Saturday, April 01, 2006

And now, for winter

Last weekend we were experiencing summer weather, but by the end of the week it has turned almost wintery. Thankfully that has been accompanied by good rain. The garden is looking refreshed.

I too am feeling refreshed, and seem to have got over the flu-like symptoms. And only 2 more weeks until the Easter break, which is a long weekend (4 days) here in Australia. For us in the library the Easter break means that the initial chaos of first semester starts to die down, the students do not have classes for a week and things get more civilised. That's the theory.

Today it's my turn for a weekend desk shift: 4 hours at the information desk from 1 - 5 p.m. But it's the perfect weather for being in the library, dark skies and rainy. I always find the library cosy on those days. Is it just me? Hopefully all the frantic students who were thronging into the library during the week will stay at home today, their research done, articles printed out, and are working on their essays. But of course the ones who will be in the library will have left it too late, trying to finish their assignments in a few hours before the Monday deadline. They will be stressed. I will try to maintain a zen-like calm.


Alice said...

I hope you had a good day Mrs Zen. Hasn't the weather changed quickly. I don't mind the winter, even in Canberra, but I do think we need some more heating in this house. Just ask the grandchildren. They say "No, we're not going to Grandma's, it's too cold over there."

Hope the stressed students don't transmit their anxieties to you.

Val said...

Mrs Zen I was not, see post from 2 April.

No I don't mind the winter either, especially the last few years where the temperatures are not as low and it's not as windy as it used to be.

But in 1974 when I first arrived in Australia, the idea of central heating was a new concept! Having come from California the contrast was a bit of a shock.

Kerri said...

So, Mrs. Zen, how long was it before you got central heating? When Kathy (then 13) and I visited Mum in May 1994, Kathy said, "Why doesn't Nana Pat turn up the heat?" She didn't realize that most houses over there don't have it.