Humans of the Sunshine Coast: Living in hemispheres
ELIZABETH Davy does not like the cold much and she does not have to deal with it more than necessary.
Elizabeth has arranged her life so that she experiences pretty much only one season, summer, with a sprinkling of spring and autumn either side.
She splits her time between Cotton Tree, where she has a unit, and Northampton in England, where she was born and has a home.
She arrived about a week ago and will spend about six months in Australia before heading back to the northern hemisphere in April.
Settling in and catching up on what she has missed when back in town does not take long.
"Half an hour in the Maroochydore Surf Club was enough," she said.
But at home?
"Nothing changes there. Maybe the odd person has died but things are still the same," she said.
Elizabeth was introduced to Australia in 1987 when she met an Australian while working overseas.
Their marriage did not last but Elizabeth fell for Australia and became a citizen in 1991.
She tried house swapping and house sitting before deciding to buy her Cotton Tree unit about 10 years ago.
While away in Australia, she rents out her Northhampton home and vice versa.
"It's a bit of a nomadic lifestyle. You do get used to it but it gets harder as you get older," she said.
"Everything has to be left in perfect condition. I like to leave things looking to a particular standard," she said.
Elizabeth has lived in various countries. After finishing school and training as a teacher, she got the wanderlust and worked in Europe, mainly Germany and Cyprus, teaching children of British Defence Force members.
After her initial move to Australia, she returned to the United Kingdom to be closer to aging relatives and then spent six years teaching in the Middle East.
She has spent that much time in Australia, though, that she feels part of her has become Australian.
"I think it's just general attitude," she said.
"Australians are more direct. In England, you've got to mind your Ps and Qs, but I think I'm quite Australian. I'm on my third passport now."
Elizabeth spends her time on the Coast playing tennis, going to the beach, doing courses (she recently did a council cycling course), and generally keeping fit.
"There is such a lot going on here. Anyone who says they're bored must have something wrong with them."