Winter isn't my favourite season as I'm not a big fan of cold, wet and windy. I'm allergic to snow - it makes my nose, fingers and toes go all numb. If I could, I'd hibernate for the entire winter, but unfortunately I have those occasional silly real life commitments that demand I actually leave the house. And the cows get rather noisy if I don't give them their early morning snack of hay now that the grass isn't lush and green.
Having said that, this winter has been remarkably mild and I haven't had enough snow where I am to make a snow-pirate. Even when Christchurch had the worst snow in fifteen years which resulted in the airport closing, it hardly covered the ground where I live (normally, the reverse happens). The last three days have been so gloriously warm, that I've been able to spend it pottering about the garden pruning roses and filling in holes that those pesky wild rabbits have made. The lawn grass has started growing again, bluebells have sprouted all through my garden, Daphne and jasmine is in bloom and I've got daffodils budding up.
Oh yes. Soon, Spring will be here. Soon, the warm weather will be mine, all mine!
*...insert manic laughter here...*
Of course, there is still a little time to go before I can really celebrate the return of milder weather. Spring begins here in September, but we can't really depend on warm weather until closer to Christmas. I shall, however, remain optimistic that soon my Oceanmaster colleagues will stop bragging about their lovely warm days and will have to listen to me brag about how hot it is here, and how nice it is having a BBQ dinner outside.
Before we get to that, however, they will most likely have to listen to me go on (and ON) about the Rugby World Cup. In only a few short weeks that event will be hosted by New Zealand and while, unfortunately, there are no matches local to where I am (Christchurch lost the right to host seven world cup games due to the damage caused by the February quake), there will be more than enough games televised to keep me happy. Of course, there will also be a lot of friendly rivalry going on between me and my Oceanmaster colleagues as I know they will be supporting their own teams and hoping, in vain ( insert more manic laughter here!), that they will beat the New Zealand All Blacks and claim the World Cup.
Be sure to tell me which team you are supporting!