Friday, January 18, 2019

HOT AS HADES


Greetings...

The hot Australian Summer continues another record-breaking January, each heatwave a little longer/hotter than the last..

My ageing body is not at all keen on this, and solutions have to be found..
how to exercise, do housework, garden, and find time to blog :)

I found this list on Facebook:


Most of these things are happening hereabouts these days..
Well, maybe not No. 12.  
But they would if they could.

We are planning to go to the Mall tomorrow, simply to escape 37C heat..


The only time to walk is just before Sundown.
I never tire of passing this waterhole - Moggill Creek, for the uninitiated...

Almost looks like a Monet..

So visually cooling and soothing.


The Garden of Neglect keeps trying to produce flowers, which last half a day.
I found these tiny blue flowers scattered on the front lawn when I went out to pick up the newspaper at 6.00am.
A little later they had disappeared, stricken by the heat.


Another cooling picture:  my father's painting of Mt. Lindsay in the McPherson Ranges, the cool rainforests he knew and loved...


Mr Cardinal took me for coffee at Rafter and Rose..

It is packed with greenery, bunnies, and off-beat charm...





In my Mall Meanderings, I found a phone case:


with embroidered regal golden bees.
Thank you Collette Hayman.


a doona cover with sweet cool climate wildlife..


and a new clock for our bedroom wall.
One so large I can actually read the time from my bed, without my glasses.
Just in case I get up early by mistake...


Stay cool...
And have a lovely weekend

XXXXX




34 comments:

  1. Sorry you're having to contend with such heat Patricia - sounds more like we have here in mid-Summer too, and I really struggle when it gets to those high temps. Just be careful outside in the sun.
    Lovely pix - and I love your new phone case! Your beautiful painting reminds me so much of my visit to the rainforest in Queensland - your father was a great artist.
    Winter not too bad so far here in the southeast, however a storm heading our way may bring snow and a deep chill early next week. The birds and animals stay busy in the garden and we are feeding constantly as we like to keep them fed and watered. Cardinals are coming by the dozen lately, and they cheer up the rather dreary landscape these days.

    Hope this will be a great year for you 'down under' - stay well and be happy.
    Hugs - Mary

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    1. We certainly do need to be careful outside, Mary. Driving in the heat, I need to use sunscreen on my face and arms. While we always have had bursts of extreme heat, I am convinced they last longer and there are more days per Summer which hit 'the century' as we used to call 100F! How wonderful to have Cardinals by the dozen, and they look spectacular against the snow - if it arrives. Hope you have a great year also, dear Mary.

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  2. Moggill Creek looks like a nice shady place to visit, but does it give some respite from the heat. Send some of it over here, although I know too much of it is totally debilitating and would probably be too much for me. The winter is chilly here, but no proper winter weather with snow etc. I remember you were getting your air conditioning redone, and hope it is working well for you at this time.
    Rafter and Rose looks a very nice place for coffee - nice and shady and hopefully it had air conditioning too.

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    1. Unfortunately there is no place to sit by the creek, and I stop at that lookout point just to catch my breath and a swig of water! My path follows the creek for several hundred metres, and is cool when in shade. Then it goes back into the open, and one has to be careful of the sun. I try to to walk until the temperature drops below 30C. You are correct, our air conditioner was not working, but now it is going again. We only have it in the living areas, not ducted air-con throughout our rambling, older house. We just adjust our activities and work around the situation. I hope we return to Rafter and Rose soon, it was cool as well as interesting.

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  3. Yes I know the feeling only to well! I loved your post Trish....nothing feels nicer and cooler than a creek to walk beside. I have abandoned walking for the pool!I adore your honey of a phone case. Stay cool xxx

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    1. Honey phone case says Hi! I love walking past the creek, it is definitely a couple of degrees cooler down there. Doing my best to keep cool, and trying not to walk if the temp is in the mid-30s!! xxx

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  4. I had a chuckle about 32 feeling cold - when I moved back to Adelaide after living in Alice Springs, I used to put a cardigan on when it was 30...!! And say how cold I was. I think it is humidity that is more a killer than heat though...it saps one's energy completely.

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    1. Yes, it is surprising how much and how quickly our bodies adapt to the temperature of our surrounds. Last year in the Canadian Winter, after a couple of weeks, -1 seemed quite warm, and returning to Brisbane early one morning at 20 deg, I was gasping in the heat :) The humidity is certainly the problem here, and every year I question my health, only to be perfectly fine when it cools down a bit.

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  5. Hi Patricia!
    Saw your sweltering heat on the news...
    We are in a deep freeze for the next few days...feeling like -25c!
    Stay cool...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. omg, we made the news!! Spoke to DD today, and they were -30. The kids are running crazy round the house, can't go outside. So many extremes of temperature these days. Stay warm!! Cheers

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  6. Hi Patricia lovely post my friend ,i love your dad's painting he is very clever. Also love your new purchases your bee cover is so cute,well we are in for another hot one today,stay cool my friend xx

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    1. The bee cover is thrilled to know it is very popular! I hope it last a good while. So hot here today, I have decided to make another light linen sleeveless dress, he he

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  7. Gosh, your heat sounds so unpleasant. I enjoyed the list, though. I think our summers in New Mexico might qualify under a few of those items. I hope you found relief at the mall! Hang in there, Patricia. Autumn will arrive before you know it.

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    1. I thought that list was funny, in a truthful sort of way... Good chance New Mexico could be very similar at times. Autumn, my favourite season, can't wait for it!!

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  8. That's hot! It looks like you have a beautiful place to walk though. You are right, like a Monet. We're slogging through mud and rain at the moment. The river is rising and running fast. It carries a lot of debris and that always makes me a little anxious.

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    1. It is a nice walk by the creek, once the heat goes out of the day a bit. More mud and rain for you! Such extremes of temperatures all over the world. It has been a few years since we saw a flood, and right now I would quite enjoy one, as fortunately we are high above the debris. But I know what you mean, it can be sinister especially if you live close.

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  9. Oh so sorry to hear of the extreme heat, Trish. It is the opposite here in Manhattan -- colder than usual and also in years. The weather reports say it feels like zero. It will only last for a few days but there are high winds and the fear of frost bite, if not dressed properly. Neither extreme is desirable as Robert Frost so eloquently put into poetry:

    Fire and Ice
    Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I’ve tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.

    I have a similar clock -- only black with white numbers. I see the time from my bed, so I don't by mistake get up any eariler than I must. :)

    The mall is the place to get relief ... ice cream and cool drinks!

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    1. Ah, I see why those big clocks have been around for quite a few years - they are brilliant for the visually challenged! I enjoy Robert Frost, and that is a great poem. I think I'd prefer the ice to the fire myself. Need to get myself off to the mall today, but for walking exercise, no icecream allowed :)

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  11. Ha! The other day my mall was like a disco, the music cranked up loud and everyone was there! BTW I would add 'You pay good money to sit through movies you wouldn't normally go and see' to the list!

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    1. Oh yes, so true re movies. We have doing a lot of that! We got lucky, went to see Bohemian Rhapsody and I was surprised how much I loved it, and that I knew the tunes. Have gone through life ignoring popular music completely :)

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  12. Such you can't exchange a bit of your overpowering heat for a smidgen of our freezing sleet - together they might be a rather lovely combination! Your pictures are beautiful, as usual - and your dad was a wonderful painter! Have you shared any of his other pictures with us? I don't remember seeing any on your blog before.

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    1. It certainly looks very cold in the northern hemisphere, brrr. My father was quite artistic and did draw and paint occasionally, but I did not express this very well: it was a painting he bought because he loved it. We do not know the artist but I was keen to get it when he passed.

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  13. Hi Trish! So funny how we are in exact opposite extremes. You say stay cool - well we sure are. 40 below zero here with windchill tonight and may hit 60 below zero with the winds tomorrow night. Yikes!! Send us some Australian warmth please! Or at least pray for our survival! Lol

    Love that phone case with the bees. SO cute!! Well you say stay cool. I say stay warm. ;) xoxo

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    1. I have seen some pictures from over there Carrie. What a dumping of snow!! Hope you all survive...I just saw on tv news a bus picking up homeless folk so they will not perish in the streets. Hope for spring to come soon- think of the daffodils 🌼

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    2. Thanks Sweetie! Yes, I am dreaming on the flowers - will just enjoy yours over the months ahead in the meantime ;)

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  14. A lot of pretty things, Patricia. I especially like the green cases in that pretty shop. Stay cool!
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Hi Amalia, I loved those green cases too - in fact, I have an old green one exactly like the little one on the left. Still hot here, so we are just going with the flow. xo

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  15. I just read your comment in Pondside’s blog and came over. I am sorry about your parents’ illness. My husband just passed away 3 months ago after battling Alzheimer’s for 10 years. I was his only caregiver, 24/7, so it was very stressful. It has been so cold in the US that it is difficult to believe that it could also be so warm on the other side of the planet. I love your rose photo. In Georgia for years I had a rose garden, about 120 different roses. Only one survived after I stopped caring for them. I’m going to move it to Nashville and see if he can grow here as well, it is the Paul McCartney rose, very strong and a sweet fragrance.
    When I saw your new phone case I immediately thought it was French. The bee was one of the symbols of Napoleon, actually of the first and second empire. It is considered a symbol of immortality and resurrection. They are also considered one of the oldest emblems of the sovereigns of France. I remember at the Chateau de Malmaison, in France, the home of Napoleon and Josephine, the red velvet curtains had bees embroidered looking just like the bees on your case.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. Yes, I also thought the phone case looked French, and a tiny bit chic! We have enjoyed our visits to Paris very much, but alas have never found our way to Chateau de Malmaison. Perhaps next time..

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  16. Love that list that you showed us! Just wondering, do you use a sun shield in your car? We use them in both of our cars and have done so for years, it really helps in the heat. Stay cool! xx

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    1. Hi Kay, I am not sure what you have in mind as a sun shield - and a bit of Googling just made me confused :) We have air conditioning in both our cars, wear sunscreen and sunglasses at all times, and on longer trips I wear something over my arms. There are sun shields above our windscreens on the outside. We don't find the cars a bother these days - our days of driving thousands of km in the Summer heat are over :)

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  17. I'm so sorry I missed this, Patricia! I do hope you've had some relief from the heat now and that life is cooling down a little. It's finally warming up here a bit, so correspondingly that should give you hope! I love all your photos and am so glad there are a few places where you can escape the 37 degree plus heat!

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    1. Hello Val, it is time I did another post!! The heat has continued, breaking all records since records began. At last two days of only 31c, but next week up it will go again. We do our best to accommodate it. We are being told to save water as not much rain expected this year. Glad you like the photos, and I am glad you are getting some warm weather over there too.

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