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Uta’s February 2017 Diary (continued)

24 Feb

 

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Yesterday I wrote: Shorty before 11 am we went up by lift to Level 2. Immediately we were let into the reception area, which was well equipped with chairs and some screens. On the TV screen we noticed that there had been an Air Crash in Melbourne near Essendon Airport.

Uta’s 2017 February Diary

23 Feb

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Mt. Keira can be seen from the Entrance to the Hospital.

 

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On Tuesday, the 21st of February, Peter was booked into hospital for another operation. We arrived early and waited near the Main Entrance for the assigned time to be let into the Day Surgery Ward. We went up by lift to Level 2 shorty before 11 am. Immediately we were let into the reception area, which was well equipped with chairs and some screens. On the TV screen we noticed that there had been an Air Crash in Melbourne near Essendon Airport.

 

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Uta’s February 2017 Diary continued

17 Feb

This morning I cooked some spaghetti with some sea salt. I added a bit of butter, one whole red chilli and some Spanish onion as well as a tiny bit of fresh ginger. It made a delicious meal!

I spent about an hour outside cleaning bits and pieces in the garden area at the back of our house. Also, taking some photos, actually lots of photos!

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This is where our chillis grow.

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Peter joined me for a while outside. We were sitting at the table in the shade, talking about this and that.

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This is the other table at the north side where it soon got too sunny and hot.

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This Jasmine bush is growing out of a pot and has a tremendous amount of buds at the moment.

Some of the buds opened up already. They have a beautiful, very strong scent!

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One Day after Valentine’s Day in Australia 2017

15 Feb

This is the morning of the 15th of February in Australia. We’ve just have had breakfast. I am very much looking forward to continue reading Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Purity’. I have only a few more pages to read.

Last night we watched ‘The End is my Beginning’.  This was a very thought provoking film about the end of life. It was filmed like a documentary and based on the life of an Italian journalist and his family.

https://auntyuta.com/2017/02/14/the-end-is-my-beginning/

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A Rose for Valentines’s Day 2017 and a lot more novel reading is still waiting for me.

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This pizza we were looking forward to eat on Valentine’s Day unfortunately turned out to be not to our taste.

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Luckily though we had wine and a delicious salad.

 

Uta’s February 2017 Diary

13 Feb

This is early morning Monday, the 13th of February. I just had a look at what the Sydney Morning Herald published last night about the weather and I put this in another post this morning:

https://auntyuta.com/2017/02/13/hottest-place-on-the-planet/

Just now all this feels quite unbelievable to me.  I do not say that it is not true, it’s just that where I am it feels right now more like a cool winter’s morning: The outside temperature is a cool 15 C.  What a change from two days ago!

“The coast and parts of the ranges were the only areas in NSW to escape high-30s or 40s on Saturday.” This is what it says in Peter Hannam’s article in the SMH.

Further it says:”NSW and other parts of south-eastern Australia were the hottest in the world on Saturday, according to the Climate Reanalyzer website.”

Here is what was said about fire conditions a couple of days ago:

“Soaring temperatures across much of the state have led to warnings of catastrophic fire conditions. In Walgett, the temperature has hit 46 degrees.

As NSW faces the “worst possible fire conditions” in its history with ‘extreme’ and catastrophic’ warnings in place across large slabs of the state, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the situation was as “bad as it gets” and warned it was set to get worse on Sunday when winds are expected to sweep through scorched parts of mid to northern NSW.

“To put it simply [the conditions] are off the old scale,” he said. “It is without precedent in NSW”.

As of 11am, the RFS reported 76 bush and grass fires across NSW with 26 not yet contained. Deputy Commission Rob Rogers told ABC news:  “It’s going to be a really tough day.”

I am sure a lot of fires in rural NSW are still burning now. It is a huge task for fire crews to keep them away from homes as much as possible.

Here is a comment I made yesterday:  “We were quite lucky today. we had an overcast sky, all day and a bit of wind and the temperature went no higher than 28 Celsius which I find very pleasant. The rest of NSW still has sweltering conditions and severe fire alert. Today, I was able to do a lot of reading in the Novel “Purity” by Jonathan Franzen.”

 

Heatwave Records in Australia

11 Feb

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/feb/10/australia-swelters-in-heatwave-and-argues-about-energy-future

I just found the following in The Guardian:

“Sydney airport recorded its hottest February day ever at 42.9C, breaking a 37-year record. Wood said the month was on track to be the hottest on record in both Sydney and Brisbane, following on from their hottest January on record.”

 

Here is an article by the ABC about Australia’s heatwave:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-11/states-ready-for-extreme-heatwave/8261520

We live in Dapto, 100 km south of Sydney. Today, Saturday, we expect 41c.  Right now it is still early morning and the outside temperature is only about 23C. We plan on driving to Warrawong later on, spending some time in the shopping centre and in the afternoon we want to visit the GALA Cinema to see a French movie: Rosalie Blum.

Yesterday afternoon my lady friends came over to my place. It was our Friday games afternoon. Erika is away in Geelong, Victoria, visiting some friends. But Barbara, Irene and Marion did come despite the heat and I not having any air-conditioning. I had our ceiling fans in the living room going the whole time. Blinds and curtains were in front of all the windows.  We started playing at 2 pm. I think our inside temperature was then only about 28C. But three hours later, when the ladies left, the inside temperature had climbed to 32C.

 

 

 

February 2017, Uta’s Diary continued

8 Feb
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Edible things from the garden

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Yesterday’s lunch

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Yesterday’s lunch, I added hot chilly to mine

Yesterday’s lunch tasted very good. Since it had not been so hot any more, we could turn the oven on to bake some lasagne. The red wine went very well with it. To the mixed vegies we added some parsley from the garden and parmesan cheese.

Yesterday afternoon we went shopping. Among other things we bought some fresh English spinach. I want to cook this today for lunch, serving it with some boiled potatoes and scrambled eggs. For desert we are going to have some Greek style natural yogurt to which we add some mixed berries.