Funny how one person’s off season can be another one’s on season.
I mentioned to my neighbour that I was going bushwalking in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney last weekend.
‘Brrr’, she shuddered, ‘too cold’.
Does this look cold to you?
Well yes, ok, this is Australlia. I know our winters would be considered a balmy summer in some countries, but still, it’s what you’re used to, isn’t it? This is our off season.
I’m sure many people do prefer the mountains in other seasons. They love the autumn colours or the flowering gardens in spring.
I like those times too, but I love the bracing air on a winter bushwalk, followed by a warming hot chocolate in one of the many cosy cafés.
As it turned out, the day was unseasonably warm. It didn’t feel anything like the long term average of around 11 degrees. I couldn’t help wondering if this was related to climate change. It wasn’t even cold enough for hot chocolate, but we did have scones with jam and cream in an old converted church.
I actually hate being cold and I would never live in a really cold climate, but it’s fun to be a tourist in the off season. Especially on a warm day.