Trying to motivate myself to garden today in nearly 38C when there is also a strong Southerly desert wind is like … is like trying to climb Mount Everest in Flip-flops. Not that I’m ever likely to attempt to climb Everest or indeed anywhere else for that matter, but there you go. The air quality today is also really poor. Oh, and my first early morning foray into the garden resulted in a moment’s panic. The acrid smell of smoke, when I walked outside, had me scuttling back inside to pack an emergency rucksack of essentials – just in case we had to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Fortunately, a few minutes’ search on the internet and interaction on a local FB group confirmed the fire was not in our local area but the result of a fire raging in Faro. Phew! Smoke travels a long way!
It’s also hot in the house and as I write this the inside temperature has risen to 28C despite closing the shutters when rooms fall in direct sunlight. No point in opening the windows we only let hot air in. This week is one of the rare occasions I wish we had aircon in one of the rooms.
With no respite for several days, I am hot, bothered and grumpy. I feel sorry for the thirsty plants (my babies) because they rely on this grumpy soul to keep them topped up with water. Lucky for them I am a plantaholic. Even so, thanks to a severe water shortage, there are still going to be a few casualties as I use the water sparingly.
Weather in the Algarve
One of the joys of surfing the web occasionally results in discovering a gem rather than what Google decides you should view. Today I discovered a brilliant weather website. IT’s a mine of useful information including live webcams. Perfect.
Fires in the area will be recorded on the ANEPC portal