Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Musings on "winter"

So going by the comments I received yesterday on what I assure you was a really really winter-y day for Perth, I guess it is true that I am a terrible weather wuss (hangs head in shame)  But I was glad to see a few corroborative comments from fellow Aussies, agreeing with me that yes, 18C is cold.  Thank you, ladies.  It probably will get a bit colder here as winter progresses, and we may get a low of 5C for a few awful mornings, and it is possible there will be some whinging.  Fair warning.
But it was nice for us to get the rain.  Unfortunately for our water supply's sake, a typical winter's day in Perth looks more like today.  Although I did see a few grey clouds hovering in the distance, so we may see a few drops today, if we're lucky.
To give some weather perspective to this outfit for the penultimate day of Me-Made June, 11C-18C is our expected range.

Jeans; Burda 7863, khaki stretch gabardine, details and my review of this pattern here
Top; self drafted, navy and white stripe jersey, details here
Scarf; self-drafted, Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino, details and my pattern here
Trench; Burda 7786 modified to be double breasted, beige ripstop cotton, details here
Socks, hand-knit by me, not seen but same as yesterday, details here
Boots; Andrea and Joen, from Uggies in Dunsborough
Sunnies; RayBan

Actually, our family has survived short experiences in colder countries.  We visited Japan earlier this year, but I did not find Japan to be bitterly cold, like some other places we have been.  Japan has a pleasant kind of cold.  I think it is related to the lack of humidity, or something...
So, for your amusement I have here some photos of our family being incredibly brave about the cold.  These particular photos are from the coldest places in my memory...
The first was taken in Pennsylvania, USA, in early to mid December (I can tell that because my children and I are standing in front of a tree decorated for Christmas)  In case you can't see, because it is an old, poor quality photo, you can barely see a square inch of bare skin showing.  Our US friends often joked, "spot the Aussies!"
The second photo is of my children and me in Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory, Canada; January.  We are each wearing at least three pairs of thermals/jeans which is why our legs look so bulky.  We are all begging Craig to hurry up and take the photo, dammit, because we were all seriously DYING!!, and could only stand still outside for mere seconds.  Like a split second after this photo was taken we all dived into Tim Hortons to thaw and revive. Our friend K, who lives there, thought we were hilarious. 
(And something completely mysterious: why don't more of the Me-Made participant's daily-outfit photos in these countries look more like this....?!)

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