Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Public Holidays. #LifeThisWeek 24/52. 2017.79.

Public Holidays. #LifeThisWeek 24/52. 2017.79.

I know that we have quite a few Public Holidays in Australia but I’ve decided to keep my focus on this one….

The June Long weekend  ( Public Holiday is Monday) – for the Queen’s Birthday  in New South Wales & some other states in Australia, it has rained and rained for the past two, including this one!
As I write, it is only Friday night and the rain is pouring down.

Earlier today I ventured out as I had not been anywhere for a few days thanks to the weather. I caught sight of my first whale spouting in 2017 and also captured a bird in flight as it was escaping the rain in our backyard this afternoon.

Reminiscing about the June Long Weekend of years and years ago I recalled that it was Cracker Night.

Until the government decided that people were getting injured by the fireworks..and fires…and so, it became banned. For the 1980s though, we still had a bonfire in our backyard (in suburbia) with the bonfire constructed safely, and fireworks were set up on the fence and on the grass outside. Our kids were still very young, so the mums and kids would stay up on the verandah for the fun. It WAS noisy and we had to make sure animals were inside. A few years later, the only fireworks that were allowed were those at organised functions which became fundraisers for schools and the like. Mind you, we couldn’t even buy fireworks then but as a  kids in the 1950s and 60s we could. I was not a brave person, so throw downs and sparklers were my limit. Oh and you can still buy sparklers at the supermarket.

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Did you have fun with fireworks when you were a kid?

What are your memories of public holidays?

Denyse. Joining with Alicia here for Open Slather and here with Kell for Mummy Mondays.

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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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