Managing the Heat

We are in the midst of a ‘heat-wave’ we have them every year in South Australia yesterday at the farm we registered 44.5 degree C 111.2 Fahrenheit which makes it incredibly hot. We have large amounts of animals that need us to constantly check on them, my Huz gets up and goes out to check on waters that all our animals need. This is not as easy as it sounds, if the trough breaks and cattle do break them, he has to be out in the heat to fix them, this can also drain the main tank that holds the water so after it’s fixed we then have to use power to pump water around the place. He does this check twice a day a least in this heat.

He also takes his working dogs, they are not working but get to ride on the back of the ute and afterwards he wets them all down. Me I have the chickens to look after, they are a bit dumb in that they will head into their coop (made from corrugated iron sheets) rather than sit under the trees and shrubs planted in their coop for shelter. We will even put a sprinkler on over them so that the ground is cool, if we find them distressed they are picked up and placed in a trough or bucket of water. We do the best we can in this weather, the 4 cats (expect Frankie – who always disappears in this type of heat) migrate inside, they have learnt the pleasure of lying under fans and or the air conditioner. Gatsby the new rescued cat has just been introduced to the pleasure of fan and air-conditioner and will now look up at the fans if they are not on, once on he stretches full length on the couch and sleeps. Pete my golden retriever is always at my feet or lying under fans or on the cool tiles. The house is closed up early and curtains drawn to keep the heat out so the thing I dislike the most is meal planning.

Cooking provides the same sort of issue, cooking inside heats up the house further and the main meal is at almost the hottest time of the day or close to it. The last couple of days I have used the BBQ and the wok on the BBQ. It may be hot standing outside but at least the heat remains outside. I have done basic things, like lamb and pork chops grilled, the wok was to cook the vegetables.

How are you all coping with the heat? Send me your tips on meals – that you make at home – we are no where near any take out places. BBQ tips and easy to prepare meals are the go. Stay Cool.