The temperature has started to rise and today was a nice 26c. However, not a lot of work was done outside because although the temp. is fair, it’s blowing a gale. Dry with high winds – this, if it keeps up, will mean dust storms over the next few days. As it is, trying to keep the place clear of dust is a full time job at the moment. I have cemented the washing line holder into place and although it is a tab too high for herself, I will take it back out over the week end and cut some off the bottom so that it will be easier for her to work with. However, until such time as I can get the area completed I will probably hang out and take in her washing because the ground is too uneven for her to walk on. But this is South Australia – either wet, dry with high winds, or stinking hot (45c) with a hot wind coming off the desert. Gets a bit tiring at times, but I prefer that to the cold and the wet – as do most Australians.
We came to a decision that we will not move the washing area after all. The difficulty in rebuilding the area I had in mind for her was just too great so we decided to buy a new rotary hoist and redo the present area. We also decided to buy a second clothes trolley so that she can use one from the back door to the dog gate, then lift the wash basket onto the second trolley at the other side of the gate and take that to her washing line – repeat process with dry washing on way back. Now that the better weather is starting – despite the winds and the frustration of debris from trees, it is starting to get quite nice outside, so I will be able to get out and get on with some work. One of the wettest winters on record, a few weeks into spring and the farmers are complainig about the lack of rain. You can’t win with some people since it is only a short time ago that they were complaining that the ground was too wet to plant.