The first of June






Last night I had a dream that it snowed in Melbourne.

I was awake before the rest of my family and I looked out into the still-dark garden and saw whorling white. Raced upstairs, and woke everyone up. We played in the blanketed garden in our dressing-gowns until we were all wet and frozen, and then came inside for hot baths and hot chocolate.

The mornings are growing colder. My garden is gathering into itself for the coming winter dark, and thick steam from the shower in our cold house has more than once set off an over-enthusiastic smoke alarm.

Comfort-food cravings. Warm, oatmeal porridge in the mornings. Hands wrapped around steaming mugs of tea, cold fingers tingling against hot porcelain.

I return inside from training climbing roses, tending straggly gaura, pruning back salvia, and wash my cold-stiffened hands. Boil the kettle for a cup of tea. Sit down to write another postcard, and make tiny envelopes out of century-old transparent paper.

(Smells like old books).


  • Petrina

    Warm greetings from upstate New York near the Finger Lakes – Canandaigua Lake to be more precise.

    Today was the second warm day we have had in a long time. 80 yesterday and today 75 Farenheight.

    The flowers are coming into their own now, beautiful Lilly of the Valley and Irises. I do not find a place here to add photos for you so I should print them and get them off in the snail mail to you.

    Happy thoughts,

  • Susannah

    I am having extra cups of herbal tea just to warm my fingers! Every year when it starts to get particularly chilly we wonder if this will be the year!! I think the last time it snowed in the CBD was 1951 so it is possible!! Looking forward to the first flurries in the hills. We are lucky we can daytrip to see snow (PS your tiny envelopes sound intriguing!)

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