Here in the southern hemisphere it is springtime.
The romantic ideal of spring promotes images of renewal, growth and new beginnings, however, the reality can be somewhat different.
We have very few deciduous trees in our climate so we enjoy being able to witness the changing seasons through the liquidamber tree in our garden. Here it is looking magnificent and covered in new leaf.
Spring serves to remind us all that we never know what is around the corner.
In the past 6 weeks we have had wild thunderstorms, ferocious winds and a couple of heatwave days all interspersed with some glorious and moderate weather. The extremes and sometimes violent weather events are becoming more frequent as the climate changes.
A couple of days ago we heard creaking and cracking. Upon investigation we discovered that a couple of the lower limbs had come off the liquidamber tree. I suspect this was as a result of the wind we had experienced in recent weeks.
Time to clean up the debris.
Being prepared is not just something for the Boy Scouts. We should all be prepared for whatever might happen. Whether it is driven by the weather, linked to the pandemic or of global origin out of our control, there are plenty of things that could immediately and suddenly disrupt our comfortable lifestyle.
As the seasons change we need to prepare ourselves for the shocks that natural and other events may have.
Storms and bushfires are our main threats in the coming months. If you are in the northern hemisphere and approaching winter, what are your risks? Blizzards? Storms? Flooding?
I am interested in what your seasonal risks are and how you prepare yourself and your family.
Take care and stay safe, wherever you are.