I just saw the ice cream van go past my house and look what happened!
All I wanted was a box of ice creams for the kids! It has been 43C for two day in a row, and it is forecast for a similar temperature tomorrow. I wish this heat was over, but we will just have to do our best. I have been watering the veggie patch every morning at 0530 with mains water when I am allowed and tank water every other day. The tank is now 25% full, and as it hasn't rained since 10th December 2008, I reckon it will hit rock bottom before it gets any better. Kim has been spraying the chooks to make sure they stay cool every couple of hours, and they are doing well. Well done love!
This morning I had to pick 3 cucumbers as they were starting to get sunburned. This evening, I picked about 4 kg of blood plums and put them in the fridge. The plums that are exposed to the direct sun are burnt, and only good for chook food now. Luckily there are so many more sheltered from the sun under the canopy. I also picked about 3 kg of tomatoes tonight, and put them in the fridge. There are quite a few that have been burnt as well, but not enough to cry about. When it cools down a little I will make some pasta sauce to preserve for later on in the year. I even have my eye on a tomato jam recipe.
Tomorrow, I go back to class again and attend day 2 of my carbon accounting course at Swinburne Uni. I finished the project plan on time and submitted it on Australia Day, so I am hoping that it was OK. We learn about how to put a carbon inventory together in Excel and how to calculate the CO2-e emissions for different things like municipal waste, burning petrol in cars, natural gas etc. Should be fun, and I will write up a quick post about it tomorrow night.
To finish of, a bit of education in the form of the latest ZapRoot video. It features a nudie Kate Winslet and how she was tricked into posing with fur. Makes the mind boggle, but PETA were very upset about it! Don't mind the picture below, there is no real nudity in the story. There is also a very good little feature about Ocean Acidification and how rising CO2 is killing our reefs and ocean creatures.