I still can't quite get my head around it. Winter in June? In Ireland June was summertime. Granted it was more likely that we were putting on sweaters rather than sunscreen but at least the seasons were the right way around. Eight years after we set up home here in Australia I still struggle to work out the seasons. Christmas in Summer, my Birthday in Winter. All jumbled up here Down Under.
And so we welcome in Winter today. The weather has been cool for a while. I regularly layer thermals under wool jumpers. Hot water bottles are filled at night and fights break out over who gets to have my wheat-sacks as they come out of the microwave.
And then I ring home and the conversation dances around the weather. I talk about how cold it is, they talk about it being beautiful, blue skies but fresh. And then I check my weather App and realise that we are all forecast the same temperatures this week...
Dublin: Fair with scattered cloud. High of 18 and Low of 9 degrees.
Newcastle: Fair with scattered cloud. High of 18 and Low of 10 degrees.
Irish Summer meet Australian Winter. You are one and the same.
I think I can safely say I am finally acclimatised!