It seems to have been a cold winter this year. Diane and myself have had an email exchange about Melbourne's weather, as she recently 'had' to visit Melbourne and she found it a little chilly. Perhaps she said, 'bloody freezing. Why does anyone live there?'.
For winter I put on a jacket over my shirt to go out into the cold. I am a bit of an oddity. You will find many people in Melbourne wearing coats and wrapped in scarves with a hat or beanie upon their tete. I am never outside for too long in the cold. But I know we are going to have a killer electric bill from our air con heating. At times I am a stingy Scot, but heating and cooling are not areas where I scrimp and save.
A few years ago when staying at Sister and Bone Doctor's place, I took a light pullover and used it as they don't believe in heating and cooling. Well, minimal. It did not make much difference. I was still cold in their house. You will never be too cold or too hot in our home. Mother today, Thursday, told R that when she gets her granny flat in ABI Brother's back yard, she wants a gas heater to keep properly warm. She is not happy with her aircon heating. That would probably be because she sets it low and if she goes, out, she turns it off. Electric air con heating is the cheapest form of heating in Australia.
Little Jo has celebrated her tenth birthday in the much warmer climes of Queensland. She has held up a large mango, snorkeled with pretty coral and fish and joined in the celebration for her great grandmother's 90th birthday, on Bone Doctor's side in one of those towns starting with T. Townsville? Toowoomba? I can't remember. It is near the sea, so must be Townsville.
The 90 year old grandma of Bone Doctor just married for the umpteenth time about three years ago. She must be a bit of a card. I look forward to the goss about Bone Doctor's Super Gran on Sunday.
Yes, Sunday. We are going to Anakie Fairy Park for a family celebration of Little Jo's birthday. We were present when Little Jo was asked what she wanted to do for her birthday and she said she wanted to go there. It was mentioned to Oldest Niece and she and Little M were thrilled at the idea. Sister and I discussed it and it was decided it was weather dependant. It is going to be gorgeous mostly sunny 12 degrees on Sunday and only a 20% chance of rain. That means a chance of a shower. We are going and Sister is providing a picnic lunch. We meet there at 10.30.
This sort of thing has become all too hard for Mother. It is lucky if she has showered by 10.30, so she won't be there, and I guess not ABI Brother who normally brings her to social events.
Tradie Brother hopes to attend. Oldest Niece and Little M and Little Em will be there, maybe her partner. Obviously Sister and Bone Doctor and birthday girl Little Jo. Firefighting Nephew will join us. Ex Sis in Law will come, with her husband. Not sure about Hippie Niece. She is now living at Ex Sis in Law's place, out of the mental health care ward where everyone was worse than she is. It is was so tragic to see the former bright, beautiful and gabby niece looking bloated, badly dressed, black ringed eyed and dead looking Hippie Niece. How did it all go so wrong? The easiest twin is being looked after by her dad, the Islander bloke and Ex Sis in Law and Oldest Niece are looking after the other twin in turn.
I've been told there are eight beds in our State of Victoria for women with post natal depression. Six of them are practical for Hippie Niece. She is ninth on a wait list.
So with some glee, I am informing Diane that is will be a lovely mostly sunny 12 degree day here in Melbourne on Sunday. Hmm, I might just find that pullover I used a few a years ago at Sister's and make sure it doesn't smell musty. Err, yes 12, that is a bit chilly. Say 54 for your Farenheit folk.