First cicada

Monday, October 15th, 2007

While sitting here working at my desk, I've just realised that the regular sound I can hear outside is the chirping of the first cicada. Late September is the earliest I've ever heard one. But that was in the bush, where you get a bigger range of species, including the tiny ...

Wetland Centre London

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Today I went to the Wetlands Centre London. They were adapted from Victorian reservoirs five years ago and they're the biggest wetlands project in Europe. If you like ducks, you should visit. Especially in Summer - I couldn't count the number of ducklings I saw today. They've done a wonderful ...

Kew Gardens

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Apologies about the delay in getting this up. There are more photos in this post than any other post I've made and they took some time to upload and organize. A whole week, in fact. I went to Kew Gardens last Sunday. *** In hindsight it wasn't a good idea to go ...

Regents Park

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

Can you spot the Dickens novels in this memorial? It's near Baker Street Station. Had lunch at Eat and Two Veg again. Schnitzel with a cream sauce, spinach and chips. Delicious and completely vegetarian. Had Pinkus vegan lager, and that was delicious as well. I'd never thought of lager containing animal ...

British Taste Tests #4 and 5

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

British Taste Test # 4 - Cherry Brandy Ice Lolly In Australia, water ice blocks on a stick are icy poles or ice blocks. In Britain, they're ice lollies. There was an ice cream van near the park where I had lunch and I bought a cherry brandy ice lolly. If ...

Contrails and British Taste Test #3

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

It's a stunningly beautiful summer day. About 25 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. It makes it easier to notice all the contrails. London is such a busy place that it is impossible to look at the sky without seeing a contrail or ten, some in the process of ...

Spring Watch

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Goodies fans may like to know that Bill Oddie has his own program, called Spring Watch on the BBC at the moment, which follows the passage of Spring through Britain. It gives you an idea of how cold it is here that it's nearly Summer but they're still talking about Spring. ...


Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

The days are drawing out longer than I would have believed, coming from a lower latitude. The sun is rising at 5am and setting at 9am. Solstice is around the 20th of June, so the days will get even longer.

Queen’s Head

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Damn, the British drink a lot. But they're generous drinkers, I'll give them that. I haven't paid for a drink since I started work at Haymarket. Whenever the sales team go out, the managers buy me gin and lemonades. It's rather a good thing when you're a skint Australian trying ...

Summer day

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

It reached 25 degrees C in London today. It wasn't like a 25 degree day in Sydney, it seemed much hotter. The buses and the trains still had their heating on - I don't think they can actually turn it off - so it was more like 30 degrees ...

Beach afternoon

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

Warm day that clouded over in the afternoon. I had a few hours before I had to get ready to go out, so I went to the beach. Heavy, dark rainclouds hovered nearby as I walked up and down the beach. I could see a veil of rain only a kilometre ...


Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

Chris told me about Carmilla, the first vampire novel, and gave me a link to it. For something written in 1872, it's very explicit about immortal, beautiful, lesbian vampires. No wonder Chris liked it so much! ;-) It's legal for me to reproduce the story here, so I have. Please read on!

Coldest part of the year

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Woke up freezing, yesterday. I need a heavy coat and a jumper before I can bear to take the dogs for a walk at night. It doesn't get colder than this in Sydney. And yet it's nearly as cold in London right now, but it's mid Summer over there.

On the bright side…

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

I went to an outdoor cafe for lunch today. The sun was shining brightly, the sky was blue and the temperature was summery, even though it was winter. I drank my cappuccino and reflected that I was living on the bright side of the worst drought in recorded history.

Last swim

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

Unless we have a sudden warm spell, I think today may have been my last beach swim. The air was cold, the sea was cold. I got out after a couple of waves. Roll on next summer...


Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Daylight saving is over as of today, but summer has already been gone for some time. A low in the Tasman snuffed out summer like a candle, in this last week or two. I've been waiting for it to warm up again, but it's regularly only 14 degrees C in ...


Thursday, March 17th, 2005

I woke up this morning and it was dark, cold and raining. Well, not really cold as in 19 degrees C but that feels very cold when it's barely gotten below 20 degrees C in the last few months. When we lose daylight saving in a couple of weeks, it will ...

Nothing happened

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

My boyfriend asked what I'd been up to today and I said nothing happened, which is about right. Went to the beach at lunchtime but that's all. It was cooler today. Feels like summer is on the way out, though surely we've got a month or two of beach weather yet. Whirix ...

Summer trifecta reloaded

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

It's apparently going to rain or be cloudy for the rest of the week, so I thought I'd do a summer trifecta today. My favourite thing – a visit to the beach morning, noon and evening. Got to the beach at 6.35am. The sun had only recently risen and was hanging ...

500th blog post

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

My five hundredth blog post passed me by without my noticing. I looked at my latest cache post and it was already up to 516. My five hundredth post was about my summer trifecta. I guess that's enough of an anniversary celebration to be going on with.