October 16th and the temperature hit 30°C (86°F) and humidity is 33%.
Thirty degrees is supposed to be a height –of-summer oddity. It’s the day you drop everything and head to the beach, because there are only a handful of days this warm in a summer.
Except that it’s the middle of spring.
And this happened last year.
And the year before.
And it heralds a third year of drought for us.
A third year of deciding which plants will be watered (and survive), and which ones will not (and probably die).
It will be a third year of expensive hay that has to be brought in for the goats, because the grass will brown off in November.
A third year in which the vegetable seedlings grow too fast too early, then struggle to set fruit in the dry heat.
Just thinking about it makes me grim.
But I suppose it also means a summer of incredible hot days at the beach. A summer in which I don’t need a wetsuit to enjoy the ocean. A summer of ice cream and swimming.
I enjoy these things. I really do. It’s a good thing they come along with drought. If I go to the beach, I can ignore the shrivelling garden at home…sort of.