In the summer time the predicted temperatures dictate how our days unfold. It is preferable to do almost everything in the cool of the morning. Failing to plan work around the cooler parts of the day can actually be quite irresponsible.
Our days start with checking troughs and tanks to make sure our sheep and cattle have water and that there haven’t been any mishaps overnight to upset the watering systems. Our children are getting to an age where they can help with this important task.
The earliest part of the morning is also preferable for sheep work. Sheep, sheep dogs and humans all perform better before the sun gets too fierce. The sun rising in the dust is a bonus for me, although perhaps not everyone notices the beauty in it.
In the later part of the morning I try to visit the vegetable garden. My patch is still shaded at this time of the day and I can water, clean dripper lines and harvest before these normally fun tasks become plain old hard work.
At the end of the day we try to head towards one of our dams for a swim. When it is 45°C even the odd leech isn’t enough to stop us abandoning our hats and boots while the sun sets on another day.
Where else would you rather be? Personally, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Are you planning your days around the weather?
Are you noticing the pretty light and beauty, even in the most extreme conditions? I hope so.
Happy Friday, friends x