The sun is rising again right now.
As for keeping ourselves cool, our air-conditioner is broken and we don't want to get it fixed. I don't like the idea of buying another one when we would like to use less, not more energy. Our house was very hot and stifling yesterday so I hung some wet sheets and towels at the doors and windows. It gave us some relief but not much. We have plenty of cold water in the fridge but the fridge is taking a beating. Not only does it have work harder to maintain it's temperature, we are using it more than we normally would. The side of the fridge was very hot to the touch last night! We're also using a squirty bottle of water to spray ourselves with constantly.
Yesterday morning the kids found this little guy in a cup outside.
I have a very real dilemma with all this heat. We have done a lot of research into the dangers of fire. We live in a known fire-risk area. Our plan used to be that we would leave on a bad day. We could go to my parents. Their house doesn't get as hot as ours, it's large and they have evaporative cooling. It would be much more comfortable than here. It's also in a town and surrounded by farmland, not bush so it would be much safer than here.
I have prepared for fire to a small degree. Our car is packed with appropriate clothing and some woollen blankets. We have water in the car. I should have taken all our important photos and paperwork to Mum and Dad's but I haven't got around to it yet. I allowed Christmas and holidays to take precedence.
When it comes to a choice between the chooks and my kids, it's obvious. I need to keep the children safe. But what do I do?! Chances are there won't be a fire today. If I leave now, will my chooks die a horrible death with no one to cool them down? I can't very well pack up the geese, ducks and hens and take them with me. This type of weather will become more prevalent as the effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere make themselves felt. I can't spend entire summers away from home! I used to have such a clear plan but not anymore. So I sit here. Hot. And I dither as the wind picks up......
Do you have a sensible plan? Maybe you can see the answers more clearly than I can.