Like seriously, where the heck is summer? It's the last day of it, and I'm sitting here wondering if it ever really arrived. And don't even get me started on the bizarre weather patterns we've been experiencing in New Zealand for the past few years. It's like all the seasons have decided to merge into one chaotic mishmash, and we literally get four seasons in a single day. Talk about weather whiplash!
You know, New Zealand is famous for this kind of unpredictable climate. Even our beloved band (yes, I'm looking at you, Australia who keep claiming our stuff) Crowded House, wrote a whole song about it. I can't even count the number of times I've heard tourists exclaim, "It was sunny just a moment ago, and now it's pouring rain!" (You can imagine the accents—I've heard it all, from German to Kiwi).
It's a way of life here to experience glorious sunshine in the morning, only to be greeted by blustery winds come lunchtime and freezing temperatures by nightfall. But hey, it can also be the complete opposite.
We've learned to adapt and be prepared for anything. Layering clothing has become an art form, and we've become experts at bringing a bikini and a robe to the beach or rocking a puffer jacket with a summery singlet top. We're a resilient bunch, that's for sure. But you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. It keeps things interesting, right?
With all these climate change issues, the seasons have become even more blurred. You'll find lambs being born alongside daffodils blooming in the middle of winter and leaves falling off trees throughout the year.
Of course, that might also have something to do with my questionable gardening skills, but let's not dwell on that. Instead, experience it for yourself, and you'll understand why we've given up on trying to make sense of our seasons.
On that note, I'd like to share with you an image of a painting I created a few years back called "Four Seasons in One Day." It captures the essence of our wild weather fluctuations. It serves as a reminder that in New Zealand, anything can happen regarding the elements.
So, embrace the madness, pack your layers, and get ready to experience the wild ride of New Zealand's ever-changing weather. Just don't forget to bring an umbrella, a sunhat, and a winter coat in the same bag.
Posted: Friday 6 April 2012