Catching Google Out

googleIt’s always nice to catch out an icon like Google and yesterday I did. It was, of course, the 20th day of March, which means that it is around Equinox (spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, autumn equinox in the southern hemisphere). Google’s Australian home page appeared as the image to the left. It was very pretty and the mouse rollover hint on the picture indicated that it was the “First Day of Autumn – Design by Eric Carle”.

The only problem with this is that in Australia, the first day of Autumn traditionally is taken to be the 1st of March. For the record, winter in Australia starts on 1 June each year, spring on 1 September and summer, logically, on 1 December.

Oops 🙂

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Talking about Springtime in UB

OK, it is now 1 week on from last Monday … that is, it is now next Monday.

Sun is shining, birds are singing, folks are happy, temperature in Ulaanbaatar at 6:00pm is 28 degrees Celsius.

Sigh. It is really summerish.

Now, anybody want to place bets on the weather tomorrow, next Tuesday? Stay tuned for the blizzard (yes Baggy, last Tuesday was a blizzard and you missed it).

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Springtime in UB
Monday was glorious. Sun shining, warm, nice still air. I walked out in shorts and t-shirt and felt comfortable.

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Tuesday morning I looked out the apartment window and could not see the next apartment block due to falling snow. And the wind was so strong flights out of Ulaanbaatar (and in as well I guess) were cancelled.

Springtime in UB

Monday was glorious. Sun shining, warm, nice still air. I walked out in shorts and t-shirt and felt comfortable.

Monday night, about midnight, I looked out the apartment window at the Peace Bridge and could not see it for dust.

Tuesday morning I looked out the apartment window and could not see the next apartment block due to falling snow. And the wind was so strong flights out of Ulaanbaatar (and in as well I guess) were cancelled.

Must be springtime.

It’s Springtime

Well, it must be. Today I went out a couple of members of my favourite Mongolian family. I was wearing jeans, a sports jacket and a long-sleeved t-shirt. The temperature was around 0 celsius and the ice was melting. The sun was also shining and it felt nice and warm on the back of my jacket.

But the one thing that really told me spring was in the air was the wind/dust storm. Just a little one but the first of the season. These will continue now through March, April and May, ceasing finally in June. Still, unpleasant as the dust-storm was … it is spring!

Seasonal Change

I noted it before when winter passed through into Spring, and then into Summer. These were overnight changes in Mongolia. Well, they seemed overnight at least. Here we are, sitting at the end of summer. Last weekend I wore shorts, this weekend I am wearing jeans and a flannelette shirt. Summer disappeared sometime in the last 15 days or so. Leaves will fall from trees soon (again, they will be there one day, gone the next).

Today is the 10th of September, it is overcast, very light rain from time to time. Temperature at night now is about 3 or 4 degrees Celsius. Daytime temperature between 10 and 18 Celsius. In 5 days time the central heating goes back on in Ulaanbaatar.

Hmm, grey days, short days, long nights and cold cold cold to come. I am looking forward to this first winter in Mongolia. I have some books on order and hopefully they will arrive this week as well as some more hobby stuff so I should be fine on the weekends and in the evenings. Then, if course, there is the internet — when surfing international sites it is slightly faster than snail mail – but just slightly.

Changes in Mongolia

mising_imageThings do not change often in Mongolia. This is something that I have seen over the past two months. However, when it is time for change in Mongolia, it just happens. Winter gave way to Spring overnight. One day the trees were bare, the next day that had leaves. The cool of spring gave way to summer. One day, 16 degrees Celsius, the next, 33.

Now, only three weeks later, the same trees have their flowers and seeds. Today walking around was pleasant in the 35 degree sunshine – but unpleasant when it came time to breathe as thousands (dare I say millions) of soft, feathery white seeds from the trees were carted across Ulaanbaatar on the breeze.

All or nothing. When it is time for a change in Mongolia, then it is a complete 100% change – an immediate change.