12.12.13

hot and bothered



I always find myself most nostalgic as we enter the summer months. Perhaps it's because we live in such a hot, tropical climate. We do a pretty pathetic job of the other three seasons... but summer? We've got it covered. Here, the summer air is thick with haze and humidity and sweetened by the nectar of tropical fruits. Enormous butterflies glide between mango trees while cicadas chirp in the eucalyptus. Ants trail along windowsills and frogs get chatty at dusk - reminding us that the wet season is upon us.

Every year, I find myself eagerly anticipating the torrential rain as it always follows such a long, dry period. When the heavens open up and all that atmospheric tension is released, I find myself exhaling... letting go of so much of my own stress and anxieties that have built up throughout the year.

I'm feeling it more than ever at the moment. I'm overwhelmed and anxious. There's a tightness in my throat. I'm exhausted and emotional... snappy and irrational.

But... soon enough the storms will start brewing and the rain will crash down on our (leaky!) tin roof. Paddy will pour the wine and we'll sit on the front verandah and just let it all go... with Fleetwood Mac and Billie Holliday keeping us company, as they always do in the summertime.

Do you get a little overwhelmed this time of year? What's your release?

27 comments :

  1. I love the photo of the three girls x

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  2. Summer to me always reminds me of my childhood. Long holidays, hot sticky days at the beach, mangoes. I know people from the Northern Hemisphere can never quite get into the spirit of Christmas when in Australia, the heat throwing them, but for me Christmas is the humidity and fresh seafood, swimming and napping in the heat of the afternoon when the food and the temperature just get too much.

    That photo of Lalie in the water is so beautiful as is the light and the girls in the last image.
    x Laura

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  3. This post is raw and beautiful. The photos, your words, they have made me feel all emotional! I love storms and rain after long, dry, hot weeks. The wine on the veranda as you watch the rain pour down sounds wonderful, can I come too? :)

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  4. Do you know, this is one of my favourite posts ever. Photos and words xxx

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    1. Really?! Why thankyou! (And here I was thinking I'd lost my mojo ;) xxx

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  5. beautiful photos with words to match.
    " but summer? We've got it covered. Here, the summer air is thick with haze and humidity and sweetened by the nectar of tropical fruits. Enormous butterflies glide between mango trees while cicadas chirp in the eucalyptus. Ants trail along windowsills and frogs get chatty at dusk -" love!!

    here we it will soon be winter, but here in Southern California it will be much more temperate than where I grew up. xxoo

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  6. A delicious, rich, summery post. And that photo of Lalie in the shower - gasp, sigh, swoon! x

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  7. That second photo is divine! That speaks summer. Hitting the water to keep cool.

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  8. Beautiful words adding to the images Claire - thank you. I'm shivering in Northern Ireland despite it being a "mild" 9c. You have haze, humidity and sweet, fruit-scented air. We have grey skies and the waft of cinnamon toast and hot chocolate. Our wine is mulled...

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    1. Crazy how different our current climates are... keep warm x

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  9. Oh that shower photo is divine. I love that summer has arrived. So much opportunity to enjoy the natural world around us

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  10. the photo of lalie is completely wonderful. happy summer to you x

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  11. Tired, emotional, snappy, irrational... sounds like me all the time! The Mac always makes everything better x

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    1. Oh but you have the best excuse in the world - pregnancy! xx

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  12. Yes, I get extremely overwhelmed and nostalgic and emotional at this time of year. I'm awaiting the exhale too, it can't come soon enough..x

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  13. Now that I am fully acclimatised, I love summers here in Brisbane. I love the storms, the change in the air, sitting on the verandah with a gin and tonic and watching the lightening. Or going to bed with the air still hot and sticky but waking up in the night to the sound of the rain pouring down on our (also leaky) tin roof. I am even (almost) getting used to a hot Christmas!

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  14. As a fellow north qlder and a new mum of a second babe you summed up my summer build up perfectly. The build up to the wet is certainly testing me with a wee one on my sweaty chest all day long. Beautiful words and photos. Lets hope for rain real soon.

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  15. Such beautiful words Claire. We're still waiting for summer here, and I'm waiting for that very same exhale. xo

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  16. Claire, I gasped out loud at that photo of Lalie in the shower. My God you are crazy talented!! Beautiful words to match stunning pictures.. we are STILL waiting for summer to appear down here.. I think I usually feel a bit overwhelmed at this time of year, but this year feels different. I think it has a lot to do with being really proud of what I accomplished this year, even if I am utterly exhausted. I did things I set out to do and then bettered them, and the exhaustion was worth every minute. I hope that exhale comes soon for your Claire x (and I can picture you and Paddy on the verandah!)

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  17. I don't know where my comment I just typed out went ... and now I can't even remember what I said! (That's how stressed I am here.) I did do some online christmas shopping a few nights ago, and that has made me feel slightly calmer. I need to finish work so I can begin on everything that needs to be done! There's a lot. Kellie xx
    PS that photo of Lalie in the shower .... I absolutely adore it.

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  18. Oh how sweet is that last picture! I'm actually really enjoying summer this year but my favourite season is autumn :)

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  19. Your photos are just beautiful, Claire. I know I'm not the only Tasweigean who is looking forward to summer, we've had our share of rain, so pleased for you guys up North to get it instead! :)

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  20. Beautiful photos and blog!! Nice to meet you :)

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  21. gosh, i think i'm in love with these pictures.

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  22. Stunning photo of Lalie in the water. It's winter here in California, well, as much winter as we get on the central coast of CA, but I do love summer and wish our seasons were more noticeable.

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  23. That water photo is spectacular! I too find myself feeling drained, unenergetic and tired at this time of year... as though my body has been go go go and is finally ready to just collapse. Love your words here x

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  24. Billie Holiday (and Cole Porter) always sooth my summers. Or winters. We, too, seem to do winter far better than any other season, (I live in a semi-arid desert, so while we don't get much water -Alas-, heat we've got in spades.) This post resonated so well with me. Loved those lovely yet quirky dresses, too.

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