Thursday, 16 June 2011

In Winter, a week is a long time


Sydney is blessed with a mild climate. Which I am about to whinge about!

We don't get snow; not where I live. We don't get frosts; not where I live. We get very few days above 30. We get exceptionally few above 35; where I live. I keep putting that, because I live within cooee of the coast and the weather is ameliorated by onshore breezes. Sydney is a bit of a sprawling city and other residents have their own story.

Living close to the coast, though, means that we get more than our fair-share of rain.


And the last week or so has seen a fair bit of rain. Firstly, it swung up from the Antarctic via Tasmania and along the SE coastline. That was blowy and cold. Now we are having a dose of the sort of rain that just sits there. This lot came down from Queensland, it gets so far and is stopped by the stuff coming up from the south. So it dumps its lot. As is the way with these things, us city slickers get our stockings wet when the bus flicks up gutter water. The poor blighters on the land get swamped, with farms inundated and stock moving to higher ground. Towns on the north coast of the state are cut-off and water-logged.

We are lucky where I live. Throughout it all, the temperatures ranged from about 12C to about 17C. Come the weekend, I note the forecasts have been adjusted to make the minium about 9C for about a week. Must be the guvments fault; they orta do summat.

21 comments:

Sharon said...

Sorry about the soggy weather but the photo of the woman in the red coat Should make up for it. That one is great.

Christina Klas said...

Funny that you’re in winter and we’re in “summer” and yet our weather looks the same!

(LOVE the red coat photo ;)

Kay L. Davies said...

Well, we live in the desert part of the Canadian prairie and this time of year should be hot, maybe 30C, next month 35C. Right now it is 15C and raining, with 9C forecast for this evening. Seems we have your weather. The world really is upside down.
I just caught up with Kirsten's blog, and some of your other blog. Will e-mail you.
Love your first photo here with all the umbrellas. Even the statue looks waterlogged. I'm going out to the wet west coast to visit my family soon, and I'll probably forget to take an umbrella. Must tie a string around my finger, maybe more than one finger.
E you soon.
Luv — K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Thérèse said...

Reversed seasons is sometimes a challenge on blogs! Ah if only we could get some of your rain...

Windsmoke. said...

Its not the governments fault blame the bad weather on climate change or global warming everyone else does, which i reckon is a load of bollocks really :-).

cara said...

Bloody whinging Aussies ;-)

RedPat said...

Funny but i don't think of Sydney as rainy. Love that shot of the lady in red!

Ann said...

The red coat comes up a treat. I know I'll be shot but I preferred the drought. The last week has been absolutely miserable. Was down rallying against Barry yesterday in the rain, gave up after half an hour (on the basis that I wasn't well and getting wet wasn't going to help).

karen said...

We wouldn't mind a little of the rain further south. We're getting plenty of cold weather, but only promises of the wet stuff. Just a little, mind you - we're not greedy like those in Northern NSW & Qld! It's been a very odd year weatherwise.

Ann said...

Supplementary question - how does Kirsten process her monochromes? I like the toning she is getting.

J Bar said...

This week is as slow as a wet week. ;)

freefalling said...

yeah - bloody guvment.
but the nsw one.
the vic one managed to give us a glorious day yesterday - did you see it at poof - heavenly.

Vicki said...

You've captured the wet and cold perfectly.

Love the woman in the red coat.

Alan O'Riordan said...

If that woman in the red coat wore those shoes in an Irish or British winter, she'd be on her backside by now. Melburnians tell me I've been unfortunate enough to choose a year when the weather was "appalling", "worst in memory", etc. It was still a LOT better than any of the previous 39 I'd experienced:-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Another thoroughly enjoyable post Julie, loved it ...culminating with that fantabulous shot at the end, stunning!

Joan Elizabeth said...

The red coat would have been sufficient to allure but the long leg adds something special.

A minium of 9 -- that has been our max for most of the week. Actually the wet weather has made it warm with its cloudy blanket. Before it settled in we had a max of 4. 'Twas quite chilly really.

The sky is clearing through, I saw the moon as I came in tonight.

Joe said...

One positive from all this rain is that our reservoir levels are a lot healthier than this time last year. Can we give the "guvenment" credit for this.

brattcat said...

what a brilliant coat and pair of legs to brighten a rainy day. love the way you've caught the vent open. i've been doing a lot of walking and shooting in the rain the past few weeks. my camera has been tenderly dried at the end of each day. last night i had a dream in which when i went to take a picture, water spurted out in an arc from the lens, each time a depressed the shutter. bystanders found it amusing, i felt despair.

Julie said...

No, Joe. Guvments get credit for nothing. The credit for the increased rainfall into catchment dams must go to market forces. Remember, socialise losses, and privatise gains.

Gunn said...

The Lady and red, is perfect in this photo.
We have had a wonderful nice and sunny day, but RAIN we have quite a lot of, also in the summer.

Julie said...

Hah! This is interesting. I tossed up leading with 'the lady in red', but decided against because the photo was not particularly good. There was too much junk in the background, and the focus is a bit off. But so many of you have signalled it out for comment ... I will think better of my criteria next time ...