"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Insane

40oC - in the shade!
This is insane...!!!

We shouldn't be hitting these temperatures until late February / March...

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  1. Your summer sounds like how ours was! It's tough to work outside for very long when the heat is like that.

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    1. Leigh - not possible to work outside - too bloody hot in the sun. We've sheltering indoors in a comfortable 25.2oC. Thank goodness for double glazing!

      The animals - the alpacas are fine, but the chickens are walking round with their mouths hanging open. So I put ice cubes in their water and gave them cold yohurt from the fridge - it seems to be helping them ;)

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  2. We're in the midst of what SHOULD BE our coldest temps--and we are so far above that, it's ridiculous. No winter sports here this year. I'm glad we sold the snowmobiles.

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    1. Sue - It's all nuts!!! I fear all our crops are going to suffer - even with shadecloth assistance... :{

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    2. Keep us posted, Dani. Wishing you the best of luck with the garden.

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  3. That is far too warm for me, we had that in Thailand one year when were there. With the humidity I nearly melted! You must be cooking!!!!

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    1. Sol - Yes, we are. Have stayed indoors all day - at least the double glazing helped keep inside a comfortable 25.2oC ;)

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  4. Our weather here is bizarre. First, five days of nearly sub zero weather. Then the last few days have been in the high sixties in the mountains, and in the seventies down on the flatlands! The news said it hasn't been this warm here, at this time of year, since 1942.

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    1. Harry - T'would seem the weather is weird worldwide...

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  5. The wind helps ... a bit. It's said the famous French mistral winds drive people so insane that if they murder someone after a week of the winds, they are forgiven. Could also be the reason Van Gogh cut off his ear. I'm starting to feel a bit loopy myself in between running around the garden picking up Niknak packets and other local flora that blow in.

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    1. pqsa - Lol - "local flora" - presume you're talking about shopping bags. Thankfully none bloom here... ;)

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    2. P.s. Dunno - the wind / breeze yesterday was very hot...!

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    3. Oh yes, Dani, our national flower, the bright yellow NikNak packet, only slightly more popular than the beautiful white polystyrene fast food blossom. Followed by the vibrant red lid of the plastic soetes wine bottle.

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  6. I know that must make things much more difficult for y'all. Hoping you get some relief soon.
    Meanwhile over here in Virginia we've only had one brief cold spell all winter. It's been like spring all week here, with temps way above normal.Yesterday I had to go town and while there I saw a marquee that read, "Winter, where are you?"
    Of course it's much easier to handle spring conditions in the middle of winter than the kind of scorching heat you're having. But still...

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    1. Bill - The garden is suffering badly. I wonder what effect this unseasonal heat is having on everyone's gardens - will it affect their crop production next year if, for instance, you do not get the cold temperatures required, etc.

      Last year we did not have a "cold" nor wet winter - and now this drought... Disheartening to say the least. Ah well, win some, lose some, I guess.

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