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4 giant cruise liners came in & out of Sydney Cove last week - In the Shadow of Leaves
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4 giant cruise liners came in & out of Sydney Cove last week
February, February, stinking, sticky February. I loathe being in Sydney in February.
It's come early this year, the feeling of being trapped under a grey flannel blanket with a steam-iron above it. Cockroaches bloat on the heat and damp — the engineers back in the old wooden ferries, where you could look down a hatch into the engine room, called them 'steam flies' — and go zooming around seeking richer pickings. One sweaty evening not long back, I had to bat one BIG fat shiny brown and buzzing critter back with a folded newspaper as it flew happily in through my window, left wide open to try and catch any cool evening breeze.

In the lingering heat & humidity of night, the air seems to cling and carry any scent. An overpowering sweetness from the Murraya hedges or jasmine vines, seaweed trailing over the shore, fallen leaves and blooms quietly rotting down with the worms & beetles under the green branches pushing out in a ferment of fecundity.

But apart from coming early, the heat has also been rather more variable than I remember for some years. Within each week, the temperature & humidity have zoomed up & down (not always in synchrony) between around 20 and 30 degrees (Celsius) &mdash ~68F-86F and maybe 60% to 95% humidity. Because the Big Boats (Diamond Princes, Seven Seas Voyager, and a coupla others the names of which I forgot) came & went so fast, the tourists might get some very different impressions of what it was like.

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