We've just suffered through another heatwave - although luckily for us it is wet heat this year. Our neighbouring states - Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales are all suffering through dry heat, and as par for the course - bushfires.
Next week, it's a year since our fire. We've finally got enough feed and water that we don't need to travel down to our rural block every weekend. We generally do a 50:50 weekend split, but in 2014 it was closer to 90:10. I've had the last few weekends in town with the pup, while Hubby does a day trip down to check everything is ok. He comes back for puppy school on a Sunday morning (which we passed) and we have a quiet Sunday. It's been nice and I've missed the bulk of the heat down there.
This photo was taken a few weeks ago now on our rural block - during a big dry spell. The ferns are thriving in the crack in the rock because of the condensation. I love how despite owning the block for nearly ten years, you can still find something you've never seen before.
This is also our first year in twenty-five years without a swimming pool back in the city. For the first eight months I cheered at how much less work it is without a pool. In the last two weeks, I would have installed one here, given the chance. Instead, I've done the sensible thing and upgraded my gym membership to gym/swim - full access to the three pools from 5am-9pm daily. Night swimming is a must when you've got sun-sensitive skin like mine.
Writing - I've just finished my Little Gems entry for 2015, I'm about to enter Home for Christmas into the Ella Award (Romance Novellas) and I'm trying to catch up on my Year of the Novel Course work. Wish me luck.