Where’s my winter? I mean seriously, who has stolen my winter….? Will whoever nicked it please bring it back..? It’s the only time of year I can have some fun around here…..
August in South East Queensland is never really cold, but 30º? Yes, it was that warm two days ago, and it’s been 26º plus all week, and I have to open all the windows in the house when the AGA is going, and our combined hot water systems are chucking out excess heat like there’s no tomorrow…… and at least the solar panels are pumping I guess, but I’ve just been out in the garden for the last couple of hours planting the last of my brassicas (got cauliflowers and broccoli and cabbages and kale coming on strong right now..) and what comes out of the blue? CABBAGE MOTHS! Cabbage moths in August..? Yessir, they’re not supposed to appear until late September or some time in October, but here they are, two months early……..
Normally at this time of the year (Ekka time.. which finishes today), Queenslanders are running around in jumpers and coats to fight the cold westerly winds that are the norm. And here in Cooran, we can expect half a dozen frosts. Which presumably kill any cabbage moth caterpillars, and which has not happened yet. We even had the odd mosquito the other day…
And that’s not all….. all our fruit trees are in flower. The bees are out in full strength, and I’ll have to don the bee suit soon just to make sure they’re not overflowing with honey and about to swarm… in AUGUST?
But there’s no climate change say the
skeptics deniers. Australia has already had its hottest July on record, surely August will match it. And what’s Summer going to be like if winter’s like this now?
Are there any Tasmanians out there who’d like to swap house over Summer…..? Seriously, I mean it. We’ve got great beaches here….
I think I’ll make some ice cream this afternoon. And I must have a copy of Hot August Night somewhere. Yeah I know… I’m showing my age again…
Thursday August 22. Our first frost……. Winter has finally arrived, and it’s only a couple of months late. Not a huge frost by any standards, not even a sub tropical one, but I am surprised at how much ice is on the ute’s windscreen. With any luck, it’ll kill the cabbage moths or any eggs they might’ve already laid. We may even be in for a week of this great weather according to the weather bureau.