Sunday, January 22, 2006


Bushfires are burning around the state...
We sweltered sleepless through the 2nd hottest January night on record and today sat out the 42 degrees waiting for the cool change, checking into the weather bureau's current observations every 10 minutes and listening intently to ABC emergency service radio with sirens replacing the call of the cricket.

Meanwhile in the city, in the loungeroom, films featuring oceans or snow are the way to go.

Comments: fires

Perhaps you should get out "Downhill Racer".
Imagine if Polanski had directed it. The mind boggles and hits a mogul the wrong way. As I suspect Roman would have done.
Posted by Nabakov at January 23, 2006 09:23 PM

Take top sheet to bathroom basin. Hold sheet under cold tap till wet. Wring. Take wet, wrung sheet back to bed. On bed, lie face up suspending cool, damp, sheet over near naked bod holding aloft with upturned toes. Slowly relax erect feet and allow wet sheet to drape over (nearly) naked bod. This could inititally be excruciating but its worth it believe me - anything to feel moementarily f r e e z i n g. If heat persists night after night, try something else-like not sleeping, as I'm not sure that this is entirely good for old ducks over the long term. Not that your and old duck!
Posted by Link at January 23, 2006 09:48 PM

ahem sorry, should read, not that you're an old duck.
Posted by Link at January 23, 2006 09:50 PM

almost funny to enter house after the cool change, and find it like a convection oven.

not funny to see dark blue car covered in fine grey ash wafted into Ballarat from fires west.
Posted by Kitty Brown at January 24, 2006 12:49 PM

Hmm - might wander up the hill and look for Downhill racer now - seeing it's 2 free movies-tuesday.

as an old duck I might try that Green method, Link, thanks.

The house is still set on "warm", Brownie.

It's the deliberately lit fire in Gippsland that gets to me...
Posted by boynton at January 24, 2006 03:12 PM

Inconceivable over here. I've just put on a jumper in spite of the fact that we've had the heating on all day. Global warming has yet to make it up Offley Hill.
Posted by Dick at January 30, 2006 09:41 AM

I've just put on a jumper too this morning ;)
That's Melbourne.
(And loving it at the moment)
One night last week I was wearing a parka (as you do) while walking dogs at night - the next day it was mid 30's!
It always seems that the worst two weeks of Summer coincide with the Australian Open tennis. Though maybe I'm being optimistic - there's still Feb to go.
Posted by boynton at January 30, 2006 12:06 PM

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