Santa has been!!

Yes, I know, its early for most of the world, that’s one of the advantages of living this far east is we get things like Christmas and New Year before everyone else!

Just for reference, Perth is:  (if my maths is correct)

5 hours behind New Zealand
3 hours behind Sydney
same time as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
2 hours ahead of New Delhi
5 hours ahead of Moscow
7 hours ahead of Paris
8 hours ahead of London
13 hours ahead of New York
16 hours ahead of Los Angeles

soooo, we have quite a jump on a good chunk of the world.

We’re having a great Christmas so far – lots of super presents and chocolate and happy families and all that.  I get to speak to my kids in England in about 6 or 7 hours – I can’t wait to see their little faces!  This time last year, they were here with us in Australia and opening their presents in the lounge with their step sisters.  This year has flown by – I can still remember flying out to pick them up as if it was last week.

Anyway – it’s 32 degrees here already, clear blues skies and hardly any wind – *phew* – time for a Christmas day dip in the Indian Ocean then I think 😉

So, wherever you are on this little planet of ours, I hope you all have a great Christmas Day with your friends and families, be kind to everyone you meet today – life’s too short for being crabby – this is a special day!


Its damn hot again today, not the best for walking 20 mins in a suit 😦

Of course, a year ago, it wasn’t like this in the was a lot cooler..

I’ve written about this before, but I think its timely to remind you all..

So a big thank-you to all the morons who voted for daylight savings time to end permanently in Perth.  You bunch of geniuses really didn’t think it through at all, letting your blinkered opinions of how you think things are get in the way of some good solid facts about how and more importantly, when it gets hot in the summer.

The argument for the ending of daylight savings went something like this

  1. Its too hot in the summer and we want the sun to go down quicker to give us rest from the heat
  2. The poor little children are coming home in the hottest part of the day, spare them the misery..
  3. If we shift the time, we can use the super cool mornings to do all things like exercise we couldn’t do after work as it was too hot
  4. The cows get confused (no, really, this was one of the main arguments..) and the milk spoils..
  5. Perth doesn’t need it, change bad

Well, geniuses, heres the rub.

  1. The sun has been up for hours before most of us go to work and the mornings are now quite a good bit hotter now than they were.  The heat climbs pretty quickly once the day is going and levels off around 12ish.  So thanks for making my mornings 5-10 degrees warmer.
  2. The poor little children now have to *go* to school in the heat as well as come back in it – well done for that.  As I just pointed out, the heat builds quickly, so what was cooler 8am, is now pretty warm.  The heat levels off and cools gently to the evening – the difference in the afternoon between 3 and 4 is pretty negligible.  Again, really nicely thought out, daylight savings haters.  You only have to look at a thermometer to know how the temperature profiles during the day.
  3. I’m not seeing a lot of people up at 4:30am jogging and stuff.  So we now have a load of wasted cool daylight until the autumn comes and brings us 6am sunrises again.  Oh, that was another thing, the “dark” mornings in the autumn before the clocks went back for winter were “deadly” apparently, causing accidents and rapes and murders.  Well, once again, idiots, the sunrise being 7am for those last few weeks of DLS  is replicated a month later and throughout the whole winter without DSL, only then its raining too.  Are there more accidents and general anarchy?  No.  Way to go, morons
  4. Dont even get me started..
  5. This sums it up.  The fact that the rest of the world seems to prosper with DLS, and is, on balance, a better use of cooler mornings, better use of evening light for those who actually have to work and commute and generally more conducive to an outdoor lifestyle is totally lost on the people of Perth.   They didn’t have DLS when they were kids, so why do they need it now.

Its all really a moot frigging point as its not overly hot for more than a handful of days a year anyway.  Its easy to focus on the stinking hot days and forget the other 360 days that are just fine, thank you very much.

So, as I was saying before the ranting started, it is hot today and my back is sweaty.  Nice, huh?

Better do some work, I suppose..

garden tastic

Its gotten hot all of a sudden and, as I’m really busy at work now, the aircon will have to remain unfixed as I dont have time to chase and chase the people I had lined up to come and sort it.

The garden, however, is very much my responsibility and, despite the heat, I will have to venture out and get dirty shortly.

Our neighbours dropped off some plants for us this morning (which set the dog off, hurling herself at the blinds in a bark-frenzy) which was really cool – they said they were going to a few weeks back but I’d kind of forgotten about it.

The only small snag is that they’re all the same plant – a rapidly growing daisy, but thats ok, I have lots of space in the garden to fill where I cleared almost a skip-full of ivy away earlier in the year.

So I’ll be out doing that once I’ve done the Sunday house cleaning session – always such a joy.

For your viewing pleasure, some photos of the fruits of my labour 🙂


Jay and I are off to have a day out in Freo today for our anniversary and it looks as if summer is here – 34 degrees and sunshine.

A bit of shopping perhaps, a walk around the Fremantle Markets some tapas for lunch at the Mad Monk, Mao’s Last Dancer the cinema and then, depending on time and appetite, maybe a hot chocolate in the Chocolateria San Churros or perhaps a refreshing beer at Little Creatures

And I’m taking the Holga 🙂

See yer all later