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Perspectives, Issue #032 - Hot weather for Christmas
December 23, 2014

"Perspectives" - Hot Weather for Christmas in the tropics.

It’s been such a hot December, with air conditioners running non-stop, lawns turning brown and crisp, severe water restrictions in place, and an atmosphere of rather weary waiting for thunder and lightning that heralds the start of the Wet season...surely it will come soon?

If you are on the other side of the world and, perhaps, hoping for a white Christmas, such unrelenting heat may be hard to imagine. Daily minimums are around 25 -27 degrees celsius with maximums around 34 – 35, which might sound rather pleasant until you factor in the high humidity – then you’ll know why we are wilting!

Fresh Tropical Fruit

The other evening I sat on a neighbour’s back verandah, chatting and observing the stillness, which was punctuated from time to time by the ‘thud’ of another ripe mango dropping from the top of our shared, huge mango tree. Unfortunately, one side is always bruised because of the force with which the fruit falls – but we make short work of the good side (cup half full?).

A flock of black and white magpie geese flew overhead, honking noisily as they searched for patches of water on which to land. They look so heavy and ungainly that it always seems surprising that they can become airborne at all.

It’s at this time of the year that the majority of the delicious tropical fruit ripens – juicy mangoes, of course but also the pink, sweetly perfumed lychees with their gorgeous white flesh hiding a shiny black seed, mangosteens, soursops and custard apples.

Planning to holiday in the Australian Tropics?

Although it is so hot in the lead-up to the Wet, once the rains start temperatures moderate. Have you ever walked along a beach, through warm waters, heavy rain crashing on your head? Try it, the experience is thrilling! In a short time your clothes will be dry as the sun appears again.

This morning, with more time to spare than usual, I took a stroll along Macrossan Street, the main street in Port Douglas, checking out some of the new shops. One is Art Attack, which stocks artists’ supplies, runs art courses for locals and for visitors, and which sells local crafts, many just the thing for special gifts.

Next door is Master’s Persian Carpets. Omid Masters has been selling fantastic, high quality rugs, made by hand in one of the countries of Persia and purchased by him directly from the artisans (who tie all those intricate knots!) for years and has developed a well earned reputation for quality of product and service. I hadn’t seen Omid since he left with most artists from the Marina complex, when their re-build was planned, so it was great to chat and to see him doing so well.

We discussed the reluctance of most people to buy high end art online and agreed that this also applies to his beautiful carpet art pieces – so much better to see the artwork ‘in the flesh’, to feel it and note the nuances of colour and texture. Omid will be happy to show you his impressive display of carpets and to explain their origin and methods of construction.

So the next time that you come to Port Douglas, do drop in to see him! One great benefit is that he will ship world-wide at no cost to you. So perhaps you had better make a special shopping trip to Port Douglas?

If you do, make sure to drop in to Jungle Road, owned and managed by Janette Walker, who stocks comfortable and trendy clothing made from natural materials. She is the sole Port Douglas stockist of my Tropical Flowers designer silk scarves so do say ‘Hello’ to her or her staff and see if you can find just the right dress or top to suit one of the scarves!

My very best wishes to you for Christmas and the New Year.

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