Gee it’s been hot this month. The start to 2014 has seen several heat waves across Australia and here at Rocky Springs we have had endless days with the temperature over 40 degrees, which means I chain the portable air cooler to my ankle and drag it around the house from room to room. But then we take a look at the news and see sub-zero temperatures on the other side of the world.
Through the blogosphere I have made friends with a farmer from Alberta, Canada. Jill writes a great blog at http://crookedlakefarm.com/blog and this week Jill and I have got together to compare our respective temperatures. Here is the oven and the freezer. (Numbers in brackets are Fahrenheit for the metrically challenged amongst us).
Australia: 42.5 (108.5); Canada -18.2 (-0.76), add the wind chill factor and you get -27 (-16). Seriously Jill, that is ridiculous. It rarely gets to zero degrees at Rocky Springs in the dead of winter.
Temperature on top of your hat:
Temperature under your hat:
Water in cattle troughs:
Australia: 34 (93); Canada: 14 (57) – the cattle troughs are heated, can you believe it?
Sitting with the cattle:
Australia: 30 (86); Canada: I don’t think they need dog pools
Australia: 38 (100); Canada: 21 (70)
Cold water tap in bathroom:
With all this bleating about the heat, I originally thought I wouldn’t mind being in Canada this January but with temperatures like that I’m staying put. What’s more I’ve found a comfortable temperature at Rocky Springs: 25 (77). Unfortunately it is 100m underground in our aquifer. I might just start burrowing.
Big thanks to Jill for helping with this blog post. Jump on over to her blog, for photos of a Canadian winter.
And stay tuned – felfies coming soon ……………..