Summer 2012


Look where it is pointing

We know it is summer.  Our calendars tell us so but the weather is anything but summery.  But wait – we have had four good days in a row.  Sunshine, mild (not hot) temperatures, no rain and no wind.  So yes it is summer.

I read the following on

Summer in New Zealand means sizzling barbecues and salads, sauvignon blanc, swimming at the beach, and long lazy days at the bach or crib – Kiwi for a holiday home.

Well that is certainly what we expect but unfortunately this year it hasn’t materialised.  The site goes on to say:

From December to February, New Zealand is alive with the sound of crickets, and not just the insect variety. As soon as the weather warms up, Kiwis vacate the cities and head to baches, campgrounds and holiday resorts up and down the country.

Christmas is a time for relaxed al fresco dining, and the weeks leading up to it and those following are celebrated in Kiwi style.  I wrote about this in an earlier blog.

Wine and cheese

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So you can expect to see an influx of Kiwis/New Zealanders in the northern hemisphere during your summer,  After all we have most certainly missed out here.

And just because I liked her and love her books –

If life is a bowl of cherries what am I doing in the pits.
Erma Bombeck.


27 responses to “Summer 2012

  1. You’re more than welcome to share our summer with us, fingers crossed there’s going to be enough for everyone. 🙂


  2. Christine in Los Angeles

    I think the whole world is cooling, regardless of the worries about ‘global warming’. This winter, for the first time in about 15years, I had to seek-out a blanket against our cold nights. I’ve boasted/bragged to anyone that will listen (and to a few that tried not to), that I don’t even own a coat; but much more of this ‘London-type’ weather, I shall be shopping for something to protect against the weather thrust upon us.
    God bless, Christine


  3. We will welcome you here.


  4. How long did it take to get used to summer being in the ‘winter months’ (and vice versa), Judith, when you first moved to New Zealand from the UK? I remember someone in Australia sending me a Christmas card of Santa Claus sunning himself on the beach, complete with dark glasses, and swimming trunks… that looked just so… wrong! 😉


    • Even after all these years, Christmas in the sunshine it just wrong. This year Christmas Day was hot, sunshine and humidity. I really think we should celebrate Christmas here in July – at least that’s what we have occasionally done in years gone by. 😀


  5. I’m sorry you missed out on a normal summer. I do hope there is a bit of a cool down because summers where I live are hot, hot hot! If it will stay in the low 100’s, I will be happy!

    Love the Erma Bombeck quote. She was a witty lady 🙂


  6. So strange to think of you experiencing summer there whilst I am blogging about winter here. Our worlds are truly very far apart and yet we are the same.


  7. Moments like these fascinate me, because my ‘normal’ seems so odd when I realize someone else is experiencing something different. Does that make sense? I mean, for a world that can seem so small on some days – is large enough to have differing season.
    Hmmm… it is nearly midnight. Perhaps I should go to bed and working my thoughts in the morning. 🙂


    • Hello Lenore – our normal activities are probably quite similar although we are miles apart in distance and age. We are 12 hours ahead of the UK and 17 ahead of California and our seasons are upside down. But after a few years we just accept these differences and get on with it. 🙂


  8. I am hoping for Sauvignon Blanc and a swim at the beach when I visit your country next February 🙂


  9. You’re welcome up here in Virginia this summer. Of course, it is full of crazy people these days (not even counting me!).


  10. Feels like summer here of late… 😉


    • The response to this comment Elizabeth somehow ended up in Words, words and more words. WordPress going made again?
      Anyway my response was “Lucky you – although we have had a couple of good days since I wrote the blog. Thanks for reading and commenting and of course clicking like.”


  11. Reblogged this on I choose how I will spend the rest of my life and commented:

    I came across this post from February 2012 – can it really have been 8 years ago when I ws bemoaning the lack of summer here inWellington?
    Summer 2020 is not much better,. Elsewhere they have been sweltering in the heat. But how we have loved hose few, brilliant days ….


  12. Please have decent weather for me! I fly to Auckland two weeks from today. It’s hard to know how to pack! Lois


  13. Yes, just for a day on Tuesday, March 10.


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