Happy Monday to you. We are enjoying a long weekend this weekend, which means that many of us have the day off down here in the South part of Australia. And then tomorrow will be the big public holiday: Melbourne Cup Day. When we were Aussie newbies it surprised me that a horse race could actually stop a nation but down here it does. It’s quite a show, I have to say. Celebrities, beautiful gowns (it’s all about who is wearing what and looks the best) and entertainment are as big of a deal as the actual race. And then of course there are all of the people that don’t really know their limits (or don’t care) and drink way too much. Which can make for some pretty funny short movies that then go viral… or create huge drama…
Anyway: It’s a long weekend and that of course is always great. The kids will catch up with their friends and we… well we will just have a bit of a lazy day and catch up on some house or garden work.
So let’s start this week on a positive.
• Mention something that you consider being good in the comments
• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.
• Share this post and invite your followers as well.
You know it by now! We are not moving any further without a little happy dance. It really doesn’t matter which style of dancing you like. Just do it. Just dance! Maybe moonwalk, just like the pony (sorry couldn’t help myself, it’s horse week here after all…)
And once you are done, here is what I’d like to share with you all:
“Well, the good thing this week clearly is that it’s a short week due to the long weekend. But it’s also spring and we had some wonderful days recently. Beach days. And that is always a good thing. So while it cooled down yet again we got a taste of summer and the beach once again and all our beach summer gear is ready for some more time in the sand…”
It’s fascinating how long you can live in an area and only discover little gems after years. Last spring we had a chat with a friend of ours about beaches in the area and he mentioned one that we never realized would even exist. A truly hidden gem. Or so you would think…
Emma is one of my regular guest bloggers. I feel really thrilled about the possibility to post one educating post of this great blogger once a month over the next couple of months. Thank you so much, Emma, for sharing these great posts with us! If you would like to check out the previous guest posts, this amazing blogger wrote for me, head over here.
Summer seems to arrive slow this year. So far the weather was not really inviting us to spend time on the beach. We had our couple of nice and warm days but not a long stretch of the kind of summer weather that makes you feel like you want to go to the beach. But that is Melbourne. The weather here is always a surprise. With Christmas around the corner though, summer finally seems to arrive, with more than one day of warm weather, with what seems to be beach weather.
We can’t complain though. While some of you are stuck inside due to -28C outside we still can head outside, wearing a T-shirt. And this huge difference we feel now between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere is what makes Christmas Down Under so special to me. It’s probably the time of the year I compare Switzerland and Australia with each other the most. Summer here is so very different to summer back in Switzerland. How? Well, let me explain it to you by sharing a post I wrote about a year ago as a Blast From The Past…
It was a really hot day today. A day I spent inside due to work commitments. It would have been the perfect day to head to the beach. It’s was also one of those days that make you aware of the fact that summer is here. And it makes me think back to the summers spent in Switzerland. They are so very different to the ones here…
I was out on a hike again today. Seems like Friday is turning into the hike day… While we were out there in this beautiful forest which is a mix between a typical Australian forest and a typical European one, we talked about how fun it would be to take visitors from back home up there. In a way I figured that it might not be special to them. At least not as special as it is for us. Honestly, I think it’s fantastic to see all the kind of flowers we had back in Switzerland, the trees I grew up around while the normal flora here is so very different. But would it be so special to people who have it all the time back where they live? Maybe it would, given the combination of the gum and birch trees, the what seem to me so very typical European flowers and the one so common to Australia.
While out there I only use my phone to take pictures (as once again, I had left my camera at home…). It feels good to be “disconnected”. There were many things that made me think of a post I’ve written about a year ago. The fact that I feel unplugged while out there, which in itself is a great feeling but it was also the conversation about what guests would enjoy. It reminded me of being a tourist. It reminded me of what you go see when you travel and it reminded me of what Australian’s and many Americans in fact tell me about Switzerland and the places they visit(ed). Usually it’s always about the same places but more in my Blast From The Past.
Let’s put some effort into creating a good week and kick start it with a positive thought on your Monday morning. Let’s do it! Let’s kick off the week on a positive note!
- Mention something that you consider being good in the comments
- Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.
- Share this post and invite your followers as well.
Before I tell you something good that has happened in my life I’d like to invite you all to a little chat. You know sometimes all we need is someone to talk to. Just chat. Have a little conversation, tell them something good, maybe even about your dreams.
Take your time. Keep going if you like, chat for as long as you like.
And when you are ready here’s what I’d like to share with you today:
“Today is the first really hot day in this summer. Temperatures are set to go up to 38C here. Normally it would be a perfect day to head to the beach, even if it is a Monday. But I decided to take the kids on our favorite hike again. It’s not too far away so school and a hike can go along perfectly fine. I was ready to deal with the heat up there too but was pleasantly surprised when a cool breeze welcomed us. It was just a perfect day in the woods. We’re back home now and truly grateful for the A/C that keeps the house cool. The temperatures will drop again massively over night and for the rest of the week we will be back to anything between 17 and 20C. Although dealing with those pretty big temperature changes sometimes seems a bit annoying, I’m still also grateful for them. I don’t know if I could cope with weeks and weeks of extremely hot weather…”
It’s that time of the year where life in Australia feels really different to me than life back in Switzerland. It’s probably really the only time where it kind of sticks out. And it gets me every year. Not in a bad way. Not in a homesick way. It just feels different. Because it is crazy different. So I decided to post something I wrote just about a year ago as a blast from the past. Don’t worry, a proper Christmas post will come too…
It’s hot today. We actually already had a couple of pretty hot days this spring. The rest of this week seems to get really hot though and that means: Summer has finally arrived!
Summer, beautiful summer. When you think of it you think of sunshine and warm weather, maybe heat, swimming and sunbathing. You think of summer holidays.
When I think back on how summer used to be in Switzerland I think of green fields, blue sky, green mountain tops. I think of sitting being outside all day, enjoying the sun, maybe go for a swim in a nearby lake or in the public swimming pool.