New Zealand Summer has Arrived in Time for Christmas

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 2nd Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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While the northern hemisphere is feeling the cold as Christmas approaches, New Zealand welcomes summer with high hopes for Christmas.

The wait for summer is over

Having just read the delightful poem and viewed the phortographs of Delicia Powers and husband Mike Powers in the poem, A Woodland Christmas I was inspired by the beauty of the winter wonderland portrayed.
Here at my home in New Zealand, we are not only at the other end of the world, but are also in the opposite season - summer. And how we are enjoying it. With summer officially only a few days old, there is already promise of a long hot summer ahead.
I wanted to share this comparison in seasons with you all and so grabbed my camera and ventured outside. The early Saturday morning shadows are almost gone as the warmth of the sun starts to make its mark.

Bathed in Sunshine

The backyard is tiny, but a real sun trap where time an be spent outdoors. All is quiet at our place. The young men who lived in the house over the fence have moved out and the house will be unoccupied over the summer, until the new university year begins. We are tucked away from the busy street traffic, enjoying privacy. This is where we'll enjoy summer barbecues over the holiday season.

The grapes are growing

Our section is tiny, but allows space to grow the things we enjoy. The grapes are looking good this year, spreading along the fence, even over into the neighbours place. That's okay, his passionfruit does the same, giving us both an adequate supply of both fruits.
Now all we have to worry about is the birds, who return to feast on our grapes each summer.

It isn't summer without strawberries

Even our strawberries are making an early appearance this summer. The two shown here peek shyly from beneath their cover, enough to tempt us with thoughts of strawberries and icecream. Again, the birds have come to know where they can feast and so we'll be watching closely.

Summertime Christmas in New Zealand

Most of you probably can't imagine a summer time Christmas. But here in New Zealand it's what we know and love. There's no better way to relax with family and friends over Christmas, enjoying summer holidays or vacations at the same time. Barbecues sizzling, beaches and lakes luring us, outdoor sunshine and freedom, all contribute to a relaxing summer time Christmas in New Zealand.


Christmas, Festive Season, Grapes, New Zealand, Strawberries, Summer

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd Dec 2011 (#)

As I,and the Powers, and many others, are in Winter Wonderlands, I feel like you are teasing us with your sunny New Zealand winter.

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author avatar Val Mills
3rd Dec 2011 (#)

You bet I am Mark, having just lived through our long winter and your summer! good thing on here, you can experience both. And no to your moderator question, not Christchurch - North Island.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
3rd Dec 2011 (#)

Mmm- strawberries, grapes. What a strange thing it is to think of these things being around at Christmas. We're more for nuts and clementines in England. Have a lovely Christmas, dear Val.

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author avatar Ibolya Lőrincz
3rd Dec 2011 (#)

For me in these dark, shortening days waiting for the birth of the new Sun and Jesus it is strange to see the other hemisphere of the world with sunshine and strawberries at Chistmas time. Thanks for sharing this experience. Though I wonder what myths and rites do or did native New Zealanders have around the turning points of the year like the equinox in spring and autum and midsummer's and midwinter's day.
But anyway, may it be winter or summer, have a Merry Cristmas, Val.
Best Regards,

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Wow, how kind of you Val! What a great treat to be mention in your wonderful Christmas paradise article Val...warm and growing, I would love to get to see your sunny side of the world...but wait I have through this great article, and pictures...a dream Christmas for sure, thanks Val...Summer and Christmas, delightful:0)

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author avatar Songbird B
29th Dec 2011 (#)

A great Star page Val! Hope your Christmas was extra special, and I'm envious of all that We didn't get that much of it here even in our Summer!

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