There are some things that everyone holds true where you come from…things like sayings, rules of thumb, things that govern where you are from. It occurred to me that there are some things that I have grown to live by in the UK over the years which coming to New Zealand are no longer true…and of course some things that have remained true even on the far side of the world…so I thought I would share some of them with you…
Worth noting that too many cooks still spoil the broth, the proof of the pudding is still in the eating and a stitch in time still saves nine (whatever that means). However, you absolutely must cast a clout before May is out.
Seasons – perhaps an obvious one but having Autumn starting in March and Winter in June is odd. The associated item is that clocks go back in March and forward in October…so we go from 13 hours ahead of the UK to 11 as clocks change…that is the opposite way round. But yet…the saying “fall back and spring forward” remains true.
Based on what I have seen so far, certainly in the North of the country, there isn’t really a Winter…it has gone from Summer into a long rainy season with rare cold nights, during which leaves fall from trees – and it can certainly rain. It can rain hard for long periods and the ground is saturated. I guess you don’t get a green island without it. Storms drift down from the tropics to the North or wintry blasts come from Antarctica to the South. You don’t get dry grey days as a rule…it either rains hard or you can see the blue skies above. I miss a crisp clear morning though at times.
It is actually wetter here when you consider annual average rainfall than it is in Yorkshire (on lower ground at least).
Down Under – I am no longer down under…even though I am…why does nobody refer to the UK as “up over”. I can confirm that gravity works the same down here and that we don’t all wear lead boots to protect against falling off the world. Water does not necessarily go down drains the opposite way to when it is “up over”.
Calves – I have seen calves which have clearly been born in Autumn. Perhaps a subtropical climate facilitates year-round breeding. Sheep shorn in Autumn too. No wonder New Zealand used to be a farm for the UK.
Stars – the Orion constellation appears upside down in the Southern Hemisphere.
Plugs – when you put a UK plug in to an adapter here, it is upside down..never really noticed that anywhere else I have been before.
South Facing – make sure the front of your house faces south if you want sun in the back garden…not North as in the Northern hemisphere. Mind you, the sun is fierce so maybe the shade wins. There are real problems with skin cancer here so people tend to cover up. Lichen grows on the south side of tree trunks here.
Anybody got any more they want to add?