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MagiCol
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One benefit of adverse weather:
My pitch is 3/4 hour travel away, with the weather there sometimes quite different to at home, at times leaving me in a quandary of whether to go busking or not.
But now it's winter here in New Zealand and it's so cold overall that a decision about whether to busk is taken out of my hands - It's so cold and rainy I know I won't be busking.
The same 'definiteness' can apply on hot days of summer.

So, there are times when being inside at home is the best place to be.
The presentation makes the magic.
gallagher
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Hey MagiCol,
Just curious, but what is "winter and cold",... in New Zealand terms?
Do you guys get snow?
Ice?
Do you have to heat your homes?
(how do you heat?)
How long are your nights, compared to days?
How long does your winter last?
When are the Streets playible again?
,..just curious.

I LOVE 'adverse' weather, after playing four or five days straight.
No reason to have a bad feeling,.. sleeping long,.. eating too much,.. writing,... reading,...sleeping,....
Four or five day straight, though,. of rain, cold,..Greenpeace Commercials start settling in,...
"... rain. durr. famine. rain. tornadoes. flooding...Global Weather Change,.. disaster..!.."
After six or seven days,.... we consider building a boat,..
maybe gather a few animals in pairs....
,but then,.. in the deepest of the darkest rainy cold night,..
the sun comes out again,..
and we play.,
and you play.,,
and George plays,.
Kendal plays........
and folks come and watch.
ahh,..
enjoy your 'diverse weather'!

sitting out rain,
gallagher
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I use bad weather as a reason to build tables and work on other prop related projects.
Professional street corner conjurer and aspiring urban agronomist.
MagiCol
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Hi, Gallagher.
Winter and summer in New Zealand cold and hot depends on where in NZ a person lives. NZ lies about 15000 km east of Australia and is comprised of two main islands and a variety of other smaller ones, lying in a North-South orientation. NZ lies in the "roaring 40's" [sailing ship terminology] latitude, our weather mostly coming from the west. I live in Northland area, up the north, and our winters are comparatively mild where I live [a flattish river valley] temperatures drop down as low as 3 degrees Celsius - 33F -, only a few frosts a year, with snow on the highest hills being very rare. On the other hand, in the centre of the North Island winter brings snow on a group of 3 major mountains and other high hills. Down in the South Island snow on the line of mountains - the Southern Alps - in winter is common, sometimes coming down to sea level. Temperatures down to maybe -10 degrees - 18F - and usually colder than those in the North Island.
In summer some of the coldest areas get to be the among the hottest. Temperatures where I live are up around mid 20's - 78F.

What matters to me as a busker is setting a range of performing temperatures for myself. Maybe no lower than 18 degrees C. - 66F -in winter [depends on the wind] and summer I usually keep out of the hot sunshine, getting under shade.
The practicality of busking depends on a number of things, and suitable weather is one of them.
The presentation makes the magic.
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