Category Archives: Seasons

Thoughts from AWA

A Winter Bite, the Number 8, and Christmas Cometh

I felt the first deep bite of winter today

And I know the cold is here to stay.

ABC Australia reported this and I am not sure exactly how they came to this conclusion – I mean the decline predicted in the next hundred years – but follow the link and let me know what you think.

It’s less than six weeks when Christmas cometh, and for some reason I am already in the Spirit **Spirit not spirits (not yet)

Quite unusual for me. Bought two small gifts and couldn’t understand why I couldn’t find a decorative sweater to wear, then realized it’s not even December yet. I don’t have a lot of gifts to buy, and none are expensive, but I look forward to it this year.

Good grief. All this is quite unlike me. But I think I shall embrace whatever this is, and on the happy note bid you adieu from North of 43!

Old Dog, Old Woman, Old Friends

It’s strange to think of summer, patios, and reading books in the sun, as I sit looking out at roof tops covered in our first snow of the winter. But that is exactly what is happening below the equator in summery New Zealand.

Once again, I am visiting my favourite dog. My son and his wife have left for 10 days to visit their youngest son who now lives in Brisbane in …

Old Dog, Old Woman, Old Friends

You Can’t Beat Wellington on a Good Day

Some folk would envy Judith, going into summer. But me? I also like the winter but summer just won’t leave me. Yesterday was 22C!

So say those of us who choose to live in our little Capital city. And today has been one such day. Well to be honest, we have had a short run of good…

You Can’t Beat Wellington on a Good Day

I love my neighbourhood

It’s great for walking around any time but it seemed more spectacular than usual. Spreading the fun from AWA!

A friend and I went for a Sunday morning walk around the neighbourhood yesterday to see lawn decorations. For HALLOWEEN of course!

A young mother was also here with two of her three children. The oldest one who was five wouldn’t come because she was truly frightened. The other two who looked about three and two years old loved it!

I love that some folk go all out. I never did- too energetic for me but I sure enjoy the ones that do.

This place brought all smiles. So cheerful!

This witch is rather solitary but really amazing!

And:

Someone painted a bare trunk and branch – which has nothing to do with Halloween but I just had to include it!

Now how ingenious is that?

And we still have some vibrant colours about.

All in all quite a lovely time of year here at North of 43

Sometimes it’s nice to just take a breath and relax

When the world gets crazy, and it does, and you have done what you could, or, perhaps there is nothing you can do but pray, a few minutes of rest helps a wee bit.

Now if you are British, which many of my friends are, they swear a cuppa eases the pains of life somewhat.

But if you are more visual, then you can’t beat photos of nice scenery. And whilst JB New Zealand way is wondering if indeed spring has come for her part of the world, we in the northern hemisphere celebrate colour.

So here are a few soothing pics:

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Our beautiful east coast recently savaged by Hurricane Ian, but that won’t stop nature’s art work.

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Our French province Of Quebec. I think the accents of fall are known worldwide and need no interpretation.

National Geographic

Maine is beautiful any time of year but….

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National Geographic
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And lastly from Spring Bank Park in London, a city about an hour away

FIVE WORD FRIDAY

Anticipating a lovely autumn it does seem strange that JB et al in the Southern Hemisphere look forward to Spring then summer!

It’s Friday here in New Zealand and the first Friday of the month. So please join me for a little lightheartedness. My five words? SPRING IS HERE AT …

FIVE WORD FRIDAY

Spummer

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We seem to have bypassed actual spring, which is much better than last year when we had a false early spring, and the buds all responded to warm temperatures just to be hit with more winter that killed off a huge percentage of our crops and flowers. I sadly mourned (I know how can one mourn unsadly?) the particular loss of our magnolias. So close to bloom then frozen and dead, never to recover, at least in that year.
So today I am happy to change that wintery header of mine to our beautiful magnolias – alive and just shouting life and color. It seemed to be a long long winter although it was not harsh. Perhaps due to the false spring. We felt cheated somehow.

It was fun to get the patio ready first with the power wash that cleansed the soul of grit and dirt as well as fences and patios.

Daddy teaching our future patio cleaner
Daddy teaching our future patio cleaner

He who took great pleasure in water, force and strength.  Made him feel like the Hulk!

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Now that’s the way to start the season!

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Hurray! It’s Monday

Hip Hip Hurray
Hip Hip Hurray (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And a fine crisp morning with a scattering of snow on the ground but the winds have abated and even in the stillness it is -7C (19.4F).  Meteorology predicts that even with less harsh gusts the real temp is -13C.  Still it is a fine morning.

Mondays, as I have said before, My Favorite Day.  This day is filled with enthusiasm for all I shall accomplish this week.  Goals are set, engine is running, and we are off!

I hope your day goes well and for those who are less enthusiastic about the beginning of the week – hang in there for another weekend looms around the corner.

My son just emailed me this photo, taken not so long ago at a local park and I just had to share it with you.

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