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Lothlorien
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Happy New Year to all. I hope this year is a blessing to all..

If any of you have a better titlet, please let me know for consideration by PM. This is not what I had originally thought of and i find it a bit saccharine sweet.

I had thought of something like "Here I stand, under the Southern Cross." It sounded vaguely familiar and on searching, I found it was started by Rod Marsh and David Boon as the anthem for the victorious Aussie cricketers . Not exactly inclusive of those who live downunder or who have some interest down here.

So I changed it a bit.

Happy New Year to you all. Many of us have had a pretty rotten year. World events have definitely not helped. I hope the coming year brings useful change to us all.

Now back to my G&T, a drink made for this weather in Sydney if ever such a drink was made.

[ 31. December 2016, 08:48: Message edited by: Lothlorien ]

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Happies, y'all

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Lothlorien
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I wanted to start the thread early by Aussie time to accomodate those in NZ.

I had decided to stay up till midnight, quite a change. However, two hours still to go and I am almost asleep.

A million in Sydney around the harbour and more watching on TV. I guess tomorrow morning may be much quieter than the usual traffic down the main road.

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Happy New Year under the Southern Cross from down here at the foot of Africa! You're all way ahead of us (just after 2pm here) but it will be a clear starry night for sitting outside.

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A few odd fireworks popping off early around here...but I am grateful to have seen 2016 through, and am content to face 2017 where God already is.

Happy New Year...though as always it will be a minute by minute endurance run.

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Giving thanks for the best of 2016, and looking forward hopefully to whatever awaits us in 2017, because there will surely be blessings to come.

Woke at 1.30 and decided on a drink of hot chocolate. Well, that was one blessing.

Good cheer to all.

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Wishing all of my antipodean chums all the best for 2017.

BTW, why do I keep typing 1017 when I'm trying to type 2017? I know I'm a bit behind the times, but this is ridiculous ... [Big Grin]

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A Happy New Year to all.

Not one of great promise at th moment though, is it?

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Lothlorien
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Very heavy cloud here, 6:30 am. The fireworks woke me at midnight but I went back to sleep. Then woke at 4:00 and that was it. A nana nap later may be in order.

Happy New Year to all, and yes MaryLouise, the Southern Cross is visible across Southern Hemisphere . Clear night sound good but I did not stay up.

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Happy new year..... At my vacation spot, in Mallacoota, there were 12 of us in my friends' farm.... A great party in itself.

Tired now.
And hot.

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Not hot by Oz standards, but 30c here today [Help] Georgie-Porgy fat'n'fuffy and I will be happier tomorrow when 17c is forecast.

I think my brain is scrambled. I got to church today at 8.00 am instead of 9.00am, because I misread the time when I was at home and caught the bus a whole hour earlier than usual [Roll Eyes] At least I was able to grab some breakfast at the local mall before the service. I was on duty welcoming at the door. Usually welcoming people need to be early - but not that early.

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Happy New Year antipodean peoples!

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quote:
Originally posted by MaryLouise:
Happy New Year under the Southern Cross from down here at the foot of Africa! You're all way ahead of us (just after 2pm here) but it will be a clear starry night for sitting outside.

Always nice to hear from another antipodean, and from another of my favourite spots

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Happy New Year, Zappa! Yes, when I'm overseas and look up at the summer night skies of the Northern Hemisphere without being able to find the constellations of the Southern Cross, I feel thrown off balance. And I think too of Thomas Hardy's poem about Drummer Hodge dying and being buried out on the veld during the Anglo-Boer war:

His homely Northern breast and brain
Grow to some Southern tree,
And strange-eyed constellations reign
His stars eternally.

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January is when local congregations worship in a different church each Sunday, in different combinations. Considering there were four congregations in one church this morning there was not much of a crowd, but then the famous wind was throwing 140 kph gusts – I got to my car between blows and hung on to other parked cars when a big gust came.

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Fascinating weather here in NZ to start the New Year. Blowing a gale, cool and cloudy in the middle of summer. The daughter is at the Scout Jamboree in Blenheim, sleeping under canvas. We're assuming that scouts know how to put up a tent that can survive 30 km/h wind.

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If the NZ scouts couldn't do that they would probably never go camping. We breed 'em tough here [Biased] .

Huia - not a camper

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The idea of breezy NZ weather sounds very appealing after all the heat of the last few days. We've been trying not to use the air conditioning, but the classic Brisbane humidity coupled with 38 degrees has nearly melted us to nothing. The excellent Dyson fans have had a good workout.

..and yet, as I write...thank you God for the cool change that has just this minute arrived with some rain!

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We went to early church yesterday and then drove straight down the coast to our beach house. Very comfortable yesterday to have the sea breeze in the late afternoon, and then of course we woke this morning to a cool day and showers. It will get back to summer soon and in the meantime we shall enjoy being away from what had been an extremely difficult week of Sydney weather at its hot and muggy worst. Into town this morning to get some fresh fish from the co-op (it may be a public holiday but no-one told the fish), simple dinner, now sitting quietly together.

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Zappa
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quote:
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... with some rain!

Kiwi perspectives differ to many OZ-spots, but many here could do with some of that.

Here and on the sides of the north though it tends to mean "hasn't rained for three days." In Wankydilla it could be a few years. In Fred's it was ... "running a bit late this year".

Ah, I love weather.

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Clarence, the hottest days we've had in Christchurch ( nowhere near Oz standards of course)reach into the 30s because of the wind. The nor'wester sweeps across the Tasman, hits the Southern Alps and the West Coast gets a downpour. We on the other side of the Alps get a hot wind akin to the Mistral in France. Some people are energized by it, while others get migraines and other nasty effects.

We also get what locals call "the beasterly easterly," that comes off the sea and lowers the temperatures. I like it in summer and hate it in winter.

Mostly I like the variety of the weather, although I draw the line at snow, which looks lovely on the Alps, but not in my backyard.

Huia

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Lothlorien
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The week ahead has forecast of mid 20s ° C; for here. Then another blast of heat at the weekend.

A few years ago I paid a very large sum for good quality blinds for my balcony. Not quite opaque, they cut down the glare and heat tremendously. My plan is to leave them down for January. They also deter the pigeons. I have an ongoing battle with them as they descended to roost in planters on outside wall. Seven nests. and eggs removed, and some money in spikes and more have begun to change their minds.

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quote:
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The idea of breezy NZ weather sounds very appealing

A good gust in the Capital can blow a Mature Female over. I hang on to something and then walk quickly between gusts – and I'm not what you'd call skinny.

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Happy New Year to all. Spent it at a friend's in Bendigo and am back at work today. I missed Epiphany (transferred) on Sunday but apparently there is a stick of blessed chalk awaiting me; I will apply it to the house on Friday.

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quote:
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... forecast of mid 20s ° C; for here. Then another blast of heat ...

In my book, the mid-20s° C is a blast of heat. [Big Grin]

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Happy New Year! I'm relaxing at the cricket with Biggest and Middle and 5 of their friends. Not so much of a father/son thing, but we're all having fun.

Back to work tomorrow!

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Lothlorien
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Did you get to see all those fours from Warner?

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quote:
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Did you get to see all those fours from Warner?

Every one. And Renshaw blossoming through the afternoon.

mr curly

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Lothlorien
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A good day to be out there.

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Lothlorien
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A slight, shallow earthquake was felt in Sydney overnight. Apparently some felt it in Sydney too. The last time there was a similar quake in this area was quite a few years earlier,. We went to a small holiday cottage in the Blue Mountains a couple of days after. First task on arrival was to clean fuel stove and kitchen floor of a large amount of soot which had come down chimney.

Nothing much at all in comparison with NZ and other places in the Pacific, but we do get them here.

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I would think the unexpectedness would be a shock in itself.

Meanwhile here in the Shaky Isles I thought I felt the beginning of something nasty, but it was only Georgie-Porgie bracing herself against my chair as she had a wash [Roll Eyes]

I know I have said I like variety in the weather, but that doesn't include this morning's hail storm when I was out in the lightest of summer clothing. I should have looked out the window, before I left home rather than checking with the Met Service, who at that time informed me that rain was expected after dark.

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That's right.
I had a shower and hung my towel out in the sun, went for a walk in the sun, and forgot about my towel until it had been rained on.

It happens all the time.

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Yes and I was congratulating myself on getting the washing out before I went to the shops. [Roll Eyes]

Ah well the cheap shop at the mall sold me a purple umbrella for $7.50, which was heaps cheaper than getting a taxi home, and the umbrella is still intact.

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I bought a dome shaped plastic umbrella in Enmore Road Newtown, for a fifteen minute walk home in a sudden downpour. Very inexpensive and it did me for quite a few months.. The only thing I did not like was the noise of the rain on the thick plastic. It had broken by the time I moved here , so it went in bin, but for the price I paid in an emergency, it was good value.

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We could do with some rain here. Wildfires on the slopes of mountains around Somerset West in the Cape have destroyed property and evacuations are taking place. Dense clouds of black smoke billowing over the Cape Winelands. As a rule, fires out here aren't as destructive or on a scale comparable with wildfires in Australia (we don't have stands of eucalyptus or other tall trees with volatile oils) but the Cape is very dry from this year's drought.

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The Cape vignerons would be extremely worried about smoke-taint which may ruin the vintage. We have been lucky here in the Hunter Valley, but in recent years much wine in northeastern Victoria has been lost due to smoke-taint on the fruit from bushfires.
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quote:
Originally posted by MaryLouise:
Happy New Year, Zappa! Yes, when I'm overseas and look up at the summer night skies of the Northern Hemisphere without being able to find the constellations of the Southern Cross, I feel thrown off balance. And I think too of Thomas Hardy's poem about Drummer Hodge dying and being buried out on the veld during the Anglo-Boer war:

His homely Northern breast and brain
Grow to some Southern tree,
And strange-eyed constellations reign
His stars eternally.

That poem always reminds me of Alan Bennett's excellent play/film The History Boys - but the point of the post is that during my brief sojourn south of the line I found the sky equally disorienting. Even on my first trip to India back in the early 1990s I also found the attitudes of the moon and stars/constellations a bit flummoxing as well with the moon on its back, etc. On my return to the UK a physicist friend tried to explain it to me and although I accepted his explanation intellectually I still found some weird emotional rejection of them not being as I thought they ought to be!

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WW, I am disoriented on board when I read about cold from north and warmth from south. I have to mentally turn my head upside down and although I know it is true, it is strange every time I read about south facing gardens and similar. Here, I am used to the Sydney southerly buster at the end of a hot day. It rips through when it is a good one and temperatures can fall fifteen degrees Celsius in the same number of minutes.

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Although I've lived in Australia all my life, my reading has been so thoroughly European that in the abstract I tend to think of north as cold and south as hot. If you gave me a sheet of paper and asked me to draw a map of an imaginary world, it would have icy mountains at the top of the page and deserts at the bottom (much like Narnia).

Here in Perth, though, we don't get much weather coming from north or south - if we did, perhaps personal experience would have overcome the influence of the books. In winter the storms and the rain come in from the west; in summer the hot winds in the morning are easterlies, coming from inland, and the cool sea-breeze comes from the west.

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I have an electronic hygrometer and thermometer thingy that sits just inside the fly-screening on my north-facing window and the other morning, when I was getting dressed half an hour before dawn, both temperature and humidity were both rocketing upwards so I assume a warm front had just passed through after a fairly cool [by our standards] night.

Mid-April to mid-August the electronic doohickey lives elsewhere as I reckon early afternoon temperatures in direct sunlight might be a bit much for the systems!

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Now we're talking about the north-south thing...
Taking scenic photos in the northern hemisphere I would have to say to myself 'The sun is going round that way so will the scene be lit more effectively if I wait, or less?'

We stayed on a farm in the South Island once, which had an elegant, solidly built two storey farmhouse built when the land was taken up a hundred years ago. A very English style building – including the orientation indicated by the architect. So 'sunny' windows faced south and small store room, bathroom windows etc faced north. Not the only instance of such an error. But why didn't the local builders put it right? Maybe the farmer didn't think to check – maybe he organised it while at Home stocking up – maybe he imported Pommie builders?

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Barnabus Aus: yes, there are several wine estates with still unpicked grapes that have been damaged by smoke-taint or even scorched vines.

WW: I get a similar geographic vertigo when I stand at out on the rocks at Cape Agulhas where the warm Indian Ocean meets the cold Atlantic, two oceans colliding as the Agulhas current meets the Benguela. Obviously this is more of a notional meeting than bathymetric, but it reminds me of hemispheres overlapping.

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quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
... I was getting dressed half an hour before Dawn ...

She got dressed a bit later ... [Snigger]

**fetches coat very quickly**

I have to turn my mind upside-down when reading about weather and wind directions on this thread too - to this hyperborealian little piglet, North is always up.

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Welease Woderwick

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
... I was getting dressed half an hour before Dawn ...

She got dressed a bit later ... [Snigger] ...
...by which time I was feeling Rosy all over!

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Piglet! Wodders! [Disappointed]

Hosts definitely aren't what they used to be!

Huia

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You still have me, Huia. They beat me to it this time. Next time perhaps. [Biased]

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I suppose we'll have to wait until they relinquish rosy-fingered Dawn for the wine-dark sea.

Hedonism and the southern hemisphere ...

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Just as well I didn't make a New Year's Resolution to behave myself, isn't it?

Ah well, I reckon I'm far too old to make New Year's Resolutions beyond Having Fun - far more point to that one!

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Originally posted by MaryLouise:
We could do with some rain here. Wildfires on the slopes of mountains around Somerset West in the Cape have destroyed property and evacuations are taking place. Dense clouds of black smoke billowing over the Cape Winelands. As a rule, fires out here aren't as destructive or on a scale comparable with wildfires in Australia (we don't have stands of eucalyptus or other tall trees with volatile oils) but the Cape is very dry from this year's drought.

When I was in Cape Town about 18 months ago fires had just swept through the Silvermine / Muizenberg region

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Zappa, that was a devastating fire. The great thing about Cape mountain fynbos though is how it regenerates after fire -- so many seeds are smoke-germinated or resprout from underground root stock. I saw a recent pic of that Silvermine area with new spring flowering, proteas and leucadendrons making a comeback. What is always sad with these wildfires is the loss of small wildlife, klipspringer buck, the Cape mongoose and geometric tortoise, rare frog species etc.

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