Day four of our heatwave, with four days over 40°C so far.
I had a pretty shitty day. The temperature peaked at 43°C (109.4°F) here today.
This morning when I was feeding the chooks, I notice that one was missing. It was Baldy chicken (she had no feathers on her neck), one of my favourites, which was strange because she was always the first out the door of the coop each morning.
I looked in their house, and found her dead. She had died from heat exhaustion during the night. I was sad. I felt like I had let her down, but knew that I had done everything in my power to keep them alive other than installing an air conditioner in their run.
I felt even sadder after I put the event up on Facebook and a mate asked if I cooked it (as in did I eat her). A bit heartless. So my retaught was probably equally thoughtless. “If your dog died, would you cook it? It was a pet”. Lucky I don’t hold grudges, and that we are really long time friends.
But still, it upset me a lot.
Anyway, I kept the rest of the feathered girls cool during the day by refilling their water every two hours, and spraying a fine mist all around to cool things down. Seemed to have worked as they are all okay.
Same goes for Kim. I did the housework, hung out the clothes, cooked dinner, and kept her cool all day. She is coping well, but we are not looking forward to tomorrow which is expected to be 44°C (111.2°F) with a hot, strong northerly wind.
I even got a little sunburnt at 8 am when watering the garden, but I don’t think it was too serious. It feels better, and think it was pretty mild. Amazing seeing that I was even wearing a hat!
The plants are coping well, and I haven’t lost anything else yet, which is very surprising as I surely thought that the veggie patch would be a barren wasteland by now.
The Met Bureau forecasts one more day of heat, then a cool weekend. Thank the maker.
Who is looking forward to a reprieve soon?