Australia, being in the southern hemisphere, has summer from December to February. Christmas, for us, is usually hot, sometimes very hot. Traditional holiday dishes don't make much sense when it's swimming weather.
In my work in progress, working title Rosie and Scruff Boy, I'm trying to write some scenes set at Christmas. It's difficult. I'm so envious of anyone who's in a warm sunny place right now. Here, it's cold and gloomy and often rainy. Also frosty.
Our winters aren't northern hemisphere winters. Today, for example, was minus 3 degrees Celsius this morning, and will probably hit about 12 degrees Celsius this afternoon. But it's cold for us. I've always been a summer girl, and can't wait for the warm days to come around again.
Last century they built concrete silos all over the country along every railway line. Now they're a problem. They're too small, too inflexible, too dangerous to use, and too hard to demolish. The only use for them is to paint huge murals on them to attract tourists. Not really; many are still in use. But many are not.
There's an Australian Silo Art Trail (www.australiansiloarttrail.com/siloart)
The photograph of the Weethalle Silo below is by Annette Green. Weethalle was the first art silo painted in New South Wales. The artist was Heesco Khosnaran.
Rosie decides to buy Matt a replacement hat as a gift. The shop assistant gets right behind the idea.
“Matt will love this,” she says. “It will improve the dress standards of the whole town when he stops wearing that other one. He can keep that for draining sumps and so on.”
We share a smile of agreement. Only afterwards do I realise that I hadn’t told her who the hat was for.
Now available from ebook retailers, an ebook collection of my Tender Spies series. Set in Australia, these novels and novellas follow the lives of two spies and the woman who loves them. Along the way there are action, adventure, family dramas, tragedies and triumphs, a love triangle, betrayals and reconciliations. Great holiday reading.