This isn’t meant to be ranty, I swear. I really can’t complain! I love that spring is finally here.
Sometimes I just really feel like I’m living on the wrong end of the Earth. Being from the Northern Hemisphere and then moving to the Southern Hemisphere really screws with your body/brain relationship.
Right now, my brain knows it’s the beginning of October. To my brain, this means my brother’s birthday is today (happy birthday, bro!). It means Halloween/ Samhain is coming! Halloween is my favorite holiday! It means my brain thinks after that will soon follow Thanksgiving and then Christmas/ Yule (it’s less than 12 weeks away now, people). My brain is a pretty smart cookie.
But my body is telling my brain that she’s wrong. My body is saying, “Hey! We just had Ostara! It’s not time for Halloween! You need leaves and harvests for Halloween. This isn’t right! There are cherry blossoms out and buds on things. Halloween is six months away!”
You’d think after almost 7 years in the Southern Hemisphere that I’d be used to this by now, but it throws me for a loop every time. While so many of my friends and family are commenting on the pretty colors of leaves changing and getting their long-sleeved shirts out, my world is the complete opposite.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that I’m on the other side of winter now! I just miss having Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas being in the colder months. And winter here in NZ is pretty bleak with no holidays to help it along. I understand why so many people have mid-winter dinners here, or Christmas in June!
A totally new area of (gentle) disappointment for me is that I’m having trouble finding many New Zealand gardening blogs (I’ve found two great ones so far – Craving Fresh & NZ Ecochick) to read and all the American & British ones on my list are all harvesting their last summer crops and getting their gardens ready for autumn. I do love the tips I’m getting, but I can’t use them for another six months! Talk about planning! At least I’ll have learned a lot about that by the time fall comes here again. I learned about leafmould today. I can’t wait to make some in the fall!
Do you know of any good kiwi gardening blogs out there?