A little half-grown rosella that crashed into our window during our 40+ degree week-long heatwave.
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!):
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).
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!
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!
Other than a freak storm on Sunday, it has been a very hot one! Hot enough that all the autumn leaves came out more than a month early, and started to fall because there was no rain.
My review of the new Lisa Kleypas book will be up tomorrow.
Monday summer sunset in Canberra.
Another hot week, which has made watching the Winter Olympics an odd experience!
The National Multicultural Festival is on here in Canberra at the moment, and we braved the heat and the crowds yesterday afternoon to pay a visit. Should have worn something traditionally Ukrainian!
The Middle Eastern/Gulf section was very strategically organised this year, including the Palestinian part, which has Trump to thank for the slightly awkward Jerusalem billboards. Also notable: Qatar was nowhere near countries like the United Arab Emirates.
We finished it all off with drinks at a Hawaiian bar.
Saturday sunset in Canberra. One of many 39-degree days we’ve just had or have forecast for the next week. The garden is dead!
Blue sky and heat on the anniversary of the 2003 Canberra firestorm.
A sulphur-crested cockatoo watches me water the garden at sunset. Look at the orange summer light…
This has NOT been a productive week, but is has been very hot! We have a serious heatwave around here at the moment – forty-ish degrees every day.
After days of high temperatures, I didn’t really need to see this on Saturday night: Canberra will be the hottest city in Australia on Sunday and Monday.
There are a few authors I was supposed to be in contact with, and I am sorry for not doing that.
I became sick at the end of last week, with something that reappears every so often. From there I became sick in general. For a few days this week I was literally only eating a third of a piece of fruit a day, and struggling to keep that down. As you can imagine, it didn’t exactly leave me with the energy to get out of bed! In the end, all I could do was drink sugary drinks to try and get some energy out of them.
I am sure people have heard of the enormous paedophilia story going on in US gymnastics at the moment. It’s a long read, but this is an important article about it:
Also, this horrifying development – silencing victims by threatening lawsuits:
This week marked fifteen years since the horror of Canberra’s 2003 firestorm. It was even hotter that year, and we had a severe drought, and – combined with the dangerous winds – there were never “better” conditions for a catastrophic fire.
The rest of this week: