It is again over thirty Celsius today. It has been almost two months since we’ve had a good rain. Everything in our garden and on the surrounding farms, is suffering as a result. The only good thing about the heat wave is that there are no mosquitoes or other biting insects plaguing us when we sit outdoors in the morning and evening. And of course, all this sunshine means that all the tan lines have long disappeared.
This morning before it got too hot, I go on a ladder and picked off the crab apples over our walkway as they were constantly falling off the tree because of the lack of moisture. The only things we are watering are the roses, Hasta plants, and our vegetable garden. Most of the water comes from saved dish and bath/shower water. You’d be surprised at how much water a person can save with this effort. For us, it adds up to about 15 litres per day. Dry spells and water rationing has taught us well over the years about what is important and what can wait. Still, everything is suffering from too much sun and too much heat – including humans.
One of the other adjustments I have made is to spend less time in the full sunshine in spite of the fact that I love heat and the sun’s rays on my body. It isn’t because I am worried about UV rays or sunburn; it’s because it just isn’t safe when the core body temperature has no way of cooling down. One of the other downsides is the fact that our walks have become shorter while we walk in the evenings. There are no heroes lurking in our bodies saying “do it or die trying.”
Mother Nature is no stranger to extremes and making powerful statements. Western Canada is plagued with wildfires and forest fires, while at the same time in the north-central regions the issue is too much rain. Sometimes I think we puny humans think too much of ourselves and too little of Mother Nature’s power.