HOT WEATHER ACTIVITIES IN THE BALCONY GARDEN

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I could have posted 101 more, but figured that was enough.   Did you notice some female sparrows DO NOT like sharing water bowls.

If new followers wonder what I do on a hot day, now you know  😀

Blogging is slowing down again…….

I’m being drawn to news of our Bushfires in Australia, as have most of the Nation (and concerned about a couple of fellow blogger’s homes in the last few days), so to be honest blogging and photography have taken a back seat.

Sleepless nights haven’t helped either, so I’ve been catching up wih sleep during the daytime.

We had a cool change today and tomorrow in my western suburb it’s going to be only 18C (about 65F) – Yes, only 18C.   I’m amazed, but welcome the ‘cold’ day.   The forecast said a few (rain) showers, but I’ll believe that when I see it.   Every time the weather bureau says ‘rain’, you see a few spots on the balcony tiles and then it stops.

Up north the temperature has been 48C (close to 120F) and severe wild winds in the cool change making our bushfires even worse today.   At least there are only 6 people unaccounted for today.   Yesterday I think there were 28 people unaccounted for in the worst bushfire area.

I know many of you overseas folk have seen the Australian bushfire coverage on your news, but from what I’ve seen, it’s like hell on earth listening to the first-hand accounts on the TV, let alone seeing the video coverage.

There were 73 NEW fires in the state of New South Wales TODAY (alone) and some fires are joining up to create fire fronts many, many miles long.   Looking at the map online yesterday, it looked like about 20% of my state was burned, but that might be a wee bit of an exaggeration when I say 20% – it just looked that way on the map.

Fortunately, the enormous grass-covered field at the end of my apartment building is mown down close to the ground, but still, the possibility of a grass fire around my housing estate is not something I would want to see.   I’m saying that as some idiot made a grass fire in a field which damaged several houses in a northern suburb of Melbourne.

Dare I suggest arsonists should be put into a chain gang, clearing burned out national parks and people’s burned-out homes.   Arsonists should be made to help re-build victim’s homes, preferably doing 16 hour hard labour days to understand the impact of their whim of idiotic behaviour.    A mere fine or jail sentence is too good for them.   

Another aspect of foolish behaviour is tourists in national parks who drop rubbish or empty bottles on the ground – anything that might spark a fire in the future.

Tourists or National Park users……take your rubbish home with you!

The ground in my home location, when you step off the gravel path, is rock hard, not the slightest bit of give in the impacted soil.  And I live in an area surrounded by parkland, a major river and an enormous expanse of water which actually looks a bit like a lake (but isn’t).   I live close to the centre of the map below, right on the edge of all that greenery up and down the river.

mainly WILD OAT (Avena fatua L.)

Today, the parkland is not green, it’s a pale straw colour.

Unfortunately, there is no rain forecast for the rest of the east coast of Australia any time in the near future.   They predict many fires will burn for the next couple of months, but for those in the worst fire areas whose home hasn’t burned down, there is no electricity, water supply (or no fresh water), or mobile phone towers, so not sure how those folk are going to manage, if and when, they are allowed to go home.

63 vineyards have been wiped out in South Australia with another 12 damaged.   It’ll take years for the Australian wine industry to recover is merely an example.

…..and with no fodder for the stock which survived the fires, well…..I’ll leave that to your imagination.

 

Normally the end of January, early February is our hottest part of the Summer.

For the first time in this country’s history, the army reserves have been called up today, (apart from the Australian Defence Forces who have been down on the ground for the last couple of months).

I cannot imagine how these burned out communities will recover – homes, infrastructure, jobs, businesses, stores, food, clothes, vehicles………photos and memories all gone.