Sunday, November 17, 2013
I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS
Well, one can dream can't one? I've been dreaming the same dream for as long as I can remember but it's never likely to happen, at least not in Perth if I wait for a million years. Sigh!!
Our summer normally begins with a bang just before Christmas and often over the festive season we will have temps of 40ºC (104ºF) and somehow we put up with it. Not conducive to eating hot meals and certainly not being out of doors but we manage, many others better than I do. I've never enjoyed the hot weather since I was a child and yet I was born in Western Australia (only about 5 miles from where I now live).
This year in Perth our summer began at the end of October and has really not let up much since. I doubt we've had a day under 25ºC (77ºF). We've already had 3 'almost centuries' with the temp on 3 days reaching 37.1C (a century is 37.78ºC) which takes the edge of bragging about that.
We've also had much hotter nights than are normal at this time of year so the overhead fan in the bedroom has been working overtime already. We don't run the air-conditioning after midnight. It's not all that noisy but I do try and do the right thing by the neighbours and wouldn't want it annoying them and if we cool the bedroom for a few minutes before getting into bed then the fan is OK.
With our water restrictions (can only use the sprinklers twice a week) I fear the gardens are going to suffer if we have a long, hot summer extending into April (which is quite likely). It's so difficult to keep the water up to the plants by hand watering. It's just not the same and it's often too hot to stand out in the sun watering anyway.
Oh well, back to dreaming. Sigh!!!