Summer is arriving rapidly in Western Australia. Historically, we go from winter to summer within a few days and always seem to skip the much-anticipated and totally loved spring that other parts of the globe get in abundance. A sad fact of life in our blink’n hot climate.
Just days ago (Tuesday) it reached a maximum of 12 degrees celsius. It was windy and wet and cold enough to have the heating on, extra blankets on the bed and a few layers of warm clothing…Today (Sunday) it was 29 degrees celsius. We are talking 17 degrees difference in 5 days…there goes our spring in the blink of an eye!
The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, the flying ants have hatched and as I type, I have my first Gin and Tonic of the season by my hand – complete with lemon from my own tree. I gave the garden a quick drink too…my small display of spring blossoms were looking a bit hot and bothered and in need of a pick up too. It’s 5pm and the windows are still open, bringing a light freshness to the house after being closed up for most of the winter.
Believe me, I cannot and will not ever complain about winter in Perth…it’s generally mild and meek compared to how most people around the world experience winter. I own two coats…I’ve worn one…once… this whole winter!! Even though I LOVE winter – the fashion, my jeans, boots, open fires and comfort food, my thoughts have turned to all that I love about summer in the West.
BBQ’s, salads, sunshine; flip-flops and painted toenails; Frangipani, Hibiscus and Jacaranda; Lemon’s and Lime’s from the garden…Mojito’s on the back of the boat at Rottnest.
The kids have beach love…hot sand, cool water, colourful bathers, floppy hats and big sunglasses; the bright orange and yellow of a summer sunset….We don’t love so much the sunburn, big waves and sharks! Yikes!
I painted ‘Beach Love’ from a photo I took at the tail end of the last summer holidays. A sunset picnic at the beach, with a cooling afternoon sea breeze blowing away the intense heat of the day. We had been busy getting organised for school. Running around, collecting books and stationary; buying uniforms and lunch boxes and oversized school shoes. 8 weeks of summer relaxing was drawing to a close and the beach was the perfect place to celebrate the time we had and the year that was to be.
I hope you like ‘Beach Love’…It’s my 7th beach themed painting, as you can tell, the beach is a big part of our lives here in Perth. I am sure there will be many more beachy paintings to come!!