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Cloudy Skies: But the Water’s Still Fine

16 Apr
Come on in...

Come on in…

Lately, Sydney has had a run of cool, cloudy weather. Though light, showers have been hanging around day after day.

Nevertheless, the water’s still fine. Its temperature is hovering above 20 degrees, well clear the 18 degree mark that equates to ‘cold’.

So, is it really surprising that a few keen swimmers, myself included, are still taking the plunge?

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And the Rain Came…

11 Nov

I started to wonder yesterday whether the rain event predicted by the weather bureau would really amount to much, but as today wore on, the rain kept on coming.

Though it’s easing now, the parched Sydney gardens have surely had a drink, and I guess the bushfire potential has taken a nosedive (at least for now).

Funny how we can be sweltering on a Spring  Saturday and shivering on the Sunday (and Monday).

 

Rain on the River

Rain on the River

On the other hand, the sound of rain on the roof is surely a pleasure!

The Place To Be…..

13 Oct

The place to be…..

Who can blame this kookaburra for perching on this water bubbler?

Just below lies a tempting pool of fresh water, ideal for drinking or bathing.

Today, Sydney experienced another scorcher although technically it’s mid-Spring.

Whatever will Summer be?

Kookaburra on the Bubbler

Kookaburra on the Bubbler

My guess is that like this Kookaburra, Sydneysiders will be trying to keep cool.

 

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Where I’d Like to Be….

10 Oct

This is where I’d like to be…..

And had it not been for Sydney’s predicted extreme weather, I would be….

Ron drove Chicki and me to the park gates earlier today, but that was as far as we got. The park had been closed to both vehicles and pedestrians…..

At that time, the temperatures were quite mild, and the wind not particularly strong. But this afternoon, it’s likely to be a different story.

Oh well, hopefully, tomorrow (in the cooler, showery weather), we’ll be allowed in to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the bush and the river.

Where I'd Like to Be....

Where I’d Like to Be….

The River in the Rain….

16 Sep
Chicki in the doorway: 'It's raining, Mummy!'

Chicki in the doorway: ‘It’s raining, Mummy!’

What a difference a day makes!

After a lengthy spell of dry weather, the heavens opened up today here in Sydney, Australia.

I for one  quite enjoy walking in the rain, and Chicki our Maltese doesn’t shirk from accompanying me.

There’s nothing quite like observing the effects of rain on water and surrounding areas. Misty vistas and intriguing patterns on the water are special highlights.

Enjoy!

The river in the rain

The river in the rain

I’m Back in the Swim!

5 Sep

Despite the fact that it’s technically very early Spring, I’m back in the water!

Perhaps it’s symptomatic of global warming — I simply don’t know — but for whatever reason,  we have the ideal combination for refreshing, invigorating dip.

The water temperature in the river has hit 18 degrees Celsius: something that normally doesn’t happen until around 22nd September. And more: the daytime maximum is around the mid-twenties, with copious sunshine. Add high tide in the early morning, and there you have it: the perfect prescription for summer fun!

My favourite baths

My favourite baths

 

A Taste of Spring

5 Aug

What a glorious day we’ve just experienced! Sunshine, caressing breezes, and perfect midday temperatures made Sydney, Australia, a wonderful place to explore.

With a maximum of twenty-two degrees Celsius at about two p.m., ditching our winter woolies was no problem. Hardly souls braved the breakers, with beaches recording (almost) enjoyable water temperatures.

Those whose tastes don’t run to the beaches could enjoy other treats. Magnificent magnolias are in full bloom now, with gorgeous wine-pink blooms atop bare branches. The recent rains have greened the gardens,  so many are fresh and inviting.

And to think: the official start to Spring is a mere four weeks away!