Just like so many other places in Australia at the moment, it is scorching in our part of the world. For the kids and I this means early mornings looking after the animals and garden followed by quieter afternoons hiding from the heat.
This week we spent some time in the cool of the morning exploring the deep, dry cracks in the bottom of this dam and dreamt of it once again filling with water.
By late afternoon we load up the dogs and the swimming paraphernalia and head to our house dam to cool off. The dam is a bit muddy underfoot but the calming effect of the water is good for everyone and adds a little sparkle to our day.
My vegetable garden is mostly in survival mode. I am grateful for a few brave plants that are battling on including a tough little cucumber, snake beans and woody herbs like thyme, sage and rosemary.
Although cooking in a wood oven sounds like hot work in this weather, for us it is a good way of keeping cooking heat out of the house. These sourdough focaccia loaves emerged from the darkness of the oven in time to share with our neighbours last weekend.
How are you surviving the extremes in temperature, either hot or cold depending on where you are?