Saturday, January 18, 2014

Long summer days

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?

Stay safe friends.  

28 comments:

  1. Oh man, I remember those HOT HOT HOT BH summers all to well! It's great that you have your dam to cool of in - if only we had one in our back yard in Sydney too!

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    1. Yes Mel, the dam is a good emergency cool off spot!

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  2. Ah cooking outside now that sounds great. I grew up in a house with a wood stove inside and we just coped with the heat that come with cooking by doing things like letting it go out during the day or shutting doors. I love your outdoor kitchen idea and hope to have one, one day. I hope that dam fills up soon but the cracks make for a great photos and the house dam looks perfect for cooling off.

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    1. Thanks for calling in. Yes, I often imagine previous generations who got by without air conditioning and all of the other mod-cons we have...we have it relatively easy in 2014 don't we?

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  3. Hope you receive a reprieve from the heat very soon Jane and also much needed rain. Australia is really showing off her hot, dry temperament this season.

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    2. Thanks Fiona, nature is a powerful force isn't it?

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  4. Love the idea of cooking outside more too Jane, we eat almost permanently outside!
    Wishing you a wet, cool reprieve soon, very soon x

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    1. Thanks Ainsley, good to hear you are getting some rain at your place. Good luck for the school year ahead! x

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  5. Hi Jane, love this post, it must be wonderful to have the little ones home for the holidays... I miss having young children around now that mine have both grown up! Sending good wishes for some reprieve from the heat in the form of good rain!

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    1. Thanks Lizzy, it is wonderful to enjoy some time with the kids without the pressure of the school routine!

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  6. Sending you a rain cloud Jane...a big one. xx

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    1. Thank you Brydie, it is actually drizzling very lightly today!

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  7. I wish I could send you some of our surplus water. We've got flooded roads in Essex this week and the water is pouring from the fields.
    Didn't the early settlers have their kitchens away from the house - presumably because of the fire risk, but possibly heat too?
    Hoping you soon get a break from the extreme heat and some rain to fill the dams.

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    1. Thanks Anne. Yes, my grandmother's house is very old and the kitchen is in a separate building to the main house for those reasons. It is rather inconvenient in these modern times but that is the way it has always been!

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  8. Since I don't watch the news and am just focused on my daily life, my grandma (an avid news watcher) told me that Australia was having extreme heat. Glad you have a way to cool off. You dog looks like he/she appreciates it!

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    1. Thanks Katie, yes that little dog is very happy with an afternoon playing in the mud and water!

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  9. Focaccia is one of my favourites. If it wasn't so warm here I'd be making a batch today.
    Have a lovely week Jane.
    x

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    1. Thanks Zara, focaccia is a winner isn't it? x

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  10. I think we're still waiting for summer to arrive in Tasmania - it will, bang on cue for the start of school in a few weeks! We've had a couple of 30 degrees (maybe a smidgen over 30) days, but that's pretty much it! Wish there was a way where you guys could send us say, oh maybe ten of your extra degrees? Just to lighten the load a bit for all of you and to give us a taste of summer before we have to go back to classrooms!

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    1. Thanks Naomi, we live in a land of extremes don't we? Good luck for the school year ahead.

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  11. agree with naomi above about tassie weather - though where i live on hobart's eastern shore, we have had some near 40 degree days, and me and my garden can do without those!
    i love your snake beans - and your puppy cooling near the water's edge.

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    1. Thanks e, I don't think any gardens...especially vegetables appreciate 40 degree days!

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  12. Sorry to hear about the scorching heat ... I used to live in Aussie so I have a pretty good idea. As usual Jane, your photography is simply stunning. What camera do you use? Or is that a secret? :)

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    1. Thanks Julie, lovely to hear from you. Of course none of my photography stuff is a secret...I am very much an amateur! I use a Canon 1100D mostly with a 50mm lens. Oh, and I very rarely edit my photos!

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  13. The early morning and late afternoon light is beautiful. Hiding inside all day from the heat can be a bit wearing though - hope your gorgeous kids are keeping busy and not causing to much grief! ;)

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    1. Thanks Amber, some of those really hot days were better than others with the kids! Thankfully today is lovely and cool with a very light rain on the roof.

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  14. Summer days tend to take too much, with them being enervating and all. It's really important to deal with them squarely and put the solutions at place right in your home, such as proper cooling that is environmentally sound and properly circulated. Good luck!

    Natalie Baldwin @ EnviroTech Insulation

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane