It’s beginning to look a lot like summer

We wonder how native Australasian people feel about the changing seasons … for us, when the days get short and cold, the leaves fall, the snow flies, we think of Christmas. But Christmas here is when you can finally swim in the ocean without a wetsuit, when it’s light till almost 10, and so on. Does the thrill translate, or does the magic of Christmas rely somehow on the whole winter solstice idea?

Winter is coming

On the way to work the other morning. The part of the day where you can be comfortable in shorts is getting really limited now.


The weather here is remarkably constant day to day, and one good consequence is that spring, wisteria season, is lasting a nice long time. 

September showers bring…

You can tell that I’ve manipulated the colors in this wisteria picture. They’re not really this purple. But they make such a vivid impression that I wanted to convey, so I added drama… 

This tree, on the other hand, really is as yellow as this. 

These flowers are really common landscaping plants. You can’t quite tell from the picture how large this tree is. It has 4-5 main trunks, growing out quite horizontally, and each one is the size of a normal “big tree.”

Marigot after Irma

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Last December, we enjoyed a super-relaxing vacation in St. Martin. Today, I googled around for photos of the devastation from Irma last week. Yikes.

These two photos are from in front of the cemetery that we overlooked from our AirBnB apartment… the very same apartment we spent some time dreaming about investing in. The pictures in my post RIP are taken from inside the cemetery, and the masts in the background of my pics could easily enough be from the actual boats shown here. Again, yikes.

Today, it’s Florida’s turn, and we are hoping that the many people we know and know of down there are safe and sound.



It’s not like we don’t have warm climates in the US… and I’ve even lived in those climates at various times in my life. 

But I’m still agog at daffodils in early “February.”

Two winters in one year

One could argue that we switched hemispheres at exactly the wrong time of year. Just as Brattleboro was warming up and the days were long, we went to short days and “winter” all over again. 

All that said, things could be worse. 

Belated Easter pics

Been a little lax on the blogging these last few weeks. Here are some memories from a wonderful Easter dinner with the Provs. It was such a warm, beautiful day, and you can’t go too far wrong with a spiral cut ham…

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