thursday 27th April 2017

Trees In My Street. 2017.49.

Trees In My Street. 2017.49.

In this part of Australia we have been waiting for signs of Autumn to arrive. So far, not many.

However as I write this, the weather is on the turn so to speak but before then we are in for a pile of rain and wind thanks to the recent Cyclone Debbie and a cold front meeting it as the rains come down the coast to where we are.

Yesterday morning, Thursday, I went to a walk in our street to notice the changes in the trees. Finally! A few changes could be seen.

Here they are:

What are you noticing about the trees near you?

Which season are you in?

Denyse.

Joining some photography link ups here: Jen and Sue

Joining The Ultimate Rabbit Hole with  Sammie and friends too here.

 

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Words and Pics This Week. 2017.43.

Words and Pics This Week. 2017.43.

It’s been a blah week because of the weather and I have made some time, where I could, to get outside for capturing a snapshot or five. As I do.

Here are some of the pics I took this week…and some words in the captions.

Saturday morning. Driving along and saw how still the water was. I was rewarded with this capture and many others! How amazing is nature!

 

I’ve grown sweet peas successfully back at our former home so decided this year to give them a go here. Love the sweet pea flower. Memories of childhood and taking flowers to school to the teacher.

 

My view from our back verandah. The house at the back is unoccupied since it was sold (this is the garage) is very old, made of fibro/asbestos I guess..and this is my view…making it better with trellis added to back fence to coax the sweet peas up!

 

After a weekend at home because of awful weather I ventured out to see the big seas and high tide at Soldiers Beach.

 

A walk around the garden and this pattern of raindrops caught my eye.

 

This 8inx8in mandala on black was both meditative and creative to complete. I could not stop adding to it. It was such fun. Now off to a friend for her to frame to put in her new house!

 

I hope your week’s been a good one. Mind you, the weather…let’s not talk too much about it shall we?

Denyse.

I am linking to photography friends who host links: Sue and Jen on Friday and over the weekend with Sammie here for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole.

 

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Wonderful Water Views. 2017.27.

Wonderful Water Views. 2017.27.

I know in Australia we have had too much of HEAT, DROUGHT and FLOODING…and FIRES…and it has been incredibly stressful for so many.

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It certainly was for us in some ways as there was a threat of power outages and we NEEDED to run the Air Conditioning as the outside temperatures went to well over 40 degrees celsius (over 105degrees F) That is wayyyy hot. We survived. Phew.

So, just a few days later…it has cooled down to around 30 degrees C in the day and that’s awesome! I went for a drive on Wednesday just to be in nature once more.

In the morning I went along the road which follows The Wyong River.

In the afternoon I visited my favourite walking beach, Lakes Beach.

The weather was warm (yay), gentle breezes abounded and the sea was calm.

One little video was made on the banks of the Wyong River at high tide.

I walked and recorded the next two little videos at Lakes Beach Budgewoi at low tide.

 

How is the weather where you are right now?

Denyse.

Joining photography friends here:

Trish: Jen: Steph: Sue

On the weekend I link here with Sammie for the Ultimate Rabbit Hole.

 

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Here’s The Weather Report. 366/238.

Here’s The Weather Report. 366/238.

I have already admitted to being a weather nerd and I guess with the advent of apps to help me know what the weather ahead will be like, then that makes me even more so. I have always been this way, especially when we lived in the west of Sydney and I would be off to work in schools and wondering ‘what will I wear!’

I know that most if not all of the weather predictions, updates and forecasts in Australia come from here.

Living here on the Central Coast we have had our fair share of weather extremes which I wrote about too. I think I was prepared for what was ahead during the East Coast Low that came to stay…and over stay in April 2015 but no expert meteorologist could have foreseen how long it stayed as it was ‘most unusual’ as they say.

The weather data from the Central Coast NSW goes back to the Bureau of Meteorology from here:

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In the ground of the Lighthouse are the weather station and the wind gauge. Inside the white building is the rain gauge.

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Lighthouse at Norah Head, set on the edge of the coast, has an official Bureau of Meteorology weather station in the grounds.

Weather is what surrounds us and affects us each day/night and I think that’s why I am so interested. I am a big fan of being prepared, comfortable and sheltered!

As I write this post, it is almost the end of August and officially nearing the end of Winter in Australia. However, weather does not do the calendar really well and that explains that we have had both record warm days and nights this Winter as well.

My best guides for the weather are the local forecaster on the news in the area where we live now, my app on my phone called Weather Zone Plus and my husband. He seems to have more knowledge than any and I think he might be a weather expert but uses none of the tools I choose. He checks his barometer and his years of being both a country and city dweller (observer of the skies and what is around him) help.

The weather on this app has come from the Norah Head weather station.

The weather on this app has come from the Norah Head weather station.

How do you find out about the weather where you are?

Denyse.

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Joining with Anne over at Domesblissity for Thriving on Thursdays and Grace for Flog Your Blog Friday over at With Some Grace.

 

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Am I A Winter Person? 366/158.

Am I A Winter Person? 366/158.

Yesterday I would have said generally, yes.

Until this…the great (and latest) East Coast Low. This was earlier on Sunday 5 June. We live between Wyong and Norah Head. Top of photo.

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I am writing this and scheduling the post ‘just in case we lose power’ so…here is a link to what has been happening in the local area called The Central Coast of NSW. The east coast low went from Queensland, down through northern NSW, here then onto Sydney and inner parts of the metropolitan area, south coast and further. It remains a menacing and awful event. Let’s hope by the time this is published tomorrow it’s gone!

I have horrid memories of the last #eastcoastlow and that wasn’t even in Winter! Remember this?

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So, I guess I am more of a winter person as I am more physically comfortable being cool. I love a temperate time of year, like most people, and so I dislike the extremes of summer. I could live in a colder clime – I think – but my hub endured too many Armidale winters to want to do that again.

We will stick to the more temperate climes in our older age and keep comfy with a jacket or jumper and the heater set at about 23 degrees when it gets too cold even here.

I like the comfort foods of winter, but I have to cook them still. I also like the warm cosy nights in bed but then again, the nights are pretty long aren’t they? I enjoy being at home on a winter’s day with sunshine pouring in through the windows but keeping wind and rain at bay.

What about you?

Are you a winter person?

Denyse.

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Joining Kirsty, whose idea this was…and wondering what she will have to say over here at My Home Truths.

UPDATE: We did not lose power. Phew. So many people I know living in areas majorly affected by this east coast low system and I feel for them. Many have had house damage, cannot get to work or school and some schools and businesses are closed. Take care, everyone. Hope all is well wherever you are. 

 

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Weather Nerd. 366/157.

Weather Nerd. 366/157.

Are you a wee bit obsessed with the weather as I am?

I have only realised this in the past couple of years.

Maybe earlier.

Actually a lot earlier.

The weather affects my mood and my comfort level and I am constant in my view that I need to be both happy and comfy…aren’t you?

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To this end, I know I am a weather nerd for these reasons:

  • the local news’ detailed weather report (with Gavin Morris for those who also get NBN news) is my highlight of the 6pm-7pm evening timeslot.
  • I have at least 5 apps on my iPhone which help me understand/forecast/get sad/be worried/be pleased…about the weather.
  • I look at our thermometer and barometer every single day. Even though I do not know really about how a barometer works, I do know about temperature!
  • I check the rain gauge. Well, I look at the findings from the rain guage that is part of our ‘weather station’ that hub has and as long as I haven’t accidentally put water from the hose near it, I know the rain we’ve had
  • we have lived in a number areas in Australia with climate extremes:- for example

have been isolated for 10 weeks thanks to floods, when we lived and taught near the NSW/Qld Border

and another occasion we got out in time from our little house on a property at Narrabri to go to Tamworth to have our daughter and hub navigated flooded dirt tracks in a sedan. 

and of course, last year’s rotten East Coast Low here in NSW where we had no power or phones for 5 days.

oh, and I hate the HOT weather and its continuation  over summer so I am always checking IG feeds from my friends in the south to see when the weather is likely to change.

Taking photographs relating to the weather of all kinds makes me very happy and so I look for opportunities where I can and the weather is often a great topic. I did these yesterday when I drove (in safe conditions!) to Soldiers Beach Carpark and Lookout where the weather was definitely showing who was boss!

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Are you a weather nerd?

Denyse.

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Joining Leanne and friends here at Deep Fried Fruit for the Sunday Linky.

 

 

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Actually Autumn At Last. 366/134.

Actually Autumn At Last. 366/134.

When I lived in Sydney I could visit the areas west of our place to find ‘autumn’ in its beauty. However, I think even in Sydney with the long warm spells of weather the Autumn trees got confused and many are finally having the leaves turn their different colours until they fall. Where we live now there are few(er) trees like these and I miss the spectacle.

This week as I travelled to Sydney to see Dad, I was hopeful that there would be more for me to see and photograph since last visit. There was. In Telegraph Road St Ives/Pymble. I leave the Pacific Highway at Pymble to drive along this pretty street of houses (ok, mansions) worth millions to Mona Vale Road. I was not disappointed.

How’s autumn looking where you are? Or are you enjoying spring?

Denyse.

 

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Joining my photography friends here:

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-In-Ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings.

 

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One Year Ago. 366/115.

One Year Ago. 366/115.

One year ago the east coast of Australia, a super cell of storms appeared and stayed…as a slow moving East Coast Low brought horrific winds, torrential rains and destroyed homes, livelihoods and more. The areas affected were (from my memory!) from Sydney, up to the Central Coast, the Hunter and inland to areas such as Maitland, Raymond Terrace and Dungog.

We had moved the Empire Bay on the Central Coast some 3 months before this time one year ago and we were caught up in it. Powerful winds brought down power lines all around the area and we had no electricity for almost 4 days. We “managed” thanks to some ingenuity and resourcefulness of our own and we were never “in danger”.

I never want to experience anything like it again and I know that it took me a while to get used to what life at the edge of the elements can do.

I wrote about it here which won’t link (thanks slow internet) :

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From Monday 20 April 2015 until today, Thursday 23 April 2015 we have been living in a place and area which has been battered & blown & flooded out from a “low cell” group of storms off NSW Coast.

We are still without power & good internet but in keeping with my post every day” goal here’s a snapshot of our current means of “survival”.

How have the storms affected you and yours?

Denyse xx

UPDATE: Power restored early Friday morning. Landline phone and internet ADSL will be back (I hope) early next week. We are so fortunate. Not everyone has been.

Now I am sharing some of the photos as they have all been appearing in my TimeHop as ‘this happened a year ago.’

I am glad it’s not now.

Do you recall this time? Were you affected? Did you know of anyone who was?

1. View from our place. 2. Map of areas affected 3. More view 4. Survival essentials for stay connected - 4G dongle and portable phone charger

1. View from our place. 2. Map of areas affected 3. More view 4. Survival essentials for stay connected – 4G dongle and portable phone charger

Surviving with candles for light.

Surviving with candles for light.

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Local public school was closed for students for more than a week thanks to fallen trees and overhead wires.

After 3 days I drove to local shops in hope of finding something warm to eat. I got a toasted sandwich but at Coles all fresh/frozen areas were empty. Found milk at a garage.

After 3 days I drove to local shops in hope of finding something warm to eat. I got a toasted sandwich but at Coles all fresh/frozen areas were empty. Found milk at a garage.

Denyse.

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Joining Leanne at Deep Fried Fruit for Sunday linky.

Linking with Alicia at One Mother Hen for Open Slather today.

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