The Week: 14th – 20th January

A little half-grown rosella that crashed into our window during our 40+ degree week-long heatwave.

Okay, summer, that’s enough now!

ARRA Finalists 2018

Persuasion 1995 – Recently I Learnt…

Happy 199th Birthday to Anne Brontë

Kristen Simmons: Mixed Race, Half Enough?

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Okay, summer, that’s enough now!

I had so many plans for this week. I am reading three review books at the moment: one Regency, one Victorian, and one (first person – which is odd) contemporary romantic suspense.

However, I’m not sure what I’ll get done, because every time I check the forecast for Canberra, the temperatures have gone up again.

Here’s what we can currently expect for the rest of the week (and the dry, inland heat is… not fun! Whenever they forecast rain, it never actually happens!):

canberra austalia's capital city summer heatwave bom forecast 14th january 2019 sonya heaney 39 degrees 40 degrees 41 degrees

The Week: 31st December 2018 – 6th January 2019

Sunset on Friday – the hottest day this week.

Happy New Year. But – just as important – Merry Christmas again!

Making varenyky yesterday afternoon. We made ninety-five in the end (not all in this picture).

Today is Ukrainian Christmas Eve, which is The Big Day for Christmas in Eastern Slavic cultures. This evening is the time for kutyaborschtveranyky, and more presents.

Our resident baby magpie is having trouble with the heat

This time of year is always so hectic for me. Apart from anything else, it has been Really Hot in Canberra for weeks, with a “cold” day being about 35 Celsius. We’re constantly sweaty – and getting some absolutely massive spiders in the house!

Wish List for 2019

Book Feature: Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul

End-of-Year Escape

Public Service Announcement!

Cockatoos Winter Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Birds Australian Birds Australian Animals 7th August 2018

If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll know it is summer now. In Canberra it has been in the mid to high thirties every day for weeks, and will be into the forseeable future.

Please – if you can – put some water outside your home. You never know what animals will use it, but I guarantee it will be appreciated.

I started putting water out when I got home from Europe in early October – front and back garden – and I’ve had to top it up most days since then (twice a day at the moment).

Animals I know for certain use that water: about seventeen types of bird, a possum and her baby, multiple cats (some owned, some possibly stray), and the odd dog that escapes its backyard and comes visiting.

So: any tray or bowl will do! If you’re hot and thirsty, so are the animals. And we have no rain in inland Australia, so it’s extra important!

The Week: 3rd – 9th December

Bright blue summer skies in Canberra.

How is it the ninth of December already?! It’s been a crazy-hot weekend in Canberra; inland it’s a good ten degrees warmer than in the cities on the coast.

I went to the sale at the National Library yesterday. If I have time I’ll write a post about it!

Twentieth Anniversary of Shakespeare in Love

Bad Sex Writing Awards 2018

Recommended Christmas Read

Out Now: The Story of Us by Lana Kortchik

Book Adaptation for Christmas