When Jan uploaded her blog for Christmas Eve, she had asked us (the pixies), to tell her a little about our Christmas traditions, what we would normally eat and what would the weather be. Well this year was another scorcher on the west coast of Western Australia. Reaching 42c (107f) on Boxing Day. Fortunately for us, we had travelled to the east coast of Australia and spent Christmas visiting our son, daughter-in-law and our three grandson’s in the Blue Mountains and the weather, dare I say it, was just like Christmas. Well, the Christmas’ that most European’s and the US of A would expect. Probably not exactly the same, but to me it was close.
We rented a beautiful country house called Owl’s Cottage and at night it was so cold we had to have the heater on nearly every night.
On Christmas Eve it drizzled rain most of the day and with the warm air trying to rise and the cool air coming down, the mountains were covered in mist. You couldn’t see more than 3 metres in front of you. The nearby town of Leura was all decked out in tinsel and there were people playing Christmas carols in the streets. It was magical. My husband bought me a Father Christmas from the Christmas shop as a lovely reminder.
A week later, on New Year’s Eve, it was time to head back home, to the west coast and the hot temperatures 35c+ and the high humidity, reaching over 70%. It would take us a 2.5 hour train ride down the mountains to the airport, 4.5 hour flight to Perth, then a 4.5 hour drive home. (Which we did the next day!)
At least at my work, we get relief from the heat, although last year the air conditioner broke and we were stifled on those 42c days. This year we now have a new one, however it’s not keeping up with the humidity very well.
Even though we live right on the coast, and our house is only 5 minutes drive to the beach, it is normally so windy, (Geraldton is famous world-wide for being one of the windiest cities in the world that wind surfers come from all over to catch a wave or 3), we very rarely go to the beach, however today was a magical day for the beach, no wind and quite hot, 33c and 65% humidity, so we took ourselves down to Sunset Beach and walked along the cool waters edge with our dog Kanga.
Once we got back into the 4-wheel drive land cruiser, the heat hit us again. Unfortunately this old ‘tank’ is not air conditioned, so it was down with the windows. It was near on impossible to have a shower and get dry from the perspiration due to the high humidity. We then went over to our friends house and had morning tea on their balcony, looking over the ocean and enjoying the cool breeze.
I love magical days and would like to share some of my pages I’ve done using many of the ideas on the pixels2pages website. Some are done with the Design a Page…7 photos challenge and for the Virtual share the Digi-Love-a-Thon and the Day2Day Weekly Pages.