Well, in case you hadn’t noticed, I went into full hibernation mode last week – no blogging, not much working, no moving! Temperatures soared to 47 degrees here on the farm, poor Matt coped well working out in it, I think the hiking we did in similar temperatures through the Kimberley’s in 2012 have conditioned us!
Unfortunately the farmhouse is devoid of an air conditioner, which meant closing the house down, curtains drawn, windows closed and blankets put over glass doors with no curtains – I lived in a cave! A somewhat cool cave though. While temperatures outside were in the mid forties, I think inside they were more like low to mid thirties. Those 1.2 foot wide limestone walls and verandahs on all sides really is a well designed home for the conditions. Touche builders of a generation gone, touche.
We did lose a chicken, to be expected really, and both Bella and Tessa sweltered through the week panting their little hearts out. I froze some grapes for them which they seemed to enjoy. My garden has only just scraped through I think, my poor hydrangea I’m trying to establish in this heat! The flowers died off but looks like the plant is going to make it. Running low on rainwater so have started watering with bore water, which I’m sure the plants don’t appreciate nearly as much.
The poor black cattle in this heat, Matt had water dramas (also to be expected) with cattle drinking like fish and trying to keep water up to pregnant heifers – his wife included! Ironically enough solar powered pumps failed due to smoke haze, luckily no fires here but have had a lot of smoke coverage from fires further north east of us on the SA/Victorian border.
Back to regular scheduling this week I hope, I’ve got loads of work to do (photography), loads of creating to do (Little Miss Emma), blogging ideas sprouting, as well as some other balls in the air. My sister, her husband and their three girls are coming to visit later this week too! Such a monster trip with three young kids in the car for so long so I’m totally appreciative of the effort. Love having family or friends come to visit us here at ‘Carlton’ and showing them our neck of the woods.
So how did you cope with the heat? I hope you stayed cool as cucumbers! Mmmm cucumber…