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Is it still summer?

After a run of cooler days, I really have to question the sanity of the weather. This is the month of February, renowned for being the hottest month of summer in the subtropics. And here I was today, considering grabbing a cardigan!

I checked out a few fun facts about the history of the weather on this day in previous years. In the last thirty years, it has rained on twenty days. The record low temperature for this day was back in 2000 at 18 degrees Celsius, while the maximum on record is thirty-two degrees Celsius in 2010. Considering today’s temperature reached twenty-seven degrees Celsius, perhaps it wasn’t overly unseasonal weather after all.

This morning, the kitchen cabinet installers arrived and took over my house, while I hid away in my office. By the middle of the day, my kitchen had transformed from this —

… to this.

After the tradesmen left, I was more concerned about the thin layer of dust covering every surface of my house, so taking photos of the finished product was forgotten today. The men did a wonderful job, and I can hardly wait until my kitchen is completely finished, and they did attempt to clean up before they left …

Needless to say, I gave every surface around the house a thorough clean, vacuumed and mopped the floors, and by 9pm, we finally sat down to another quick-and-easy dinner.

It’s getting there, slowly but surely. And I think the messiest day is finally behind me. 🙂



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What’s Happening, Inside and Outside

After the old kitchen cabinets were removed, we had to clear a space for the new cabinets when they arrived. Our living area has never been so snug, with having to find space to squeeze our lounge chairs, coffee tables, and eight-seater table and chairs all into the one living area.

When we built our home twenty-seven years ago, we somehow managed to end up with one sliding window amid a house full of double-hung windows. Apparently the error was in the house plans, and when I asked the builder to please replace the window, he insisted it was too much trouble to remove the window he had ordered. The window was too wide, so there was not enough wall space for an overhead cupboard beside the window. The deal-breaker, however, was that when opened, the window slid from right to left. My gas stove burners, being positioned to the right of the window copped the full pelt of our frequent southerly breezes coming through the window. Therefore, no matter how hot the day, I had to keep the window closed while cooking.

Today, husband installed a new window in the kitchen, a double-hung window, which I can open at the top on a hot day. And the new window, being narrower, allows space enough for overhead cupboards that will fit neatly against the wall. Hallelujah! 🙂 (The gap to the right of the window has now become a part of the wall.)

Meanwhile, the day that began bright and sunny gradually turned to grey. There hasn’t been any rainfall, but the high humidity is a strong indicator that there is rain about.

With so much activity inside the house, I haven’t spent much time in the garden lately at all. Yesterday I noticed a small potted frangipani in bloom, and what a beautiful pink flower it is too! When the weather cools over the next month or two, I will plant this frangipani in the garden, so hopefully next year there will be even more lovely pink flowers to admire. 🙂

And I spoke too soon – the rain has arrived …

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Clear and Sunny ~ (until it rained …)

After several days of cloudy skies and hazy mountain scenes, it was such a treat this morning to see the whole mountain.

On clear days such as today, the zooming device on my camera reveals the crevices and trees, not only on the mountain, but also amid the surrounding hills and dales.

It was such a beautiful day that I decided to do some washing and hang it out on the clothes line in the sun. Then it rained …

I quickly retrieved my almost-dry washing from the line and returned to my kitchen – or rather, where my kitchen used to be. The old flooring was removed this morning. and now …

… the flooring is the same throughout the whole room. 🙂

Miss Tibbs could be impressed, but I suspect her intense stare towards where the kitchen used to be is more likely a sign of her confusion! 😉