I made the just under two hour trip to Burra this week to meet a new client. It was one of South Australia’s wonderful winter days – crisp and cool but clear skies and bright sunshine that makes driving a pleasure and shows the countryside off to its best advantage.
In Australia the colours of the seasons are different from those in the northern hemisphere. For us, summer is brown and yellow, white sand and blue skies and seas. Autumn is a combination of reds, browns, oranges and yellows with a healthy dose of the evergreen eucalypts as well. In spring there is the purple of wisteria, Salvation Jane and jacaranda trees, and the bright yellow of wattle flowers plus a myriad of other hues as the wildflower season gets under way. But winter is green.
We get most of our rain in winter and it is the prime growing season, so the drive up through farm land was a picture in green hues. In the winter sunshine it is even more beautiful.
New crops growing strongly in the paddocks, sheep grazing and a few cattle, white clouds scudding before the breezes- it was a delight to be alive.
Visiting a place in what might normally be considered the “off” season, has its advantages. Provided you are dressed for the weather, you can experience a place without the crowds and at your own pace. You can explore and discover all those nooks and crannies that make the destination uniquely itself without having to battle crowds.
So don’t let winter be an excuse for hibernating and going nowhere. Shake off the winter blues and try the winter greens instead.