There is a chill in the air that is undeniable now, a distinct snap to the edge of the wind that makes it much too tempting to stay indoors at all times. It was exactly a year ago that I was leaving London for home, glad to be escaping the creeping cold and dark that I’d experienced for the first time – this year though, there’s no such quick escape.
The mornings are as cold as I’d ever experienced in Australia, at 3 or 4 degrees. I try to delay as much as possible leaving the house, the temptation of “working from home” hard to resist simply for not having to get out of bed. The midday sun is roughly at the height of the sun in Australia at 8 o’clock of a winter morning, the shadows stretching long towards the north. It’s still a month and a half yet to Midwinter’s.
Things that suddenly make sense that didn’t 6 months ago:
- Thermal underwear
- Beanies, gloves, and practically the full range of proper winter clothing
- Ear muffs
- Electric blankets
Things that don’t make sense any more:
- People who argue that cold is better than warm weather because you can wear more clothes to make up for it.
- People who live in colder places than this.
Feb 15th. That’s my final return date. Can’t friggen wait.