Skip to main content

Here Comes The Sun...

 
Our World Tuesday Graphic

We are having a cracking start to spring here in Melbourne Australia.
Yes, in the words of the Beatles...
Here comes the sun (du dn du du)
Here comes the sun
And I say
Its alright

Little darling
Its been a long cold lonely winter...
Watch out Australia - Here comes the Sun!
Umm, well not exactly...
We did have some really cold days, but overall throughout the land,
Australia has just experienced its warmest 12 months since climate records began.
In Victoria, it was the warmest winter on record, just pipping the winter of 2005.
 
Sunrise in Delhi

We all love to see the sun, above is one of my favourite photos of sunrise in Delhi.
How many times when we're on holiday do we take photos which show the sunshine?
This week here in Melbourne we have been scrambling for our sunnies (sunglasses) and the streets are full of people in their boardies (long surfing shorts) and thongs (flip flops)...Melbourne is in the grip of Footy finals fever, we're enjoying the warmth of the sun on our backs and life's good mate...

Or is it...?
Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world.
These above average temperatures also bring with it a higher risk of bush fires.

The timing and severity of Victorian grassfires could depend on spring rainfall patterns...

This map below shows where authorities expect higher-than-usual fire activity this summer (in pink).

Southern Australia's seasonal bushfire outlook 2013-14
We remember that dreadful day, not so very long ago, when on February 7th, 2009 the Black Saturday fires swept through parts of Victoria and 173 people lost their lives, over 400 people were injured.
 
So whilst we enjoy these days warming up, we get out our broad brimmed hats, we slip, slap, slop on our sunscreen, and head of to the beach, we are aware that not everyone is so excited for the Summer ahead.
I am going to do my sun salutations in my yoga class with a little more energy this week
and wish everyone on this side of the world a happy, sunny and safe summer.

Thank you for joining me for Our World Tuesday where family-friendly bloggers share images of their world and tell a little bit of the story about the place.

For more photos from around the world visit Our World Tuesday


 

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Anyone for Tennis?

At the Australian Open qualifying tournament... 

Are you ready for the first Grand Slam of the year? The Aus Open starts next week (Monday 13th - Sunday 26 January) but Melbourne is already in full swing (ha ha) with tennis players and tennis action. 


You can pay to watch some of the top seeded Men's players in action at the Kooyong Classic, just down the road. Or, you can join me for what I say is one of the best value tennis, indeed let's say sporting tickets in the world. The Australian Open qualifying tournament (Jan 8 -11), where you can wander in for free. Yes free!

The 'Qualies' is one of the secret treasures of the Aus Open where players compete and must win matches on three consecutive days to secure one of the last remaining spots in the main draw.
For the past seven years we have been a host family for tennis players, which is how we have become so familiar with the highs and lows of this lead up event... 
So would you like a sneak peak inside Melbourne Park, whi…

Bangkok Blogger

Life is not about finding ourselves it is about creating ourselves! George Bernard Shaw

Cooee! It's me calling in from Thailand. Sorry, it's been a while, it's been a tad busy. Still, we've not done badly. We've moved into our temporary apartment and are well on the way to finding something more permanent. We're overlooking the American Embassy compound, which is acres of impressive greenery in amongst the high rise buildings. I love it, I can even hear the little birds sing in the morning.
So welcome to my new life as .... drum roll please, Hmmm actually, I have no bleedin’ idea, so how about Bangkok Blogger for now?
How would you feel if you were to arriving in a new country, where you know no-one, and you're not even sure what your life will entail? For me, it was a feeling of excitement, crossed with a rolling of the eyes, a smile and my 'here we go again' expression. 
Of course, this always happens Mr Wren was away travelling and so I rocked up for …

Keep Calm And Birthday On!

So far I'm onto my fourth country celebrating my birthday. Usually, I don't fuss much about birthdays, I'm not one for the big girls night out, or to treat myself with a big splurge... 
But this year is different. I've moved country. I now have a new visa in my passport enabling me to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand until May 2018. I'm away from the kids and the dog and Mr Wren looked at his work calendar, scratched his head and declared a meeting with dinner on my birthday.

I thought for a moment about pulling the old 'I can't believe you've got a meeting with dinner on my birthday AND it's International Women's Day' complaint, but wait a moment, no... That's a perfect excuse to celebrate with everyone, everywhere! 
'Hey, but I thought you said  you never bothered much about birthdays...'
I can hear him call out as I am part way to booking a flight to Malaysia and using all his Airmiles for a return trip to the UK!

He's right, I&#…