Well I couldn’t find my shots from Christmas/Billy Idol Day… so this week will be all about Melbourne’s different seasons.
Most of you guys are overseas and I get a lot of questions about the seasons here. Probably because I talk about them like they are exciting… which they are to me because I grew up in North Queensland which only has 2 seasons: hot and slightly less hot. Growing up there, seasons were something you saw on American tv and I don’t think I really saw trees dropping their leaves until a few years ago!
Melbourne has 4 really distinct seasons.
Winter – June, July and August.
Winter is quite cold, I don’t think it’s gotten to below 0C while I’ve been here but the highs are usually between 8-12C but the wind chill is lower.
Winter always has a kind of blue tinge to the light for some reason. All of the trees in the CBD are deciduous so there are sprawling branches to go with the old architecture. I think Melbourne’s building’s look the most beautiful in Winter.
It’s the kind of weather which makes you want to eat cake under a blanket and knit.
Autumn- March, April and May.
We’re supposed to be hitting Autumn at the end of the month and it’s definitely starting to cool down more! It’s a beautiful season here because the city is so full of trees that everywhere you turn it’s orange. The light is still tinged with an orange glow from Summer but the wind is the chilly like Winter and will whip in your face.
Of course, it happens very quickly so it’s not long before it looks like this:
Big coats are usually still mandatory which reminds me that I need to get mine dry cleaned so I can bring it out again!
I think Autumn seems like the windiest month, but that might just be because you can see the leaves being whipped around.
I think Autumn and Spring are my favourite seasons because they are the ones I really missed out on growing up it’s still a novelty for me to watch the leaves come and go.
And then we’re back around to Summer. I just realised that I’m going through these backwards… well the photos were already in that order and I’ve come this far…
Summer -December, January and February.
Clearly Summer makes me lazy. Heat really does make me pretty lazy. Even though I grew up in much warmer temperatures than this, I don’t function well in anything over 35C. I cannot wait until we can move somewhere that has air-conditioning.
Summer here is hot but it’s a really dry heat so it doesn’t feel as bad as it is. The worst part is the hot wind though, it makes going outside feel like you’re walking into a city sized hair dryer.
The upside of Summer is that Melbourne is FULL of beautiful flowers and plans. There are events practically every day of the year to explore and because people actually enjoy Summer (unlike me) everyone is in a good mood.
The sun doesn’t go down until like 9:30 at night which is very strange for me as in QLD it pretty much went down at the same time every day regardless of the time of year. Melbourne also takes part in daylight savings which obviously factors into that but no matter how long we live here I just can’t get used to eating dinner while the sun is still up.
Summer means an orange glow in the sun and sunset lasts forever. This year it’s been really mild so there have only been a few hot weeks. The year before, the temperatures were up to 45C for almost a week *_* All of my plants died and Lottie, James and I survived by eating frozen vegetables and Slurpees all week. Frozen minted peas = best Summer snack.
Even though it’s been mild, I’m still ready for it to be over!
Then lastly we come to Spring which is one of my favourites.
Spring – September, October and November.
Spring here is full of daisies and dandelions which I absolutely adore.
Spring means flowers everywhere even in the city. I get really excited and want to start doing lots and lots of new crafts. I think Spring is my most productive month because I want to get out and take photos and I actually have the energy to stay up late and follow projects through.
Out in the suburbs there are areas which are full of cherry blossoms too!
Of course, Melbourne is known for having all 4 of those seasons within the space of an hour so I don’t know how accurate any of my descriptions really are!
It’s pretty much impossible to dress comfortably here without layering a bunch of stuff to slowly put on or strip off.
This post got a little weird! But I hope that gives a decent picture of what it’s like living here ^_^
I had to get up at 4:30am this morning for a conference skype so I don’t think I’m quite running on all cylinders today… Ahaha Halloween photos… next week we’ll have Christmas!
I think you can guess who I was for last Halloween… I had 2 costumes, this version was my half arsed one which I pulled out of my closet:
Jacket: Angelic Pretty
Scarf: Tie shop
And the Celina let me borrow her proper awesome proper uniform! She made it herself, SO COOL!
As per usual, I was in charge of decorations and James was in charge of food. Halloween really isn’t an Australian holiday so we had to make do with hand made stuff.
So mostly orange candles and some autumn leaves I found one year!
In terms of my make up I used soft pink colours with a lot of white in the inner corner of my eyes. I also elongated my usual flicked eyeliner and brought a little bit down in the corner of the lower lash line for a more cartoonish look.
My hair was the traditional buns of course! You guys keep asking for a tutorial on this style and I do really want to do it… but I want to do it well so I’m waiting until I have enough time to sit down and do it RIGHT.
In the mean time here’s a basic description of the steps:
1. Shout Moon Prism Power! When that doesn’t work, follow these other steps.
2. Put hair into high ponytails.
3. Separate a small section of hair at the top.
4. Tease and hairspray the section until it’s huge.
5. Shape it into a ball and pin it all around the top of the ponytail so there is no band showing.
6. Once it’s pinned, continue to shape with your hands. Once it’s round, hairspray it.
7. Divide your fringe in half and use a straightener or big styler to curl each half under.
8. Tease and hairspray the curled sections so they stick outwards with a lot of bounce and give that nice rounded heart shape.
We cleared off James’ desk for all of the food and tried to decorate it too. He really pulled out all of the stops!
Spider devilled eggs.
Shrunken head bread rolls and candy corn fudge.
Evil red velvet cupcakes with graveyard frosting…. I don’t know >_>
Mummy sausages, one of whom seems to be wearing hammer pants for some reason.
Bat wing cheese balls.
Celina’s spooky drinks.
My favourite was the little oranges with jack o lantern faces on them… I might be biased because I painted them 😀
Rice krispy brains.
Cooked bats. These were actually delicious honey soy chicken wings but they were so weird to eat because they looked so burnt! It was just black food colouring.
James was my Tuxedo Mask for the evening. We hadn’t counted on how hard it would be to find him a costume at the thrift store! Apparently Tuxedo Mask’s 80’s clothes aren’t so much in fashion any more. Who knew!
Look at that sweet rose throwing action. I feel so much safer with that around. And that high quality mask!
For the rest of the night we watched Zombieland and ate a lot of food. That is my favorite kind of party… the kind with minimal people and a lot of food and chairs to sit in. I am such a party animal.
Later that night I dissected one of the orange jack o lanterns but it felt kind of wrong eating it while it’s brothers were looking at me >_>
I feel like I’ve left this so long that I now need to start planning the next one…. This time we will plan costumes out in advance… maybe. >_> Happy Feb-ween?
Today has been a little bit of a different day for me. Normally at this time of day I would be sitting at home wading through emails and trying to get some work done. Instead I had to help James bring some photography gear out to a job so I have a few hours to kill waiting for him before we take it back home again.
I had a bit of wander around Carlton park and found a nice shady bench to sit on. It’s a really lovely park and has some beautiful buildings as well.
I wish we lived closer because it’s really refreshing to just sit here in the cool breeze and people watch.
My camera connects directly to my iPad (which I’m writing this on) so here are some of the photos I’ve taken so far ^_^
This is like a live version of snapshots haha! I even managed to balance the camera on some sticks for a where I walk shot! I’m trying to break in my new shoes today but the backs still rub quite badly so I had to add some socks. I’m thinking of trying out knitting some lace socks like this for my first sock project.
There is a group of little old ladies monopolising the basketball court as they work out. They totally look like they are having some kind of gang meeting in their work out clothes.
It was supposed to be very hot today but there is a lovely breeze coming through…that said a weird yellow bug just crawled onto my bag.
There are heaps of people here with their dogs too. I think Lottie would love rolling around in the grass! We’ve considering trying to buy an apartment again when our lease is up so maybe we should look in this area. Kris gave me some directions to lovely cafes but I wanted to take some photos in the park first.
Let’s see, what else is happening today? I’m a little desperate to go home because I will hopefully have a package of new watercolour paints waiting. I say hopefully because I’ve been waiting for 2 weeks now for the package to get from Byron Bay to Melbourne but that’s a story to put in the review I’m going to write when/if it arrives >_>
My comfy bench…
I’m really excited for these paints because it’s a lot more colours than I’m used to and they are actually set into fabric so you can fit a full colour pallet onto a page of paper for portability *_* it would have been really nice to be able to sit in the park and paint today but I’m a few hours early I guess. Timing has really not been my friend this week!
The grass here is all covered in dew drops, it’s so pretty.
There are an awful lot of people making out in this park XD
I’ve been keeping busy at nights by knitting a new shirt. It’s using stretchy yarn that has some elastic woven in so it should give a good fit when it’s done. The endless rows of stockinette have been really relaxing while watching tv at night and it’s the perfect project for watching subtitled TV.
We bought a subscription to Crunchy Roll and I’ve been totally obsessed with the show Servant X Service. It’s so freaking funny and I hope they make another season! We are having issues getting the streaming to work with Chromecast though so I think we will cancel next month and see what else is available. I really wish Funimation was available in Aus because they have all of the 90’s shows I used to watch! Stupid licensing laws. We might have to get a VPN at this rate.
Ok, James and Kris have finished up at the job so time for me to pack up and head home to check my mail box 😀
I hope you guys enjoyed the live snapshots haha! It was really fun to write so maybe we can make it a proper thing again ^_^
I’m still completely obsessed with these photos. When I have enough of them I think I’ll turn them into like a massive collage photo and print them out for our wall. Maybe when we move house we’ll have a space to display them. I think that would be so lovely to look back on all of the places we’ve been!
There are a lot of snapshots to catch up on from last year! I think I should do the Halloween ones and Billy Idol Day first but these photos were already uploaded so I’ll do them next time ^_^
So following on from the last peony post. Omg why is the word peony so difficult to say in sentences?
On the way home we ended up going a different route so we could take some photos and stop by Bunnings for craft supplies. I took home some awesome painting and resin stuff.
We had decided to start our garden again after the last batch of dead plants so I picked up another bunch of daisies. I’m honestly coming to a point where I think our location is not suited for plants and I’m thinking of getting fake ones again because this is all too hard!
Celina was nice enough to give me her peony bunch as well so I took home 40 of them to refresh in water. I stuck the whole bunch in vases in the shower to give them a good drenching and left them for a few hours.
While waiting, I pruned off all of the dead daisies and googled care instructions for them and the peonies.
I ended up picking some of this grass stuff at the farm too because I thought it was pretty!
So after an hour I went back into the bathroom to see how the peonies were doing only to discover the entire shower was covered in bugs. Not like cute little ladybugs… but each flower was COVERED in tiny worm like mite things and there were about 30 of these disgusting long flat ant bugs with pointy pincer tails running around my shower. SO GROSS. Back to google to work out how to get rid of them.
So I tried the suggestions of swishing the flowers in a bucket of water to drown the bugs and shaking them off. An hour of individual shaking, drying, washing, shaking and trying to chase them down the drain I gave up for the day and let them sit in the shower over night in hopes they might be gone in the morning.
The next day I pulled out the best looking flowers and repeated the process. I ended up with about 10 of the 40 which didn’t suck and weren’t totally covered in bugs… just partially covered in bugs. ;_;
I refused to have wasted so much time on them for failure so I decided to arrange them into a vase anyway.
Holding the flowers near the top of the stem snip off any branches or massive leaves.
You want something roughly like this:
Pick a nice big one and hold it half way down the stem.
Grab another big one (all of the biggest ones go in the middle) and place it so they form an X.
Add another one to the opposite side.
Now one between them in front.
Keep placing them around and around like that until you have a full bunch. Try not to think about all of the tiny bugs crawling on them. >_>
You can either tie the bunch together to make sure it holds or just pop them into your vase.
Done! So pretty and worth all of that work… maybe.
I decided to move around the whole tv area to make it more gardeny.
The peonies only actually stayed alive for 3 days after this and I was still finding those horrible pincer ant things in my shower hiding under things a week later so it was a bit frustrating.
I did manage to take a lot of photos that I can use for flat lays or other random stock though… so I’m calling this a win!
I’m definitely not cut out for an outdoors lifestyle though… so next time I think I’ll stay in the CBD and buy some pre washed/cut flowers from a market stall…
CITY LYFE 4EVERZ YO! >_>