Daily Prompt – Switcheroo

My little house is usually toasty warm, no matter the weather – and the weather has been mild for the season.  But during the night I woke up cold. Orlando came and snuggled up tight against me and purred himself and me back into sleep.

I got up this morning and the house felt cold.  I turned on the heat pump and it stuttered and shook and vigorously blew cold air about the room.  I turned it off!

I dragged the heater from my craft room into the living area and turned it on full blast.  It still felt cold.

Though not yet light, I opened the curtain in the kitchen so Orlando could sit in his accustomed place and stare out at the awakening world.

In the pre-dawn light I thought I saw white rooftops through that opened curtain.

I blinked and looked again – snow.



It’s too early in the season.  It doesn’t snow here until at least the end of July.

I want to switch places with Char from Lesie’s World .

Lesie’s World is Jamaica where it is always summer and doesn’t get icy cold like this – and I know there is no snow – I saw that movie!

Lesie’s blog is full of the colour and flavour of Jamaica……… most especially the post called  A Likkle Literary Taste A Mi Culcha.  Lesie’s blog allows  me soak in the colours and smell the aromas and taste the flavour of Jamaica.  When I wander around her Thrift Shop and read about her daily life I fall in love with a world so colourfuil, so vibrant and warm and so very different from mine…….

I don’t really want to swap places with Char, I want her to be there too, for many reasons:

  • I will need a translator, I’ve been practising my Jamaican  patois but we all know book-learnin’ is nuthin’ like the real thing!!
  • She knows where all the cool places are
  • She knows the markets and the landmarks and all about mangoes ……
  • I like Char!

And though Char once expressed an interest in visiting my little country here near the bottom of the world with it’s odd wild life, this is not the time of the year for someone who lives in perpetual summer to make the journey – hell, even our high summer would feel wintry to her I expect.

No, it’s grey and cold and the weather is coming straight off the Antarctic Ice Shelf to our little part of the southern ocean and the snow is turning to sleet and the wild seas are breaking up our coastline and a favourite promenade walk is in danger of being undermined and swept away – and she hasn’t yet learned to speak our lingo!

These are some things every visitor should know:

  • New Zealand is properly pronounced ‘Neew Zillan
  • Leading statements are made as questions
  • Every second sentence has ‘eh?’ at the end
  • Lynn of Tawa is an historical cultural icon, if you can understand her you have a good chance of getting by – here is a link to a brief You Tube view, I suggest you turn on the captions:
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ZZe4O7Ct8mo

Good Luck!

I’m on way Char – it’s a long walk but I’ll make it one day.


12 thoughts on “Daily Prompt – Switcheroo

  1. She is about as easy to understand as the people on “Swamp People”. LOL!


  2. Snow? I can’t imagine. I won’t let myself imagine. It has only been nice and warm here for maybe ten days, if that, and now it’s in the upper 80’s. We have Winter and Summer anymore, Spring and Fall take a backseat to frigid cold or suffocating heat.


  3. Where is the damn LOVE button eh?! A loves it Pauline.
    It’s funny how people from different sides of the world, and even the same country would view their perfect weather situation. While you live in a wintry climate and dream of the warmth of a country like mine, I dream of a winter during the summer (my birthday is in July you see and Christmas is during winter, it would be cool to have ‘both’ at the same time, I know its childish but hey). I do love this post though, and I love you too Pauline 🙂 You are more than welcome to my likkle island, wait . . . a gwen set up mi likkle villa a Negril an have it ready fi you when you reach. I just know you would love it and probably never want to leave! You and Orlando.
    BTW, that clip is hilarious, I didn’t catch everything but I am dedding!


    • DWL? I’m so glad – I wasn’t sure how Lynn would transfer to the rest of the world! You’ll never guess though – after I hit publish on this post I opened itunes [on random play] and the damn thing has done nothing but play Bob Marley and UB40 … I been in de kitchen makin’, me toastie coconut to add to mi brekkie workin’s and a jivin’ and a singin’. preten me in Ja wid mi new frien’.
      I gotta go out as soon as the snow clears and buy a backpack to put Orlando in for the journey ………..


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