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Spring is almost here but not in the Bottom half of the world

Updated on July 08, 2011

Spring break in the top half!

Spring is almost here but not in the Bottom half of the world

Spring or Autumn?

The current topic is Spring, but in the Southern hemisphere, we are just drifting off into autumn. It is tough to think about Spring as Autumn approaches. Spring is generally accepted as beginning in March in the Northern hemsphere and September in the Southern hemisphere.

 

 

Autumn

Here the grass is turning yellow and bare patches are beginning to appear. The leaves are turning yellow and starting to fall off the trees. The trees are starting to look forlorn having lost their summer splendor. The only ones staring to look green and strong are the stately firs which are coming into their own as winter approaches and they look their best.

 

The evenings are just starting to add a breath of coolness into the air. Just a reminder of what is coming. Shorts, sandals and short-sleeved shirts are giving way to slacks and shoes. Most people are starting to wear long-sleeves as an admission and homage to the slightly cooler weather. A few sleeveless pullovers are to be seen in the evenings and alfresco dining has been replaced by indoor dining. Menus are starting to offer soups, stews and red wines, giving way to the salads, Sauvignon blancs, Chardonnays and Rose's. The salads and sushi are eaten less often.

 

Autumn is a gloomy time, cloudy weather and all day rain being the harbinger of colder weather. The gloom is incremented by the approaching Easter and good Friday. The last harvests of fruit and some veggies are starting to appear in the shops.

Spring

 

So where were we, oh yes Spring? I guess you lot can start looking forward to cherry blossoms and those amazing pictures from DC. The daffodils and crocuses (not to mention the tulips starting to peek above the ground). The upside of Easter, resurrection, new life, easter bunnies, fertility and newly born animals on the farms.We can too but the mood is muted by the role approaching winter plays in our lives. The baseball season is here, but for us cricket is nearly over and Rugby has begun. Rugby is is a passion and a lifestyle for us Australia and New Zealand too. We have the Super Fourteen Rugby between our top teams in those three countries. We have the annual Tri-nations Rugby tournament at national level. O dear (tut tut) here  I lapse back into autumn and approaching winter again! Oh yes and you have a tradition of Spring break but we don’t, We tend to have Xmas summer break!

 

 

Some World Events

So what happened around the world in spring, our autumn (the month of March) in the past?

 

  • Congress authorized the creation of YellowstoneNational Park, 1872

     

  • King Kong, premiered in New York, 1933

     

  • Star Spangled Banner adopted as National Anthem of the United States, 1931

     

  • Jesse James died in 1882

     

  • Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin died in 1953

     

  • Actor John Belushi found dead at age 33 of a drug overdose in Hollywood 1982

     

  • Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone, 1876

     

  • The Beatles UK album Please Please Me was released, 1963

     

  • Beatle Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman 1969

     

  • John Lennon married Yoko Ono 1969

     

  • Albert Einstein was born in Germany, 1879

     

  • Julius Caesar was assassinated by Brutus and Cassius, 44 B.C. (Beware the ides of March)

     

  • Three Mile Island Nuclear Reactor accident, 1979

     

  • Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage, 1951

     

  • President Reagan was shot in Washington, D.C., during an assassination attempt, 1981

     

  • My eldest son was born in 1972

     

 

 

So sorry guys Spring is not a topic I can get my teeth into at present.

 

 

 

Another great Hubmob from sixtyorso

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      marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

      So, Autumn is near, with Spring not yet sprung...if I didn't get confuzed. I love the changes of seasons, as we will once again have in Oklahoma.  Each change brings a freshness as we prepare for temperature reductions or raises.  The silver leaf maple in Oklahoma is a heavenly joy to see, as it's name describes exactly the glow.

      Autumn in Oklahoma is crisp, breezy and frosty with a edge of frigidity.  It warns of thermal underwear and popped plumbing if one hasn't prepared and is in an older, less insulated house.

      Autumn, Spring and Summer are all the same in Southern Florida, with mild changes only, but some wear their winter undies and sweaters anyway.  Here, it's either Hot as Hell, or nearly Hot as Hell. 

      LOL   loved having a peek into the weather in your neck of the woods....keep the windows in print, open....=))) 

      and I see I'm first commenting. I do love being first. hee hee

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      G'day Sixtyorso. At least we do have something in common. What a great time of the year this is, my favourite. The heat is nearly all gone from the Sun. I can actually hear the pitter patter on the roof from the Autumnal rains and this morning I actually stowed away my summer gear.

      It is great living in the best Hemisphere isn't it mate. So bring on the Springboks!

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      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Spring and autumn, both great times of the year. Not too hot and not too cool, just perfect.

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      Rodney Fagan 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Spring, the new beginning

      Shrugs off Winter's icy grasp

      Autumn, gifts us the earths bounty

      That nurtures us through

      Winters approach

      Cycle completed

      To begin

      Again and again.

      Sorry but I should have actually posted this little poem on my hub on the same subject, but as I was here when I got a-mused.

      Thanks for a great hub.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Love your last line, Just_Rodney. Clever!

      I agree with gwendymom.........Spring and Fall are both great times of the year, especially here in Houston. It is cool and raining here today. Not looking forward to the summer heat!

      Looking forward to reading more from your corner of the world.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      It's summer in the Philippines! It's a crazy world, ain't it sixty? LOL Nice read, as usual. Thanks for sharing :D

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Peggy Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated.

      Chris yes funny old world as you say. thanks for your support it is really appreciated.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Spring here in OZ best season ever.Every Spring we have the Spring Carnival Flowers.I live on a mountain high up in the sky just gorgeous here.Woot really well put together sixtyorso,great read...

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      You forgot me, Iwas born in spring 1950 LOL. My tulips and crcus are popping up and I hear the sex call of various birds and the vultures returned early in Feb and gather in huge numbers across the street by the country club golf course and shit all over the Doctors house for the fourth year, ahhh Spring. good hub SOS

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      k@ri 8 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Your hub makes me appreciate Spring so much more! I love the fall more, but here it cools down and the humidity goes away...your fall sound a little more gloomy. I'll fly a kite for you :)

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      It's all about balance, sixtytorso When the thermometer was hovering at 0 (farenheit) last month and the month before, remembering it was summer in your part of the world made mine much warmer!

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Blondpoet Thanks for your continued support and kind comments. We are beginning autumn and you guys are also moving into spring right now so it is difficult for me to relate to spring.

      K@ri strangely enough we get also get wind heralding spring in September and kite flying used to be quite popular here at one time. Perhaps our autumn is not so gloomy just me not looking forward to winter.

      JamaGenee So true. although our winters get down to zero (centigrade) it is dry and we dont even have the luxury of snow (well very rarely that is) We sometimes once in every 20 years or so have snow in September (springtime) so go figure that one!

      Thanks to all of you for stopping by an commenting. Much appreciated 

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      CC Sorry I missed you somehow, I should have you in my list of important Spring events too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It sounds like a typical spring. We have huge Ibis here (we call them Ha di dahs- because of the sound of their call) they serve the same purpose here. They really love decorating my car. I wish I could find a use for Ibis dung!

      Thanks so much for stoppping by and leaving your comments

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Well I certainly did enjoy this hub and figured , I love spring too and it is also a great time to do some cleaning and dusting and HIJACKING!!!! LOLOLOLOL:)

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      jjrubio 7 years ago

      You have been Hijacked by me and AE....Pest aren't you coming too? =)

      Good hub by the way....that is so neat how your seasons are different.

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      Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

      I am here too! Party at sixty's house!

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      jjrubio 7 years ago

      did you bring the booze???

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      It certainly is and he had better be ready.... Came someone start the barby please???? Pest can you get the steaks ready??? JJ we need some drinks.... and I (AE is talking to GT on cellphone) GT says that he will bring Corona's..

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      Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

      Top shelf Vodka and Brisket....MMMmmmmmmmmMMMMMM!

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      jjrubio 7 years ago

      sounds good...I am bringing some Hypnotiq and Squirt on Ice...it is the bomb!!!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Yummyyyyy it all sounds good I love Brisket and I am bringing my wine , I know , I know I love my wine sorrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyy..... I am soooo hungry..(stomach growling)

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      Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

      Potato salad!!!! Anyone bring some? I love potato salad!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      mmmmm.....me too!!! I have the Potato Salad , what would you like in the salad???? :)

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      sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

      WoW Guys Great hijacking! I am just going to the boat to get some vittles!

      Much appreciated you joining my party!

      Rum, Teqauila and barbecued (we call it braaied) Jackalope leg with wild mushrooms, roast yams and brown rice with tomato, basil and onion gray.

      Cardonnay, Merlot are also available!

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