Overall it’s been another heatwave week with temperatures reaching a high of 45c. Today this was accompanied by a hot wind off the desert and it really was a hot and strong wind – walk outside and it really hits you. Hot days are bearable but when there is a hot north wind like there was today, it makes life a bit more difficult. Took Benji out for a walk at 05:30 this morning and the wind was starting to develop along with the heat, but still ok for walking, not dark but no sun either. However we had not gone too far when he was sick, so I took him back home. Fortunately we were only about a couple of hundred yards from home. I think over this last week there has been little relief from the heat an night ( I’ve not had much of a sleep) – even with the fans on, so perhaps the heat was starting to get to him. Having brought him home, he went into his bed and I kept an eye on him. He seemed to be ok. However, Annabell was unwell and we had to get an emergency appointment with the doctor, so Annabell had to be attended to. The clinic is in partial closedown but we managed to get an appointment and see the doctor on duty. From there we drove to the shopping center and the chemists for medication. She too seems to be doing fine for the moment but I have kept one eye on each of them :o)
The high winds continued throughout the day and we had dry thunderstorms, lots of crashing, bashing and flashing (no splashing) and the wind did start the inevitable dust storm. Not as great as previous weeks since much of the dust has already been blown off. I did take Benji for a drive into the Hummock Hill, but being exposed to the gulf, the wind was gale force and difficult to walk. I did go down off the hill to the foreshore, but it wasn’t all that much better down there. I decided that the best course was just to come home again. As the evening has progressed Annabell is starting to feel unwell again, so I will have to keep a watch on her. Fortunately I am a lightish sleeper so I’ll know if she gets any worse during the night. I was due to go down to Adelaide on Thursday with John, but I think I might give it a miss . I’ll talk to John tonight and we will decide. I am not in any great rush to get down there at the moment. However, I’ll see how she is come Thursday. Over and above that we will also need to see how the weather conditions are beyond Port Pirie. Last thing I want to do is get stuck down there because it’s not safe to drive back up – although having said that, the major fire is at Cudlee Creek which is in the Adelaide Hills a fair way from the Main North Road and the Port Wakefield Road.
Victoria (the State) is in a bad way with fires burning out of control and over 4000 people being evacuated to the beach. The Royal Australian Navy is on standby ready to evacuate the people if and when it becomes necessary. New South Wales is not much better and lives are being lost. Generally we complain that it’s hot particularly on a day like Monday with the hot wind coming in off the desert. But most of the land around here is empty bushland with the only trees being the trees that the founders and the succeeding councils have planted around the town. Outside of the town there’s really not a lot to burn. The Adelaide Hills are a different proposition altogether. The terrain makes it very difficult to tackle any fires in the hills and surrounding areas.
Well here we are. South Australia, 9pm on New Year’s Eve. A few hours until the end of the year and the end of the decade. I wonder what 2020 and the new decade will bring?
“and I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.
And he replied, go out into the darkness and put your hand
Into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light
and safer than a known way.
I hope you all have a lovely. joyful and peaceful New Year