beach flying birds

Oh it has been so cold here in Melbourne.  The mornings have been exceedingly frosty.  The grass is dusted with white.  My breath fogs my glasses – whilst inside.  The windscreen is hard with ice, demanding that we dawdle in the driveway for a good five minutes, waiting for the heater to turn it to slush.

too cold for the shed

Such has been the cold that one of us insists on tinkering with his outdoor toys at the kitchen table!


The young one is making the most of her lovely squishy, warm, snuggly honey-bunny – newly arrived companion for Miss Hinchcliffe who has been a bit lonesome since the deaths of our sweet little guinea pigs.

scrubbing the dresser

dresser doors

Whilst the crazy one has been more intrepid, determined to get that dresser scrubbed down, sanded till it gleams, oiled and inside before the next spell of rain.  Complete with newly built and collaged doors.  Who’d have thought a mitre box and tenon saw could be such fun.

the sun

chopping wood solstice bonfire

And then the Solstice came.  On a day glowing with sun (albeit, super cold) with a rich blue sky that sang of the summer to come.  Julian chopped wood.  The Solstice bonfire was lit.  We sat as close as we could, plates of slow roasted pork and pumpkin upon our laps, marshmallows waiting to be toasted, strawberries (from Queensland) waiting to be dunked into the chocolate fondue.  As the flames danced and crackled, we looked up into the frosty, moonlit sky and cheered that our earth was tilting back towards the sun.

Who cares that we are only 22 days into the first month of winter.  From this point on, each day reclaims just a minute more light, pushing us gently on to spring.

tea little squares pieced border blanket label

Whilst we wait, we remind each other how much we LOVE the cold!  Make more tea.  Fight over who gets to wash up in that lovely hot water.  Linger by the stove.  Fill and refill the hot water bottles.  Beg Fu to stay still on our laps and just cuddle!

And I dig around in boxes and cupboards, pulling out half finished blocks, long forgotten fabrics, and almost done quilts.  Piling them onto the table, the must-finish-this-winter list growing longer and longer.  And promise Julian that tonight! tonight!  I’ll start the argyle pattern on the front of his vest.  And sneakily knit another two repeats on the much less daunting baby cardigan.

And look out at that dresser …

wintery scenes

6 thoughts on “wintery scenes

  • June 26, 2013 at 1:10 am

    All sounds quite idyllic when you put it like that… especially like the chillproof blanket, certainly sets a standard! I think i can see the way clear at last to quilt my blanket backed quilt this weekend. Can hardly wait!

  • June 26, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Each season brings it’s own charms and challenges……….your list of winter charms is lovely………hope you get your quilts all finished for some serious winter snuggling.

  • June 26, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Well, I wish I could have your icy winters and you could have my awful sticky, tropical, humid 95 degree NJ weather summers. I would gladly trade with you :)

  • June 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    You all look so toasty! In the UK we are edging towards sunshine, but it feel autumn most days!

  • June 27, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Oh, to feel cool! I am a winter-lover, and right now it is hot and humid – makes for a cranky mama.
    But that bunny sure makes me smile. We are flip-flopping about getting a bunny as a pet….any words of wisdom?

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