Sitting in the car in the pouring rain the other day waiting for the lights to change I wondered about the merits of wintering in Melbourne. During the recent Millennium Drought (1997 – 2009) here in Victoria we had dry sunny winters that were almost like autumn, we now seem to be back to cold wet windy ones with record breaking rainfalls.
Some years we pack up and head north to enjoy the warmth of winter in Queensland but (sigh) that won’t be happening this year, we’ll be venturing off overseas in September; this is one year when I can’t have it all.
So what are the positives of staying home at this time of the year. Off the top of my head I would jokingly say ‘none’ It’s cold and I don’t do cold lol
Then I thought, that yes there are some things I enjoy but don’t get to see when we are away in winter.
What looks like a mass of purple from the deck are individual blooms that are a treat to see. Just has one failing in that if I bring some indoors the petals drop quickly.
Then theres the first blooms of the little dwarf jonquils/narcissus (I’m not sure what is the proper term) that fills the rose bed by the deck. They are all finished by the time we arrive home – these are the first few for this year.
I carried on, diid my shopping, then came home to join Kiera who had made herself very comfy by the fire – thankfully for us it only takes a flick of the switch to heat the house using our gas fired log heater.
Unlike those in other parts of rural Victoria where by choice heating can be quite different – think wood heaters (Coonara) We were up at the Violet Town market the other week and noticed one of the most popular stalls was the one selling raffle tickets – no chook raffles for them – the people up there were trying their luck at winning a trailer load of wood!
I’m writing this at 3pm, the temp outside is about 9c/48f – it’s freezing out there. Yes, on days like this I definitely wonder about the merits of wintering in Melbourne lol