Lady Jicky asked how I was surviving the heat. So far so good. Above is the vegetable garden with a partially useful umbrella in the middle. Two zucchini plants have conceded defeat but everything else is holding up.
The weather bureau, often a non-prophet outfit, are usually pretty good at predicting temperatures. Rain is more problematic as the clouds seem to just pass by. The forecast for today is 41, tomorrow 43, then 40, 40, with a 'cool change' bringing 30 on Sunday. Woohoo!
This morning was our watering day; so we were up at 6:30 giving the garden a drink. The next one is Sunday morning. The garden will have to survive on shower, laundry and sink water until then.
Looks cool, no? Well, no. The photo of the backyard was taken about 9am and the shadows are deceptive. But the shade sail is partially effective. Psychologically good too. The grass gets no water at all and still has a bit of green to it. There's another post in that story.
Realised yesterday, a mere 38°C, that the house stays pretty cool during the day (We have evaporative cooling but only run it at night, for sleeping.) but the sun comes in strongly through the back windows late afternoon. The jacaranda tree has pretty meagre leaf cover at present, plus the late sun comes in under the branches. Last night I put up a shade cloth; not particularly elegant but we will see what difference it makes this afternoon.