Today has been an extraordinarily hot day. The forecast for Brisbane was 41C and even here it was tipped to reach 38C. It is now 5pm and it is 38C in my kitchen – no I have not had the oven on!
Because we live in a relatively temperate climate we do not have air-conditioning and our only means of cooling is a fan. It is a very efficient Dyson model which we have had running all day. Other than that, The Duke and I have been doing very little and conserving our energy. We have drunk copious amounts of chilled water and I have planned a cool, refreshing evening meal. I will post more about that tomorrow.
We have kept a close eye on the dog and cat who are both ‘seniors’ in animal terms. There is no doubt that the cat was quite good at finding the coolest spot in the house. At first, he was sprawled out on the slate hearth beside the fireplace. Later on, he decided that on top of the low bookcase in front of the louvres offered the best hope of some movement of air. However, he was panting and seemed a bit distressed so I decided to cool him off.
Although he was not too keen, Mr Kitty did not put up much of a fight as I think he realised that he actually felt better.
I then put him out on the verandah where he groomed himself and dried off quite rapidly.
I am about to have a cold shower before I finish doing the food preparation for our eveing meal. I think we will be eating outdoors in the hope of catching even a whiff of breeze.
My apologies to my North American readers who are suffering from the terrible winter storms. I hope you can stay safe and warm.