It's now August and that means we are two thirds of the way through Winter here in Australia. Yesterday was the coldest day in ten years in Melbourne, with an arctic cold front hitting the city. I have to tell you that it was a disgrace, it was that cold, wet and miserable that my muscles and bones felt very stiff and sore, I had absolutely no motivation, couldn't get moving and generally felt lousy. I don't know how people in other parts of the world cope with below zero temperatures, ice and snow in their Winters, I couldn't handle it. I know that I clearly love the heat of the sun.......yes, I like it hot!
I love Melbourne. I was born and raised here. I have lived here all my life. We get four seasons in one day and the old line is, 'If you don't like the weather in Melbourne, wait five minutes', because it is so very changeable. You get used to this, this is normal and I guess many people would find this all a bit strange. But to know Melbourne and live here, is a special and unique thing. It is a green city in the sense that we can grow almost anything here. It has cold Winters, spectacular Springs, sensational Summers and mild Autumns. The way the weather can change in an instant is something that us Melbourne folk accept as 'normal' and have adapted to.
Melbourne has a glorious bay and the Victorian coast line is truly beautiful. We have lush bush land and amazing wild life, stunning botanical gardens, a very cosmopolitan culture, great sporting facilities, fantastic fashion and shopping, state of the art medical facilities.......to name but a few things. So, in a nutshell, it has a lot to offer and is a great place to live, work and raise a family.......but, my Lord, does it get cold in Winter! Sure, we don't get snow and ice in the city, we may get a few frosty mornings and a bit of rain, but you only have to travel about an hour out of the city and there IS snow and ice......and this does absolutely nothing for me.
The best part about Melbourne for me is that it also gets mighty hot in Summer. Now when I say hot, we may get a few days of extreme heat in a row, but then we get our famous 'cool changes' and the temperature will drop in a matter of minutes to give us all a very welcomed break from the heat. Living on a bay in Melbourne, means that it is not far to get to the beach, or about an hours drive and you are on the coast and the beaches there are magic. I love the heat, I thrive on it, I am at my happiest sitting in the sun, feeling it beat down on my skin and filling me with vitamin D, enormous energy and good vibes. Yes, I have a Southern Italian background that has a reputation for being 'hot blooded', but I kid you not, I like it hot!
I like hot, spicy food, I like hot, sunny days, I have to admit, am hot tempered and hot blooded. I am just someone who likes heat and I need it like I need food and water to live. When it is warm and the sun is shining, I am instantly at ease, happy and excited about what the day has to offer. I can work in my garden, swim in the sea, walk anywhere I like, wear a Summer dress and thongs on my feet, survive on fresh salads and fruit, have my BBQs and my little shin digs any night I please, thrive on the long days and short nights........yes, for me, hot means happiness.
Now I am nearly through Winter and the only way I have managed to keep my morale up this year is by sitting by an open fire in my garden. My Face book friends are completely over this, I'm sure. The amount of posts and photos I have put on about this fire of mine is surely getting very boring and repetitive. But it has been my saviour this year, it has been the only thing that has made me feel hot. We sit by the fire place and feed the fire to make it burn harder and faster. The flames jump and dance and radiate immense heat, so much so, that you don't notice just how freezing cold and miserable it is outside. It is comforting, it is soothing, it is relaxing and I really get a lot of pleasure from feeling warm from the fire. But now, I am getting over all of this, I am getting sick of smelling like smoke, I am getting sick of having grubby hands all the time from the wood and coals, I don't want to wear a jacket and three layers of clothing, socks and shoes............I want it all to go away, I want it to be HOT!
As they say, 'patience is a virtue' and I like to think of myself as a patient person.....but sometimes I wonder. I usually want everything yesterday and am not good at waiting for things to happen, like the changing of the seasons and for time to pass. I try my best, focusing on other things and just going with the flow. I try not to think too much about things, believe it or not and just get on with it. I can do absolutely nothing about the climate I live in and being a human being living on planet Earth means that I have no choice but to follow the rhythm of life and the seasons. One more month and it will be Spring and I will be jumping for joy. I'll get there, like we all do and soon, we will all be hot and bothered again and complaining about the heat.........but not this little black duck, I'll be living and loving it a lot........because I like it hot!! :) xxx