Round about now, in our part of the southern hemisphere, spring is nearly a month gone and leading towards November, we start having hot days.
Today, it was 30 degrees Celsius. A goo day to be out in the garden, thinning out the weeds, tidying the hedge, and checking the top-dressed lawn is going to grow into the croquet lawn I’m hoping for.
This is the calm before the storm, because round about now, we not only have to contend with the heat, we also have the humidity, sometimes reaching 100 percent.
Those days, every move you make causes endless perspiration.
So, best not to go outside if you can avoid it.
About 15 years ago we invested in air conditioning and it’s been great for summer. But not long after, climate change became a factor in everything, and we saw huge increases in the cost of water, and in particular, electricity.
Our bill for summer frequently topped over 1,000 dollars for the three months, and it was getting worse every year.
So, a few years back we put on solar panels. What a difference. The air conditioning costs a lot less and our bills are now about a quarter of what they used to be.
More money then for other renovations, like the garden, which we have also invested in updating. Now, the front yard, and the house itself could not be recognised by any of it’s former owners, and there are days when even I feel like it’s not our house.
So, there’s some truth in ‘a change is as good as a holiday’.
But, round about this time we start looking at the travel brochures to see if there is anywhere we can go to escape the heat, at least for a few weeks. Naturally, we always pick both New York, and Toronto, the first because it is such a large city and even after visiting four time, we still haven’t seen much of it, and the latter, because of the Maple Leaf’s ice hockey.
Not this year, not for the foreseeable future. We have to look closer to home. Or just stay at home. A passing remark the other night was that the kitchen needs updating, and I need the change my bathroom and remove the spa and put in a shower I can step into rather than currently climbing over the spar wall.
I’m not getting any younger, or so everyone keeps telling me.
WE shall just have to wait and see.