12 January 2010

escaping

splash

Melbourne is in the middle of a three day heatwave with the mercury going [way] over 40. My widget tells me 44 degrees Celsius (yesterday) is 111 degrees Farenheit, so I've been hanging out a bit on Flickr gawping at the amazing photographs of the frozen northern hemisphere, as I sit in front of the fan with a cold wet flannel around my neck, eating enormous bowls of ice cream.

The trains are all breaking down, the pregnant elephant at the zoo has put her birth on hold (true!), there are Total Fire Bans and catastrophic fire warnings all around and last night the temperature did not get below 30 degrees, making it the hottest night ever on record. I don't even feel human in this heat.

Swims in the river and a trip to Beastland to see a movie (Fantastic Mr Fox - recommended) got us through the last two days. I think it might be back to our favourite quiet waterhole at the river today.

Ok enough whinging. I'm going to have a mango icy pole for breakfast.

26 comments:

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'm just going to sob in envy now .

~Molly~ said...

I'd trade places with you for a day but it really isn't that cold where I am(east Texas) at least not today. It has been cold for us though, we had temps down to 13F one night and highs didn't get above freezing for a few days!

Molly

BabelBabe said...

it's so cold here I am currently flooding my backyard so my boys can skate.

Tracee said...

Oh, for 111 degree days! It's been below 10( farenheit) herre, in Vermont, for weeks. The ice skating is quite good, I'm told by my 12 year old son, but, not so much I'm thinking. I do like snowshoeing, But in 25 degrees, please! I'm dreaming of kayaking, and sitting under my favorite tree, doing nothing at all...

rachel said...

Somewhere in between both our extremes would be rather pleasant, I think!

Love your new banner, by the way.

Stomper Girl said...

Hasn't it been vile. We've been holed up at a friend's place (she's away) with aircon, but I was starting to feel like a heat prisoner, and was desperate to get home. Our day at the pool yesterday was good though, nothing like lowering your core temperature with a dip.

The Awakened Heart said...

Can I just say, I HEAR YA! I too am dreaming and longing for frigid, snowy places. I hate this type of heat the way a spiteful child hates another - just because. It's so hot my eyeballs feel they are melting and at 5 months pregnant, I'm thinking of putting my birth on hold too. And last night - ack! Our poor wee singular fan was working overtime all night and our poor wee Beanie was another hot body added to an already overcrowded bed. It's just horrible, horrible, horrible. It's just started raining and I am so happy I'm practically giddy. Where's the watering hole of which you speak? We need a retreat...

SharonH said...

Istarted back at work today... The only good thing about returning to work was the air conditioning... I bow down in gratitude to the air conditioning gods... But last night, last night was H**l infact I think H**l would have been a shade cooler... I sat in the bath and read my book... It was set in a snowy land so at least my imagination was cool... But now there is a breeze - a very, very cool breeze.... How I love a cool breeze.... The only good thing about yesterday - was now there is one less day of summer...

Umatji said...

oh I know! we are in the adelaide hills and yesterday was 43 but this morning we woke to mist andcool! crazy world. hope you cool down soon...

Gina said...

And we've had some of the coldest nights on record in the uk... something's going wrong somewhere!

pinry said...

we had banana icypoles for breakfast! nice to see that this is a normal reaction to a 30-odd degree night. i just hope it doesn't set a precedent for the four-year-old ...
hooray for the cool change at last.

Jane said...

Sitting here with damp feet after shovelling snow, I can't imagine 44 degrees - especially as it went down to -14 here last week! Countryside is quite magical though and changing everyday - boring everyone on my blog with pictures of the same view on different days, I'm afraid!

Ali said...

Thank you for the virtual blast of heat. There must be somewhere mid way between us where the temperature is balmy.

Elizabeth said...

One extreme or the other.
It was -10'C in the car this morning as I drove my daughter to school and the radio announcer was happy to report how warm it was going to be tomorrow: a balmy -3!
I'm just overcome with excitement, I can't tell you.

Carole said...

I would keep the minus temperature here in Normandy (France) any day over high temperatures!
We have been surrounded by snow since last Tuesday evening, everywhere looks beautiful and the house is warm.
Keep eating the ice cream - we are on steamed puddings and custard!

freefalling said...

Icy-poles for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
and snacks.

kgirl said...

that little waterhole looks so inviting - glad the weather has finally broken, at least for the time being.

love the idea of mango icy poles for brekkie, too ;)

Lady Bug Cat said...

ha ha ha, Beastland, I love it! Never heard it called that before, I will use this from now on. We call Chadstone "Chaddy Vegas"

eurolush said...

If I could only send you some of this snow...

Meggie said...

Oh Suse, I so sympathise with you- and Dokkoon! No wonder she does not wish to give birth in this heat! I have been trying to keep up with her progress, poor thing... what a long gestation they have.
I wish you Southerlies, and cooool!!
Love megxx

the b in subtle said...

wow. that's hot. right now, it's -8 degrees, but feels like -12. i will try to blow the cold air down to you...i've always heard drinking tea cools a person's body temperature. i think it actually does work. make a hot cup of chai and maybe that will help? nice to have stumbled upon you...{nancy}

MsCellania said...

Yipes - must be a bit scary about that fire ban bit.
Lucky to have a river in which to swim.
Could you do an evaporative cooler on the roof (or in a window)? We used one for years in a one-level home, and it worked great. Have to have low outside humidity...but that would not appear to be a problem where you are!
Hoping you catch a break soon. It's been incredibly cold and snowy here, then almost 60 yesterday (like Spring!) and today cold again. Damn impending Ice Age...

beck said...

Yes, it was stinking hot and unbearable wasn't it? Hope you are enjoying the more reasonable weather we have been having this week. What a relief! xo

Duyvken said...

Good luck staying cool! River swimming is the best, I love that you've captured the tannin colour in that photo.
By the way, I am officially going to become a groupie by buying the calendar :-)

zoesquid said...

Hope youve cooled off by now!

pam said...

It always tickles me this time of year, as I sit here in the northern hemisphere, to see all the images starting to appear on sites from the southern hemisphere - especially Australia - showing people playing in water to cool off! It is dark at 4:00, raining and blowing like crazy and my feet are frozen - your lovely shot looks so inviting!