Saturday, June 2, 2012

Baby, it's cold outside

In Australia, June 1st marks the start of winter. We've been wearing our winter coats and running our heat at night since mid-May though. It's cold, cold, cold outside.
Parrots are easy to spot on leafless winter branches.

Now, to be fair, it's not nearly as cold as winters in Colorado. There's no snow...not even a chance of snow. But when all my friends and family in the States are chatting on Facebook about trips to the beach and how much they are enjoying the warm summer weather, it makes our 4 degrees Celsius mornings seem bitterly cold. (Quick Conversion - 4 degrees Celsius is 40 degrees Fahrenheit)

Drew and I have a few techniques in place, though, to combat our winter blues.

1. We play Christmas music. There's even been talk of having a summer/winter solstice Christmas celebration on June 20th.
 (Yes, that's the Glee version of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside')

2. We are drinking copious amounts of tea. Aussies are big afternoon tea drinkers, so the grocery stores always have lots of tasty varieties.
3. We've planned a trip to the beach in June. In northern Australia, the weather stays warm all year long. We'll be taking advantage of that and visiting Cairns for a week of sun, snorkeling, rainforests, and hopefully a bit of whitewater rafting.

In addition to hunkering down for winter, we've been quite busy. In early May, I was offered an awesome promotion at my job which meant going back to work full-time. Drew spent most of early May doing field work and now he's working hard on a research paper that is due in a couple of weeks.

Of course, we're also making time for fun things, such as having friends over for dinner, going for walks around the lake, and just generally enjoying our time in this beautiful country.

The last of the Autumn leaves around Lake Burley Griffin


  1. I hope you have a great trip! And stay warm . . .

  2. tell me more about your awesome promotion, you awesome person, you! miss you, in your winter.

  3. Congratulations on your promotion, Mandy! Enjoy your beach trip and your Christmas.

  4. Congrats on the promotion! Love your photos, as always. Also, I'm trying to figure out how I, too, can get away with listening to Christmas music in June... I think I'll tell Peter it's out of solidarity with you guys. :)

  5. Love your pictures! I've never been whitewater rafting, but it sounds like a ton of fun...and a perfect way to nip those winter blues!


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