It’s autumn here (or fall for you northern hemisphere habitants). This time three weeks ago it was nearing the end of a two and a half week heatwave. A heatwave is apparently a period of days where it’s over 35 degrees celsius and the temperature cit certainly reached that, and more. The only thing that kept me going (and others I’m sure) was the fact that it had to be over one day. It is hard to imagine the weather outside being cool though when you go outside all you think about is how hot it is.
One night I lay on the couch, the fan going overhead, the windows wide open wishing for a whisper of a breeze to blow out some of the hot air and realised that I was getting used to it being really warm at night. On these nights I would have liked to have a mosquito net to sleep outside on the trampoline because it was cooler than sleeping inside. I don’t have central cooling so fans and cool showers were my method of keeping cool. I also live in a house that’s over 100 years old therefore it keeps cooler than many modern houses. If I lived in a more modern house I would probably need air conditioning to cope.
I also wondered what people did before electricity when fans weren’t an option, let alone air conditioning. I couldn’t imagine trying to sleep without a breeze, even a warm breeze. I guess they just had to get used to it.
It was in the back of my mind that once our heatwave was over, autumn would be here with the darker evenings, the crisp feel in the air and memories of hot days when swimming in the ocean was a real pleasure and maybe some rain – please some rain.
I’m glad I live in a place where there are definite seasons, and I appreciate these seasons more as time goes on. I look forward to winter so I can light the fire and have cosy warm nights. I love the summer because it means swimming, and autumn and spring are great respites from summer and winter. It also means that the things I don’t like about the four seasons will always change pretty soon.
This is my entry for the Mammablogga group writing project.
Beautiful ? post Jen – our seasons are less definite in Sydney – cause we don’t have snow I think and some winter days you can wear t-shirts.
We even had Victorian guests we billeted sunbaking in July – on our front concrete (sans verandah) the neighbours were most amused I am sure.
I love Autumn for crisp days and soft breezes – not windy !
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I love that picture Jen….it’s beautiful. You are having my favorite season right now. I’m strill struggling for Spring to visit….but, there are signs. Enjoy your beautiful Autumn.
Michelle (The Beartwinsmom) says
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. We’re still hoping for spring here in the northern hemisphere (sigh). I love the pic you used! I found your post via MamaBlogga’s GWP.
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Jordan (MamaBlogga) says
I’m glad you all survived! I swear we had the worst heat wave the summer I was pregnant with Hayden and our landlord arbitrarily took out our swamp cooler so we had no air conditioning whatsoever. I ate a lot of popsicles and laid on the floor in front of the fan until we moved!
Thanks for participating.
Mama Zen says
I love having all four seasons where I live, too!
That is a gorgeous photo, Jen.
I love the definate changes that we get out here too. Winter is freezing, although we don’t get snow and I love having the fire on.
I don’t love the illness though.
It’s actually cold here today and Ivy and Noah are tucked up warmly in bed… thinking I would like to be there too.
Julie @ The Surrendered Scribe says
I love the picture!
I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. It’s so funny to think of the opposite of seasons. Where things are dying off and ready to rest, here things are budding, emerging and beginning to live.
I enjoyed reading this through the MamaBlogga WGP!
We know it is getting closer to the cold part of the year here because we need to put on dressing gowns for the first 20 minutes when we get up!
Otherwise – its just not quite as hot.
We have the slightly cooler season in April-May
We have the cold season in June-July
We have the wind season in August-September
We have the beautiful season in October-March
I love autumn, too. My aging Victorian home does have central air, but we only use it when it’s absolutely necessary. Our son had asthma and heat-humidity issues when he was young, and A/C unfortunately became a need, not a want.
Fall is my favorite season.
The chill in the air, the bite to the breezes. And the trees get all dressed up in their Sunday best.
The photo is beautiful.
That is an amazing pciture – signifies Autumn so well. I lived in Scotland for a fair while so winter in Aus is not so bad. I do love autumn the best. You must find Eva Cassidy singing Autumn leaves on Youtube – beautifu song, beautiful picture.
I LOVE that photograph!!!! I’ve realised that we don’t have ANY trees around here that change colour in Autumn. I’ve told my DH that I want to plant an Autumn tree as I LOVE the beautiful colours. 🙂
Fall is my favourite season but I, like you, appreciate living where there are 4 seasons. At this point, we’ve had 5 months of winter. Spring will be short, I am sure as summer seems to take up more than its share of time.