The irony is, when most people talk about being #upsidedown they mean being Down Under. Not me of course, I’m just the opposite. Coming from New Zealand Down Under, to live in the Northern Hemisphere I found everything the wrong way around. Even the sun seems to be in the wrong place and I spent a significant amount of time in my first few months here, heading in the wrong direction. Everything felt skew wiff, but nothing quite as much as the seasons.
In December, when my body and cicardian rythms were preparing for a long hot summer of sunbathing and swimming in the surf, we got this. (Every December we’ve been here I might add!)
It’s taken at least three years for my body to adjust and expect this white stuff in December and January when I have spent my whole life up until now expecting summer sunshine and sea spray in my hair. It’s one of those things they don’t really tell you about when you move from one hemisphere to another. That your body will struggle to adjust even despite your enthusiasm for your new home.
But it does adjust, eventually.
And when you do you know you have turned a corner and are able to establish your home in this foreign land.
Like everyone else in England, expats and English folk alike, I’ve started to expect Summer in July and August. I’ve become accustomed to the schools breaking up for a long summer break in the middle of the year, and that everyone goes on holiday. And like everyone else in Britain, I’ve been disappointed by the coldest, wettest summer ever.
For the British, it’s the coldest wettest summer on record, for me it’s the coldest wettest summer EVER! It’s been warmer in wintery Auckland than in summery England, lately. So I did what everyone else in these green isles does – I found the escape route to somewhere hot and sunny. In our case Italy! Groupon have very kindly supplied us with a trip to Venice, and Wimdu have come to the party with lovely looking accomodation in Trastevere in Rome.
So you can imagine, how I felt when this is what I spied out my window this morning.
And that weird yellowy light on the top left hand corner – that would be sunshine.
They say that England is going in bask in high temperatures this week, and be bathed in glorious summer sunshine. It’s all #upsidedown!
*This post is part of the summer blog hop over at windmill tales. Go and have a squiz at some of the other lovely entries.
Oh and it’s also part of the #photoadayjuly for the prompt #upsidedown. Have a squiz at Fat Mum Slim’s Facebook page to see other incredible interpretations of the theme.