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    British Weather

    Published 8th October

    The BBC has an article on how “unique” the British weather is.


    I guess there is a lot of truth in that, but having grown up in Melbourne I must say there is a claim to be similarly “unique” there. The butt of jokes from elsewhere in Australia (even from the people of Tully, with its record rainfall), it is true that a 30-degree blue-sky day can, on occasion, turn 15 degrees colder and bring sudden rain – an hour after you have invited all your mates over for a BBQ and bought the snags.

    I think it is the wind direction. Normally, after moving slowly across the Nullarbor, the prevailing Westerly brings Perth’s weather to Melbourne – 3 days delayed, and a few degrees cooler. But if it comes from further North the wind has spent days over searingly dry desert. A quick change to the South and you get air that came three days over the Antarctic seas, sopping up moisture like a sponge.

    As I’ve said in the newsletter – part of what I like about living in England is the seasons. Generally Australia is either hotter and dryer or cooler and wetter but there is no Spring or Autumn to speak of. You even have to go to a place like Bright to see the foliage change.

    The daffs and the crocus poking through the bare soil of a London park  is a heartwarming moment after a harsh, grey, sleety Winter. Then the leaf buds on trees and eventually bluebell woods leading into the traditional 4-day Summer. Ah, bliss. Mind you, Autumn is not a favourite of mine. I have this tiny garden, you see, with a hateful invader tree at the end of it… a 40-ft Sycamore that has already hinted at the deluge of sloppy leaves it plans to fill the garden with to a depth of 3 feet or so. I usually find those when I get back from my Christmas trip back home (to my other home!).

    Not going to Australia over Winter? Well… there are always the Alps for a couple of weeks of ski-ing that will put Perisher and Buller to shame. That makes the Winter worthwhile too.


    I hope you all get many more days of sunshine before it peters out though!!










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