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Sunday, 8 February 2009

It's Going to be Another Scorcher

Sunday morning early down at the park... The dew is soaking into my shoes and I welcome the cool, because all too soon it will be hot again as it's been every day for the last fortnight.

The mist is burning off as quickly as it rises,  and the grass is crisp and dry underfoot by the time we return.  

Back at home at 7.30am, the cicadas have just started up like chainsaws, and the thermometer reads 18.4ºC (65ºF).

We could do with a couple of nice rainy days.  

But this is nothing compared with the situation over the Tasman Sea from us:
There are big bushfires in New South Wales and Victoria.  Last night I had an email from my uncle in Melbourne saying that as he wrote he could smell the smoke from the dreadful bushfires there.  He took a photo over his fence of the billowing huge smoke cloud.   I hope things are more under control.  Unfortunately this is the latest news so it doesn't seen like it.    

I hope he and his family are ok...


  1. I love that early morning mistiness in your photos - again arriving before I venture out to the pub on Saturday night.

    At times much of Australia seems like a tinder box...so little rain...if global warming develops as some doom-mongers guess it will, serious questions will have to be asked about sustainability. I pity the recent dead and their families. Such an awful way to go. Fingers crossed for your uncle and his neighbours.

  2. Oh dear, what worrying news. How soon is rain likely to come? I will count my blessings and promise not to complain about the rain here.

  3. Thank you YP. Yep, Aussie is dry, and more so than it usually is in places like the Darling River area... Now that is an on-going worry.

    Hope you had a nice warm drink and didn't get hypothermia on the way home.

    Emily, it's not that bad here. I'm not even at the bottom of the rain barrel yet. You can complain to me as much as you wish about London weather.

  4. What is happening in Oz puts the British weather in perspective. Lets hope they get some rain soon.

  5. I feel calm just looking at those pictures, i love the eary morning but usually only see it from the point of view of the rush to work

  6. I love the first of these three photos

  7. Birdie, the Australian situation is very sad isn't it?

    Arfer, Thanks for the comment. Sorry about your early-morning rush. Been there...

    Kelvin - Thank you. Shelly was very patiently waiting for me to finish fluffing around with the camera so we could start the walk properly. Except, like most dogs, she probably calls it a sniff, not a walk.

  8. First photo - mesmerising.