This week I begin a series of posts about the seasons of the year. Today I start with summer as it’s the first season of the year (Dec-Feb) here in Australia and the rest of the southern hemisphere.
“but tomorrow may rain so I’ll follow the sun.” The Beatles.
What does summer mean to me? The days are getting longer and the sun is shining so much brighter. Summer conjures up many images in my mind. The long, hot days. The uncomfortably sticky, sweaty and sleepless nights. Eating out on the verandah. Slathering on sunscreen to protect my skin, a hat to protect my head and sunglasses to protect my eyes. I do my best to get the right amount of Vitamin D and avoid sunburn.
“Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” Van Morrison.
Australians love the outdoors and this is evident especially in the warmer months. We flock to the beaches in droves. Personally I don’t go for a swim in the ocean. I prefer to walk along the beach. I take in the sun glistening on the ocean and the smell of sand, seaweed and sunscreen. I buy an ice-cream from food trucks parked on the promenade. I eat it as fast as I can before it melts and drips down my arms.
“Friends, sun, sand, and sea, that sounds like a summer to me.” Unknown.
Christmas falls in early summer. The temperature can be anywhere from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius (77 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit), sometimes even hotter. This day is spent having an enormous lunch outside. Nearby there’s a barbeque. The smell of cooking meat wafts all around. There are many delicious foods in season such as berries and watermelon. Ah the delicious sweetness! I must admit it isn’t my favourite season, but all the seasons have their pros and cons.
Blessings to all xx