Northern hemisphere peoples eat your heart out. Here on the Eastern seaboard of New South Wales, it’s the height of summer; and my present location – Bellingen – is especially in full bloom.
The produce shops are overflowing with stone fruit, grapes, melons, berries and sweet corn.
Streets are arrayed with bowers of crepe myrtles, hydrangeas, frangipanis, bougainvillea, grevilea, hibiscus.
People are drawn to pack up a picnic blanket and a few provisions and head for a park after work; or take a swimming costume and beach towel, and set out for the sea. It’s hard to staying indoors when we can still enjoy the long, dreamy evening light. And with more hours in the day, we can meet up and socialise with all those friends we have been putting off at other times.
There’s the menacing part of summer ripeness, too – the bush fires, sweltering humidity and extreme heat. But just at the moment, don’t you just want to savor all the juicy mango days that you can? Go, you good thing!

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