Saturday, 7 February 2009
Burning Hot Saturday
Today is another scorcher where I live. The forecast is for 44C and at 8am when I went to do my grocery shopping it was already in the mid 20's. The Bureau of Meterology has recommended we all stay home and avoid travelling or using the roads and are warning of Ash Wednesday-like conditions. I have asked Dh to stay put rather than go out to his brother's place. I'm not normally too concerned about Total Fire Ban days but this one comes with particularly hot and very dry conditions (low humidity) that just makes me feel a tad on edge.
I remember the Ash Wednesday fires. I was 11 years old and we were home on furlough at the time. The fires were devastating. The property losses and deaths were awful. My Uncle lived two towns away from where I live now and the fires came right to his back door ~ his home ended up being safe. He chose to save the ancestoral family photos and the dog....nothing else LOL.
So today for us means just being home in our nice cool house. We have some friends coming for morning tea. The other Mum suggested meeting in a park...to which I responded "You've got to be kidding, it's going to be 43C and I'm not leaving my house to endure the heat ~ bring the kids to our place where we can all be cool". They live just around the corner in Our Town. So we have fruit, cheese & crackers and Miss Sunshine is making a chocolate at this earlier morning hour.
After they leave I have a Better Homes & Gardens episode to watch from last night and a stack of books nearly as tall as me to delve into. Some are for reviewing and some are just cos Rel loves me and she's enabling my reading habit :) LOL
Bring on the cool change!