I'm writing my Five on Friday post on a very hot Friday afternoon. I'm so happy to link up with Amy and cruise around to all of the other participants especially those blogging about chilly weather in the northern hemisphere.
This week I'd like to share some pictures I took this week. It has been a hot and dry week at the end of a hot and dry summer and although I don't want to wish time away, I am ready for the hot weather to make way for the cooler seasons. It is unpleasant here and the town closest to us is going to go onto heavy water restrictions this week. In our house we are always on self-imposed water restrictions, we only have the rainwater in our tanks that we collect from our roof. It's precious stuff.
It is so much worse in places further west from us. So no complaining. Well not much.
The temperature on my veranda yesterday afternoon. My intention when I took this picture was to show Grace how lucky she is to be shivering away in frosty Suffolk, UK this week. This afternoon the car temperature display said it was 43degC and it felt every bit of that. Yes, Grace is glad.
Really these pictures don't show how brown and dry it is but I'll share them anyway. Everything is crunchy underfoot and unless you have irrigation, there is no way anything will sprout at the moment. Even bean seeds in my vegetable garden are struggling to poke their heads through the soil and they have enough water. Only just enough.
It is so very bright when it is hot like this. No clouds, just blue sky and sunshine.
Ok, this is a bad picture of a dried up dam. I drive past this dam every time I go to town so I see it dry up in a kind of time lapse fashion. It's only a shallow dam so it will fill quick enough when it does rain. Let's hope that will be any day now.
My fruit trees are sad and sorry. The citrus in particular are suffering. They have been watered but they are turning up their leaves and dropping fruit still. A good downpour is what they need. It's what everyone needs actually.
In the colder climates, seasonal affective disorder happens when it is dark and cold but I think it is just as real in the heat of summer here. It really does put a damper on your spirits. I haven't felt like doing much all week. Sandwiches for dinner, no baking and only a couple of letters leaving my desk and no sewing or craft whatsoever.
Good news is that our son is coming up for a visit tomorrow. He's a busy lad . Studying and working so we get to see him not nearly enough. I know I'm a big fan of snail mail but thank goodness for the power of the internet for keeping in touch.
Thanks for visiting. And thank you Amy for hosting.