it’s hot, hot, hot

January 26, 2011

family life

40 degrees celsius hot

i feel like climbing into the fridge.

the house is dark like a cave. on these hot days we close all the blinds and doors because light is heat.

i refuse to get air conditioning. “it’s Australia, it’s hot” i tell the kids. air conditioning uses electricity, electricity burns coal, burning coal creates more global warming, and that makes the weather get crazier. people think i’m mad when i say that, but my kids get it.

all of you fellas living in metres of snow at the moment, are probably wondering what i’m whinging about. let’s go halves. you send half your temperature over here, and i’ll send half our temperature over to you, and we all might get something habitable.

oh well, we have Sunnyboys…

chunky 3D triangular shaped cordial ice blocks that melt faster than you can eat them, and pop out of the packet, plop onto the floor if you squeeze too hard at the bum end.

and we have beer (if i knew how to put a smiley here i would, but i’m technically deficient).

it’s Australia Day today. we have a holiday to commemorate the day eleven convict ships full of whitefellas arrived to settle on this wide, brown land. what were those whitefellas thinking, coming to Australia in January?

how do Indigenous people feel about it? the reactions are as individual as the people themselves.

my five cents worth? (we don’t have two cents here). we move the holiday to the Indigenous day of celebration (NAIDOC) in July during our winter. that way we honour the original inhabitants and we will actually be able to go out and enjoy the day.


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14 Comments on “it’s hot, hot, hot”

  1. kloppenmum Says:

    Not quite so hot here, but did spend some summer time in Oz…so get it. I think you’re very brave not to have airconditioning. And, yes, isn’t it interesting that the whitefellas get to choose the day of rememberance…causes strife over here most years. 6th of Feb – signing of the Treaty of Waitangi…
    And thanks for your hugs earlier – appreciated.


    • hakea Says:

      yeah, i like my kids to learn to think deeply about things – cause and effect – short-term personal gain versus long-term benefit to all.

      hugs anytime


  2. cjdwhite Says:

    Not sure how the 40 degrees C translates into F, but here in Houston, Texas, we also have hot, and you have my sympathy….Houston didn’t even boom as a city until the advent of AC.

    Sometimes I think that people in the northern U.S. do not even know how to sympathize…they say, “It’s hot, but you have AC, right?” That’s like saying, “It’s cold, but you have heat, right?”

    We have your holiday problem with Columbus Day, which marks the day Columbus “discovered” North America…but can I take a minute to laugh at the fact that you are commemorating the day that ships full of convicts arrived? I always want to ask Aussies how their ancestors wound up on the ship….

    Hang in there in the heat….you astound me with your willingness to forgo AC….


    • hakea Says:


      one side of my family were all convicts, the other side were all free settlers. one of my ancestors broke into a house and got an armful of groceries. he was a scallywag to be sure, but he was sentenced to death (hanging i think) for that deed. he spent a while imprisoned on a ship in the harbour and his death sentence was commuted to life as a convict in Australia. he was eventually granted his ‘certificate of leave’ which meant he proved himself to be a worthy citizen and ended up becoming quite wealthy (squandered by the time i arrived) setting up pubs in the bush.

      according to wikiAnswers 40 degrees celsius is 104 degrees fahrenheit. the hottest we get is 48 degrees (118.4). and we have high humidity.


  3. Santo Says:

    My wife and I spent 9 weeks in Australia, way back in December 1989 and January 1990, and our first child was conceived there (although he was born in Canada), so he (and we) feel a close affinity to Australia. Both my wife and I have relatives there (in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney).
    It was very, very hot when we were in Adelaide (above 40 C), and the strangest thing for us was that the house flies went right at your lips, to get some moisture I guess. Flies here in Canada don’t do that, so it was surprising!
    Anyway, Australia is a beautiful land, and we hope to visit again one day (my wife has been fortunate enough to be back twice by herself since we went together).
    Here in Central Canada it is just a few degrees below 0 Celsius today, which is comparatively balmy compared to the 20 degrees C below zero we experienced a few days ago. And we have something charming known as “wind chill factor” here in the winter … on windy days, the air is much more efficient at cooling skin, so any wind present makes it feel colder than it actually is. With wind chil, it was lower than 30 below Celsius a few days ago.
    By the way, your decision not to have AC is admirable … I’m afraid I need to improve on that score (we do have it, and use it in summer).
    All the best!


    • hakea Says:

      ooooh, we can’t imagine minus 20 over here, cause we just don’t get it. we would think we were dying. we are just not set up for that. our winters are about 15 degrees celsius (that’s positive, not minus), and we think that’s cold. although it can get to zero overnight, sometimes.

      we haven’t seen a lot of flies this summer, maybe it’s been too wet for them. the mossies have been vicious though. they say that’s why aussies flatten their sounds, so they don’t swallow too many flies by opening their mouths.


  4. Yelena Says:

    Oh, it’s so cold here, in New York. Plus lots of snow. Ok, some might say I’m whining (since it’s only -2C today and didn’t go any lower than -12C and that was at night). But I much prefer the heat. Seriously, I’ve lived in +35-42C for 6 months and enjoyed it. Then again, that was with very low humidity. When I’m in North Carolina in the summer and it gets to be around +30C, I’m ready to throw in a towel and turn the AC on ’cause it’s so hot and humid. I guess with all the rains you’ve had lately things are really tough. I wish we could do the 50-50 split 🙂


    • hakea Says:

      i went to work the next day, and all of the Indigenous women were complaining about the heat, so I was in good company. we had 40 degrees for five days straight.

      a dry heat is much more manageable, even refreshing.

      how do you put those smileys on posts?


  5. kloppenmum Says:

    …use your : – ) etc buttons. I think you have to tick a box somewhere and they automatically turn into 🙂 😉


  6. kloppenmum Says:

    That’s the link, don’t ask me anymore, that’s the end of my techno knowledge 🙂


  7. hakea Says:

    42 degrees yesterday, 48 degrees today!

    must buy more Sunnyboys!


  8. lilzbear Says:

    30 degrees F over here in New Jersey (-1 Celsius!)…it sure makes me long for warm summer days and an endless supply of popsicles…unfortunately, we don’t have Sunny boys here.


    • hakea Says:

      Hi Lilzbear

      Warm is nice, but after two weeks of 40+ (one day we had 48) and high humidity everyone was starting to feel a bit scrambled! We had a cool change yesterday and got down to 20 degrees celsius, I put winter pj’s on the kids.

      Sunnyboys must be an Aussie phenomena, they are so very good.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!


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