3.5.13

subtle seasons


It completely bewilders me to look at these beachy photographs and realise that the images in my last post were taken in exactly the same season, on opposite sides of the world.

In America, we experienced true autumn and all the richness and comfort traditionally associated with the season. Six months on and here we are, back in Far North Queensland, at the same time of year (seasonally speaking) playing in the sand and eating fish and chips on the shore.

This is our Autumn. Lalie slept with the airconditioning on last night and as I sit here typing, I'm wearing light cotton pyjamas (yes, it's nearly 11am), and the fan above me spins on the highest setting. I know that in many ways, we are blessed to have such consistent (hot!) weather, and I'm sure that those of you coming out of a particularly long winter will have little sympathy... but sometimes I find myself in mourning of the seasons. I miss the restoration that a distinct quarterly change brings.

I've been on high alert to the smallest of signs telling me a change is approaching. Just this morning, I noticed a slight temperature drop and the light was distinctly different as it filtered through the kitchen windows. It'll be a while before I dress Lalie in tights and cardigans... but oh how I'm looking forward to that subtle shift. It's been a really long Summer (I'm tired of fish and chips - bring on the soup!).

What are the seasons like where you live?

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  1. It depends on the day here in Texas. Yesterday it was 85 and today it was 45 :)

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  2. Sydney has just enough change to make the seasons noticeable. Autumn is my favourite. Or Spring. I can never make up my mind! x

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  3. We have extremely hot dry summers, autumn is usually packed with lovely 20 to mid 20's and winter is full of sub zero morning frosts so we have the range really. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I long to be where the warm always is (usually on those frosty mornings).

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    1. I'd swap you a sweaty humid day for a frosty morning if I could, Lila!

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  4. It's beautiful, sunny and cool enough for a fire here in Victoria. I couldn't love Autumn more. Your photos are lovely and always so descriptive Claire.

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  5. Yes, bring on the soup! I think I'll make a pot tonight.

    Autumn is my favourite season in Sydney, it is chilly and fresh, yet warm in the sunlight. I think I would mourn the seasons too if I lived in Far North Queensland.

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    1. I miss Autumn in Sydney so much... it really is perfect weather. x

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  6. We have definitely switched over to proper Autumn here in Tasmania - the slow cooker has been made use of, new Ugg boots are being worn in, new fleecy pyjamas are ready to be snuggled into and the electric blanket has been switched on most nights too! As I speak, it's overcast and rainy - and apparently there are strong weather warnings for later on this evening - consider me bunkered down for the weekend!

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    1. Sounds kinda perfect to me, Naomi! x

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  7. In Poland spring is coming. It has been raining from a few days. Nature transfix juicy green. Thanks God winter was ended, for sure.

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    1. yes, I hear it's been a crazy long winter for you Northern hemisphere folk. Enjoy Spring!

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  8. I love Autumn and Summer. Love the Autumn sunlight. Your photos are perfect. The first one is my favourite. x

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  9. AnonymousMay 03, 2013

    A long winter, and now spring has just begun... Normally a mild summer will follow, with a typically Belgian phenomenon: too many rainy days. Very whimsical. I long for hot summers.

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  10. Canberra is stunning! I've only recently moved here, but I love the changing leaves and the cool, brisk air. Very different to my old home in Newcastle, and to where you are.

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  11. Oh, Claire...these are just stunning. I am in awe!!!!!

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  12. Lalie's attire is adorable! She even had a necklace on! And I can see that she's not tired of chips yet ;)

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  13. I live in the south of Sweden and we have a pretty long winter but get spring earlier than in the north of Sweden. The summer is also a little longer until fall hits - and I do love our seasons (though I wish the winter would be even shorter than it is. Not keen on freezing).

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  14. Here in Bath we've had three consecutive days of beautiful hot sunshine. I'd forgotten how happy those warm rays make you feel, especially after the long, very cold winter we've had. I would love a few more of your hot, sunny days Claire, but I always cherish the change of season come September, when the leaves turn brown and there's a chill in the air.

    Beautiful pictures, of course xxx

    ps. FED UP of fish and chips...surely this is impossible ;)

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    1. oh trust me, it's possible! ;)

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  15. I'm on the Irish coastline and it's made it to 12 degrees today - practically a heatwave after the last few months! The seasonal changes are late, but happening. I made wild garlic pesto this week - normally the growth is yellowing and over by now - but the beech trees have that wonderfully vibrant lime green new growth.

    I'm enjoying your blog btw!

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    1. such a vivid description... we loved Ireland. That wild garlic pesto sounds divine! x

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  16. hİ Claire..I'm in Istanbul,Turkey.It is between Europe and Asia. People call us Aisans,we think we are Europeans:))
    Our winter was long and hard here.We had a lot of snow and we are glad that it's spring now.The temperature is about 20 degrees.I'm looking forward to upcoming summer and dress my daughter Melis in dresses,shorts and sandals:)
    By the way, I've been reading you for more than a year and when I saw your pregnancy news late at night in my bed, I started to talk to myself in surprise (and in Turkish of course) 'Oh Claire?Pregnant!How?When?.My husband was surprised too,he asked 'who is Claire,What's going on?:)) Just wanted to say congratulations on your pregnancy.You will be a perfect family with the little one.. Lot of love from Istanbul!

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    1. Oh, I had such a giggle reading this! Thanks so much for your sweet message... we can't wait to holiday in Turkey one day! x

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  17. Love the quilt/blanket you are sitting on. Gorgeous colours.

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  18. So true. No sympathy here. :) I live in Richmond, Virginia but I'm originally from California. I miss the longer, warmer summers and being able to be outdoors in every season. Our weather is just now warming up and I am reveling in it. And seriously? Who gets tired of fish and chips? ;)
    I love your blog btw. Your photos are beautiful.

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