38:35:40:41:32 – No that’s not some secret number code – it’s not even Bingo numbers – it is the local temperature for the next five days. After the second 40c on Sunday it drops to 32c with rain and possible thunderstorms for the next two days. The boys and I were out early (5:30am) for our walk this morning before it got warm and we will be out late tonight – after the sun goes down Generally these figures are fairly conservative and the possibility is that it could change quite quickly as the cyclone of the Coast of West Australia makes landfall – flooding rather than heat.
The one think I dislike about this weather is the fact that I get such a pained look from Benji when I go out without him and I feel bad at not taking him with me, but I can’t. In this heat I cannot. If I were to go into the supermarket and leave him in the car – even with the windows cracked open – he could go into heat distress very quickly – I know this, but he does not and I get the “why are you abandoning me daddy?” look. He always comes out to get the mail with me and I don’t let him do that in this weather because the ground is hot and could be too much for his paws. However, in a few hours that will all be academic since the storm clouds are gathering and there has been a drop or two. But as far as I can see we are still on track for 40c on Christmas Day. – Actually – it was 40c today and it’s not Christmas Day – yet.
I hope Christmas is fairly quite in the air. What I mean by that is that we have a small but busy airport and I would like not to look up and see the Red and Blue of the RFDS coming in because there is no base here so they come here for emergency reasons. Last year there were over 572 landing of the RFDS here making it among the highest number of landings in Australia. It would be really nice if the RFDS didn’t have to come here at all over Christmas and New Year. Although, having said that, it’s not all bad – sometimes they are bringing a patient back home, or at least for on-going treatment at the local hospital. I think I mentioned before that we do not have any Therapy Dogs here and only in Adelaide. However, having said that I do remember they there was a Golden Retriever in one of the nursing homes many years ago
Christmas Day and we had a short service in the morning. The Watchnight Service last night was well attended but the Service this morning was not. Still although short it was an enjoyable service
none the less and no coffee after since people were going home to prepare for family arriving or to get ready to go out to family. Annabell and I went over to my younger Son’s house and we had all the family there for Christmas Dinner and drinks afterwards. It was a really nice meal and getting together of the family. Annabell and I didn’t stay too long since we had to get back to feed the dogs and let them out for a bit. After the sun went down the rain started and continued on for a while. There was also rain and high winds during the night and it was starting to rain again when we were out for our walk this morning – a short walk but at least we did get some done. It was over 42c here on Christmas Day and pretty hot but a cool change for the next couple of days. The Church Magazine is ready so over the next few days I will get that printed, collated and ready for distribution, so other than shopping with Annabell, this should keep me occupied for the next few days. It should have been completed last week but one of the contributors was late and since I had reserved two pages for her article, I couldn’t finish until that was in. Anyway, it’s done now.
Our friend is still hanging in and has defied the dire predictions of his doctor and a week after he was expected to depart from us, he is still here. A special meeting will be held in Mount Gambier on the 19th January, so I will be away for a few days and unable to help if anything happens. I can’t put this off – it is a Special Meeting that I need to attend in Mount Gambier. I thought I would put in the photograph I tool this morning of the ATM – even in our little backward place, we have our share of drama. And it’s raining again and has been for most of the day.