For the last week or so we have been living through a heatwave here in Victoria and today I realized that we humans weren’t the only ones wishing for it to cool down.
This afternoon the Man noticed a miserable looking King Parrot on the back verandah and thought it looked like it could do with a drink. He found a glass bowl, filled it with water, and I put it out on the ground near where the parrots like to feed.
Shortly after, I took this photo through the glass door.
Not enough room in the pool.
A crowd of Rainbow Lorikeets were in a watery heaven, squabbling for position in the small bowl and splashing water everywhere.
It wasn’t long before I had to go out and re-fill it, and when I did in the trees above were the now-cooler Lorries, happily grooming the water out of their bedraggled feathers. 😀
It is hot here today (already 33°c/92°F) and it was hot all day yesterday and last night too, hence the lateness of this post. After a day working out in the garden my brain was nothing but cooked mush and unable to do anything other than direct me back to the fridge for yet another cool drink.
How lucky are we that we have fridges filled with cool drinks, and, in the case of the kids, a freezer full of icy poles.
Of course they had little to complain of. The boys spent the afternoon out in the shade with a large bowl of water trying to design a Lego boat that would float weighted down with heavy artillery. Judging by the amount of water on the grass afterwards their plans changed to submarines and doing battle!
Look at this hardworking wheat farmer from 1934. I’m whingeing because I had to walk all the way to the fridge for my next bit of refreshment, and a cold shower awaited me once I finished my self-imposed jobs.
I think this bloke had a little more hard work to do than I did, and had no chance to pack it in once he got bored in order to put his feet up and watch telly in front of the fan… We have it so easy, don’t we?
Over the last few days it has been quite hot here. It got to over 41°c today, and as I write this at seven thirty in the evening it is still about 38°c (101°F).
Brittannia Creek weather station.
Annoyingly, more of the same is forecast in the coming week. Yuck.
Since I knew it was going to be so hot I went down to the shop on Thursday night and bought some watermelon.
For the kids you ask? No, the chickens. Well, some was for us, but the chickens love it and I thought a nice cold chunk of it would help cool the poor things down a bit.
They were very pleased to see me and my treat and it was quickly devoured. The things we do for pets!