I'm laying low indoors, grateful to have an air-conditioner and praying that the power has not failed. Power failures in extreme temperatures are a common occurrence these days and the subject of much consternation.
It's been quiet on the Lupey Loops blogging front for a number of reasons. I have blog posts in the planning stages but have put them on hold while I do the unthinkable: crochet to a deadline!
It's a gift so I cannot reveal too much except that it involves squares and I want to have it completed within a fortnight. A progress photo has been posted to my Instagram account (@jodiebodiecrochets).
I'm happily reminded that projects made of smaller motifs provide daily gratification and a sense of achievement. I've strayed slightly from the pattern to improve the finished look and I hope to share the finishing techniques at a later date. (Another blog topic to add to the list of posts to finish!.)
My goodness! My table started vibrating as I sat here typing this, accompanied by a rumbling sound. Yes, we had another earthquake (more of a tremor). This one measured 2.7 magnitude and I could hear the creaking of the roof beams as the house moved slightly. There was a previous earthquake felt around Adelaide only 9 days ago but that one wasn't felt in my house. Life is never dull!
This week, the routine has been modified due to daytime temperatures of 42°C, 41°C and a forecast of 39°C today. Much of South Australia has suffered temperatures of 45°C and there was a record in Tarcoola this week with a temperature of 48°C.
Overnight minimum temperatures have been as high as 35°C (95°F) which makes it difficult to sleep. I rise extra early to do the chores before the day gets too hot; e.g. watering and shading the vegetables and fruit trees, bringing the pot plants indoors, grocery shopping etc. The sun is already burning by 10 a.m. To get any more physical activities done, it's best to wait until after sundown.
One good thing is that the hot north winds dry the washing in 20 minutes or less! The downside is that sometimes the wind carries dust and pollens and, if the washing is left out longer than necessary, the brutal sun fades everything in no time.
Spare a thought for Sydneysiders. I remember 'stinking hot' summers in western Sydney when the breeze drops to nothing. Even temperatures in the mid thirties are hard to bear with Sydney's stifling, sticky humidity. I can't imagine how it will be for them this week with forecast temperatures of 44°C.
People are so desperate for relief that Sydney has sold out of electric fans today but they won't be much help anyway if there is no power. News is that there won't be enough generator capacity for the expected peak usage of electricity this afternoon when everyone goes home to turn on the air-conditioning after work. The current word is that there will possibly be rolling blackouts in Sydney from 4 p.m.
Anyway, I need to get back to my game of 'Yarn Chicken'. Will I be able to crochet the last square without running out of stash yarn? According to my initial measurements, I am likely to fall just short but there is a contingency plan. Gee, what a risk-taker!
The sooner I finish this gift, the sooner a new blog post...
Stay cool, man!
Geoscience Australia Earthquakes: Recent Earthquakes:
Date and Time: UTC: 10 February 2017 @ 01:54:00
Location Adelaide, SA.
Coordinates: -35.129, 138.550
Depth: 20 km
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC News, "BoM predicts extreme heat, catastrophic fire conditions around Australia"
Sky News, Weather Blog, "Record heatwave sending NSW and SA into meltdown", 09:30, 10 February 2017:
7 News Sydney & Yahoo et al., "'Go easy on power' energy minister urges consumers during heatwave", 06:33, 10 February 2017: