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There are things they tell you, when you are in Darwin, about the weather, that sound so magical and unbelievable, that it’s almost like a fairy tale. They speak of being cold. Actual cold. The kind of cold that you can feel in your bones, and can never escape from.
They talk of cool winds. Gales and gusts that ascend or descend from one of the poles (depending on your hemisphere), and seemingly blow right through you.
They speak of freezing rain. Water that feels like ice falling on your skin, and chilling you straight away. And sometimes, there is actual ice falling from the sky, and it’s cold and it hurts!
Now if you’ve lived with any of these, you will be thinking ‘well duh’ and wondering why I would even mention it.
Well you see the thing is, when you have lived in the tropics your entire life, there is a part of you that doesn’t quite believe it. Not because you think people would lie to you, but because you are seriously questioning how.
How does air feel cold?
How can you ever be so cold you feel as if your bones are frozen?
Why would you ever wear the beanie you have knitted? Isn’t that something you just do for fun?
It’s a foreign thought when all you have ever known is heat and warmth. When the only rain you ever feel is warm and welcoming, or so hot it’s evaporating before it even hits the ground and enveloping you in a steam bath. When the only air you have ever experienced, is air that is so dense and think and warm that it hugs you. Which is in sharp contrast to air that is thin, and frosty and creeps inside you, and plans to stay.
When you haven’t lived through one, it seems impossible to understand.
Unfortunately, I’m starting to understand it.
It’s only Autumn, but my goodness, some of the mornings we’ve had, have made my what I thought was ridiculously warm doona, seem not quite warm enough. And then there have been days when I sit and tip tap away on my computer, and the breeze filters through the window, and I reach for the quilt because it’s midday, and I’m cold.
And I’m thoroughly unprepared, in all the ways one can be unprepared. Mentally, I’m just struggling to understand it, physically I’m cold because I have nowhere near enough warm clothes, and financially, I’m struggling because kitting out 6 people who own very few warm clothes, is not exactly the cheapest activity ever. However thanks to American Express, I have the option of using balance transfer cards, which definitely makes it so much easier. (Click here for more information.)
And it also means that I hopefully won’t be looking like this, for too much longer.
Now with the finance sorted, my biggest dilemma becomes ‘what to wear?’
Having lived just in shorts and singlets for the past 31 years, I’ve realised that I have no style. I have a warm weather style (if you could call it that), but what does Jess wear when she is cold?
Jess has no idea.
So I have taken to researching in the most official way possible; scoping out the other mums at school and watching TV. Because it’s not being lazy if you’re trying to decide what to wear. 😉
Now if I was a clever blogger, or a style blogger, I would make one of those fashion boards with different types of clothes, and pair them all together and say, ‘I’m going to wear this.’ But I’m not a fashion blogger and my cleverness is relative, so instead I just look at pics and make comments such as:
‘Yeah I could wear that,’
or ‘That looks like something I could possibly pull together,’
and occasionally, ‘where can I get a yellow trench coat?’
Which is all well and good, except that I have no idea about the actual practicality of these supposedly ‘warm clothes,’ and also I’m just slightly (cough cough) bigger than most people on any TV show ever.
So whilst I greatly desire this yellow cardigan of Robin’s,
This pinkish jumper of Monica’s,
And the plain old baseball type tee of Rachel’s.
I’m more than slightly concerned I’ll instead end up matching everything wrong and somehow end up looking more like this.
So help a girl out: what does one where when it’s cold?