Today I headed back to work and was a good deal healthier than last week but boy was it cold getting out there and mixing with the working peeps again. Some sort of Demon of Forgetfulness possessed me this morning and I left without a coat. I was well on my way, in the car, before I realised I felt slightly naked.
Many of our mornings still look like this.
Just when I think I’m ready for winter to be over, I remember how pretty and lovely it is, and how much I hate to sweat. Come January, I’ll be pulling up photos like this one to remember that Canberra’s winters are one of the reasons I stay here.
And while we’re on all things weatherly, going back to work today my director greeted me with some fabulous news. In two weeks’ time, I’m flying all the way to Darwin, up in the tropics, to go on a field trip. As well as seeing this northern city for the first time, I’ll be hopping on a tiny plane and flying to East Arnhem land to visit a small school in very remote Indigenous community. This is a part of the world I thought I might never see and now I’m being sent there. Talk about an exciting opportunity. For someone who has felt intensely down about work lately, complete with a sense of utter pointlessness, this is a bit of boost.
Of course this means that going from days like today where it didn’t get above 8deg/46degF to a part of the country where it’s currently 31degC/87degF is a bit of a jump! Suddenly I’ll be scrounging around for t-shirts, light skirts, sunblock, hats. That’ll be a jolt to my winter-slumber ridden body!
I’ll have to get on with finishing the wrap skirt I posted a little hint about yesterday.
Let’s hope it works out and then I can whip up another one, fingers crossed, before hopping on the plane. That distant, balmy city and the even more distant remote community aren’t places for the stockings and cardigans that are my current uniform.
It’s going to be lovely. And hot. I just can’t wait.
Photo courtesy of flickr.