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When it doesn’t feel like summer

We are having a very odd summer here in New Zealand. Mid-January should be hot and sunny, weekends spent at the beach, warm BBQ nights, melting ice blocks hastily licked and sun-block ever at hand. Yet for most of us here summer so far has been windy, cold and vaguely dissatisfying.

It doesn’t feel like summer yet even though it is officially half way over.  The deep deep vivid blue of our summer sky is pale and covered with fast moving clouds. The little glimpse I have of the inlet near to our house is a cold greeny-grey with white caps instead of calm sparkling blue.

Last night we had a storm that knocked out power for many people in Auckland, blew down trees and fences, and drenched the ground with heavy rain.Today the sun is out (intermittently)  but it’s very windy, not very warm and grey clouds still threaten. This afternoon I have been sitting in my little office browsing the internet and generally wasting my day. Definitely this kind of weather  makes me feel lethargic and vaguely grumpy.

In  need of something to force myself to change gears,  I picked up the camera and spent a few minutes taking photos of the beautiful bunch of hydrangeas  I treated myself to earlier this week. They are so perfect and their colour is so intense that I decided a couple of the photos were worth putting up here. Taking some time trying to capture their beauty, and then looking at the results has  has brightened this rather gloomy afternoon and lifted my spirits.

I might even get out of my chair again and go for a run in that wind outside!

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I’m Leanne – living in Auckland with one husband, one adult child still at home, four out of the nest, and two dogs. I'm currently not in paid employment; and trying to work out what that looks like. I’m a wife, mother, nanna, foodie, musician, knitter, keen amateur photographer, reader and (somewhat sporadic) blogger.

6 comments on “When it doesn’t feel like summer

  1. Hydrangeas can certainly lift a dreary mood! I hope you get some sunshine and heat soon, but I love your idea of making the best of it by running in the wind! 😁

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  2. oh I know how you feel… We had that last year; normally it starts to get spring in Paris around March and Mai has normally warm enough days to go barefeet and in shorts… last year it stayed cold and rainy until mid July! 😦 Hope it will change for you guys soon. the flowers are beautiful though.. There are a lot of them in Bretagne, France 🙂

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    • Another reason to try to get to France! We are hoping for a good February and March. I do feel sorry for everyone with school aged children as that’s when they are back at school

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      • oh yes, thats really to bad then :(( right now it’s around 0 degrees here and REALLY freezing (at least for what we are used to here) but well, it’s winter ^^

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