The four dogs (Scallywag and DD's three) also found it hard to handle the heat - but DD and WGuy had anticipated that and had purchased a small paddling pool for the dogs to lie in when required. LOL it didn't just keep the dogs paws cool either...
|Cooling down hot, swollen feet - move over dogs,|
it's the humans turn now...
In addition the mains water pipe which supplies our area, developed a leak, and we were all without water for 3 - 4 days. Did I ever bless our rain water tanks and the 8mtr3 they contained in total. Not for the garden though. Not this time. There are definitely going to be more rain water tanks which will find a home in this garden in the very near future!
Rather, the water from them...
flushed our loo...
|Rainwater to flush the loo...|
|...to boil to wash us humans and the dishes.|
|25lts of potable water to hydrate|
our overheating bodies
But DD, WGuy & MKid, three dogs and a cat, have returned to Jo'burg, RSon & Dr A to Cape Town, and now we have some surplus power and I can continue blogging :)
I hope that y'all had a wonderful New Year and are enjoying the start of 2013?
2012 was a strange year - chaotic and stressful on a number of fronts - financially to begin with, then the packing of our family home, the move to the farm and the building of and moving into our new home.
The weather of the last 10 days of the year mimicked all that.
We had gale force winds, a heatwave and an (enforced) drought. And then there was the fire...
At the southern end of the area where we live - roughly 3 kms from our house- a fire sprang up one of the windy days. Even though RMan valiantly joined the volunteer ranks (of 5 people) to bushwack the fire, and with assistance of the fire brigade (with their tiny fire engine) it continued to burn for three days. Then we had some very welcome rain. Not much, not enough to add any water to our dam, but enough to cool things down again. But not enough to finally quench the persistantly smoldering cow paddies. The fire flared up a final time, before it was finally quenched.
Prior to the rain we had a stunning sunset. Unfortunately, my little camera is not up to scenery shots, but I hope you can get some idea of what it was like from the pic below.
|This sunset was a prelude to a storm|
|God's gift to man - the beauty of a rainbow|
|My camera wasn't able to take a landscape pic|
big enough to incorporate the entire rainbow in
On a final positive note, apart from my lettuce plants, and a swiss chard plant which went to seed, all the other vegetables in the shade cloth tunnel survived the heat wave. Guess the porous pipe assisted in that too?! The "shaded" ground must have been adequately watered to the extent that it could maintain enough water until the leak was fixed. Another good reason to install a porous pipe shade cloth vegetable patch in your garden perhaps...? :)